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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 day to welcome in 2012 photo by Vivian Hernandez/NDFU

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CELEBRATING 85 YEARS January 2012 – Volume 59 Number 1

Warming up to a stove this winter?

While wood-burning and pellet stoves can be efficient, they can also be dangerous. Ask yourself these four questions: 1. Was it installed by a professional? 2. What’s above, under and around my stove? 3. When was my stove last cleaned and by whom? 4. How do I dispose of the ashes?

Have a safe new year! 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 $5 for members (paid in membership dues) and $12 for non-members. NDFU membership dues are $25 annually. Periodicals postage paid at Fargo, ND.


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS/EDITOR: Anne Denholm 1-800-366-8331 •

STATE DIRECTORS: Jon Erickson; James Kerzman; Wes Niederman Jr.; Dennis Stromme; Ben Vig

President: Elwood “Woody” Barth Vice President: Bob Kuylen Secretary: Ellen Linderman Treasurer: Terry Borstad

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: NDFU PO Box 2136 Jamestown N.D. 58402-2136 Copies mailed this issue: 34,810 • USPS 016-211

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Summit to feature ag leaders

by Anne Denholm, NDFU

Several nationally recognized experts will be featured at the first precision agriculture action summit on Monday, Jan. 16 and Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Jamestown at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center. Lanny Faleide will address the conference the first afternoon about using mobile devices to track field development. Faleide explained, “We want producers to understand their market and how their fields are growing. They need to use technology and access the satellite information and be on top of how to be more efficient. Today’s phones are very powerful and we can push the data to a mobile environment and be more accessible to farmers.” Faleide is president of Agri ImaGIS Technologies which provides remote sensing to the agricultural community. In 1994, Faleide founded and developed Agri ImaGIS to market satellite imagery to the ag industry through its web-based geo spatial information systems. Agri ImaGIS was the first to develop an e-commerce web site to deliver satellite imagery of farm fields anywhere in the United States and Canada. Their satellite system allows farmers to access a picture of their field from space-based satellites. It provides tools to analyze the field in how best to apply chemicals and fertilizer in the most efficient way. A wide range of speakers will address the economics of implementing a precision ag strategy and how to effectively do it. Keynote speaker, Dr. Lowell Catlett, is a regent’s professor/dean Union Farmer •

Event sponsors • Red River Valley Research Corridor • North Dakota Farmers Union • North Dakota State University Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering • Dakota Center for Precision Agriculture at Lake Region State College • Keynote sponsor Farm Credit Services

Lanny Faleide will discuss using mobile devices like I-pads to receive information about the field. His company was the first to develop an e-commerce web site to deliver satellite imagery of farms.

and chief administrative officer at New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Catlett is an internationally known futurist who will speak about technologies and their implications. Dr. Terry Griffin, associate professor of economics at the University of Arkansas, will discuss the effects of economics on farmer adoption of precision agriculture. Griffin specializes in production economics and row-crop farm management. Chair of the Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Dr. Scott A. Shearer, will speak on the Controller Area Network (CAN) applications for distributed control systems for seeding equipment, evaluating the accuracy of yield monitoring technologies, developing enhanced sensing techniques to improve the accuracy quality of yield monitor data, and assessing and quantifying machinery limitations on variable rate applications. The summit is an opportunity to share precision agriculture research, technology and needs among farmers, industry, consultants and university personnel. The agenda features presentations on the economics of precision agriculture, GPS and wireless communication applications, sprayer and planting equipment, mapping, and in-field and remote sensing technologies.  Continuing education units (CEU) will be available for certified crop advisors. To register, visit precisioinagsummit or call (701) 499-6994. s 3

Check out the summit agenda January 16

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast 9:30 – 9:50 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Remarks: • Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor • Woody Barth, President of North Dakota Farmers Union • Dr. Paul Gunderson, Director, Dakota Precision Ag Center at Lake Region State College • John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University 9:50 – 10:45 a.m.   Keynote Speaker • Lowell Catlett, Futurist and Dean of the College of Agriculture at New Mexico State University 10:45 – 11 a.m. Break 11 – 12 Noon  Industry Solutions in Telematics: Communication from Office to Equipment • John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University (Moderator) • Shannon Cameron, AMS Regional Specialist, John Deere • Bruce Ristau, Precision Farming Specialist, CNH Telematics • Denton Schwiesow, US Sales Manager, Raven Industries • Marlin Melander, ATS Product Management for AGCO Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (in exhibition area) 1 – 1:45 p.m. Featured Speaker 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Equipment for Precision Applications • Dr. Scott Shearer, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University (moderator) • Darryl Justesen, Amity Technologies • Denton Schwiesow, US Sales Manager, Raven Industries • Guy Swanson, Exactrix 2:45 – 3 p.m. Break 3 – 3:30 p.m. Featured Speaker on future development in Precision, Geospatial, and Remote Sensing Technologies - Moving to Mobile!! Tracking your Farm on the Phone • Lanny Faleide, CEO Agri ImaGIS 4

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Critical Challenges and Obstacles to Mapping • Shawn Kasperick, Simplot • Kelly Sharp, Geek Tech • Paul Overby, Farmworks & SatShot • Shannon Cameron, AMS Regional Specialist, John Deere 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. GPS & Guidance Technologies • Paul Aakre, University of Minnesota - Crookston (Moderator) • John Pointon, Omnistar • Aaron Seifert, Precision Ag Technology Support Specialist, Ziegler CAT • Shannon Cameron, AMS Regional Specialist, John Deere 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.  Networking Social in Exhibition Area

January 17:

8:15 – 9 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:15 – 10 a.m. Keynote speaker on the Economics of Precision Agriculture • Terry Griffin, Associate Professor and Extension Economist, University of Arkansas 10 – 10:15 p.m. Break

10:15 – 11:30 p.m. Producer and Practitioner Session • Eric Halverson, Vice President of Technology at Black Gold Farms • Gary Wagner, President of AWG Farms • Paul Overby, Verdi-Plus • Paul Backstrom 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Remote Sensing Applications Satellite Aerial - UAV - ISS - Ground based - LIDAR • Doug McDonald, Red River Valley Research Corridor • Maynard Herting, Executive Director of Unmanned Applications Institute International (UAII) • Bob Nutsch, GIS Coordinator, State of North Dakota • Doug Olsen, Associate Director, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium • John Nowatzki, Agricultural Machine Systems Specialist at North Dakota State University 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Near Earth Sensors 2:45 – 3 p.m. Closing session – Where do we go from here? • Dr. Paul Gunderson, Director, Dakota Center for TechnologyOptimized Agriculture at Lake Region State College s

Precision Agriculture ACTION SUMMIT Jan. 16-17


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visits local co-op Dakota Plains Cooperative hosts holiday event It was Santa Day at Dakota Plains Cooperative in Valley City on Saturday, Dec. 17, and that meant big savings to area customers. In addition to merchandise discounts and a truck load pizza sale, the cooperative sponsored sleigh rides and pictures with Santa Claus. A wide assortment of holiday treats were served, too. The local chamber of commerce got into the action as well by holding a grand prize giveaway for an I-pad and $500 in chamber bucks. s Kelse Schulz, age 6, and her two-year-old sister, Kassidy, sat on Santa’s lap and whispered their special Christmas wishes to Old Saint Nick.

Six month old Lucian Foster and his mom Casey joined in the fun, too!

Farmers Union Insurance agent Tyler VanBruggen brought his daughter Kylie to visit Santa before the holidays. At right, Valley City Chamber of Commerce volunteer Elaine Walls helped serve treats with 20 year employee Loretta Roehrich (center) and Rob Olsted who has worked for Dakota Plains for three years. Union Farmer •


International “Year of Cooperatives”

Dakota Plains Cooperative in Valley City has two Cenex stations to service their customers.

Coloring contest winners announced by Anne Denholm, NDFU

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives throughout the world. In North Dakota, a coloring contest was sponsored by the North Dakota Coordinating Council for Cooperatives to kick off the new year. Winners from each category were awarded with a $200 cash prize. Using the theme “Cooperative enterprises build a better world,” children in grades 4–12 were asked to create an 11”x17” poster using colors, markers or paint. The theme underscores the importance of the impact on local communities. It is the same theme being used for the international proclamation. The posters were judged on creativity, neatness and theme. Rhyleigh Schmidt, daughter of Miranda Schmidt, of Mandan, N.D. is a fifth grade student who won 6

the elementary division. Eighth grader Jaydyn Schumacher, son of Michelle Schumacher of Zeeland, N.D. took top honors in the junior high division; and Katelyn Willer, a sophomore at Jamestown High School, won the prize for the high school division. She is the daughter of Jeff and Maria Willer of Jamestown, N.D. The coloring contest was a way for children to illustrate the importance of cooperatives in North Dakota. “Cooperatives are major economic engines in our state,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “They provide vital products and services in communities large and small across the state — ranging from utilities, to insurance, to financial services, to farm supply and marketing.” An economic impact study was conducted in October by the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University. Director Gregory McKee, explained, “Cooperatives are a vital component of the North Dakota economy. Owned by their customers or by privately-held

firms, cooperatives provide a variety of goods and services to North Dakota, including electricity, telecommunications, farm inputs, and other services. Based on data provided by the North Dakota Secretary of State, 332 businesses operating in North Dakota identified themselves as cooperatives in 2010.” Cooperatives are also honored each year when the Governor officially deems October as “Co-op Month.” “Co-ops can be a key part of building a resilient local economy and can be trusted to benefit people in difficult times,” says Paul Hazen, president of the National Cooperative Business Association, which spearheads the annual observation of Co-op Month. “The more people understand what co-ops are all about, the more likely they are to do business with, or even join, a cooperative,” says Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development. “Co-ops have a great story to tell, and we all have a role in helping to tell it.” s Union Farmer •

President of North Dakota Farmers Union presents a $200 check to winner Katelyn Willer of Jamestown.

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From addressing major infrastructure issues to leading farm bill discussions, North Dakota Farmers Union stood strong in 2011 by speaking out for the membership. Major stories included flooding throughout the state, storm damage, road repairs and cleanup efforts. The NDFU legislative team was busy at the state capitol and a new regime at the state office took over after elections and retirement plans at the state convention. The Union Farmers Union conducted farm bill forums during the summer.

The state convention was held in November and a new president was elected. Robert Carlson stepped down and Odean Olson conducted his last meeting before his retirement.

The state office held a ribbon cutting in July to dedicate the remodelied building.

The restaurant business is good in Washington, D.C. where NDFU owns three properties.


Over 1000 youth attended Farmers Union camp in 2011. Union Farmer •

from 2011 Farmer received a facelook, switching to a mini-magazine format, and the state office was remodeled to include a state of the art conference center. Campers enjoyed the summer, too, despite cancellations and flooding issues. Founding Farmers restaurant made a food network appearance and a third restaurant was opened in Potomac. All in all, 2011 brought many challenges but as the new year begins, North Dakota Farmers Union is ready for the future. A new president, new leadership with Farmers Union Insurance, new web site and new philosophy of progressive action, the state organization is proud to stand up for agriculture and stand up for you! s

Here are some upcoming highlights for 2012:

Strong winds whipped through North Dakota, leaving plenty of destruction.

January: precision ag summit, KMOT farm show in Minot, new web site to be unveiled, Living Ag classroom begins February: Women In Leadership Development (WILD) event, county officer and co-op training, KFYR ag show, Living Ag classes continue March: National Farmers Union convention, Living Ag classes, youth leadership appreciation April: Spring fly-in

With the heavy oil traffic, many roads in northwest North Dakota were damaged.

May: Youth proclamation week June: WILD event, camps start July: Co-op day at the state fair August: camping for kids September: Fall fly-in October: Co-op month November: State convention December: End of year events Devastating storms hit the state in 2011. Union Farmer •


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generation TAG stands for Tomorrow’s Ag Generation, a program to encourage leadership of active farmers and ranchers, allowing NDFU to educate and involve the next generation of advocates. TAG members have ownership over their events and generate new ideas into NDFU. The organization currently has six members on the state TAG team:

Jennifer Teigen Jennifer is married to David Teigen. They have been married seven years and have two boys, Carter and Rhett. The Teigens live and farm in Pierce County. They have been farming for seven years and are the fourth generation of Teigens on the family farm, raising mainly spring wheat and food grade soybeans. Jen enjoys gardening, family and friends and long walks.

Stacey Johnson

Johnson and her husband Trent farm 10 miles west of Mohall in Renville County. Johnson stays plenty busy with her two boys, Deacon and Drayson. They operate a no-till operation growing a variety of small grains and are the third generation of Johnsons to farm the land. Stacey got involved in NDFU as a youth director. She is a strong advocate of farm safety and spends a great amount of time organizing classes for children to attend.

Adam Leiphon

Leiphon married his high school sweetheart Kelly and they have a son named Jasper. The Leiphons farm 17 miles northeast of Devils Lake in Ramsey County. They are the fourth generation on the family farm. They raise a mix of spring and winter wheat, canola, soybeans, pinto beans, barley and corn. Leiphon comes from a strong Farmers Union background. His dad was on the Ramsey County board for over 20 years, where Leiphon currently serves as president. Leiphon hopes 10

this TAG group will network and bring the importance of North Dakota Farmers Union to a new generation of leaders, giving them a platform where their voices can be heard.

Brandon Meidinger

Meidinger farms and ranches 21 miles northeast of Ashley in McIntosh County. He has been involved in farming for ten years and now works full-time with his dad. He is the sixth generation of Meidingers on the family farm. The Meidingers raise wheat, soybeans and corn and run a no-till operation. Farmers Union is a family tradition for the Meidingers. Brandon’s dad Sydney currently serves on the McIntosh County board. Brandon recently got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Jamie. He also was elected to be a delegate at the national convention in Omaha.

Cam Gulleson

Gulleson farms and ranches with his father, mother and brother near Rutland in Sargent County. Gulleson is a fifth generation farmer in partnership with his brothers. The Gulleson’s have a 600 head cow/calf operation with a 999 head feedlot that was constructed in 2010. They also grow corn and beans. Gulleson became involved in Farmers Union, as his parents were lifelong supporters and his brother is an agent in Lisbon.

Rob Ridl

Ridl farms and ranches near South Heart in Stark County. He has been involved in agriculture for 12 years and is the third generation of Ridls on the family farm. He raises a large variety of crops including winter wheat, spring wheat, durum, corn, sunflowers, canola and peas. He also raises beef cattle and backgrounds 800 calves a year. Ridl is also the owner/operator of his own trucking company and has four or five drivers who work for him throughout the year. s Union Farmer •

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Message from the heart

North Dakota has two youth who serve on the National Youth Advisory Council – Emily Albrecht and Rochelle Bitz. They both spoke at the NDFU state convention this year. Albrecht is a senior at Barnes County North High School, and is the daughter of Rick and Kay Albrecht of Wimbledon. Here is an excerpt from her speech (Rochelle’s speech will be featured in February’s issue). by Emily Albrecht

For nine years now, I have been involved in this organization and that is something that I am very proud of...Relationships are a huge part of this organization. I think if you ask any camper what they love most about camp, among the numerous things that fly out of their mouth, somewhere you will hear that the friends you make and relationships you build over just one are incredible. These people come into our lives and over a short time period, become people that we never want to leave our side. These are

people that are going the same direction you want to go in life, and being surrounded by them always brings out the best out of you. I love this organization.Its taught me to really think outside the box and that dreaming really does get you somewhere. This year, my best friend was selected to be on the North Dakota State Youth Advisory Council. This means we have been appointed, with another four or five individuals to help represent the youth of Farmers Union. I can say for both of us that we are overjoyed to finally be able to serve this organization that has served us for so many years. This is just one of the many opportunities Farmers Union provides its youth. It also gives us an education on what Farmers Union really stands for and how we can use the knowledge we gain from camp and day classes in our daily life. This organization also gives its youth the opportunity and luxury to travel. Every summer we are able to attend a campsite and some years, we even get an award trip that sends us to places like

Minneapolis for a Twins game or Bailey, Colorado for All-States camp. This is where the National Youth Advisory Council is decided upon and two North Dakotans were elected this year. As you have heard, Farmers Union provides it’s youth with so many opportunities and all we have to do is be brave enough to take these opportunities when they are given to us. s

2012 Farmers Union Camp dates Heart Butte:


June 17-20 ~ Billings/Golden Valley, Dunn, McKenzie, Stark June 20-23 ~ Adams, Bowman/Slope, Grant, Hettinger, Sioux August 5-8 ~ Mercer, Morton, Oliver August 8-11 ~ Burleigh, Sheridan

Garrison Triangle Y: August 5-8 ~ Burke, Divide, Mountrail, Ward, Williams August 8-11 ~ Bottineau, McHenry, McLean, Pierce, Renville


June 11-15 ~ Grades 7-12 June 25-29 ~ Grades 7-9 July 9-13 ~ Grades 7-12

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Wesley Acres: June 10-13 ~ Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Steele, Traill, Walsh June 13-16 ~ Cass, Richland, Sargent July 8-11 ~ Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom July 11-14 ~ Benson, Cavalier, Pembina, Ramsey, Rolette, Towner July 22-25 ~ Emmons, Logan, McIntosh July 25-28 ~ Barnes, Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Stutsman, Wells June 16-20 ~ Grades 7-9 July 23-27 ~ Grades 7-12 July 30-Aug. 3 ~ Grades 10-12 13

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Ask the experts Are you protected against the greatest risk in retirement?

There are 395,000 major house fires annually and there is a lifetime possibility from age 65 and on that 2.2 percent of men and 2.6 percent of women will be involved. Some 2.9 million car accidents result in death or injury and your chances increase to 15.5% for men and 18% for women that you will be affected from age 65 on during your life. Based on AARP data, there is a 44% chance of men and 72% for women that you will become ADL disabled or cognitively impaired after the age of 65. If having homeowner’s and car insurance makes sense, wouldn’t it be smart to consider long-term care insurance to protect your future?

What’s something people don’t know about long-term care insurance?

Many articles have been written about long-term care planning and insurance protection. But, there’s one very important fact that these articles fail to explain. Simply, that not everyone can “health qualify” for long-term care insurance protection. Without this one fact, you probably assume you can apply and get insurance protection when you are older and closer to actually needing care. The problem is, you might no

longer meet required health qualifications. Individuals who are in good health when they apply for coverage can take advantage of good health discounts. These can save you 10% each year. And, you don’t lose the discount even when your health changes.

Does it matter where you buy long-term care insurance? Each long-term care insurance company sets its own health standards. A health condition that’s acceptable to one company may not be acceptable to another. That’s why it’s important to work with a knowledgeable professional like your local Farmers Union agent ... so you get the best coverage for the best price. s

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National Farmers Union (NFU) celebrates 110 years of rich history this year, and we are looking forward to the next 110 prosperous years to come. In that spirit, we urge each of you to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions to bring one new person to a Farmers Union event this year and encourage them to join. Having friends and family in the organization encourages more involvement, and together we are even stronger. NFU President Roger Johnson and staff have been traveling to each of the state conventions over the course of the last few months. As each state adopts its policy for the year, it helps set the stage for the discussion at the NFU convention. This year’s policy committee members are Dan McGuire of Neb. (chairman), John Daughenbaugh of Colo. (Rocky Mountain), Jeff Eschmeyer of Ohio, Sarah Lloyd of Wisc., Jeremy Scherler of Okla., David Teigen of N.D., and Gail Temple of S.D. We’re looking forward to the convention to be held March 4-7, 2012, in Omaha, Neb. We are firming up details for the speakers, breakout panels, tours and other events. The most up-to-date information can be found at www. Hotel reservations must be made by Feb. 18, to ensure you receive the group discounted rate. Here are some other key points to think about: • Do you know a college student looking for an internship or scholarship? NFU’s internships are unique. Our paid internships offer real working experience on Capitol Hill. Apply now for the summer of 2012. NFU is now accepting applications at www.nfu. org/education/internships. Be sure to check out the NFU scholarships at scholarships. According to this month’s Farmer’s Share, a consumer will Union Farmer •

spend approximately $3.49 on a loaf of bread at the grocery store, but only $0.17 of that goes to the farmer. NFU offers the Farmer’s Share poster as a free pdf-style download for you to use in a classroom, county meeting or event such as a fair booth. Download it at Find the latest classroom curriculum online about “Growing Good Taste.” It uses fun and engaging activities to explain nutritional values, appropriate serving sizes, the food chain from farming to fork, and much, much more. We invite you to modify this any way you wish to tailor it to your educational style. Download it at The 2012 NFU AllStates Camp will be held National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson June 24–29 and the NFU speaks out in Washington, D.C. Women’s Conference will be held June 21-23, for livestock producers and 2012 at the NFU Education Center poultry growers under the in Bailey, Colo. An agenda and Grain Inspection, Packers and registration will be available Feb. Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). 15. NFU President Roger Johnson In November, the ruling from issued a statement expressing the World Trade Organization disappointment that the rule did (WTO) dispute between Canada/ not include stronger provisions, Mexico and the United States was including the competitive injury released on Country-of-Originportion that was included in Labeling (COOL). WTO said that the proposed rule. That portion was not among the parts of the the COOL law itself was allowable, bill forwarded to the Office of but the U.S. Department of Management and Budget in Agriculture (USDA) must implement November, and the Fiscal Year it differently. NFU is working with 2012 Agriculture Appropriations U.S. Trade Representatives and bill passed by Congress prevented USDA to determine the next steps. other portions of the rule from The U.S. is considering whether to moving forward. appeal the decision or negotiate We hope you’ll get involved in with Canada and Mexico. all that Farmers Union has to offer Last month, USDA announced this year, and we look forward to the publishing of the Final seeing you in Omaha! s Rule implementing provisions 17

Why the farm bill needs a robust energy title

by Roger Johnson, president of National Farmers Union and James C. Greenwood, president of Biotechnology Industry Organization

Maintaining agricultural productivity in America is indispensable to our economic security, so a safety net for farmers is very important. But abundant, affordable, clean energy and a healthy economy that can, once again, create new jobs are also essential national priorities. Advancing renewable fuels and energy efficiency can help farmers, foresters and others in rural America make a sizeable contribution to the nation’s energy and economic security. America’s agricultural producers want more than just a safety net, they want energy programs that create new markets for their products and new jobs. Rural America is where the need for new jobs is most acute. In the past year, rural communities have seen the unemployment rate continue to climb. The growth of renewable energy is needed to help reverse that trend. But commercializing innovative technologies cannot always be left to market forces. Supportive federal policies are needed to accelerate job creation. By marrying biotech innovation with agriculture we are in the process of creating a biobased economy in the U.S. Producing 18

advanced biofuels and growing and harvesting sustainable biomass can create as many as 800,000 new jobs and as much as $37 billion in economic activity over the next decade. This sizeable new market for agricultural products means farmers will rely less on the Federal government safety net. It also can help keep valuable farmland in production. Advanced biofuel companies also have made considerable progress in bringing to market fuels made from agricultural and forest residues, new purposegrown energy crops and additional sustainable biomass resources. There are more than 50 projects across the country that have been built, planned or are under construction to demonstrate advanced biofuel and biorefining technology. The first commercialscale advanced biofuel projects have broken ground. These efforts are already producing good paying jobs for scientists and engineers. We have the know-how and resources to meet our ever-growing demand for energy, if only we can maintain the political will. But new biofuels are only a part of the renewable energy and sustainable biomass picture. There are more than 900 biobased product companies employing approximately 54,000 people across the United States, according to a survey from Iowa State

University. Continued development of biorefineries producing renewable chemicals and biobased products can generate new jobs and economic growth in rural areas where economic development is greatly needed. Renewable bioproducts also cut down on our dependence on imported oil. There are additional opportunities for farmers and rural communities to invest in wind, solar, biogas and other renewable energy technologies as well as energy efficiency. Wind power, for instance, could produce enough power for 25 million homes yearly by 2020. The reality is that every state has rural areas rich in renewable resources. Some of the energy programs in the 2008 Farm Bill are only now beginning to pay dividends. The good news is that projects are underway in every state and more are coming. These projects can create hundreds of thousands of jobs in rural America, contribute to U.S. energy security, and improve environmental quality. Congress can help farmers and others in rural America become more energy efficient, and thereby more profitable, while expanding markets for agricultural and forestry producers and even developing the world’s first dedicated energy crops by providing a robust energy title in the next Farm Bill. These are goals worth achieving in tough economic times. s Union Farmer •

Restaurant reflections from Founding Farmers

The 2011 restaurant awards season in the Washington metropolitan area was a great one for Founding Farmers. Four top awards were bestowed upon Founding Farmers DC, including: ‘Best American Restaurant,’ ‘Best Cocktail Menu,’ Best Brunch’ and ‘Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year.’ For the third consecutive year, Founding Farmers DC was awarded ‘Best American Restaurant’ in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2011 Reader Poll. Reaching over a half million readers, the Washington City Paper, covers the city’s weekly news, arts and entertainment, and restaurant happenings. Guests of the restaurant also rallied the vote for Founding Farmers in the Express Night Out’s Best of 2011 Reader Poll … naming Founding Farmers as having the area’s ‘Best Cocktail

Menu’ and ‘Best Brunch.’ Published daily by The Washington Post, Express Night Out is the go-to for all things arts and entertainment in the DC area. And last, but certainly not least was our RAMMY Award. A coveted award given annually by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to the beverage program that distinguishes itself as a quality, creative service that best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant. As a finalist for two years running, Founding Farmers Executive Bar Chef, Jon Arroyo, was thrilled to accept the ‘Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year’ award on behalf of the Founding Farmers team. As 2012 begins, we thank our guests for bestowing these awards on us, because it will only inspire us to work that much harder to go beyond the ordinary. Cheers and happy holidays! s

Employees give back Thank you to all NDFU employees who donated time, money and food this year to local charities. Employees who wore jeans on casual Fridays gave $2 and the money was pooled together at the end of the year for the following organizations: • Red Cross – $322                                           • Relay for Life – $837                                  • MacKenzie Gerszewski – $169 • SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) – $200 • Salvation Army – $321   + food pantry items • RSVP (Senior Citizens) –                  2 gift baskets for their annual auction – each basket sold for over $100

North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance makes donations to local organizations North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance recently made several donations to local organizations as part of their annual giving program in December. Each year, Farmers Union Insurance contributes to area organizations as a way to give back to their local community. “Farmers Union is committed to helping the citizens of North Dakota,” said Odean Olson, general manager of Farmers Union Service Association (FUSA). This year, donations included the following organizations: • The Anne Carlsen Center • Jamestown Hospital Foundation • Jamestown Area Grief Support Team • Salvation Army • Camp Grassick Olson explained that these organizations provide valuable services to area families. “Farmers Union has generously supported these local organizations Union Farmer •

for many years. We believe in these programs and we’re glad to do our part,” said Olson. s

Jan Barnes of the Jamestown Hospital Foundation, accepts a donation from North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance agents from Jamestown, Steve Bennion, left, and Tom Sanders, right. 19


Classified ad space is free and available to NDFU members. Ads will run one time only. (You may call or email us to request a rerun of your ad.) Include your name, address & phone number and mail to: NDFU Classifieds PO Box 2136 • Jamestown ND 58402-2136 email: Fax: 701-252-6584 • 701-952-0102 Deadline is the 15th of every month.

FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE Melroe drill for parts, for Model 202 and 204. 542-3301, Ed Heilman, Rugby. FOR SALE 4630 John Deere, quad range, 3 pt., 20.8-38 radials, band duals, 2 hyds., 6 front weights, 2 rear weights, long ax., always shedded, clean tractor, 5,800 hrs. 843-7859, Dwight Huber, New Salem. FOR SALE 1976 Case 1070, w/10’ Leon dozer, new tires, power shift; Case IHC CX70 FWA, w/550 loader and grapple fork, 2,800 hrs., very nice. 752-4314, Richard Sabinash, Woodworth. FOR SALE Super MTA with 320 dual loader. 3205556, Joe Schumacher, Pettibone. FOR SALE IHC Model C, 12V, new rear tires, clutch, brake discs; IHC 7’ mounted mower; hydraulics for 2 row cult., wheel weights; 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.; 6’ JD combine w/2 cyl. motor & ground driven reel; new 10:00x20 truck tires; IHC 2 row hyd. cult. for H or M; Peterson dual rims, 18.4-34 to 232.1-30; Letz 163 burr mill. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE Rhino 3 point for lift, excellent condition. 593-6329, Cameron Bina, Lankin. FOR SALE Cat. I, 3 point quick hitch, $125. 6472830 or 830-0137, Bruce Lindgren, Kulm. FOR SALE John Deere D 1929 tractor on steel, shedded, $5,000 obo. 228-5270 or 2401265, Howard Holten, Bottineau. FOR SALE 2003 863 Bobcat, new tires, new 72” bucket, 1,800 hrs., nice machine; 2010 New Holland TD 5050 FWA tractor with 830-3500 LD loader, grapple joy stick, 12 spd. trans., left have reverser, 3 pt., 95 eng. hp., 18 hrs. warranty left, like new. 400-4137, Bill Sailer, Hebron. FOR SALE 2 ea. 16.9-26 tractor tires, good condition, came off of JD 7600 front wheel assist, $150 ea. 228-2124, Orlan Dreyer, Bottineau. FOR SALE

Cenex 2,200 bu. grain bin to be moved; truck mounted drill fill augers, could be used to fill air seeder cart. Redekop straw chopper, fits 1680 thru 2388; 1974 Series 1 900 Versatile; 1973 900 Series 1 Versatile; 2 - 11’ Sund Raker pickups, excellent condition. 228-3161, Lathan Romsas, Bottineau.



FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 1980 1570 Case, 5,525 hrs., 60 hrs. on overhaul, 20.8-38 duals, 2 hyds., $7,500. 878-4967, Roy Schneider, Hebron. FOR SALE New Holland Series 2300 16’ hay head with conditioner, low hours and in very good condition, below book, will fit NH pivot-tongue, NH self-propelled tractor or Bi-Directional; NH Model 276 square baler. 597-3730,, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE 3 Rol-Oyl cattle oilers, $150 for all three; shop hand crank post drill, $20; portable Arkfeld Instant-Way farm scale for hogs or sheep, $100; Clipper grain & grass seed cleaner with electric motor, $200; 2 - 4x16’ auger elevators on Cody’s with wheels & winch and elect. motors, $200 ea. 225-3435 or 260-0015, Arthur Wolfe, Dickinson. FOR SALE Save on these new tires at old prices. 16new bias 20.8x38 Titan Hi-Traction Lugs; 2-new bias 18.4x38’s; 6-new 710/70R42’s; 2-new 12.4R24x10 ply Firestone FWD’s; 4-new 10.00X16-4 rib Tractor fronts; 2-28Lx26x50%x10 ply. Firestone; 4-18.4R46x50%x12 ply. Firestone; 1-pair JD 10 bolt hubs; 1-pair JD-10 bolt rims for 18.4x42; 1-pair JD stub-disk rims for 18.4x38; others; JD-146 loader, 7’ scoop, JD mounts, controls; new-premium pallet fork w/ bobtach, 5,200 lbs., 48” forks. Allen Wald, Edgeley, 709-0103. FOR SALE 1990 F450 service truck with 11’ Knapheide body, welder generator, Honda air compressor, fuel tank, and electric pump; 2001 1820 John Deere chisel plow with Raven NH3, Dutch knives, HD rear hitch and Degelman harrow; J&M 4 wheel 30’ header trailer; new McKay sweeps. 337-6865, Brooks Heer, Douglas. FOR SALE 20’ 3 pt. Alloway stalk chopper with new hammers, bolts and end bearings, used only on 450 acres at most; 808 Leon loader with mounts for 8050-8070 Allis Chalmers tractor, 2 lever joystick, 8’ bucket, grapple forks, excellent shape, cylinders are all dry; Quick Tach hay crimper for JD 800 swather, $75 obo. 338-2004 or 626-1492, Leo Thomas, Velva. WANTED Front grill parts for E-3 Co-op or #30 Cockshutt tractor; also gear pullers. 2614069, Rodney Keller, Fargo. WANTED Wing extensions for a Morris CP, Model 525; wing extensions for a Morris CP, Model 725; original seat for a Massey Ferguson, Model 36, self-propelled swather, must be in nice condition; other parts also. 542.3301, Ed Heilman, Rugby. WANTED Allis Chalmers WD-45 tractor, complete, not running; Ford tractor with 4 cyl. engine, Select-O-Speed trans., complete and need of repair or not running; Firestone Road & Field or Co-op Agri-Power 14.9x28 or 16.9x28 rear tractor tires, with or without wheels. 226-4055, Lloyd Giese, Steele. WANTED 8’ - 10’ One Way on rubber with hyd. lift. 3382004 or 626-1492, Leo Thomas, Velva.

FOR SALE 1988 Ford F150, supercab pickup, with topper, red and white, less that 79,000 mi., mint condition. 647-2801, Donovan Fey, Kulm. FOR SALE 1982 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, runs very good. 843-7859, Dwight Huber, New Salem. FOR SALE To restore or for parts: 1964 Ford Custom car, $500; 1972 Red Dale small trailer, $500; 1926 Ford Model T truck, $1,000. 228-5270 or 240-1265, Howard Holten, Bottineau. FOR SALE 2009 Raptor 3712 triple axle camper, three slide outs, sleeps 12, 12’ toyhauler bay, lots of kitchen space, 12 gallon water heater, 110 gallon fresh water, 69 gallon gray water, 39 gallon black water, and 50 gallon fuel capacity, two propane tanks and an Onan generator, one air conditioning unit with set up for second, retractable awning. 32” flatscreen TV, very nice, luxury camping unit with lots of extras, transferrable extended warranty, will store for winter. 659-0472, Matt or Jessica Clemens, Wimbledon. FOR SALE 2002 Corvette convertible, LS1 5.7L V8 w/350+ hp, auto trans., dual performance exhaust, electron blue w/ black leather interior & black top, power sport seats w/ memory pkg., lumbar & bolster support, tilt & power telescopic steering wheel, headsup display, cruise control, PW, PL, PM, PA, Bose AM/FM stereo w/ 12 disc CD changer, rear window defrost, selectronic heat A/C control, new tires, mint cond., 29K mi., Only 2002 Corvette built with this color combination and option package. $28,900/offer. (701) 238-8611, or e-mail: Jim Jondahl, Fargo. FOR SALE 1930 Model A, sedan, runs good and looks good, $15,000. 962-3555, ask for Charles or Steven Stewart, Bowdon. FOR SALE Semi storage trailers and water trailers; 34’ East End dump trailer; 40’ High Cube container; 48’ flatbed & curtain van trailers; new 36’ hopper bottom trailer; converter dolly; delivery available. www.rydelltrailers. com, 474-5780, Richard Rydell, Fairmount. FOR SALE 1981 Buick Century, auto on floor, bucket seats, air, factory installed V-8 4.3 liter motor, mint condition. 597-3730, larryn@, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE 2006 Chrysler, Town & Country van, V-6, 67,100 mi., blue, NADA Used Car Guide list - $9,900, sale price - $9,325. 252-3629, Walter Gusaas, Jamestown. WANTED

JD148 loader w/7’ bucket, grapple avail.; new 72” Bobtach manure fork, grapple avail.; new JD Bobtach bale spear; JD 7’ heavy duty bucket w/Euro-mount; nice F-11 loader; F-11 parts, pumps, valves, cyl., main frames, u-channel uprights, dozer attachment carriers, scoops, grapples, etc.; 1975 Dodge 3/4 T,, 2x4, club cab, $550; JD 42” casts with rims and 10 bolt dual rims for 18.4x42 tires; new Rancher heavy chrome grill guard for 09-11 Dodge 1500 pickup; 2005 Kawasaki KFx700 , low hrs. fast. 709-0103, Allen Wald, Edgeley.

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Horse collars & related items; 40 used utility poles, 35’ long; new tires: 1-20:00 R20 Dunlap steel radial SP777, 16 ply, new tube & flap; 8 used sidewinder LT245/75/15, 10 ply; 4-225/60/ R16 M & S; 4 used Firestone P265/70/R15 M & S; 3 Michelin P225/60/R16 M & S. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE Billiard table, balls and cue sticks included, looks like new, good fabric, $400, will deal; Fossil watches, new, your choice, price varies. 9623031, ask for Steven, Charles Stewart, Bowdon. FOR SALE DESA International Natural Gas fireplace insert, Model CGCFTN, unvented or could be used for garage heater, can put blower on unit, measurements: height 25 1/2”, width 26”, depth 8”, clearance needed 36” top, 6” sides, bottom and rear 0”, reason for selling I thought I could switch it to LP (can’t be done), $250.00. 6472830 or 830-0137, Bruce Lindgren, Kulm. FOR SALE 100 gallon propane tank; new kerosene heater; 32” tv, good condition. 693-2306, Steve Vetter, Harvey.

COUNTY CALENDAR BURLEIGH – February 10 – Joint locals • 5 p.m. • Cenex • potluck w/ meat provided DIVIDE – January 13 – Board meeting • 12 noon • Andrist Room, Crosby Elementary KIDDER – January 10 – Board meeting • 4 p.m. • Pettibone Fire Hall McLEAN – January 23 – East McLean Local membership meeting 6 p.m. • Turtle Lake City Hall RICHLAND – January 8 – Fairmount Local membership meeting 2 p.m. • Fairmount Fire District Hall • convention report & general business • potluck STARK – March 12 – Membership meeting • 7 p.m. • Frances Schmitt’s WILLIAMS – January 9 – Prairie Pioneer Local • 6:30 p.m. • El Rancho Motel Restaurant COUNTY STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETINGS McINTOSH – January 4 – 11 a.m. • Dakota Family Restaurant, Ashley LOGAN – January 5 – 6 p.m. • Lake McKenna Lodge, Napoleon EMMONS – January 10 – 10 a.m. • KEM Electric, Linton KIDDER – January 10 – 4 p.m. • Pettibone Firehall

FOR SALE Sears Craftsman router and 2 cutting bits; round head lights, fits Lincoln or Ford; aluminum mail box; 14 gal. gas on wheels; 1981 Ford Custom 4x4; 8’ gray and black fiberglass pickup topper. 228-3161, Lathan Romsas, Bottineau. FOR SALE Reg. and Cert. Faller; Reg. and Cert. RB07; Reg. and Cert. Briggs; Reg. Prosper; Cert. Barlow; Cert. Jenna; Cert. Soren; Cert. Kelby; Cert. Brennan wheat seed. 593-6329, Cameron Bina, Bina Seed, Lankin. WANTED Pop and medicine bottles w/town name embossed on side; old highway road signs, some shaped like a shield and some w/Indian head logo & # stamped in middle; old animal traps, guns, shell boxes, gun cleaning kits, jack knives, hunting knives, or other old hunting items; old gas station pumps, metal advertising signs, metal oil cans, advertising clocks or thermometers, 1 lb. coffee tin cans; cross country skis w/size 11 or 12; older style pop machine, any brand chest style or upright style, need not be in working condition, trades are welcomed; book titled “50 Years in the Saddle”, 4 volumes published by Watford City social club. 258-0420 please call after 6 p.m., Val Ganje, Bismarck. WANTED Prairie dog hunters to come & hunt on my land, make reservations now. 597-3730, larryn@, Larry Nagel, Shields.

• All CB boxes can be use for silage and grain with optional extensions and rear door • Several beater options for pen pack, compost, separated manure, poultry litter, bio-solids, etc. • Fits any CB Artex by Redwood unit • Heavy-duty gear drive • Works with all types of manure • Heavy-duty steel construction • Spreads up to 60’ wide • 600 to 1200 cu. ft. sizes available • Truck mounts also available • Hydraulic live chain floor for faster unloading • Plastic floors throughout for less drag and longer life • Silage and combination manure trailers are available in many sizes and options

Upcoming 2012 Excursion Tours HAWAII FOUR-ISLAND AG TOUR - January 9-23 NFU CONVENTION IN OMAHA - March 4-7

BRANSON IN NORTH DAKOTA - April 23, Bismarck MYSTERY TOURS - April 30-May 3, May 7-10, May 14-17 NORTHEAST FALL FOLIAGE - September 24-October 11 BRANSON CHRISTMAS - Nov 5-10 & Nov 26-Dec 1 MN VIKINGS & TWINS – Information will be posted when scheduled

Go to for details or call (800) 366-8331 ext 108, Susan or ext 111, Jeff

NFU Internships, Building Your Career In 2008, Mike was an NFU Intern. In 2010, he became an NFU Government Relations Representative. To apply, log on to

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Erickson elected to CHS board North Dakota Farmers Union district director Jon Erickson of Minot, N.D., was elected to the CHS board of directors to represent the state of North Dakota. He succeeds Bruce Anderson of Glenburn, N.D., who retired after 16 years. Erickson is past chairman of Enerbase, a Minot energy and agricultural supply cooperative, and is active in a wide range of agricultural and community organizations.  He raises small grains, oilseeds and operates a commercial Hereford/Angus cow-calf business.  Erickson, 51, holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics

from North Dakota State University. Other North Dakota elected board members include: secretarytreasurer, Steve Fritel of Rugby, N.D., first elected to the board in 2003; and second vice chairman, Dennis Carlson, Mandan, N.D., who joined the board in 2001. All CHS directors are agribusiness professionals elected by the cooperative’s member-owners. They represent diverse agricultural, financial and cooperative experiences. Each CHS director, including the newly elected officer slate, completes comprehensive director professionalism training and certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors.  During the annual meeting, delegates elected two new directors and re-elected five others to threeyear terms on the CHS Board.  Jerry Hasnedl, a St. Hilaire,

North Dakota Farmers Union member Richard Schlosser has been appointed to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board by United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Schlosser will serve on the board for three years, representing plant commodity producers. He was nominated by North Dakota Farmers Union earlier this year. He explained, “I attended my first meeting in November. There was an orientation meeting for new appointees followed by the board’s regular meeting. Secretary Vilsack and  Under Secretary for Research, Education, Extension (REE),  Dr. Catherine Woteki, addressed the board during the meeting. Both spoke of the board’s congressional

mandate of advising the secretary and land grant institutions about top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics.  We also heard several presentations on the 2012 Farm Bill  and how proposed  cuts  would affect Title VII, the research title.” National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), Dr. Simon Liu from the National Ag Library (NAL) located in Beltsville, Maryland, and  Jim Wiesemeyer from Informa Economics, gave a brief overview of their organizations.  The board uses information from these presentations to continue to work on priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, and extension. The advisory board provides advice on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. The main objective is to contribute to effective federal agricultural research, education and education programs. All board meetings are open to the public. The board is made up of 25 members.s

Schlosser appointed to national advisory board


Minn., farmer and long-time director, was also elected chairman of the board. CHS Inc. is the nation’s leading cooperative, owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the United States. A diversified energy, grains and foods business and a Fortune 100 company, CHS is committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives around the world. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. CHS preferred stock is listed on the NASDAQ at CHSCP. s

Musland hired

Pam Musland rejoined the state staff on Nov. 1 as Member Education Coordinator. She will be providing training, information, educational activities, and leadership development to members, cooperatives and the general public. Musland previously worked at NDFU for more than 12 years in the communications department. For the past three years, she was director of operations at Farm Rescue. Musland is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. Her husband Roy is a farm loan officer at First Community Credit Union in Jamestown. They have three children: Erin, Cally and Cole. s Union Farmer •

Message from

the President by ndfu president woody barth

Happy New Year for NDFU 2011 had many challenges for all of North Dakota. We saw plenty of wet weather, flooding and prevented planting. Through it all, risk management was very important to all involved. Our own mutual insurance and service association played an important role in assuring many at risk were covered. The federal crop insurance program was important to help our family farmers and ranchers remain whole through very perilous times. As we all prepare for 2012, we know many more challenges will come before us. Prices, weather, and other production challenges may be in our future. However, you can be assured that NDFU and our insurance companies will be there to assist you this year.

Your farm organization will be focusing our efforts on helping craft and having congress pass a new farm bill that will create an environment to manage risk and create profitability. It is very important to all of our members to

Comments sent on child labor North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) sent an official statement last month to the United States Department of Labor on the proposed revisions to child labor regulations that were issued pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. As the largest general farm organization in the state of North Dakota, NDFU supports regulations that improve the safety of young farmworkers in a way that is not burdensome for farm families that have few or no employees. The organization is also concerned about protecting and enhancing the health and safety of all farm workers, whether part of a family unit or hired help. According to North Dakota Farmers Union president Elwood “Woody” Barth, “In a farm family, every member plays a valuable role in the economic success of the farm. In order to ensure the viability Union Farmer •

of our family farms for the future, it is critical that farmers are able to teach their children and grandchildren how to perform agricultural work safely and responsibly.” NDFU also supports modifying the proposed regulation so that only the most hazardous tasks associated with transportation and sale of farm-product raw materials are prohibited for youth, so that they can continue to perform lesshazardous tasks. “NDFU commends the Department on its efforts to make workplaces safer for youth. In implementing these efforts, NDFU urges the Department to strike a balance between the above concerns, what is feasible for family farmers and what is enforceable for the federal government,” concluded Barth. To view the complete document, go to s

have a new farm bill that will allow our producers to plan for the future. You can remain confident that NDFU will be focused on our mission. We will work hard to help you be successful and profitable in 2012 and beyond. s

New director for District IV

Meet new District IV Director James Kerzman of Mott. He will fill the unexpired term of Bob Kuylen who was elected vice president of NDFU in November. Kerzman will be up for election at the 2012 convention.


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Be prepared

against the blast of winter AT HOME: • Have a flashlight and extra batteries handy • Keep a home safety kit with: – nonperishable foods – medicine – battery operated radio • Keep candles and matches for periods of electrical outages


Call your local agent today!

• Check weather forecasts and road conditions before heading out • Carry a winter survival kit: – blankets – nonperishable foods – flashlight – shovel • If you become stranded: – stay in your vehicle – make sure exhaust pipe is not plugged – crack windows slightly – run your vehicle in 10 minute increments

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