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Mission Statement: North Dakota Farmers Union, guided by the principles of cooperation, legislation and education, is an organization committed to the prosperity of family farms, ranches and rural communities.


A winter sunset south of Jamestown, N.D.

In this issue 7. COOL updates

10. Leaders recognized

17. Around the state

23. President’s message

January 2014 – Volume 61 Number 1

North Dakota Union Farmer

The UNION FARMER is published monthly by North Dakota Farmers Union at 1415 12th Ave SE, Jamestown N.D. 58401. Annual subscription is $30 with NDFU membership. Periodicals postage paid at Fargo, ND.


EDITOR: Anne Denholm 800-366-8331 • POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: NDFU PO Box 2136 Jamestown N.D. 58402-2136 Copies mailed this issue: 36,434 • USPS 016-211

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President: Mark Watne Vice President: Bob Kuylen Secretary: Ellen Linderman Treasurer: Terry Borstad James Kerzman; Wes Niederman Jr.; Dennis Stromme; Jim Teigen; Ronda Throener

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“International Year of Family Farming”

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)” to highlight the importance of family farmers across the world. Many countries have formed national committees to carry out activities in cooperation of the declaration. In the United States, National Farmers Union is leading the efforts as part of the executive committee. According to NFU President Roger Johnson, “In the United States and around the world, people are further and further removed from family farming and where their food, fuel and fiber are produced. This initiative is critical to the future of our industry. The executive committee has adopted policy on family farming and we look forward to having other organizations across all sectors and interests join the committee to support family farming,” said

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Johnson. “We are excited about activities that will be planned in the coming months and the impact we can have on policy and awareness for the future of family farming in our country and around the world.” Other committee members include representatives from 25x25, the Alliance to End Hunger, American Farmland Trust, the Consumer Federation of America and the National Cooperative Business Association. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will commemorate the year with weekly posts and other stories to highlight the innovations that family farmers are using to alleviate hunger, poverty, and

environmental degradation along with the campaigns and policies that support them. The International Year of Family Farming honors over 400 million family farms in both developed and developing countries, defined as farms that rely primarily on family members for labor and management. Such farms produce the food that feeds billions of people. In many developing countries, family farms make up, on average, up to 80 percent of all farm holdings. Family farmers are key players in job creation and healthy economies, supplying jobs to millions and boosting local markets. During 2014, Food Tank will be releasing a variety of materials for the International Year of Family Farming, including a research report and a petition encouraging support of family farmers across the world. s 3



JANUARY 20-21 Don’t miss the third annual Precision Agriculture Summit to hear from experts and presenters on the state of precision agriculture, new trends, technological applications and opportunities for successful implementation.

PANELS, DEMOS AND MORE: • Google Glass Demonstration • UAS in Precision Ag

• Making Detailed Crop Prescription Maps


On Jan. 20, attendees can choose from two different educational tracks. Crop management: • Dealing with soil variation • Making detailed crop prescription maps • Trends in pesticide application technology Livestock management: • Precision sprayer technologies • Precision animal technologies • Animal tracking and health sensors • Genomics and reproduction technologies • Robotics and imaging technologies



Students are free. Go to: or contact Ryan Aasheim at 701-499-6994 or


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Two education tracks planned for the 2014 Precision Ag Action Summit

The Red River Valley Research Corridor and North Dakota Farmers Union are again co-hosting an opportunity to learn about the current trends and practices shaping the precision agriculture industry. The third annual Precision Agriculture Action Summit is scheduled for Jan. 20-21, 2014, at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, N.D. The conference will feature a new two-track education system focusing on crop and livestock management, which will run concurrently. This major industry event is one of only a few precision agriculture conferences held nationwide. Attendees will get hands-on experience and valuable education to incorporate precision agriculture into their own farming efforts, which can help farmers improve production and get more from existing resources. Industry experts, producers, practitioners and technology developers will give presentations about technological application and demonstrate methods for successful implementation, which can impact farming costs and efficiency. Some of the more specific topics to be discussed include: • Wearable computers such as Google Glass • Soil variation • Crop prescription maps • Pesticide application • Precision sprayer technology • Precision animal technologies • Animal tracking and monitoring systems • Genomics and reproduction strategies • Robotics and imaging technologies • Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in agriculture • UAS sensor technology Union Farmer •

• A systems approach to precision agriculture While open to the public, agriculture producers, researchers, agronomists, crop advisors, ranchers, ag manufacturers, ag business leaders, economic developers and students are all encouraged to attend. Attending the summit offers hands on and technical demonstrations of precision agriculture technologies and applications and explanations of applications, procedure and tools designed to lower producer cost and create a more efficient environment for farm production.

Students can attend for free. To register as an attendee or sponsor, please visit the Red River Valley Research Corridor website at or contact Ryan Aasheim at (701) 4996994 or ryan@theresearchcorridor. com. More information also is available on Facebook at www. or on Twitter by following @RRVRC and joining the conversation using the hashtag: #PrecisionAg2014. Summit co-organizers include Dakota Precision Ag Center and NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. s 5


While the fate of a farm bill hangs in the balance at the time of this writing, your NDFU Legislative Team continues to weigh-in on this critical piece of legislation and a number of issues, both on the federal and state level. Much of the team’s year-round advocacy work is behind the scenes, but at the forefront of dialog with legislators. Here is a brief overview of some of the issues:


Unlike National Farmers Union, NDFU policy opposes mandatory conservation cross-compliance for subsidized federal crop insurance. Our position is based on the real challenges farmers face in the Prairie Pothole Region and the need for carve-out provisions that do not reduce agriculture’s long-standing commitment to water, soil and wildlife health, but places producers on a level playing field with other American farmers (many of whom enjoy the benefits of historical draining practices). In August, your legislative team drafted wetland provisions to address inequities that exist for producers – some since Swampbuster legislation was passed in 1985 – and sent the carve-out proposal to the North Dakota congressional delegation. As a member of the farm bill conference committee, Sen. Hoeven has attempted to move a carve-out provision forward. NDFU’s requests in a carve-out provision included: • Additional funding for manpower to address the backlog of Natural Resources Conservation Service wetland designation and certification requests so producers 6

have clear-cut answers on wetland boundaries/margins. • A deadline imposed on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to delineate wetland acres they hold in permanent easement prior to 1976. • The need for federal agencies – USFWS and NRCS – to be in sync on rules they use to determine wetlands as well as wetland management practices. • A longer time period used to determine “normal precipitation” for purposes of certifying the margins of a wetland. • The elimination of perpetual easements. • Flexibility to allow channel maintenance/clean out and proper water management. • Allowing water outside the boundary of a wetland to be considered sheetwater. • Exempting seasonal wetlands (typically less than one acre in size that appear in a wet spring for several weeks) from state or federal jurisdiction. • Evaluating excessive payback penalties in cases of wetland non-compliance.


Members may see a measure on the November 2014 ballot called, The Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment, that conservation and wildlife groups are bringing forward to tap further into oil and gas tax revenue. If placed on the ballot, 5 percent of the state’s oil extraction tax would be set aside every year for wildlife and conservation efforts (approximately $75 million annually based on current oil production). This effort resurrects a proposed ballot initiative that failed to make the 2012 election ballot (due to petition fraud) and ultimately led to the creation of the Outdoor Heritage Fund in the last legislative session. Unlike the original proposal that amended the state’s constitution, placed no cap on significant funding from 5 percent of the oil and gas production tax and 5 percent of the oil extraction tax, allowed nonprofits to purchase land and had no ag interests represented on the board, the Outdoor Heritage Fund does the following: • Caps funding at $15 million annually for conservation Union Farmer •

A LEGISLATIVE INSIGHT projects; • Prohibits funds from being used to purchase land; • Does not tie up land in projects for more than a generation – 20 years; • Ensures funds can be used for stewardship practices on working lands for farmers and ranchers; • Does not require a change to our state’s constitution; and • Establishes an advisory board to allocate grants for projects. Members of the advisory board include conservation, energy, business, recreation and agriculture interests, of which North Dakota Farmers Union is guaranteed a seat. Vice President Bob Kuylen is serving as NDFU’s representative on that board. From a family farmer and rancher perspective, the land is both our livelihood and legacy. NDFU supported the Outdoor Heritage Fund because it struck a balance to protect both. That is not the case with The Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. If passed by voters, the amendment will: • Change the state’s constitution to create a Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Trust and Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Fund that is financed by 5 percent of the state’s oil extraction tax. • Require 10 percent of annual revenues be deposited in the trust and 90 percent deposited in the fund to allocate grants to public and private groups. Mandates that 75 percent of the money in the fund be spent each year, whether or not needs exist – more than $1.4 million a week. • Allow land acquisitions, essentially using state and public funds to buy land in competition with farmers. • Create a citizen accountability board to review grant applications, but board members must have demonstrated conservation knowledge, which is not open, collaborative and representative of everyone impacted by the funding. • Protects the fund for 25 years from voter action. Union Farmer •

NDFU will oppose this amendment based on policy adopted at our state convention that calls for the funding of conservation projects to be capped, not enshrined in the state constitution and not used to acquire land. We believe funds for conservation should include working land projects, include agriculture’s voice at the decisionmaking table and dedicate oil extraction tax monies first and foremost to infrastructure needs, emergency services, education, water and safety.


On Nov. 23, new federal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules went into effect that require meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information on where their meat comes from. To ensure consumers are getting accurate information that is not misleading, production steps now will be labeled on muscle cuts of meat; specifically, where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered. This is a victory for Farmers Union! COOL is a long-standing pillar of our organization and belief that consumers have a right to know where their meat products come from in order to make informed buying decisions. Unfortunately, the law is threatened in the farm bill

conference committee to be weakened or worse – repealed. It is extremely important that Farmers Union members speak up now for COOL. Please contact Sen. Hoeven at 202-224-2551. As a member of the farm bill conference committee, ask him to support COOL and prevent

damaging changes to the law that agribusiness, packer-producer groups and foreign interests are lobbying for. Meatpackers are opposed to the new rules because it prevents them from labeling co-mingled cuts of meat from different countries as “U.S. Beef.” The rules promulgated were actually the result of a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge by Canada and Mexico. The WTO ruled that the COOL law itself is trade compliant, but the law needs to provide accurate information to consumers. Labeling of production steps is the outcome of that decision. In developing the new regulations, the United States Department of Agriculture worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure they comply with trade obligations. They are confident the regulations meet that benchmark and have stated so publicly. Opposition groups have also launched an attack on COOL through the court system. In September, a U.S. District Court denied meatpackers’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the new rules. National Farmers Union and its member states, along with the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, American Sheep Industry Association and the Consumer Federation of America, have intervened in a lawsuit that challenges the rules and will continue to weigh in as litigation moves forward. Farmers Union believes COOL opponents are trying to scare Congress into premature and unwarranted legislative action that would reverse the new rules and consumers’ right to know. An overwhelming 90 percent of consumers support COOL. Please contact Sen. Hoeven today! s


Comment now on the RFS NDFU members are urged to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to lower Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) production levels for 2014, a decision that has already impacted corn prices. The RFS mandates the use of renewable fuels to reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil and fossil fuels. Every year, EPA establishes percentages of production for cellulosic, biomassbased diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuels. EPA’s goal by 2022 was to blend 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel into the nation’s transportation fuel supply. For the first time since its implementation in 2005, EPA is lowering standard requirements, reducing total targets by 16 percent. If implemented, the production of corn ethanol would decrease to a level below current production. The decreased demand has already put downward market pressure on corn prices, in addition to a bumper corn crop that was harvested. Market analyst Dan Basse of AgResource Company puts the cost of production for corn between $4.35 and $4.85 per bushel. He expects spot corn prices in Chicago to drop to $3.50 in 2014, and then to as low as $2.75, possibly lower,

by 2015. The average corn price is currently running about $4.25 per bushel. The proposed reductions have also spooked investors in advanced biofuels and impacted current investments. While renewable fuels currently constitute 10 percent of all gasoline sold in the United States, the oil industry maintains it cannot increase that percentage due to a “blend wall.” This refers, according to EPA, to the difficulty in incorporating increased amounts of ethanol into the transportation fuel supply at volumes that exceed those achieved by the sale of E-10 (gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol by volume). According to EPA, overall gasoline consumption in the U.S. is less than anticipated when Congress amended the RFS program in 2007 and to address that issue, reduction standards are necessary. NDFU policy has long supported the development of renewable sources of energy in order to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels and increase income potential for family farmers and ranchers. According to Growth Energy, ethanol’s potential could replace more than 90 percent of our nation’s gasoline usage if our

nation had the resolve, given tremendous increases in corn yields and the more than 1 billion tons of cellulosic biomass available in the U.S. To submit comments on the proposed reduction in standards, go to Type in “2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program” in the search bar and then “Comment Now!” Comments must be received on or before Jan. 28, 2014. s

Buy the Cookbook today for $20

The Founding Farmers Restaurant cookbook is on sale now at the state office for $20 plus shipping for any NDFU member. Credit cards accepted. Call Eunice today at 701-952-9127.


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Beginning Farmers study co-ops National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) participants went to Minneapolis in November to take a closer look at the value of cooperative businesses, tour a family dairy farm, and consider legal issues and bookkeeping requirements that are critical to success.  “As diverse as production agriculture can be, farmers and ranchers all share similar challenges,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The answers can come from others who have unique experiences and points of view. This is why the Beginning Farmer Institute is so important. The participants not only learn from experienced speakers, they learn from each other.” NFU’s focus for this national program is to develop and encourage agriculture leaders from all backgrounds. The program provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire leadership and farm management

skills. It concentrates on building confidence in beginning farmers and farm couples, and additionally encourages them to learn, and apply leadership abilities to become actively involved in community organizations. Farmers Union employs educational sessions, business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting, yet avoids the simple “classroom” workshop feel to achieve this goal. The training includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives. The agenda of activities in Minneapolis was packed, from meeting with an attorney whose

background is rich with generational farm issues, to quizzing a former USDA expert who reviewed bookkeeping and tax record requirements. William Nelson, president of the CHS Foundation, highlighted how cooperative businesses can be a great asset for beginning farmers. BFI participants toured a farm that belongs to one member of the group. Eric Hoese’s family dairy farm is located just outside of the Twin Cities.  BFI participants include Josh Norby, James Hansen and Loretta Hansen of North Dakota. The selected individuals from across the nation range from cattle ranchers and grain farmers to those growing for farmers markets to urban farmers. The institute is a yearlong program and is sponsored in part by Farm Credit, CHS Foundation, FUI Foundation and the NFU Foundation. s

New wheat variety produced for co-op BY ANNE DENHOLM, NDFU

Greg Kessel of rural Belfield, N.D., is a certified seed grower and was instrumental in bringing a new variety of wheat to Dakota Pride Cooperative this year. Kessel said, “There’s a lot of value-added things I can do for identity-preserved production. I have grown a lot of wheat varieties for other companies and thought the west bred wheat would be a good match for the North Dakota Mill. We connected, did some testing, approved this variety and found out that it would work well for their end user. This allowed Dakota Pride Cooperative to offer another variety of wheat to producers.” Dakota Pride Cooperative is a cooperative of farmers growing the highest quality, identity-preserved Union Farmer •

grains in the world. Executive Director Judge Barth explained, “We have over 200 member-producers, and over 100,000 acres available for identitypreserved production with the ability to expand acres.” Members are able to grow a wide variety of crops including: wheat, soybeans, barley, oats, peas, flax, canola and durum. Dakota Pride Cooperative works with the buyer to find the suitable variety to meet their end use needs. Buyers are assured they will receive the product that will maximize their operation. Producers grow to buyer specifications and guarantee quality from planting through delivery. Dakota Pride Cooperative cleans, stores and ships all crops to buyer specifications, assuring purity and

quality. In 2009, backed by the technology and capabilities of Monsanto, breeders of west bred varieties began an intensive effort to increase productivity. The west bred variety was developed to get the right mix for desirable milling, color, gluten and protein characteristics. Barth said, “This is a great example of the field to fork system. The State Mill continues to work with their customers and our producers can deliver the quality ingredients they need to succeed. It’s very positive.” Last year, Dakota Pride Cooperative had 10,000 acres in white wheat with 33 growers in the state. s


Youth leaders recognized for The commitment of youth leaders to the development of our young people is of primary importance to the growth and success of rural America and Farmers Union. The following youth leaders were recognized at a luncheon during the state convention in Minot for their energy and exceptional service to the North Dakota Farmers Union youth program in 2013. Counties with no activity in 2013 were not listed.

BARNES COUNTY Lauren McMillan, Wimbledon Sharon Slag, Wimbledon Brenda Bjork, Valley City Angela Van Bruggen, Valley City Tyler Van Bruggen, Valley City Cindy Ross, Valley City* Doris Slag, Wimbledon Anne Bruns, Valley City BENSON COUNTY Cynthia Smith, Maddock

1 year 3 years 4 years 7 years 8 years 12 years 13 years 19 years

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BILLINGS/GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTIES Michelle Hauck, Beach* 2 years BOTTINEAU COUNTY Lori Pladson, Bottineau*

BOWMAN/SLOPE COUNTIES Joy Kinsey, Bowman Mary Fischer, Bowman* BURKE COUNTY Katie Ledin, Stanley*

BURLEIGH COUNTY Michaela Weigel, Bismarck* Laurie Weigel, Bismarck CASS COUNTY Kristi Brink, Davenport Tami Lebahn, West Fargo*

CAVALIER COUNTY Diane Reinhardt, Langdon* Carissa Iverson, Langdon*

DICKEY COUNTY Amber Sand, Ellendale Pam Henningsen, Monango* Rhonda Barton, Ellendale Deanne Olson, Forbes Loreli Hokana, Ellendale EDDY COUNTY Tracey Weber, Bismarck* EMMONS COUNTY Sherry Aberle, Linton Lucinda Haak, Linton* Darius Aberle, Linton

GRAND FORKS COUNTY Sara Anderson, Grand Forks* 10

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GRANT COUNTY Linda Koepplin, Elgin Evelyn Alt, New Leipzig*

HETTINGER COUNTY Nancy Nadvornik, Mott* Viola Hummel, Mott Darlene Nadvornik, Dickinson KIDDER COUNTY Michelle Ziesch, Pettibone* LaMOURE COUNTY Kelli Just, Berlin Kasey Bitz, LaMoure Mariah McKenney, Adrian* Irene Baumann, Edgeley Mary Schlosser, Edgeley Karen Sandness, LaMoure Connie Bitz, LaMoure

7 years 10 years 27 years 28 years 30 years 10 years 3 years 4 years 7 years 18 years 22 years 26 years 40 years

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LOGAN COUNTY Donavan Becker, Napoleon 1 year Rochelle Bitz 1 year Morgan Schwartzenberger, Napoleon* 2 years Jessica Wald, Napoleon 4 years

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McHENRY COUNTY Jamie Prellwitz, Dickinson*

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years of service to state program McINTOSH COUNTY Kaitlyn Ebel, Zeeland Lisa Lacher, Zeeland Kristi Ebel, Zeeland

McKENZIE COUNTY Maddie Bopp, Oakes Josh Norby, Watford City* McLEAN COUNTY Mary Klain, Turtle Lake Taylor Fylling, Ruso Kyler Miller, Turtle Lake Ronald Bloom, Ryder Brenda Fylling, Ruso* Rita Bloom, Ryder MERCER COUNTY Margie Askim, Beulah

MORTON COUNTY Jacquline Becker, Flasher Stacey Gerhardt, Flasher Jim Hopfauf, Flasher Maren Gerhardt, Mandan* Brianne Moos, Bismarck Dianne Hopfauf, Flasher

MOUNTRAIL COUNTY Lynn Rosencrans, Powers Lake Sandra McGinnity, Powers Lake Jodi Obert, Stanley* NELSON COUNTY Beau Locken, Grand Forks Sheila Rude, Tolna Hazel Rude, Tolna* OLIVER COUNTY Shandy Kraft, Center Becky Vosberg, Center*

PIERCE COUNTY Taylor Armstrong, Wolford Becky Tofte, Wolford*

RANSOM COUNTY Lynette Bunn, Sheldon Trista Ziegelmann, Casselton*

1 year 6 years 7 years 1 year 2 years 1 year 2 years 2 years 4 years 11 years 31 years 3 years 4 years 4 years 8 years 9 years 10 years 23 years 3 years 4 years 7 years 1 year 6 years 56 years 1 year 3 years 2 years 10 years 2 years 3 years

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RENVILLE COUNTY Stacey Johnson, Mohall*

RICHLAND COUNTY Jessica Lentz, Wahpeton* SHERIDAN COUNTY Eden McLeod, McClusky* SIOUX COUNTY Mary Jean Hunter, Solen*

STARK COUNTY Sarah Ewoniuk, South Heart* Brenda Kuylen, South Heart

STUTSMAN COUNTY Ashley Roeske, Jamestown* Maria Willer, Jamestown TOWNER COUNTY Laura Dease, Munich*

TRAILL COUNTY Stephanie Trudel, Hillsboro Marcia Norman, Moorhead Marla Berge, Hillsboro Cayle Fossum, Hillsboro* WALSH COUNTY Kathy Houser, Park River*

WARD COUNTY Deanna Ness, Max* Debbie Hansen, Ryder Fay Knudtson, Donnybrook Judy Ness, Douglas Shirley Christensen, Kenmare WELLS COUNTY Dynella Schmitz, Manfred Lynne Sparks, Harvey Barbie Granger, Fessenden Patricia Patrie, Bowdon Jean Hauser, Martin* Alice Wiesz, Fessenden

WILLIAMS COUNTY Alvina Skogen, Epping*

3 years 5 years 4 years 3 years 7 years 15 years 2 years 8 years 7 years 1 year 2 years 2 years 2 years 13 years 9 years 13 years 20 years 26 years 34 years 1 year 1 year 2 years 12 years 16 years 40 years 8 years

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56 years of service for Rude BY ANNE DENHOLM, NDFU

years. I’ve been a delegate to the national Serving as the North convention and the first Dakota Farmers Union time I was on a plane Nelson County Youth was on the the Farmers Director has been more Union airplane,” she than just a job for Hazel remembered. Rude. It’s been a part of Over the years, life for over 56 years. Rude was very active “Once you get a job, in the local and county you just never get rid of organizations. She it,” Rude chuckled, “but organized paramedics it’s nice to see some of and firemen to talk to my old students now the youth groups about leading and participating first aid and safety. Youth in their local and state attended day classes organization. That’s what and went on many tours, it’s all about.” learning and becoming Rude was recently better leaders, thanks to recognized for her many the curriculum offered years of service at the through Farmers Union. state convention, despite “We’ve had a lot of her absence. She said, Hazel Rude has been an active North Dakota Farmers Union fun. It’s important for kids youth leader for over 56 years. She lives on a farm in Tolna, N.D., “Wouldn’t you know the with her dog, Penny. to learn about our farm year I wasn’t able to organization and why it’s attend was the year they and now they just have so many important to understand what honored me.” choices.” farmers do,” Rude said. As she looked back over the Rude didn’t grow up with “I wish we could go back to years, Rude said it was hard to Farmers Union either. She was believe so much time had passed. born in Canada and married a Tolna some of the old ways of doing things. More hands on learning with “You don’t really think about it but it native in 1942. The couple settled books that could be taken home for has changed a lot. Kids are different into a new farm house in 1947 and parents, too, but I suppose things now. It used to be they didn’t have soon became active in the local have to change,” she concluded. all kinds of other activities to do Farmers Union. All of the NDFU youth leaders like summer sports. Now, kids are “I remember going to were honored this year during a pulled in so many directions,” Rude Jamestown and staying at the special convention luncheon held in explained. “It used to be church and dormitory for leadership training. Minot. s Farmers Union. Parents pushed it I went on several trips over the

Schwartzenberger leads youth Morgan Schwartzenberger is not a stranger to North Dakota Farmers Union and now, he has been named as the new youth director for Logan County. “This is where I started and now I can continue to improve the program and get kids excited by promoting Farmers Union. I want to continue to grow the program and get a lot more kids going to camp,” he said. For the last four years, Schwartzenberger has been part of the state summer staff for the youth camping program at Heart Butte. He was the camp director in 2012 and 2013. “There are so many


opportunities to grow within the Farmers Union family. This is a great organization and I have really benefitted from it. I want to encourage other kids to do the same,” he added. Schwartzenberger grew up in the Farmers Union family, attending day classes, camp and earning award trips. He was presented with the Torchbearer award, served on the State Youth Advisory Council and went on a National Farmers Union Fly-in. In 2012, he led the Torchbearer award ceremony at the state convention. In May of 2013, Schwartzenberger earned his education degree at the University

Morgan Schwartzenberger

of Mary and is now teaching business and computer classes at Napoleon High School. Schwartzenberger is also coaching volleyball and boy’s basketball. He is the oldest of seven siblings from Napoleon, N.D. s Union Farmer •

NDFU Member Relations Specialists Amanda Martin, Chelsey Thronson and Megan Berger teach the ag classes.

Living Ag Classrooms to begin soon Living Ag Classroom is an effort to educate North Dakota youth on where their food and fiber products come from. Living Ag Classroom efforts help fourth grade teachers integrate agricultural information into the science, math, social studies, language arts and other classes they teach. North Dakota Farmers Union’s booth theme, “From Producers 2 U,” gives an interactive overview of farmers and ranchers raising crops and animals through each season of the year. Students get a chance

to visualize the food production process, starting with seed and ending with the final product. 

Classroom Schedule:

• In Jamestown during the Ag Show - Jan. 15 at the Civic Center • In Minot during the KMOT Ag Expo - Jan. 29-30 at the North Dakota State Fair Center • In Bismarck - Feb. 11-12 at the Civic Center • In Fargo - March 3-7 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds

NDFU Member Relations Specialist Mary Mertens teaches students in class.

Submit a college essay and win a trip College students are invited to write an essay about the importance of cooperatives in North Dakota to earn a chance to attend the 2014 College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis. Essays should be submitted by Jan. 6, 2014, by 5 p.m. and e-mailed to jsundeen@ndfu. org or mailed to: NDFU College Conference, 1415 12th Ave. SE, Jamestown, ND 58401. To qualify, students must be currently enrolled and attending a college in North Dakota and must be a current member of North Dakota Farmers Union. Winners will be notified on Jan.13. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Sundeen at 800-366-8331 ext. 107. Every February, students from Union Farmer •

across the country attend the National Farmers Union Collegiate Conference on Cooperatives. Sponsored in part by the CHS Foundation and CoBank, the event attracts participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Montana and Colorado. This year, the conference is scheduled for Feb.14-16 and will feature presentations by cooperative leaders from all across the spectrum. The conference will build on student’s existing knowledge of cooperatives. It is beneficial to both beginning students and to those with some previous co-op education. CCOC participants visit CHS

headquarters and have heard, in the past, from cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts who have outlined the challenges facing co-ops. Students also tour housing, retail and marketing cooperatives across Minneapolis and St. Paul. More focused presentations have been given by members, directors, employees and managers from traditional and value-added agricultural cooperatives, as well as from electric, housing, and worker-owned co-ops. Students also have benefitted from listening to others involved in consumer cooperatives such as credit unions and Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op. s


Mark Heinz, Rolette County Farmers Union board member, serves beef stew to Rolette residents. 

Rolette County participates in NDFU Community Stewards program BY SHERI PETERSON, ROLETTE COUNTY FARMERS UNION

The Rolette County Farmers Union hosted a RADA (Rolette Area Development Association) supper on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Rolette Memorial Hall. Different community organizations host a supper each month. As a cost share program, RADA helps with the supper and clean up. The county hosted the supper for the Rolette Country Club as part of NDFU’s Community Stewards program. Nearly 40

people attended this event. Kristina Smith spoke about the Rolette Country Club and the various activities available there.  The Country Club received a $500 Community Stewards Grant from NDFU for the youth events they hold throughout the year, which was applied for by the Rolette County Farmers Union. Because Rolette is a small community, the Rolette Country Club host events for youth in the area to keep the community active and give the youth some enjoyment

Connie Lagerquist, a horticulturalist from the International Peace Gardens, spoke to Rolette County members during their “Wine and Roses” event. 14

throughout the whole year. Additionally, Lance Boyer, the financial products agent of Farmers Union Insurance, did a presentation on understanding the Affordable Care Act. Boyer answered questions and concerns and spoke on how Farmers Union Insurance is taking the lead for NDFU’s members on education about the Act, and where members can purchase health insurance.s

Wine & Roses event held

The Rolette County Farmers Union held its third annual “Wine & Roses” ladies event on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Rolette Memorial Hall. About 40 ladies from the community came and participated in the event. After wine tasting and lunch, everyone enjoyed listening to Connie Lagerquist’s presentation on landscaping with succulents. Lagerquist is the horticulturalist from the International Peace Gardens. After her talk, the ladies planted some succulents to take home and made rose bowls.s Union Farmer •

Check out new insurance website Farmers Union Insurance has unveiled a new website that is easy to use and easy on the eye. The new site visually coordinates with the Farmers Union Insurance logo and uses the brand colors. With a focus on the customer, the site is divided into several

sections. Click on the headers to access services, find an agent, get support or make a payment. The launch of the new site is among several technology initiatives that will be underway for the insurance company in 2014. Look for Farmers Union Insurance on Facebook and LinkedIn, too. s

Santa stops at Make-A-Wish event

Valley City Farmers Union Insurance agent Kirk Olson brought his family to the Fargo Force game including wife, Amber, and daughters, Olivia and Karina.

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Farmers Union Insurance partnered with Make-A-WishÂŽ North Dakota to sponsor a special night at the Fargo Force hockey game on Friday, Dec.13. Santa met with Make-A-Wish and Farmers Union Insurance families before the game. Santa also helped drop the puck at the beginning of the game and handed out presents to MakeA-Wish children. The kids celebrated with the team during post-game and visited the locker room to get autographs from all the players. Families and friends of both organizations were able to sit together, enjoy food and share individual stories. The Fargo Force game had 3,504 in attendance and a portion of the ticket sales went to Make-AWish North Dakota. s


College offers precision ag program

Open House held at Lake Region BY ANNE DENHOLM, NDFU

Lake Region State College hosted a week long celebration last month to officially unveil the Dakota Precision Ag Center. The public was invited to tour the facilities during a special open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 3. Area producers and extension representatives were also invited to attend educational seminars about using precision ag in agronomy and the value of remote sensing in crop production. Potential students were treated to career exploration, tours and a question and answer session. Dakota Precision Ag Center Director Paul Gunderson said, “We wanted to showcase what we’ve

done here. We hope you will savor our excitement as we partner with agricultural entities in the design and development of precision agriculture tools and technologies, as well as training students, technicians and agricultural producers in their use.” The center has 23 students currently enrolled in the program with three more to join during the spring semester. With two classrooms equipped with smart boards plus a multi-purpose room and a spacious shop area, students have plenty of room to explore technologies. “We can bring in sprayers, combines or any kind of equipment so we can demonstrate in the

About the Dakota Precision Ag Center Lake Region State College’s degree program in agriculture was revived in part to a U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded in 2012. With funding in place, the college partnered with a local implement dealer and is leasing a building just 1.5 miles north of the campus. The academic program meshes well with the Dakota


Precision Ag Center, which was established under North Dakota’s Center of Excellence initiative to foster high quality research, respond to private-sector need for product-related research and development, and contribute to a quality environment for technological job development with North Dakota. The vision of the Dakota Precision Ag Center is to become the premier center for

shop exactly what we talk about in the classroom. We have a very holistic approach to learning,” said Assistant Director and instructor Brad Mathson. Mathson explained that students are able to see and handle the equipment. “They learn how to troubleshoot, program, install and calibrate the equipment. They learn to use the right tool in the right situation through precision agriculture technology. This center will provide a good, solid foundation that will allow them to pursue many different venues. This is a way for students to learn, understand and manipulate information so that data can increase the return on investment.” s

technological applications in North American agriculture. Students in the precision ag program will take core courses at this facility. Workforce training programs also will take place at this site and a traveling classroom also is being constructed to take the program on the road to employers and others needing the training outside the region. s Union Farmer •



ABOVE: Dakota Plains Cooperative in Valley City hosted their annual open house on Saturday, Dec. 14. Customers stopped by for holiday refreshments, store discounts and wagon rides around the co-op property. BELOW: General manager Ken Astrup dressed up as Old Saint Nick. Pictured is two-year-old Gray and six-month-old Riggs Kasowski of Valley City.

Barb Mewes of Colgate won an iPad from NDFU after signing up to win a prize during Big Iron Farm Show.

The Jamestown Lions Club sponsored a December blood drive held at the NDFU state office.

Senator John Hoeven hosted a community forum in Hettinger on Dec. 13 to discuss progress of the farm bill. Senator Hoeven updated ranchers and farmers on the Livestock Indemnity Program, enhanced crop insurance and other components of the bill. He also discussed the impact of the October blizzard that caused enormous herd losses.

During a University of North Dakota hockey game, District Director Terry Borstad posed as Santa Claus and rode the Zamboni around the rink, waving at children. The Grinch was also at the game and chased Santa Borstad around the ice arena. Union Farmer •

Williams County Farmers Union held their annual Cooperative Directors’ Appreciation Evening at the James Memorial Art Center in Williston. 17

Will we see you in Santa Fe?

The National Farmers Union 112th Anniversary Convention is right around the corner! The convention will begin on the evening of Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and runs through Tuesday, March 11. Registration is available now at Hotel reservation information is also on the website – be sure to make your arrangements soon, as time is limited to receive the Farmers Union discounted rates.

Farm Bill Conference Committee inches toward the finish line

The farm bill conference committee, tasked with working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, has missed its yearend deadline but continues to work toward a final report and floor passage in January. Agriculture Committee leaders and their staff continued to meet on the farm bill until leaving town before Christmas. Reports from The Hill say that several titles of the farm bill have been negotiated, including


conservation programs, credit, research and horticulture. Other parts of the bill that are considered relatively non-controversial will likely be discussed in a similar way. On the other hand, public battles are being fought on more hotbutton topics.

Country-of-Origin Labeling

COOL is the hottest topic in the farm bill in recent weeks. As NFU and allies warned, the study language on COOL in the House farm bill is a Trojan horse. Instead of calling for further research into how COOL will comply with World Trade Organization obligations, COOL opponents are using the provision to interject the idea of repealing or weakening the COOL statute. NFU and our allies are fighting back to defend COOL. It is now more important than ever that all Farmers Union members tell their senators and representatives why consumers have the right to know about the origins of their food. Negotiations over commodity programs are also a big issue among the farm bill conferees. NFU largely favors the House’s version of the farm safety net, which includes fixed target prices to

provide protection from long-term price collapse, although efforts to strike a deal are underway. The level of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) remains the biggest piece of the puzzle. Once a compromise number is found – between the $4 billion cut in the Senate and the $40 billion in the House – the passage of a final bill becomes plausible and other issues like COOL and commodity programs may be quickly resolved. Because of this uncertain timeline, it’s important for NFU to keep the pressure on to support our farm bill priorities.

Women’s Conference

NFU has partnered with Annie’s Project to put on another Women’s Conference in January. Mark your calendar for Jan. 11-15, 2014, to come to Clearwater Beach, Fla., with other women leaders in agriculture. The program promises to provide risk management insights for your family farm operation; leadership development, inspiration, networking; and lessons in the business of teamwork through cooperatives. Don’t delay! Register at www.NFU. org/education. s

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Founding Farmers:

It has been another great year for Farmers Restaurant Group! Our Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers restaurants are bustling with thousands of happy (and well-fed) guests each and every day, and we are thrilled to continue serving them our delicious farm-to-table fare, and to share this round-up with you. The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink From the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers has been really well received, and sales are brisk, both nationally and around the Washington, D.C., region. We are grateful and humbled by the response from our loyal guests and amazing followers from all over, and look forward to seeing and hearing more about the recipes and meals they prepare from the cookbook. And as we begin a new year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on other great highlights from 2013:

Awards & Recognition

Best Contemporary American Restaurant and Best Downtown Lunch (Washington City Paper, Readers’ Choice award winners) • Best Bloody Mary, Best Cocktail Selection and Best Sunday Brunch (Washington City Paper, Readers’ Choice award finalists) • Best Potomac Restaurant (Bethesda Magazine, Bethesda, Union Farmer •


• Green Award (Bethesda

Magazine) • Great Bars winner (Washingtonian Magazine) • Best Vegetarian, Best Brunch and Best Cocktails (Washington Post: Express Night Out Best of 2013) • Greenest Restaurant winner for D.C.-metro area (The Nature Conservancy’s Second Annual 2013 Nature’s Plate Award)

Business and Community Involvement

In its fourth successful year (and counting), our Scholarship for Sustainable Hospitality, created to help a George Washington University (GW) student working toward a career in hospitality and business, allows us the rewarding opportunity each year of giving back and supporting our youth. This year, Founding Farmers was proud to partner with the U.S. Healthful Food Council in becoming one of the first restaurants in the nation to be “REAL Verified.” Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a voluntary, pointsbased nutrition and sustainable best practices certification program which recognizes restaurants for their commitment to operating sustainably, emphasizing nutrition, providing transparency and serving a quality product. Farmers Restaurant Group is always happy to support projects that benefit the environment and food sustainability like the

The year in review creation of apiaries such as ours (established in partnership with George Washington University) and those created this year by The Sweet Virginia Foundation and George Mason University in order to grow the honey bee population, and hence promote sustainable practices. Along with the more than three dozen special fundraising and charity-based events that we supported with in-person food sampling, demonstrations, bartending support or giveaways, we also worked with organizations in the community to lend a hand and give back. We lent some green support to Bread for the City by sponsoring several trees at the organization’s Maryland orchard, which houses orchards providing over 45,000 lbs. of fresh fruit each year to help feed the area’s hungry. We also worked with several children’s sports teams and activity-based organizations across Montgomery County, M.D., and were a partnership sponsor for several 5K and 10K road races.

Press, Radio and TV Coverage

Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers were featured in hundreds of national, regional and local publications, as well as through online sources, and on local and state broadcasts on TV from D.C. to N.D. this year. Coverage included: USA Today, Zagat,, Grand Forks, Escape Travel, Houston Style Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, DC Style magazine, The Daily Meal, Read, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, Brightest Young Things, TasteDC, and features from Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” continue to run and each time there’s a rebroadcast, we get great guest response! From everyone at our farm to everyone at yours, we wish you all the best for a prosperous New Year ... we look forward to seeing you at our tables! s 19

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FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 3,000 gal. NH3 tanks, $3,000 each; JD 924R header, works good, $2,000. 7646410, Casey Lund, Killdeer. FOR SALE 1948-49 Minneapolis Moline UTS, been painted, runs and operates good, $1,200. 866-2086, Mike Schaefer, Kathryn. FOR SALE Bear Cat grinder mixer with many screens, been shedded and not used for 15 yrs.; Morris 56’ hyd. harrow chemical tank & hyd. pump w/12 1/2” teeth; Morris 27’ chisel plow w/Gandy chemical applicator, electric NH3, 3 bar harrows, Langley NH3 carbide tips, tips only used on 100 acres; Morris 29’ chisel plow, beaver tails, 3 bar harrow; Valmar 160 chemical applicator, hyd. fan, ground drive; Valmar 1655 chemical applicator with fitted tarp, been shedded; Acme tank heater, cast iron, coal or wood. 338-2004 or 626-1492, Leo Thomas, Velva. FOR SALE IHC 50T baler; Schulte RS hyd. rock picker; F10 Farmhand w/weigh all Snoco bale loader; h.d. Russell Reliance 10’ grader; 10’ h.d. V packer; 5 bottom packer w/hitch; 8 steel grain bins w/steel floor, 1,000-12,400 bu.; Peterson dual rims, 18.4-34 to 232.1-30; Letz 163 burr mill; 11’ wide push-all hay basket for DuAl loader; push-off hay basket or DuAl loader; Versatile 8”x50’ pto. auger. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE JD 8650, slight fire damage in hinge area, 1,000 hrs. on major engine overhaul. 2632050, Jerry Cunningham, Lansford. FOR SALE 2 - 605 C Vermeer balers; lick tank for liquid mineral; Flexi-Coil 2320 tow behind cart; JD 912 picker; JD 924 rigid header; JD 7720 combine, always shedded; hyd. drill fill, hyd drag auger; Summers Ultra sprayer, 90’ with booms, 1,000 gal. tank, rinse tank with F&S foam marker; MacDon Premier swather, 25’, pt., always shedded; 400 Versatile swather, 20’ for parts; JD 930 head with sunflower pans; GB Hi-lift loader, 4010 mounts; 28’ van trailer with 3,000 gal. water tank, 2 mixing cones, 2” pump; 610 JD chisel plow with anhydrous; 41’ with harrows; 1981 Ford F80 MHV tandem with remote, lift hoist and end gate; 2 - 1,000 gal. anhydrous tanks. 626-7180, Daryl Verbitsky, Butte. 20

FOR SALE 21’ Oliver disk, spring loaded wings, dual tires on each side, $1,500; 2 - 10’ 620 IH press drills, reconditioned, will work behind disk, $2,200. 400-5742, Jerry Miller, Mandan. FOR SALE Harriston bean cutter, 6 row, 30”, mid mount, always shedded, Raedel hard surface knives. 740-4174 or 593-6397, James Erickson, Fordville. FOR SALE Gear box drive from Westfield auger, secondary drive for jump auger w/reverser, $400; garbage compactor for 1 ton truck, 6 yd. garbage compactor; 9’ New Holland sickle mower, 3 pt., Model 456, new drive box, 2 new sickles, new U-joints; 4 - 30 lb. suitcase wts; 240 bu. feed wagon, 2 hoppers, 2 augers, hyd. drive, with or without heavy trailer; 400 amp Airco welder, 3 ph. electric, welds steel or aluminum, $300 of new tips and cones, rolls wire, on heavy cart, $1,200. 789-0966, Allen Gruman, Cooperstown. FOR SALE 2004 Kenworth W900, Cummins 475, 10 spd., black, nice, $37,500; 50’ Flexi-Coil 7500 seeder, 7.25 space, very nice, $19,500; 1989 JD 544D payloader with JRB Quicktach + 2 3/4 yard bucket, 8,800 hrs., new tires, new trans., $32,500; 1992 JD 8960, 370 hp., 20.8 x 42 triples, 3 hyd., Difflock radar, very nice and clean, only $42,500. 549-3420, Shane Heck, Cavalier. FOR SALE Several (3) JD 510 round balers, will sell them all for reasonable price or $500 ea., good condition. 528-4222 evenings, Ronnie Haugen, Alamo. FOR SALE 2 - 18.4x26, 12 ply, 23% angle, Firestone tires on rims, 90% tread on tires, $800 for the pair; 2 round metal bale feeders, $100 ea. 572-7282, Dennis Barkie, Williston. FOR SALE 2007 New Holland hay conditioner, Model 499, bought new in 2008 for $25,000, asking $12,000, with some parts. 477-5487, Allen Schlenvogt, Belcourt. FOR SALE Farmall/International Super M tractor, Serial # F42307, runs good, needs paint, $1,800. 244-2180, Elmer Boucher, Rolette.

FOR SALE MDS manufacturers attachments for any tractor loader/payloader - MDS Rockbadger w/ skid-steer or payloader mounts; 7’ & 8’ MDS scoops w/ universal Euro mounts; 7’ MDS scoop w/ skid-steer mount; 8’ MDS scoops and grapples for JD 148, 158, and 740 classic-tach; MDS Shurlock quick-tach scoop mounting system for JD 145, 146, 148, 158, 168 loaders; other MDS attachments available; 7’ JD scoop w/JD global-mount (same as Euro-mount); new 5’ & 6’ JD scoops w/wo. grapple with 300-400-500 series JD mount; Koyker 545-loader w/ 8’ scoop & grapple; Koyker 645 loader w/ 9’ scoop & grapple (JD mounts); 7’ Koyker quick-tach scoop; JD 146 loader w/ 7’ scoop; 8’ JD 280 scoop; 4 - 55” - 80” skid-steer scoops; F-11 & F-10 loaders and loader parts; used 8 1/2’ scoop and grapple for NH Bi-directional 7614 loader. 709-0103, Alan Wald, Edgeley.

FOR SALE 8 row IH cultivator, Model 133; 8 row Westgo cultivator, Model 2010; 20’ IH rotary hoe; 8-30 IH 500 planter; 2 sets single rib tires and rims, 750x20. 5242281, Lyle Ness, Sharon. FOR SALE Fair snowblower, double fans, 540 pto, 80 chain, 6’ with extensions to 8’, hyd. driven spouts, $3,200; 258 Farmhand loader with JD mounts, $2,200. 286-7345, Marc Sundquist, Baldwin. FOR SALE 28’ -53’ semi van trailers, many nice southern trailers, good for spray trailers; tanks and spray parts; 45’ - 53’ storage trailers; 36’ new hopper bottom trailer. 474-5780, Richard Rydell, Fairmount. FOR SALE Melroe #903 6 bottom plow, 16”, heavy duty with reset mechanism. 824-2084, Esther Kuehn, Mott. FOR SALE Massey Ferguson T035 tractor, new front tires and battery, $2,500. 872-4512, Troy Tescher, Beach. FOR SALE Set of good used tractor chains from MIH 13.4x38. 270-0184, Harold Severson, Lakota. FOR SALE 2001 JD 7410, MFWD, high chop with Allied 995 loaded, $35,000; JD 9750 STS RWA combine, $57,000; 630 flexhead with Crary air bar, $14,000; 936 Versatile, 20.8x42 tires - 75%, 7,700 hrs, $28,000; 2 - 1994 CornhuskerAL hoppers, $20,000 for the pair. 361-4403 or 261-9999, Gary Christianson, Fargo. WANTED Used 900-20 truck tires, preferably steerers. 263-2050, Jerry Cunningham, Lansford. WANTED Allis Chalmers B tractor with attached sickle mower, in any condition, both tractor and mower needed for parts. 5800306, Russ Timmreck, Alexander. WANTED 60’-70’ Degeleman, Morris or Gates harrow drag, reasonable price. 528-4222 evenings, Ronnie Haugen, Alamo.

FEED AND SEED FOR SALE Hay, big square bales, 4x4x8, 1st and 2nd cut alfalfa, also alfalfa-meadow brome. 677-5685, 290-4685, 290-2363, Ken Lefor, South Heart. FOR SALE Barlow hard red spring wheat seed, Registered or Certified class, delivery and totes available. 739-0191, Brian Ludwig, New Rockford. FOR SALE Feed oats, about 700 bushels. 357-8461, Bette Wagner, Forbes. FOR SALE 140 alfalfa hay bales, 1,400# average per bale, net wrapped, $45/bale, will sell any amount, 8 mi. SW of Williston. 7749608, Leon Lippert, Williston. Union Farmer •

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Radiant kerosene heater, 23,000 BTU, heats up to 1,000 sq. ft., operates on a 1.9 gal. tank for 12 hrs., new, $75. 6932306, Steve Vetter, Harvey. FOR SALE Horse collars & related items; 45 used utility poles, 35’-50’ long; used tires - 6 Bridgestone tires 245-75-R16; 4 - 22560-R16 M&S; 4 used Firestone P26570-R16 M&S; 3 Michelin P225-60-R16 M&S; 4 Hercules Ultra 215-70-R15; 2 Co-op Ready Grip G78-15 MS studded, less than 2,000 mi. on Ford wheels; 2 Firestone L78-15 studded; 2 P25-75 R15 Cooper Weathermaster studded, less than 2,000 mi.; 2 P125-75 R15 Goodyear studded on Ford wheels; 2 P215-75 R15 Sears Snow Handlers. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE 2 snow buckets for skidsteer, 1 - 7’ new, 1 - 8’ new, never used, $800 for 7’, $900 for 8’, no tax. 647-2160 or 830-0106, Gene Taszarek, Kulm. FOR SALE 12’ hard wood stock rack, red, factory made, like new; Worksaver 3 pt. fence post digger, 3 augers; 2 cream separators, electric #518 and #S16 with crank, both with complete attachments. 597-3730,, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE Miller welder generator; 2 - 18.4 x 16.1 bar tires on 8 bolt rims. 883-5889, Milton Ostby, LaMoure. FOR SALE 214 John Deere garden tractor with 48” mower deck, 36” snow blower, has a hard cab but the drivers door is missing, $1,600. LeRoy Fleming, Ashley.FOR SALE One hp. meat grinder, purchased several years ago from Cabela’s, used 2 times, can not tell that it has been used, half price of new. 270-0184, Harold Severson, Lakota. FOR SALE New tires, reduced price; 2-520/85R42 Michelin; 2-52/85R42 Firestone; 4-520/85R42 GY Ultratorques; 8-480/80R42 Dynatorques, 8-18.4x38x8 ply Titans; 4-18.4x34x8 ply GY Duratorques; 2-BKT16.9x24x8 ply; GY20.8R42; GY Versatorque 18.4R34xx10 ply bidirectional; 8-Titan HD 12x16.5x10 ply skidsteer; 8-Titan HD 10x16.5x8 ply skidsteer; 2-30.5x32x12 ply Titan; 2-30.5x32x26 ply Titan. 709-0103, Allen Wald, Edgeley. FOR SALE Larson piston coal stoker, 250# hopper, $250. 286-7345, Marc Sundquist, Baldwin. FOR SALE 3 15” seat roping saddles – Texas Trail, roughout leather, covered stirrups; Star of Texas, padded seat, basketweave pattern, rawhide stirrups; Billy Cook, nearly new condition, padded seat, basketweave pattern, rawhide stirrups. 357-8461, Bette Wagner, Forbes. Union Farmer •

FOR SALE Mixed firewood logs and split, $75 a pickup load; ash and hardwood apple, $100 a pickup load; Polaris good running snowmobile, $800. 663-8358, Ron Frank, Mandan.

FOR SALE Used tires for sale: 6- 28Lx26x10 or 12 ply Goodyear@75-90% (4 on JD rims); 8-20.8R42 Firestone@50%; 4-380/85R34 GY@75%; 3-480/80R46 GY-Ultratorque@75%; 8-520/85R42 GY Ultratorque@75%; 2-18.4R46 FS@60%; 2-420/80R46 FS@50%; 1-23.1R30x12 ply Titan@75%; 4-18.4R46 Titan@40%; 3-18.4R46 GY@40%; 8-20.8R42 GY @50%; 2-18.4x26x10 ply GY@80% on 8-bolt; 1-420/85R34 Michelin@90%; 1-18.4x26x6 ply FS diamond tread@90%; 8-18.4R46@40%; 6-20.8R38 Taurus@40%; 2-23.1x26 Titan@30%; 4-20.8x38@40%; 8-11-22.5x12 ply FS@60%; 4-20.8x38 @40%; 8-11x22.5x12 ply FS@50%; 6-8x22.5x8 ply (new); 8-12.5x18x10 ply FS@95% mounted on Cat compact pay-loader rims; 2-11.2x24 GY@90%; 1- 20.8x34 FS@30%; 2-16.9x3@90%; 2-16.9Rx34@50%; 8-520/85R42 Michelin@70%; 3-710/70R38@50-70%; 2-14.9R46 band duals w/hardware@50%; 2-Case IH 14.9x34-12 bolt front dual rims & spacers for 22” rows; other rims, bands, hardware, etc. 709-0103, Alan Wald, Edgeley. FOR SALE 8’ pickup box from a 1997 Ford pickup; Badlands Cedar posts, 4” - 8” x 8’ long, $5 apiece. 872-4512, Troy Tescher, Beach. FOR SALE 2008 37’ Escalade K2 5th wheel camper, loaded, $49,900. 361-4403 or 261-9999, Gary Christianson, Fargo. FOR SALE Troybilt hydrostatic riding lawn mower with snow blower, used 1 season, like new. 754-2996, Irene Kuhn, Napoleon. WANTED Prairie dog hunters to come and hunt on my land, make reservations now. 597-3730 or, Larry Nagel, Shields. WANTED Parts for a John Deere 45EV or an Echo 440 EVL chainsaw, need the ignition parts, the rest doesn’t matter. 218-779-8429, Ralph Jenson, Reynolds. WANTED Complete windmills that work or parts for a windmill. 789-0966, Allen Gruman, Cooperstown. WANTED Snowmobiles, 1980 and older, especially John Deere, need not be running, for parts also; vintage snowmobile clothing or helmets, any brand or type. 252-4916 or 269-1166, Tyler Thoms, Spiritwood. WANTED Crocks, jugs with store advertising; old metal advertising signs, gas pumps, old metal oil cans, old advertising clocks or thermometers; old road signs, traps, knives, shell boxes, guns, old pop or old medicine bottles; old highway road signs; old 1 lb. coffee tin cans; ND pottery, carnival glass; ND books - 50 yrs. in the saddle. 258-0420 or 220-5746, Val Ganje, Bismarck.

WANTED 200-300 gal. fuel tank or service tank. 529-4881, Paul Kastner, Douglas. GIVE AWAY House for moving or to tear down. 7542996, Irene Kuhn, Napoleon.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 2008 Ford Focus SES, 70,000 mi., excellent cond., one owner, $9,995. 269-7662. George Barnes, Jamestown. FOR SALE 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe 4 dr. sedan, very nice original car that has had the engine rebuilt, clutch replaced and repainted, runs and drives very nice, $5,900; 1968 Cadillac Deville sedan, 99,000 mi., $1,500 in new dual exhaust and manifold gaskets, runs and drives very nice, $3,900. 866-2086, Mike Schaefer, Kathryn. FOR SALE 1996 Ford truck, 20’ flat bed, Alison transmission, 12,500 mi., good tires. 8835889, Milton Ostby, LaMoure. FOR SALE 2005 Trailblazer, 91,500 mi., sunroof, straight line 6, Bose speakers, CD player, tow package, auto windows, seats and the drivers seat is heated, passenger side quit working, $8,500. 226-2406, Bob Jangula, Lincoln. FOR SALE 1945 Chevy 1 1/2 ton truck, runs and drives good, $1,500; 1987 Ford Ranger pickup - front clip with V6 motor, radiator, 5 spd., OD trans., no box or rear end, 8’ long all metal topper fully enclosed side doors, vertical rear doors, white in color, $1,200; new windshield and new left front fender for a 93-97 Dodge Intrepid, $125 each; 4 wheels for 2007 Jeep Liberty, 255-75R16; Austin Western front axle w/ tires and wheels from road grader. 7890966, Allen Gruman, Cooperstown. FOR SALE 1982 Ford 2 1/2 ton truck with 12’ gravel box, head lift hoist, new hyd. pump, V8, 5 spd., 900x20 tires, 80% tire, 48,000 mi., $6,000; 1995 Dodge Dakota, 4x4 extended cab, V6, 5 spd., high mi., $1,000 cash. 286-7345, Marc Sundquist, Baldwin. FOR SALE 1981 Buick Century, auto on floor, bucket seats, air, factory installed V8, 4.3 liter motor, mint cond.; 1951 straight eight Buick. 597-3730 or, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT, 2.4 Turbo, 61,500 mi., 5 spd., sunroof, red w/tan interior, excellent cond., new tires, pics available. 435-2618 or 269-1691 leave message, Duane Thoms, Courtenay. FOR SALE 1963 GMC grain truck, 1 1/2 ton, 13’ Knapheide box, hoist and stock rack, 65,000 mi., very good condition, always shedded. 824-2084, Esther Kuehn, Mott. 21



FOR SALE 2008 Chevy Impala SS, 4 door, V-8, 62,000 miles. Very clean, well maintained car. Always garaged. $13,900 obo. Call or text Nick Dreyer, 701-720-2314.

FOR SALE or LEASE Commercial Property - Alamo school building and block 9, Williams Co., ND, located in the Bakken, 36 mi. NE of Williston, gymnasium renovated into a 66’x120’ shop with 18’ overhead door, has 400 amp., 3 phase service, lots of potential, use it for your oil field business or renovate the school into housing/motel, school is 3 floors-approx. 80’x80’, all brick construction, potential for commercial water development as there is a high producing well on the property, willing to lease shop. 570-4660 or 528-4766, Rockey Hewson, Alamo.

FOR SALE 1989 Mercury Marquis; 1985 F350 Ford dually, diesel; MacDon 3600 Prairie Star Model, pull-type swather; Cenex 2,200 bu. grain bin to be moved; 1973 900 Series 1 Versatile; truck mounted drill fill auger; misc. parts for N6 or N7 Gleaner combine. 228-3161, Lathan Romsos, Bottineau.


LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Holstein bull calves, one day to one week old, have been given all shots and colostrum. 489-3256 or 269-1124, Randy Rosemore, Jamestown. FOR SALE 2 APHA registered colts, 1 black/white filly, 1 sorrel stud colt, born spring 2013, sire is black/white, $200 ea., call for more info. 845-3485 or 850-9089, Steve Faehnrich, Mobridge, SD.

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The fight for ethanol market share continues Recent legislation to reduce ethanol use in transportation fuel has spurred a lot of controversy across the country. Some groups are vehemently opposed and openly criticize ethanol, saying it increases fuel prices for consumers, pits food versus fuel and creates vehicle engine problems. These arguments are based on misinformation. Here are the facts: Nearly all gasoline sold today is blended with 10% ethanol (E-10). The addition of ethanol into our energy mix extends the national fuel supply, lowering prices at the pump. The impact of ethanol production on wholesale gasoline prices has saved consumers $1.09 per gallon on average or about $1,200 in savings per household in a year, based on a 2012 study by Iowa State University. Secondly, critics of renewable fuel claim growing our own fuel causes increased food prices in the supermarket. According to Fuels America, the price of corn is the lowest it has been in three years ($4.41 a bushel compared to the peak of $8.49 in 2012), yet food prices have not come down. Only 16 percent (16¢ of the consumer food dollar) can be traced back to farm inputs, like

corn or wheat. The rest goes to costs for transportation, packaging, marketing, labor and the like. And researchers at the World Bank have identified crude oil as the number one determinant of global food prices, not corn. Ethanol is too often blamed for high livestock feed costs. A recent Iowa State University study shows that completely eliminating the RFS would only reduce corn prices by less than 5 percent. Ethanol production creates a valuable byproduct called distillers grains, a major source of livestock feed. This byproduct constitutes the equivalent of one-third of the corn used in ethanol production. Fear, driven by Big Oil, also continues to perpetuate the notion that ethanol destroys engines. While ethanol, in some cases, can affect seasonal vehicles or vehicles manufactured before 1996, most are compatible with E-10. For older motors, a premium grade fuel stabilizer additive can be used to

avoid fuel separation, absorb excess water, increase fuel economy, and clean the fuel tank to avoid sediment buildup that can clog fuel filters. But the fact is, engine manufacturers continue to update systems to support renewable fuels and products are rigorously tested. E-15, for example, is the most tested fuel in the history of the automobile industry and has been found to be completely engine safe. In November, EPA released its 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) targets. Unfortunately, the proposed targets are a big step backward for farmers and the biofuels industry. The Administration’s willingness to reduce total renewable fuel requirements by 16 percent is based on the oil industry’s fictitious “blend wall” argument, in which they say it is impossible to blend more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. Is it an impossibility or just unwillingness to give up market share to ethanol? Lowering renewable fuel targets below that which can be produced, and below what is already being produced, will sink corn prices, kill jobs and damage rural economies. We can and must do better to grow America’s energy independence in an environmentally responsible manner. s

Changes to staff at NDFU office

NDFU President Mark Watne has made several changes to the staff including hiring Kayla Pulvermacher and Carla Edinger. Pulvermacher will begin her new duties as the legislative team

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leader on Jan. 2, 2014. Edinger joins the staff on Jan. 6 as the member advocacy team leader. Other employees have been reorganized, giving team leader roles to Dane Braun as the head

of cooperative development and special projects; Jessica Haak to lead young membership and education and Pam Musland in charge of marketing and communications. s


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A poem written by NDFU member Terry Jacobson The cold of the new year squeezes moisture from the air in tiny crystalline flakes that reflect the hardness of the regime in which they were formed. Gone are the gentle winter temperatures we enjoyed in December. We all know it is time to live with the cold, a time to know coldness. The cats huddle together, the animals are slow to rise from their straw beds. I linger over my hot coffee.

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January 2014 Union Farmer  
January 2014 Union Farmer  

Monthly magazine for North Dakota Farmers Union