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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.


In this issue


Cattle concerns


Excited for camp


FUE couple named


President’s column

CELEBRATING 85 YEARS June 2012 – Volume 59 Number 6

Control the unknown

with Crop Hail Insurance If you’ve ever been hit with hail, you know the value of crop hail insurance. Especially if you didn’t have it!

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.



STATE DIRECTORS: James Kerzman; Wes Niederman Jr.; Dennis Stromme; Jim Teigen; 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: 35,310 • USPS 016-211

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Cattlemen gather to hear facts about industry by Anne Denholm, NDFU

North Dakota ranchers recently had the opportunity to learn more about how federal regulations are affecting independent cattlemen across the country. Former administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), J. Dudley Butler, made two public appearances in Bismarck on May 16 and another in Fort Pierre, S.D. on May 18. Butler also met with North Dakota legislators and agricultural organizational officials on May 17. All meetings were sponsored by the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and R-Calf USA. “Cattle producers and the communities they support need to know what is going on behind the scenes to literally strip independent cattle producers of their economic independence,” Butler said. “I’m telling area cattle producers what I know about the current state of competition in their industry and suggest what they should do to reserve their independence before

J. Dudley Butler, Former Administrator of the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)

it’s too late.” Butler is very concerned about the future competitiveness of the U.S. cattle industry. He says the playing field needs to be leveled between large agriculture corporations and family owned farms. “We need to keep our food supply in the United States. We have to keep these operations of independent family farmers and ranchers viable and sustainable.

They are the backbone of our country.” Vertical integration is a real threat to independent producers. Butler explained, “If the same company oversees every aspect of production, there is no open market. It manipulates and shrinks the market. We need to have a level playing field for small ranchers against the big box monopolies.” “We`ve got a choice, either we`re going to go with vertical integration and corporate agriculture, where the farmer and rancher is at the complete control of the packer, or we`re going to continue to try and grow the independent family farm.” He went on to say poultry and pork industries have gone through a similar scenario. “Now it`s hard to find independent producers of either animal.” Butler says enforcing part of the 1921 Act would help keep that from happening but admits it will be difficult. He concluded, “We need to bring awareness of the beef activities on a national level and we need to reform the GIPSA rule.” s

Another forum held on Measure 2

By Terri Lang, NDFU

On Friday, May 11, approximately 35 individuals gathered in Napoleon to learn about Measure No. 2. The forum had both sides offer their views on the measure and the remainder of the evening was left for a question and answer period from the audience. Morgan Schwartzenberger, NDFU Collegiate Chapter and SYAC member, moderated the session. Charles Tuttle, representing Empower the Taxpayer, suggested a vote yes on Measure No. 2. Greg Burns, executive director of North Dakota Education Association, Union Farmer •

representing Keep It Local campaign, encouraged a vote no on Measure No. 2. Tuttle stated the purpose of this measure is to fix property taxes. “Property taxes are growing like weeds and they keep growing.” Burns indicated if property taxes were abolished, local control would be diminished. He said, “This is a plan without a plan.” He also stated that the measure is not clear and should not be in the constitution. He noted that property tax relief has not been felt, as it probably should be. Lang thanked all for attending and being concerned about

how this could affect their local community. She noted that NDFU has joined the Keep It Local coalition to oppose Measure 2. Logan County Farmers Union served coffee and cookies following the meeting as individuals continued to visit about the evening event. North Dakota Farmers Union Outreach Coordinator Terri Lang said, “Farmers Union knows how crucial it is to help educate all of you so that you can make a decision on how to vote based on what is best for you and your community.” s 3

Agents honored for performance and years of service at meeting

General manager Mark Anderson presented the awards.

General manager Mark Anderson presents the Million Dollar Producer award to Lance Gulleson of Lisbon.

Crop insurance award District of the Year to Jay Thompson and District 3, Don Folkert, manager Dwight Byron from Park River.

Rookie of the Year: Kyle DeVries of Wahpeton.

Agency of the Year: David Bergeman of Forman/Oakes.

Financial Products Agent of the Year: Tyler Van Bruggen.

Most Profitable Agency: Jerry Essler of Kenmare.


Farmers Union Insurance agents from across North Dakota met May 15-17 in Jamestown for the annual state-wide meeting. The event featured motivational speaker, Bob Prentice, known as Mr. Attitude. Prentice led a high energy session and delivered a powerful message on leadership, sales, customer service and employee development. Agents learned more about all aspects of the insurance field from product representatives and managers. Agents were also recognized for years of service and top performances. Lance Gulleson of Lisbon took highest honors as a Million Dollar Producer and was presented with a ring to commemorate this accomplishment. He is a strong supporter of his community and donates time and financial support to many organizations. He and his wife, Natalie, were married in 2011 and he has been an agent since 2006. He was also recognized for five years of service. “Rookie of the Year” was named as Kyle DeVries of Wahpeton. He has been an agent for three years and will be relocating his office to Main Street in Wahpeton. He and his wife, Aimee, have two sons: Jacob, age 8, and Jackson, age 5. DeVries is very involved with his community, serving as a member of the local Optimist Club, Wahpeton Chamber of Commerce, NDSCS alumni foundation and the twin tower chamber board. David Bergeman in the Forman/Oakes area earned the “Agency of the Year” award and was recognized for 20 years of service. Bergeman has been an agent in Oakes since 1991 and is very active in his community, donating to many local charities and events. He and his wife, Angela, have three sons and one daughter including: Eric, age 11; Ethan, age 9; Emmett, age 6; and Addison, age 3. Other awards included: Financial Products Agent of the Year – Tyler Van Bruggen of Valley City. This award was given in recognition of his well rounded portfolio of all financial products. Tyler and his wife, Angela, have two daughters: Kylie, 3 years old, and Maya, 3 weeks. He became an agent in 2006. He is a member of the local Optimist Club, the vice president of the Valley City State University Century Club and treasurer of the local Pheasants Forever chapter. He loves all sports and officiates football, basketball and recreational softball league in Valley City. Van Bruggen just bowled his first 600 series this past year. Most Profitable Agency – Jerry Essler of Kenmare He is a third generation agent at the Kenmare Agency after his grandfather, Pete, started the agency and was followed by Jerry’s father, Allan. Jerry started as an agent in Minot in 1992 and transferred to the Kenmare agency when Allan retired in 1999. He has qualified for two mile high summits and the first MonDak Summit. Jerry and his wife, Anita, have two children: Megan, 19, and Jonathon, 18. Union Farmer •

Crop Insurance award – Dwight Byron and Jay Thompson in the Park River agency. They were number one producers from 2004-08 and consistently in the top two crop hail writing agencies. Park River has been in the top two multi-peril crop insurance agencies for the last two decades. District of the year was announced as District 3 and Don Folkert, district manager, accepted the award. FUN IN THE CITIES CONTEST Results: Results from a 10 week contest entitled “Fun in the Cities” were announced. District 2, fourth place; District 3, third place; District 1, second place and District 4, first place. Agents who qualified through this contest included: District 1: Lance Gulleson, Lisbon Tyler Van Bruggen, Valley City Al Weigel, Napoleon/Steele Doug Kleingartner, Fargo District 2: Kim Zinke, Devils Lake Ryan Heuchert, Grand Forks Chris Arnston, Maddock Cynthia Farbo, Cando District 3: Matt Martin, Mohall Jay Fuglie, Williston JR Johnson, Grenora District 4: Jed Geer, Bismarck Mike Nelson, Washburn Brad Doll, Flasher Brach Johnson, Bismarck Shane Hellman, Glen Ullin Art Hellman, Glen Ullin Jerel Seamands, Hettinger Rick Bosch, Linton Terri Tuhy, Killdeer Marcus Fischer, Bowman Product individual winners included: Life – sponsored by Midwest Financial Solutions – Jed Geer of Bismarck Annuities – sponsored by Midwest Financial Solutions – Kim Zinke of Devils Lake Long term care – sponsored by SIA/Schmidt Insurance – Tyler Van Bruggen of Valley City Property  – sponsored by FUSA – tied between Matt Martin of Mohall and Lance Gulleson of Lisbon. s Not pictured: Wade Murray –5 years

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Years of service awards General manager Mark Anderson presented the years of service awards.

Barry Diemert – 30 years

Art Hellman – 25 years

Dave Kary – 25 years

Bob Marquardt – 25 years

David Bergeman – 20 years

Rick Bosch – 15 years

Shane Lebahn – 20 years

Sjon Zunich – 15 years

Kelly Braun – 10 years

Lance Gulleson – 5 years

Theron Huwe – 5 years

Kirk Olson – 5 years

Tyler Van Bruggen – 5 years

Brent Wollschlager – 5 years 5

This photo was taken at the first Farmers Union camp for “Juvenile Reserves” held in 1937 at Camp Rokiwan on Spiritwood Lake. Siggie is pictured in the front row, second from the left.

Saying goodbye to Siggie

By Anne Denholm, NDFU

On May 4, 2012, Elizabeth “Siggie” Allen Sigloh died at the age of 97. She was a life-long Farmers Union member who will be remembered for her outstanding service and dedication. Sigloh was born August 18, 1914, on the family farm in Spencer Township in Ward County. She was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Sigloh. She was educated in the Kenaston, N.D. area, graduating from Kenmare High School in 1933. In 1937, she attended the first Farmers Union camp for “Juvenile Reserves” at Camp Rokiwan on Spiritwood Lake. In a 1995 edition of the Union Farmer newspaper, Sigloh was interviewed for a story about summer camp in the 1930s. In the article, she recalled the fun of carpooling to camp which 6

amounted to piling into the back of a livestock truck with other teenagers from the northwestern part of the state.“There was always a lot of talking and singing all the way down and all the way back,” remembered Sigloh. “At camp, we had classes, swam and took our turn at kitchen duty, peeling potatoes. Oh, it was a lot of fun.” Sigloh served in the United States Army from 1942 until her retirement in 1970 as a Sergeant First Class. During her service, she traveled and was assigned to bases in Panama, Japan, Germany and the United States. Following her retirement she lived in Alabama for 25 years before moving back to North Dakota in 1995. She was very active in Farmers Union and the Farmers Union Camp near Velva, N.D. The dining hall at this camp was dedicated in her name. According to Lucy Bardell, North Dakota Farmers Union assistant to the president and operations manager, Sigloh attended every state convention while she was able, and many national conventions. Bardell said, “I remember she had a jacket that was stitched with every

national convention she attended. She was also very active in the Mouse River camp and attended many of the National Farmers Union ladies’ trips.” Pam Musland, North Dakota Farmers Union membership education coordinator, had the privilege of traveling with Sigloh to a women’s leadership conference in Bailey, Colorado, in October of 1995. She reflected, “Siggy was a saint. For three straight hours, I kept passing her the wrong combination of suits in pinochle and she never once said anything or complained. She just said, ‘You’ll learn’ – but I never did.” She went on to say, “When Siggy boarded the bus, I knew she meant Farmers Union business. She had the visor of her farmer’s cap flipped up in a no-nonsense manner and the back of her shirt read, “‘If you eat, you’re involved in agriculture.’” Later in life, Sigloh was quoted as saying, “If you can’t be a leader, you can be a darn good follower.” NDFU President Elwood “Woody” Barth added, “She had a wealth of Farmers Union knowledge and she will be missed.” s Union Farmer •

Schlosser Carlson joins NDFU staff in April

by Anne Denholm, NDFU

For Kristi Schlosser Carlson, accepting a position with North Dakota Farmers Union was like coming home. Carlson was raised in a Farmers Union family and will now help lead the organization as general counsel and director of government relations. She began her position April 1. “I grew up on a farm north of Edgeley with five younger brothers and sisters. Our family vacations were annual NDFU conventions. We swam while mom and dad participated in the convention. As I got older, I started listening in on policy and action debates.” Parents Richard and Mary Schlosser instilled a sense of loyalty to community, co-ops and NDFU. Richard said, “We encouraged our children to become involved because we saw the value in the Farmers Union youth program. I think it has helped them develop character and a set of values that serve them well.” Carlson remembered, “All of us were Torchbearers and a few of us were State Youth Advisory Council and National Youth Advisory Council members. Most of us went to All States camp and my sister Cindy and I were camp counselors ­– just like my mom when she was in college. My parents still teach day classes in Edgeley. The values and fabric of Farmers Union overlap with those I learned from my family.” The Schlosser family has been very active NDFU members. Richard has served as a NDFU vice president, lobbyist for the past eight sessions, and held various leadership positions with Dakota Pride Cooperative, Farmers Union Industries and Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative. Mary has been a youth leader since 1992. As general counsel and director of government relations, Kristi will be advising NDFU, FUMI, and FUSA on legal issues, Union Farmer •

helping identify and responding to risks and focusing on regulatory and legislative issues. Her educational background has prepared her for this challenge. In 1999, Kristi graduated from University of North Dakota as a political science major where she was involved in student organizations and government. In 2003, she entered the University of St. Thomas School of Law where she was student body president. “Both schools were exceptional, not only scholastically, but because I learned how to think and how to engage other people, especially those who don’t share the same opinions as I do,” Kristi said. Some of her other life experience includes serving as an agriculture research assistant for Senator Dorgan in Washington, D.C., a campaign aide and constituent services representative for Senator Conrad. She also worked for National Farmers Union as a government relations representative. Kristi added, “After law school, I clerked for Judge Cahill in Moorhead, then was part of the in-house counsel team at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND), and later at Minnkota Power Cooperative. Each were so important and relevant to what I do now.  Of course, the work for the Senators and NFU were directly related to ag and the Farmers Union organization. My work at BCBSND taught me a lot about how to be a lawyer and trusted advisor. The folks at Minnkota are so co-op minded and are truly servant leaders. I try to practice that in my work now.” Kristi is married to Ryan and has three children: Quinn, 5; Will, 3; and Tommy, 1. The family resides in Bismarck. Kristi may be reached at or by calling 701-251-8027.

Heading to Colorado

Based on the well-respected “Annie’s Project” education program, a conference for farm and rural women is being organized by National Farmers Union this summer. The event, set for June 21-23, in Bailey, Colorado, will provide participants with tools and information to confidently manage risks in their farm or ranch operation. A group of women from North Dakota will be attending the conference including: Lisa Marie Aufforth Denise Marie Brown Elizabeth A Crowston Jessica Haak Vivian Hernandez Kathy Ann Hoff Joy Lynn Kinsey Bonita Lou Knatterud Rhonda Ann Lura Jane Opdahl Jennifer Teigen Ronda Jean Throener A variety of trained instructors will teach family farm finances, budgeting and cash flow, cooperatives, marketing, farm transfer and estate planning, business planning, leadership assessment and skills, generational issues, and action planning. Highlights from the agenda include: • How to sit down with your lender • Record keeping and analyzing financials • Educated eating • Dealing with discrimination • Cooperative education • Marketing • Contracts and leases • Estate planning • Hiking and guided river walks • Open discussions • Family dynamics • Campfires and evening activities s 7

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drich “I’m looking fo rward to going to camp to he lp the youth. I want to let them know th at it’s OK to be scar ed and to teach them that you can o vercome fear and achieve great things in life.”

During the camping season, profiles of the summer staff will be published in the Union Farmer.

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of “I can’t wait to see all year the campers I had last again and I can’t wait to get to know the new campers. This is my second year on summer staff.” David Becker,

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u “There’s a lot of joy yo e see when th campers come off the bus with big smiles, ready to start a fun week of camp. I hope I e can help build confidenc to lk in being able to ta people.”



n “It will be great to meet all the campers an d become lifelong friends with al l the counselors . I had fun when I was young and want them to feel the s ame. Dallon Bitz, Dic


“Being on sum mer staff las t year was amazing. There ’s not a bette r job in the world. I hope to be ab le to help kids increase their confidence among their p eers. Words can’t even exp lain what an amazing experi ence camp is!” Union Farmer •

speaks out Maddie Bopp, Oakes

experiences “One of the greatest ing people I had at camp was meet I want the from around the state. learn to campers to be able to sure the kids have work together and make a great experience.”

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Youth Awards and Trips Set your sights high and aim for top honors with North Dakota Farmers Union youth program. Many day classes are being scheduled now so be sure to check out your county’s activity calendar. Day classes and camps are fun ways to get involved plus they offer ways to take additional trips with Farmers Union. There’s something for everyone – for more information, go to JUNIOR YOUTH - Grades 1-6 6th Grade Award Trip: Complete three years of junior day classes and attend one junior camp prior to entering sixth grade to win a pass for participant and a friend to spend a day at a North Dakota water/ amusement park. Summer staff will be present to supervise the youth. Flicker Award: Upon completion of five years of day classes, junior youth will receive a free “Flicker Award” T-shirt. SENIOR YOUTH - Grades 7-12 Welcome to Senior Youth Award Trip: Complete one year of senior day classes and attend one senior camp prior to entering ninth grade to win a free two day trip involving educational tours of North Dakota attractions and amusement. NDFU will provide transportation, accommodations, group meals, supervision and entertainment.

Third Year Award Trip: Complete three years of senior day classes, attend one senior camp and be between the ages of 15 – 17 to win a three day trip to Minneapolis – St. Paul involving educational tours of local and regional cooperatives, CHS headquarters and attractions such as Mall of America, Valley Fair and/or Twins baseball game. NDFU will provide transportation, accommodations, group meals, supervision and entertainment. All-States Leadership Trip: Complete four years of senior day classes, attend two senior camps, and be between the ages of 17 – 20 to win an eight-day, seven-night trip to the NFU Education Center near Bailey, Colorado. NDFU will provide transportation, accommodations, group meals, supervision and entertainment. Torchbearer Award: Upon completion of five years of day classes in the senior youth program, youth will be awarded the Torchbearer Award as a symbol of their graduation from the Farmers Union youth program. Youth who earn the Torchbearer Award are invited to the NDFU state convention banquet for the Torchbearer Ceremony and entertainment held in Torchbearersʼ honor. Award recipients are also eligible to apply for the Bergman Scholarship to be used for college. s

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Heart Butte, Elgin completed grades 7-12

Camp #1 • June 11-15 Grades 7-12

Camp #4 • July 16-20 Grades 7-9

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Riding to Little Sturgis

The small town of Cavalier is overtaken by bikers over Father’s Day weekend for the event known as “Little Sturgis.”

by Anne Denholm, NDFU

What started with 60 bikers has now grown to over 1,200. During Father’s Day weekend, the small North Dakota town of Cavalier becomes one of the hottest biker spots in the state. Drawing people from across the region and Canada, the event has been dubbed as “Little Sturgis of the North.” One of the organizers, Nancy Jenson, said, “There will be motorcycle games, contests, music, inflatable games for kids, shopping, food, and much more! What makes us most proud of our event is the unique aspect that our event offers something for everyone. We guarantee that anyone from the hard core biker to the local residents can come and have fun with so much to see and do throughout this day.” The event will kick start Friday, June 15 in the Cedar Inn parking lot. The Cedar Inn will begin serving food at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music from the band “Flying 12

Blind,“ which will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and a fun-run motorcycle ride will start at 10 a.m. A voluntary $10 entry fee per person for the fun-run will include a bandana, a chance to win prizes and cash, Proceeds of the fun-run will go to the Ronald McDonald House. All motorcycles and riders are welcome. Games and contests will occur throughout the afternoon and there will be a DJ playing music as well. A free street dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. featuring the band “SOL”. There will be a cash raffle Saturday night at 5 p.m. The prizes include a $1,000 cash prize, two $500 cash prizes, and four $250 cash prizes. A portion of the proceeds for the raffle will go to local charities and the event. The Assembly of God Church is hosting a free fun day for all kids from noon to 5 p.m. with inflatable games, sno-cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and lots of giveaways in order to

give back to the community. All events are free and open to the public. The Cavalier Fire Department will host a pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning, June 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire hall. All proceeds will benefit the local fire department. In addition to the cafes in Cavalier, there will be a variety of food vendors on main street during the event this year. The Cavalier Ride-In started 16 years ago as a promotion for downtown shopping. Each year, the event has grown in popularity. Jenson remembers the first year with about 60 motorcycles in Cavalier. “It seemed the street was full!” recounts Jenson. “What started out with 50 or 60 motorcycles has now grown to an event that attracted over 1,800 motorcycles and over 4,000 spectators last year. We’re really proud of our town.” s Union Farmer •

Couple to participate in FUE by Anne Denholm, NDFU

Farmers Union Enterprises has a program for couples in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin and Minnesota in which each state selects one "Couple of the Year." The participating couple receives hands-on training on issues important to National Farmers Union such as advocacy leadership, becoming good communicators, NFU involvement and how to coordinate a meeting. Robin and Shelly Ziesch of Kidder County have been named as North Dakota’s “Couple of the Year” for 2012-13. “We are really excited about doing some traveling and seeing how other states operate,” said Robin.

Both Robin and Shelly grew up in rural North Dakota. In fact, they live in Robin’s childhood home, north of Pettibone. He has a cow/ calf operation and raises corn and barley as a third generation farmer. Shelly grew up just a mile away as a fourth generation farmer. She attended day classes, camps, earned the Torchbearer award and went to All-States camp. Robin also participated in a variety of Farmers Union camps and day classes. When they got married in 1991, the couple continued to participate in Farmers Union activities including a fly-in trip two years ago. Shelly also serves as the Kidder County youth leader. The couple has worked to pass the Farmers Union philosophy down to their three daughters. s

Robin and Shelly Ziesch of Kidder County have been selected to serve as the 201213 Farmers Union Enterprises Couple of the Year.

Cassidy and Morgan Ziesch have some special friends on the farm including the family dog and a newborn goat that still needs to be named. They are both active in the Farmers Union youth program including day classes and camp.

Oldest daughter, Bailie, 20, is a junior in college. She was a recipient of the Herbert Seymour scholarship and served on the State Youth Advisory Council and National Youth Advisory Council.

The Ziesch family ranch is located north of Pettibone. Pictured is youngest daughter, Morgan, 13; Shelly, Robin and Cassidy, 17. Union Farmer •


How does their garden grow?

Youth in McClusky helped dig up the community garden as part of a day class activity.

By Anne Denholm, NDFU

Seven North Dakota Farmers Union youth from Sheridan County got their hands dirty and opened their hearts to a special project that will help their community. As part of day class activities, the youth group helped dig out a community garden that will be used to grow fruits and vegetables for the local nursing home and food pantry. The city of McClusky received a grant from North Dakota State University to help fund the project. Sheridan County youth leader Eden McLeod said, “This was a very positive experience for the kids. They helped build the boxes and went door to door to stock the food pantry. Brian Larson the manager of the McClusky Co-op, helped teach basic co-op structure to the class as well so the kids were learning as they worked during this year’s day classes.” s

Sheridan County youth also collected food for the local pantry.

Free camp for South Central Grain employees By Anne Denholm, NDFU

South Central Grain Cooperative is offering a new perk for their employees. Any child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any relation can now attend Farmers Union camp for free and receive a complimentary back pack, too. Manager Bill Schauer explained, “We want to encourage our employees to send kids to camp. Farmers Union camp offers young people the opportunity to learn about cooperatives and have lots of fun while doing it.” The offer is limited to two youth per employee. Schauer added, “I sent my grandchildren to summer camps and I want to extend that invitation to all my staff.” Tawnya Ryum works at the cooperative and 14

has been active in the ladies programs and Women in Leadership Development (WILD). Her husband, Jason, serves on the Logan County Farmers Union board. “I hope more people take advantage of this great offer,” she said. “Farmers Union camp is a great chance for kids of all ages to swim, dance, do sports, make friends and learn about the cooperative model.” South Central Grain also sponsors various activities throughout the year including coloring books and safety courses. s Union Farmer •

Summer recipes Vegetables

Founding Farmers Fried Green Tomatoes

by Founding Farmers Restaurant

A warm summer breeze is a welcome break from the often harsh North Dakota winter. One way to celebrate the season is to enjoy some of Founding Farmers’ signature dishes! Throughout the summer, we’ll share a few of our favorite recipes for you to bring a taste of Founding Farmers to your kitchen. Our first pick is Fried Green Tomatoes. One of our favorite appetizers, these slightly tart, unripe tomatoes are dipped into a tempura batter then coated in a cornmeal-panko mixture. The combination creates a light yet crunchy exterior that is enhanced only when dipped into our Green Goddess Dressing. Once you take your first bite, you’ll understand why we love them so much. Enjoy!

Farm survey for USDA USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the first two weeks of June surveying 3,600 farmers across North Dakota to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2012. NASS will gather data on what crops have been planted and what commodities are in storage. This information will provide a comprehensive picture of how things are shaping up in 2012 for the United States agricultural industry. s

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Makes 4 Slices 1/4 cup yellow corn meal 4 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs 1 ½ each medium green tomatoes, cored and sliced 3/8” thick ½ teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon Kosher salt ¼ cup dry tempura mix 1½ c. vegetable oil (depending on skillet size) ¼ c. prepared tempura batter ¼ cup goat cheese, softened Combine cornmeal and panko in a food processor and blend until fine. Transfer to a shallow plate. In a small bowl, combine the coriander, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Season tomato slices on both sides with the spice mixture. Next, dredge the tomatoes lightly in the dry tempura mix, dip into the prepared tempura batter and then coat them with the cornmeal-panko crust. Add vegetable oil to a large skillet, filling skillet to approx 1½” deep, and heat until almost smoking. Once hot, carefully place the tomatoes into the pan and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until the second side is golden as well. Remove to a paper towel to let drain. Serve with Green Goddess Dressing and soft goat cheese.


Green Goddess Dressing Makes 2 cups ½ cup shallots, peeled, minced and sweated in 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon + 1 ½ teaspoons white wine vinegar 2 ¼ teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice 2 ¼ teaspoons fresh-squeezed lime juice 1 anchovy filet, fined diced (optional) 1 ripe avocado, skin and pit removed 3 ounces extra virgin olive oil ½ cup mayonnaise 4 tablespoons parsley, de-stemmed and chopped fine 3 tablespoons tarragon, de-stemmed and chopped fine 1 tablespoon cilantro, de-stemmed and chopped fine 2 tablespoons basil, de-stemmed and chopped fine ¾ teaspoon oregano, de-stemmed and chopped fine 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper In a small mixing bowl, combine the garlic with the vinegar, lemon and lime juices and let sit for 15 minutes. Add the anchovy and avocado. Mash the avocado with a fork. Whisk in the mayonnaise, then slowly whisk in the extra virgin olive oil. When the dressing is emulsified (thick like a dip), fold in the herbs, shallots, salt and pepper. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. 15

The new North Dakota Centennial Farms interactive display at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn was formally unveiled April 30. The interactive Centennial Farms display allows visitors to search the entire database of Centennial Farms across the state. North Dakota Farmers Union, along with Farmers Union Insurance, is the founding sponsor of the program. Vice President Bob Kuylen participated in the ceremony with center director David Borlaug and others.

Sheridan County Farmers Union shares cookies at the McClusky school spring concert as a way to promote camp and day classes. Youth leader Eden McLeod was the hostess along with help from outreach coordinator, Diane Rosenberg.

Around the state

Children at the New Rockford school were attentive to the camp presentation made by Farmers Union youth leader Tracey Weber and SYAC member Cassidy Weber in May.

Stark County held their day classes at the Senior Citizens Center, South Heart which included lots of Teamwork and cooperation. First grader Gavin Morel suggested “The Avengers” for the co-op they formed. They also decorated basesball caps. BELOW: Duane and Derek Wald of Hague fill fertilizer from semi to corn planter.Photo by Eileen Wald.

Pat Heidt was all dressed up for the prom this year. She was part of the Hettinger ladies night out this spring when they held an adult prom night with wine tasting and good food provided by the Broken Brick and Hettinger County Farmers Union. 16

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Running for charity By Anne Denholm, NDFU

Several North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance agents ran in the Fargo Marathon this year to raise money for charity. Over $6,000 was directed to North Dakota Leadership Seminar (NDLS) from the runners. Jed Geer, a Bismarck agent, explained, “I have been involved with NDLS for four years and to say it is amazing would be an understatement. This organization is dedicated to teaching leadership and community service skills to high school sophomores.” Geer also spearheaded a service project to raise money for Project Linus, a group that donates blankets to kids in need. Money is used to purchase the fleece material to make the blankets. According to Running USA, events like the Fargo Marathon raised over $1.1 billion for charities last year. In Fargo, a total of $300,000 was generated for nonprofit groups like North Dakota Leadership Seminar. Geer completed the 5K and 10K races. It was the third year he has participated in the event. “Many people run for personal accomplishment and now, we’re taking it a step further to run for charitable causes,” he said. His training schedule consisted

During the statewide meeting in May, agents presented a Fargo Marathon shirt that featured the Farmers Union Insurance logo to general manager Mark Anderson.

of running about once a week. Geer added, “You have to know that when you run with 20,000 people, the adrenaline helps keep you going. I didn’t have a lot of time this year to train for the full marathon but maybe someday.” Agent Josh Ressler of Minot was on the insurance running team as well. He said, “This was my third year running and I completed the half marathon this year.” Ressler started running a few years ago and soon caught the bug to run races. “It’s nice to have something to train for and it really gets you motivated. The Fargo

Marathon is a good event and it raises money for charity, too.” Team participants and their race times included: 5K RACE: 3.1 miles Jed Geer, Bismarck: 37:58 Jamie Ressler, Mandan: 53:17 Lance Gulleson, Lisbon: 56:59 HALF MARATHON: 13.1 miles Jory Zunich, Williston: 1:17:53 (finished 11th out of 5748) Kary Lindgren, Ashley: 1:58:12 Josh Ressler, Minot: 2:39:47 10K RACE: 6.2 miles Lance Gulleson, Lisbon: 1:08:05 Jed Geer, Bismarck: 1:15:25 s

Ladies’ luncheon held in Pettibone

By Judi Hintz, Kidder Co.

On Saturday, May 5, Kidder County Farmers Union held its annual ladies’ luncheon at Our Saviors Guest speaker Tina Lutheran Haibeck brings Church in news from Italy to Pettibone. Pettibone. Approximately 40 ladies had the privilege of hearing Tina Haibeck, a student at University of Mary speak about her semester in Italy. Union Farmer •

Tina shared many beautiful and intriguing photos of the food, architecture, and the absolutely amazing countryside. She talked about the cobblestone streets, cathedrals Helping with the event were board members Beverly Clemens, Delores Ziesch, Judi Hintz and Doris Mack (Shelly and basilicas, and Ziesch not available for photo). of course, the The ladies were also treated to gelato. She shared several of a salad and sub lunch served by her experiences of all the other Lorraine Wolf of the Kozy Kitchen. wonderful places she was able to Betty Randall won the door prize, visit on her weekends including which was a bottle of wine from Italy Spain, Ireland and France. along with two wine glasses. s


Construction starts on plant

A big hill of dirt was built to prepare the ground in Cavalier. The soil needed to be compacted on the site so it can support the weight of the fertilizer plant.

By Trudy Romfro, NDFU

NorthStar Cooperative in Cavalier is constructing a new fertilizer plant that will hold 7,000 tons of dry fertilizer. The building will also include three offices for the agronomy staff, a reception area,

meeting room and an enclosed load out area. There will also be a 150 ton tower for load out. According to Jim Wznick, general manager, “We have grown a lot in the last 20 years. We needed to unify our services, increase our space and

offer a convenient location for our customers. The main benefit will be that everything will be in one location.” The work is being completed by Stueve Construction from Algona, Iowa. s

Women learn self defense By Cathy Wangsness, NDFU

Volunteer Taryn Schmidt of Bowbells experiences what it feels like to have someone hold you from behind.


On May 6, 2012, Burke County Farmers Union sponsored two “self defense for women” events in Bowbells and Powers Lake. Ryan Ziliak, of Sherwood, presented lessons on self defense using your mind and what you have with you. He offered these valuable tips: • Do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation. Anticipation and avoidance are the key words. If you get caught up in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking him/her.

• Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed, can actually provoke an attack. Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor. • Use an attack alarm, as these give out a short piercing sound and will temporarily distract an attacker, giving you enough time to escape. Make a noise yourself by screaming as loud as you can. • If held from behind don’t struggle forward. Throw yourself backwards to surprise your attacker. s

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS 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 Ford 2N tractor, new motor, new alt., new water pump, tires good. 947-5723, Dan Shroyer, New Rockford. FOR SALE IH wing type 22’ Vibra chisel with 2 bar drags and heavy duty drill hitch with very good 12” shovels and hose plumbing, $500. 447-2485, Gary Presser, Mercer. FOR SALE 8800 Bourgault 52’ field cultivator, 4 bar harrow, floating hitch, dbl. springs on each shank, 10” knock on shovels, $31,000. 438-2520, Dennis Backstrom, Maddock. FOR SALE Fiberglass stock tank, approx. 600 gal. capacity. 256-2350, Scott Halley, Langdon. FOR SALE 4010 John Deere tractor with 325 dual loader, Jobber 3 pt. hitch, new 18.4;34 tires on rear, 1100x16 front tires, 7,595 hours and no pto. from factory, $6,500 firm. 798-2095 or 381-8450, Ronald Walters, Oberon. FOR SALE 90’ Brittonya pull type sprayer, wheel boom style, not suspended boom, 1,000 gal. tank, foam markers, mixing cone, auto fold from tractor cab, adjustable boom height, needs very minor work, in very good condition; 70’ Western harrow, 4 bar sections with good teeth and down pressure springs, dual front wheels, new cables, manual fold, not auto fold, good condition, ready to work. Both reasonably priced. 228-4656, Paul K. Berge, Souris. FOR SALE Used dual loader, $275. 341-4070, Gerald Klein, Fessenden. FOR SALE 30’ John Deere 331 tandem disk, $3,500. 764-6410, Casey Lund, Killdeer. FOR SALE 6’x16’ bumper pull stock trailer, new tires, floor, lights and wiring, sold the cows. 448-2406, Roger Kvamme, Turtle Lake. 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.; 6’ JD combine w/2 cyl. motor & ground driven reel; new & used 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 Straw spreader for JD 8820 combine. $200 obo. 720-6650, Matt Matheny, Garrison. Union Farmer •

FOR SALE 830 JD tractor on my farm auction on June 5, restorable tractor - Ser. #8300603. 668-2750, Gene Albert, Erie.

FOR SALE 5 hp. single phase electric motor and a Schwartz truck hoist. 259-2140, Myron Fowler, Michigan.

FOR SALE Tractor parts for Case (LA, DC, D, SC, VAC), Minneapolis Moline (U,R), a variety of magneto’s and carburetors; tires 13x26 and 11.25x24 (smooth); radiators and other parts for 1962 Rambler and older Chevrolet cars; antique Briggs and Stratton washing machine engine; acetylene welder, one row potato digger. 845-4303 call after 10 a.m., Henrik Voldal, Valley City.

FOR SALE Bale feeder, round; horse rake wheels; 1 ton IH truck, needs motor overhaul & tires; IHC harrow, 30’ on cart; 1968 Chev. 1 1/2 truck, grain box & cattle rack; 210 Premier 2952 swather, 16’, self propelled, grass head; 210 New Holland baler, twine & net wrap, wide pickup; 3 pt. grass seeder for pto.; 210 Morris 881 Hay Hiker bale pickup, 8 bale carrier, 878-4879, Bennie Schneider, Richardton.

FOR SALE Dual loader, quick detach, 3500 Hylander off 1175 Case; duals, 18x43.8, off 1175 Case. 662-3151, Richard or Allen Bonn, Devils Lake..

FOR SALE JD 148 loader, 8’ scoop, grapple available; JD 146 loader, 7’ scoop, 3 spool control, grapple available; new Koyker 545 MF WD loader, 7’ scoop or 8’ scoop with grapple; new 7’ or 8’ JD scoop with grapple; new 7’ or 8’ Bobtach heavy scoops, high volume grapple available ; JD 3 tine bale spear (Bobtach mount): JD 2 tine bale spear (148,158 mount); new MDS - 8’ scoop & 5 tine grapple with 740, 741 classic Tach mounts; 7’ heavy MDS rock-scrapbrush fork with high volume grapple; F11 loader, attachments, parts; new Premier pallet forks (5,200 lb. rating); 48” or 60” forks, other attachments available. 7090103, Allen Wald, Edgeley.

FOR SALE Farmall Series M tractor, with F-11 loader, recently painted, runs good, $4,000. 3915685, Gordon Cermak, Golden Valley. FOR SALE 2-1,000 gal. fuel tanks with pumps, $750 ea.; John Deere 567 baler, $15,000; 40 sheets of white steel panels (from Menards), 3’ wide x 8’ long, $8 ea. 9452720, Gordon Svenningsen, LuVerne. FOR SALE Westfield 10”x51’ swing away, 540 pto. grain auger; Westfield 7”x41’ grain auger w/ 7 1/2 hp. electric motor. 362-7724, Dennis Walseth, Glenburn. FOR SALE Semi storage trailers; 40’ container; nice 53’ trailer with roll-up door and flat floor; 34’ East End dump trailer; new 35’ hopper bottom trailer; converter dolly., 474-5780, Richard Rydell, Fairmount. FOR SALE Four steel bins for sale, located in SE ¼, 24-143-61 in Barnes County, ½ mile east of Wayne Christ farm, on Highway #26 between Wimbledon and Dazey, two bins are 2,000 bushel capacity, and two are 1,200 bushel capacity, the 1,200 bushel bins are in poor condition and may be good for scrap metal only, buyer may move bins or scrap them for metal salvage. 947-2724, Donn Frahm, New Rockford. FOR SALE 2009 Buhler 60” Farm King finishing mower, used two days, $1,800. 302-0037, Roger Westby, New Rockford. FOR SALE 16 ft. Case 850 & 16 ft. Hesston 300 swathers for parts, no engines; 90 ft. Summers sprayer on shop built chassis, 500 gal., hyd. boom lift, light bar GPS, calc-n-acre, 8 hp. Honda, 2 wheel drive, 14.9X38 rear tires, 13X26 front, IHC 403 engine, cab, works good. $4,500. 218779-2274, James Tangen, Northwood, ND. FOR SALE 8800 Bourgault 52’ field cultivator, four bar harrow, floating hitch, dbl. springs on each shank, 10” knock-on shovels, $29,000. 438-2520, Dennis Backstrom, Maddock. FOR SALE IHC 4700 field cult., 43’, $5,200; 29’ dump rake in working condition, $700; 8 tires - 18.4x38R, 30%, $85 ea. 583-2271, Greg Graber, Wolford.

FOR SALE IHC Hydro 86 diesel tractor with Farmhand F11 loader and 3 buckets; many good t-posts and wire; 3 pt. post hole auger with 9” & 12” augers. 8453004, Bob Eggert, Valley City. FOR SALE Dakon fork type rock picker; 21’ bat reel for swather; Gandy #5812 granular applicator; Duclar hay basket; pickup service tank w/hand pump; 16’ Vandale silo unloader. 984-2328, Jim Heron, Cathay. FOR SALE 2007 Calico 2 horse slant trailer, in excellent condition: 28’ 7200 hoe drills. 681-0188, Virgil Scherr, Rugby. FOR SALE 1688 Case IH combine with 3,800 hrs. in field ready condition. 563-4621, Lance Jacobs, Regent. FOR SALE 66’ Summers 3 pt. sprayer, 300 gal., hyd. pump, chem. induction, not used for 5 years, always shedded. 982-3210, Robert Enerson, Ambrose. GIVE AWAY Sund raking pick-up parts. 833-2352, Greg Simonson, Minot. WANTED 12’ packer, crumbler or culti-packer, doesn’t need a hydraulic lift or transport wheels, just a basic packer to bust up clumps. 863-6644, Francisco Knopik, Manning. WANTED A-6 Case combines for parts or to restore. 218-779-2274, James Tangen, Northwood, ND. WANTED John Deere Model H tractor, prefer with electric start. 852-1150, Art Oen, Minot. WANTED Degelman 6000/7200 rockpicker, 1,450 gallon Pryor NH3 tank. 897-0099, Jerry Zimmerman, Roseglen. 19


WANTED Anhydrous tanks. 764-6410, Casey Lund, Killdeer. WANTED 643 or 843 John Deere cornhead, good condition; hopper extension for JD 8820 combine. 720-6650, Matt Matheny, Garrison.

WANTED 2 - 10’ or 8’ seeding drills with grass and fertilizer attachments, would prefer newer models with transports if possible, must be in good condition. 597-3107, Ken Koch, Shields. WANTED One row potato plow, preferably with three point hook up. 288-3070, Marshall Fleming, Ashley. WANTED Crimper to pull behind tractor or one to fit a 270 Owatanna swather. 288-3515 leave message or, Joshua Schock, Ashley.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 24’x30’ white metal building with 8’x16’ overhead door with opener and walk-in door, built in 2006, on steel beams and wheels, ready to move with tractor or heavy truck, $6,500 obo. located at Devils Lake. 772-3129, Gerald Kenner, Grand Forks. FOR SALE Beautiful AKC registered pure blood German Shepherd puppies, born April 3, ready to go in June, only two females and one male left, reserve yours for $50 deposit, total cost is $330/ea. I own mother and dad, pictures available, great family pet, farm dog, protector and good with children, always in top five selling breeds of AKC dogs. 435-2596 or, Darryl or Helen Bulzomi B & B Acres, Wimbledon. FOR SALE Larger hot water air handling units; Cushman turf truckster, 18 hp., 1,800 lb. wt. capacity; 5 ton International truck. 570-4660 or 528-4766, Rockey Hewson, Alamo. FOR SALE Wheel chair, solid padded cushion seat and back, foot rests, back side supports, excellent condition, does not fold up; U-Step walker, has a laser line to train Parkinson, MS, MD or accident patients to improve walking stride, will not roll unless hand brake is released, easy turning, folds up. 235-0891 or 230-2635, Doris Randle, West Fargo. FOR SALE 25’ Cabin cruiser for the big lake, “Tiara 2500”, inboard 260 Mercruiser V8, sleeping quarters, sink and bathroom, canvas top, tandem trailer, always stored inside, excellent condition, boat hull number SSUV5201M79G, $15,000 obo, located 1 mile from Fort Stevenson marina, Garrison. 337-2233 leave message, Rick Hultberg, Garrison. FOR SALE 540 r.p.m. - PTO. pump; Linde 295 amp AC arc welder; calf creep feeder; 12 volt generator, power steering pump combination; some W-9 parts, 9-N parts; old 32” wood french door. 794-3477, Chris Holwagner, Center. 20

FOR SALE 2 story house, 28’x30’, to be moved or torn down, good structure, hardwood floors, 2 added entry halls, call for info. 873-5217, Mabel Eisenbeis, Beulah. FOR SALE 60 - 7’ steel t-posts; 2,600’ of 49” tall netting; 27 - 8’ 5” round wood posts; 8 - 12’ 6” round wood posts. 302-8295,, Doug Arnston, Maddock.

FOR SALE Set of fuel tanks with hanger, painted aluminum, $200; headache rack with chain hanger and boxes, $300; Eldorado VIP air ride seat, dark gray, almost black, $500. 543-3843, leave message if no answer, Doug or Deb Hannestad, Hatton. FOR SALE 2009 Keystone Cougar fifth wheel RV, 34’, 3 slides, great floor plan with many amenities, boat hitch already attached. 361-2070, Char Gust, Casselton. FOR SALE Horse collars & related items; 45 used utility poles, 35-50’ long; new tires: 1-10:00 R20 Dunlap steel radial SP777, 16 ply, new tube & flap; 8 used sidewinder LT 245/75/15, 10 ply; 4-225/60/R16 M & S; 4 used Firestone P265/70/R16 M&S; 3 Michelin P225/60/R16 M&S. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE Fiberglass fence posts for electric fence, solar fence charger and cattle pac starter kit (spools and wire, etc.). 349-4179,, Douglas Hvistendahl, Ellendale. FOR SALE 12 new 20.8x38 Titan bias; 2 new 12.4x24 Firestone FWD’s; 4 new 10.00x16x8 ply 4 rib fronts; 2 new 520 R42 Firestone; 2 new 520 R42 Michelin; 10 - 18.4R46 Firestone @40-50%; 4 - 20.8x42 Goodyear bias @ 60%; 4 - 20.8x42 Firestone bias @ 50%; 8 - 20.8R42 Firestone radial @ 40-50%; 1 18.4R42 Goodyear @ 50-60%; 4 - 18.4R42 @ 40%; 2 - 710/70R42 Firestone @ 70%; 4 - 480R42 Titan combine tires, 14 ply @ 80%; 2 - 18.4R38x10 ply @ 40-50%; 2 - 18.4R38x10 ply@75%; 1 - 800/65R32 @ 75%; 4 - 420/85R34x10 ply @ 80%; 1 - 18.4x30x8 ply Firestone @ 95%; 2 - 16.9x28x10 ply @ 60%; 2 - 18.4x28 @ 40%; 2 - 11.2x24 @ 75%; 2 - 15.5x38 @ 90%; 2 - 14.9R30x10 ply @ 40%; 2 28Lx26x10 ply @ 50%; 2 - 14.9x28x6 ply @ 75%; 2 - 12.4x24 @ 50%; 13.6x28 @ 50%; 18.4x30 @ 50%; 4 - 380/90R50 @ 80%; 4 - 380/90R38 @ 50-75%; 4 - 420R46 @ 50-60%; 2 - 380/90R 50 @ 70% on JD stub disc w/wo. 10 bolt adapters; 4 - 18.4x38 10 bolt rims; 4 - 18.4-38” to 42” step-up rims; 9 & 10 bolt hubs, spacers, bands, rims, hardware; 4 - JD 18.4x38 stub disk rims. 709-0103, Allen Wald, Edgeley. FOR SALE Hay carrier; cattle stanchions. 348-3031, Robert Johnson, Glen Ullin. FOR SALE Hot tub, never been used outside, excellent condition, $4,000. 391-5685, Gordon Cermak, Mandan. FOR SALE Two cream separators, electric #518 and a #S16 with crank, both with complete attachments. 597-3730, larryn@westriv. com, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE Antique bed and dresser with mirror, white

with high back headboard; Mink fur coat, size large, blonde/brown blend. 6553647, Gen Strand, Brocket. FOR SALE 255 - 6’ t-posts; 172 - 5 1/2’ t-posts. 4752858, Peter Glatt, Driscoll. FOR SALE 120 used U steel posts, good shape. 4653550, Kenneth Seehafer, Drake. FOR SALE Farm equipment auction, selling my John Deere tractors, combine, seeding, harvest and haying equipment and more, June 9th, 11:00 a.m., 10 mi. East of Ashley on Hwy. 11, 1 mile N, 1/2 mile E. 288-3704 or 426-4704, Larry & Fern Schauer, Ashley. FOR SALE Established Welding and Steel Sales business, HWY 2, Devils Lake, ND, unlimited $ potential, wide trade area. 351-3529, Cliff Brekken, Devils Lake. WANTED Prairie dog hunters to come & hunt on my land, make reservations now. 597-3730,, Larry Nagel, Shields. WANTED Farmland to rent crop & pasture; also kitchen cabinets and counter top or shelving to put in a shop for a work bench. 681-0188, Virgil Scherr, Rugby. WANTED 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.

LIVESTOCK FOR SALE Good quality breeding boars, raised on dirt. 597-3107, Ken Koch, Shields. FOR SALE Yearling and 2-year-old Polled Hereford bulls for sale, high performance, low birth weight, heifer-safe bulls, free delivery and feeding until your turn-out date. 720.3682 or Mark Rockeman, Donnybrook. FOR SALE AQHA 14 year old Grullo mare, appendix certificate, goes back to Royal Bar on the sire, and Skip Badlands on the dam, not broke, but if you want color she is the 1 for you, $1,000 or best offer. Evenings 577-0510, Steve or Lana Lynde, Williston. FOR SALE 14 black older cow calf pairs. 240-8545, Lee Keller, Minot.

FEED AND SEED FOR SALE 500 bu. Otana oats, feed oats; 800 mixed hay bales, alfalfa, brome, crest wheat, large bales, plastic tie. 878-4879, Bennie Schneider, Richardton. FOR SALE Large round bales with a mixture of alfalfa, broom, and grass. 597-3730, larryn@, Larry Nagel, Shields. Union Farmer •


FOR SALE 1997 Dolphin 35’ motorhome with 12’ slide, 464 Ford chasis, 50,000 mi., $21,900. 7762351, Robert E. Johnson, Rugby.

FOR SALE 2006 PT Cruiser GT, 2.4 turbo, 52,000 mi., 5 spd., sunroof, red w/tan interior, excellent condition; 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0, 5 spd., red w/black interior, 113,300 mi., really nice, neither has been smoked in, pics available by e-mail for both. 4352618 or 269-1691 leave message, Duane Thoms, Courtenay.

FOR SALE ‘02 GMC 2500 HD diesel, 4 dr., 2 wd., SLE trim, 91K mi., exc. shape, can e-mail pics, $17,500. 218-209-9623, Howard or Craig Strand, Brocket.

FOR SALE Parts for 2004 Chevrolet Impala, damage on passenger side. 782-6863, Phyllis Will, Hazelton.

FOR SALE 1981 Buick Century, auto on floor, bucket seats, air, factory installed V-8 4.3 liter motor, mint condition; 1951 straight eight Buick. 597-3730. larryn@westriv. com, Larry Nagel, Shields.

FOR SALE 1964 Chevy SS Impala 2 dr., hardtop, red w/black leather interior, 327-300 hp., ps., pb., ts., 4 sp., factory tack, all factory, original hubcaps, fender kits, third owner, owned car 22 years. 220-3554 or 2553554, Del Kruckenberg, Bismarck. FOR SALE 2001 Saturn SL2, body in very good shape, auto start, need transmission. 6335489 or 799-9944, Craig Ausk, Wheatland. FOR SALE 2007 Honda Metropolitan, very low miles, excellent condition, red & white, 100+ mpg, 49 cc., no motorcycle license needed. 400-4137, Bill Sailer, Hebron.

FOR SALE 1997 Cadillac DeVille, 71,000 mi., white, very good shape. 878-4879, Bennie Schneider, Richardton.

FOR SALE 1976 Ford F150, 4x4, 360 motor, auto trans., two tone green, body fair, tranny is bad (slips), $825 w/new battery or $750 w/o battery. 438-2157 or 351-3698 leave message, Dean Hagen, Maddock. FOR SALE 08 Dodge Avenger, 32 mpg., white , power/heated seats, 53K, new tires. 6810188, Virgil Scherr, Rugby. FOR SALE 1964 Trail 55 Honda C105T motorbike to be restored. 252-8408, Larry Benke, Jamestown.


New 72” dirt bucket for Skidsteer loader, asking $700; 400 amp, 3 phase, Airco wire welder, welds steel, or aluminum, welds fine, $300 new tips & cones, asking $1,200; new windshield and left front fender for 93-97 Dodge Intrepid, $125 ea. 789-0966, Allen Gruman, Cooperstown.

Youth Director Opportunity

Ramsey County Farmers Union seeks an enthusiastic youth director with a genuine interest in promoting youth leadership and activities for youth in the area. Responsibilities include organizing youth meeting activities, promotion, publicity and recruitment of a youth program under the direction of the NDFU youth department. Must possess good communication and organizational skills and be a self-starter. This opportunity offers compensation, flexible scheduling with minimal part-time work. Training is provided. To apply go to: about-job-opportunities.php


North Dakota Farmers Union


Hawaiian Adventure Jan. 24 - Feb. 2, 2013

3 Islands - Oahu, Kauai, & Maui 10 days, 13 meals, land & air inclusive

with optional two night Big Island Post Tour Extension

HIGHLIGHTS: • Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona and USS Missouri

• Waikiki Beach • Dole Plantation • Waimea Canyon • Fern Grotto • Steelgrass Chocolate Farm • Polynesian Luau Check for upcoming county tours Go to for details or call 800-366-8331 ext 108, Susan or ext 111, Jeff

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EDDY, FOSTER & GRIGGS – June 26-27 – Fargo Touring & RedHawks game BENSON, CAVALIER, RAMSEY, ROLETTE, TOWNER – July 20-21 – Fargo Street Fair &Trollwood Park Musical GRAND FORKS – June 5 & 6 – Day camp: Adams Kemp Art Camp Turtle Mountain State Park • 9 a.m. • grades 6-12 • register with Sara Anderson at 218-230-4086 or July 19 • membership picnic • 5:30 p.m. • Red River Angus Farm meet the candidates KIDDER – June 5 – Board meeting • 7 p.m. • Pettibone Fire Hall McLEAN – July 15 – Prairie Hills Local annual picnic at Garrison City Park • 4 p.m. • meat, bread & beverage furnished July 29 – County picnic • Turtle Lake PEMBINA – May 30 – day class • 11 a.m. • Cavalier NorthStar Co-op • tours, prizes, pizza party June 2 – day class • 10:30 a.m. Heritage Center, Icelandic State Park RICHLAND – October 14 • Fairmount Local annual meeting • 2 p.m. Fairmount Fire Dist. Hall • elections WILLIAMS – June 4 • board meeting • 8 p.m. • county office June 20 – Co-op BBQ at Upper Missouri Fair July 11 – Golf event for young producers Ladies events: June 5 & 12 – Tea and coffee • June 19 & 26 – Wine tasting


CHECK OUT THESE UPCOMING TRIPS & EVENTS “Happening at the Hayloft” in Ashley Friday, June 22, 2012 • 6 p.m. Tri-County Ladies’ Event Sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance, Ashley Kary Lindgren, Agent and Emmons • Logan • McIntosh County Farmers Union

6:00 p.m. Registration

Dinner (BBQ porK SAndwICh, SALAd, LEMonAdE)

Bottineau County Medora Trip

June 18 -19, 2012 $145/pp dbl. occ.

$240 single

• Transportation • Lodging • Steak Fondue & Musical For more information: • Tour south unit of park call Sue Paulson Bully Pulpit Golf optional 701-952-0108 ($50 pp depending on availability) Sponsored by Bottineau County Farmers Union Pickup locations: Bottineau, Forfar, & Minot

“Oil Country Impacts” Photos from Out West: Pam Musland, NDFU Membership Education Coordinator “Dating Predicament” performed by the Hayloft Performers Gifts and Booth Door Prizes Local Ladies’ Booths: a Usborne Books and More – Julie Richards

a Tastefully Simple – Rebecca Meidinger aJamie Ann Photography – Jamie Fell aMary Kay – Vicki Meier

a Just Jewelry – Marsha Nitschke $10 pp - pay at the door Space is limited to 100 ladies. MUST RSVP by June 15 to Kary Lindgren at 288-3813.

Ladies Weekend to Fargo July 20-21, 2012

FARGO TOURING & REDHAWKS GAME June 26-27, 2012 • $99 per person INCLUDES: • Transportation & Tours: Pickup Locations: New Rockford Identity Ag, Casselton Carrington • Cooperstown Maple River Winery, Casselton NDSU Agronomy Greenhouse Sponsored by Eddy, Foster & Griggs North Dakota Natural Beef County Farmers Union • Lodging Call 800-366-8331, • RedHawks Game Ticket ext 108 to register. • $10 RedHawks bucks Deadline May 31

PARTNER TO THE TWINS Fargo Street Fair & Trollwood Park Musical $129/p.p. dbl. occ. $174 single Includes • Transportation • Lodging • Events • 2 group meals • Deadline is June 25, 2012 Pickup locations: Leeds, Churches Ferry, Devils Lake, Lakota

Sponsored by these Farmers Union Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Kathy Knatterud • 22

COST $140 per person for 1st 2 people in room. $100 for 3rd & 4th person in same room. $180 single. COST INCLUDES • Transportation • Lodging with breakfast • Tour CHS Grain Facility • Game Ticket • Shuttle to and from Target Field

July 31 - Aug 1, 2012 Pickup Locations: Edgeley • Ellendale Oakes • Gwinner Call 1-800-366-8331 ext 108 to register. Deadline July 1, 2012

Sponsored by Dickey and LaMoure County Farmers Union

(* After deadline trip may be offered to other counties at regular rate.)

RESERVATIONS FOR ALL TRIPS: Visit to print a reservation form or call 1-800-366-8331 ext 108 NDFU membership required on all trips – $25 per family. Union Farmer •

Message from

the President by ndfu president woody barth

North Dakota relies on agriculture to maintain a thriving economy. Our state is the number one producer of 14 different agricultural commodities in the nation and employs one in every five North Dakotans in the agricultural field. It is clear that a healthy bottom line for North Dakota is directly tied to agriculture. However, world market volatility and national politics surrounding the budget deficit present significant challenges in building agricultural policy. Congress is now faced with drafting a new “farm bill” that sets national policy on agriculture, nutrition and conservation. North Dakota Farmers Union is advocating for a farm bill that provides a strong safety net for producers when commodity prices drop and/or input costs rapidly rise. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry recently passed a proposed bill by a vote of 16-5. Leaders of the ag committee agreed to cut $23 billion in funding to respond to our national deficit, maintain a safety net and address nutrition and conservation needs.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has proposed another budget that slashes ag programs by $180 billion, including $31 billion to commodity and crop insurance programs, $133.5 billion to nutrition assistance and $16 billion in conservation. The Ryan budget proposal would sacrifice a market-based safety net for producers and gouge not only the agriculture community, but also nutrition programs across the country. North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven worked together to pass the Senate Ag Committee budget. North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg has verbally supported this proposal but voted for the Ryan budget. Like our Senators from North Dakota, we must work in a bipartisan way to maintain a farm bill that will benefit our producers, consumers and rural communities. We support a comprehensive policy that will provide initiatives to maintain farming operations through strong crop insurance and disaster programs. We ask our elected leaders to advocate for North Dakota in this debate. s

by National Farmers Union

Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bring the legislation to the floor during the month of June. The farm bill is the single-largest rural development bill that the Senate will discuss during the next several years and it is critical that a new one is passed before the current one expires.

2012 Farm Bill

On April 26, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (2012 Farm Bill) out of committee by a 16-5 vote. While this represents progress toward providing a fiscally responsible farm safety net directed to family farmers and ranchers, there is much work to be done. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and staff members have continued to talk to members of Congress in both the House and the Senate about the need for the farm bill to be passed before the current legislation expires on Sept. 30, 2012. NFU led a coalition of more than 125 agricultural, conservation, environmental, energy, forestry, hunger, and rural stakeholders in sending a letter to Senate leadership, urging them to bring the farm bill to the Senate floor as soon as possible. Additionally, 44 senators have signed a “Dear Colleague” letter requesting that Majority Leader Harry Union Farmer •

World Farmers Organization

On June 7-8, the World Farmers Organization (WFO) will hold a general assembly meeting in Rome. It will be the first major conference since the group’s formation. It is an opportunity for farm organizations to discuss and share experiences in agriculture related areas. WFO President Robert Carlson, NFU President Roger Johnson, NFU General Counsel Dave Velde, North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth, Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill, Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson, and South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke will attend. s 23

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June 2012 Union Farmer  

Monthly magazine for North Dakota Farmers Union