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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.


Railroad tracks near McLeod. Photo by Aaron Skattum

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May 2013 – Volume 60 Number 5


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Grants received at state office NDFU accepts two CHS grants and two grants for CAPTS and the Burdick Center

interact much with other youth their age. Today, the camping program develops individual and team leadership skills. Youth are required to write and present a twominute speech, conduct North Dakota Farmers mock media interviews, Union was the recipient of two participate in debate CHS Cooperative Education competitions and enhance grants including $35,750 for collaborative skills through the Generation KEY program team presentations and and $160,000 for the camping activities. The camping program.The state organization program teaches youth also initiated two $50,000 grants the values of cooperative from Farmers Union Industries and business and about North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth Farmers Union Enterprises to help relevant issues impacting delivered a $50,000 check to Burdick Center Director with the Quentin Burdick Center Gregory McKee on behalf of FUI/FUE. their lives. The camping for Cooperatives and the Center program has prepared thereby strengthening communities for Agricultural Policy and Trade hundreds of young men and women and rural America. Studies (CAPTS). for leadership positions in their North Dakota Farmers Union The CAPTS grant is used to communities, cooperatives, their intends to grow cooperative provide ongoing support for the state and Farmers Union. knowledge among young Burdick Center at North Dakota North Dakota Farmers Union people and help empower their State University. The grant will plans to use the Generation KEY participation and leadership in cover some studies of crop (Knowledge Empowered Youth) cooperatively owned businesses. insurance issues regarding changes grant to assist with the costs Through hands-on activities, NDFU in cross compliance requirements, associated with the program, which helps youth understand the various caps on premium subsidies and includes youth leader training, issues affecting rural communities, other issues relating to ongoing costs of curriculum and materials our state and nation. farm bill discussions. associated with the program and The 2013 curriculum is entitled, The Burdick Center grant will cooperative games. The Generation “Building Ourselves, Building Our be used to specifically develop KEY program has been in existence Lives.” The Generation curriculum and KEY program is an topics for the integral part of the cooperative whole cooperative and employee leadership training schools and for system that exists in the development North Dakota through of the on-line Farmers Union. employee The project teaches training system. the importance of cooperatives in the CHS Grants everyday lives of North The North Dakotans. Dakota Farmers From left, Richard (Skip) Taylor and Won Koo from North Dakota State The CHS Union camping University and the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies visited with Foundation is the North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth. program has major giving entity been in existence of CHS Inc, the nation’s leading in North Dakota Farmers Union’s since 1934. The program was farmer-owned cooperative. As history in some form since 1929. started by Gladys Talbott Edwards, a part of the CHS stewardship The North Dakota Farmers the oldest daughter of Charles focus, the CHS Foundation is Union Foundation believes that Clyde Talbott. Talbott was the committed to investing in the through consistent participation founder and first president of North future of rural America, agriculture in Generation KEY activities, a Dakota Farmers Union and the and cooperative business bedrock of energized rural leaders first president of Cenex, now CHS, through education and leadership will help develop small businesses, Inc. The first camp was started as development. s solve problems and generate a way to unite farm children who greater community activism, did not have an opportunity to Union Farmer •


National Farmers Union sent a delegation of leaders to the world assembly including, from left, NFU Secretary and Minnesota’s President Doug Peterson, North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth, NFU President Roger Johnson, and Montana’s President Alan Merrill. In the back row, NFU General Counsel Dave Velde and Wisconsin’s President Darin VonRuden.

Japan hosts World Assembly The World Farmers’ “The policy adopted by the World Attendees shared experiences Organisation (WFO) hosted a Farmers Organisation increases on outreach activities, special General Assembly in Niigata, the transparency and the programs, services, products, best Japan, on April 15-18. North Dakota predictibility of agricultural markets practices and case studies. Farmers Union President Woody and ensures family farmers and WFO brings together national Barth represented North Dakota ranchers benefit fairly from the agricultural producer organizations in a delegation of Farmers Union opening of new markets.” and farmer-owned cooperative leaders including National Farmers The objective of the general organizations to create policies Union (NFU) President Roger assembly was to provide an and advocate on world farmers’ Johnson and Robert Carlson, opportunity to discuss WFO‘s behalf, in order to improve the President of WFO. statutory issues, as well as offer the economic situation and livelihood One notable action taken opportunity for farm organizations of producers, their families and during this year’s assembly was to collaborate in agriculture-related their rural communities. More than the adoption trade policy. The areas, such as food security, 77 organizations from 49 countries newly drafted policy encourages climate change, education and attended the event. s the parallel elimination of all forms awareness-raising programs. of export subsidies and disciplines on all export measures with equivalent effect; improved market access; special and differential treatment for developing countries and least developing countries; and recognition of country-of-origin requirements that allows countries to distinguish their products without President of JA Zenchu (the Japanese farm organization) Akira Banzai received an appreciation distorting trade. award from World Farmers Organisation President Robert Carlson for hosting the 3rd annual General Barth reported, Assembly in Niigata, Japan. 4

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Women’s role in agriculture discussed at assembly This is an excerpt from Sue Carlson’s keynote address about women in agriculture, given at the World Farmers Organisation General Assembly. Go online to to read the entire speech. BY SUE CARLSON, WFO

We are finally in a time where agriculture, food security, and hunger eradication have taken their rightful place as the top priorities on the international agenda. It is also gratifying to see the inclusion and recognition of the important role women farmers have in these discussions. So why should WFO take a position on women farmers? Women are an untapped resource. Over half the world’s population are women and 42% of the world’s farmers are women farmers; in some developing countries 70% of their farmers are women. Yet globally women only hold 1/5 of the positions in business and governments. Men are the majority holding seats in organizations, governments, corporations and at the negotiating table. I bring this up, not to say this is men versus women or about one taking away from the other. It’s about making sure women and men are represented equally in decision-making circles. It’s about raising the awareness of the inequalities women farmers face around the world. It’s about the gender gap that needs to be closed so women farmers can have the same access to farm inputs, to land tenure, to finance, to technology, to knowledge. This is a good economic strategy and a good strategy to meet food security issues of the world’s growing population. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the United Nations reports that world wide: • Women perform 2/3 of the world’s working hours and produce over 50% of its food but only earn Union Farmer •

Sue Carlson serves as a chairperson for the WFO women’s committee and gave the keynote address for the panel.

10% of its income, and women own less than 2% of its property and receive less than 5% of all bank loans. • Of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty (living on less than $1 a day), 70% are women. • From the FAO 2011 statistics, in the space of 20 years, the number of rural women living in absolute poverty has increased by 50%, compared with 30% for men. The FAO and many others have researched the disparities and injustices of gender inequality and what many women farmers experience. It’s real. We acknowledge these inequalities and WFO must become part of the solution. We also know there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer throughout the world. • First of all, we should listen to what farmers need. • We should be sensitive to cultural differences. • We should be empathetic. • We should be willing to share best practices. • We should empower women to speak out, to stand up and be heard, and to become advocates within their farm organization, their community and in policy-making arenas. • We should encourage farm

organization participation. • We should encourage cooperative development. • We should encourage investment in women farmers. Farmers are the largest investors in agriculture. They deserve to have access to transportation and stable trade policies, effective markets, adequate storage, financial services, risk management tools, water and inclusion in the value chain. We know when this happens the result will be an increase in production, in export earnings, in employment and in an important step toward food security. It is also important policy makers ensure good governance to protect local communities, ensure dollars are targeted and received by the farmers and not a potentially corrupt government and to avoid natural resource degradation. It’s important for good, sustainable land conservation to be practiced. A man from Africa who is a farmer told my husband and me, “agriculture investment money should be given to women farmers—they will use it to improve their farms and their communities.” And I couldn’t agree more! While we have unique situations and circumstances throughout the world, I encourage WFO’s members to not view this solely as a women’s issue. We cannot be in a silo. All of WFO’s pillars of importance ranging from food security to climate change to the farmers’ role in the food chain—women need to be part of those discussions and solutions. We have a responsibility as leaders and citizens of the world to ensure we have a viable path to have a world free from hunger and from want. It’s up to us; food security and climate change cannot be ignored. We have a responsibility as women farmers to step up and help meet that challenge. It’s urgent. The time is now...Women farmers of the world are ready to be a big part the solution! s 5

Spill prevention plans for fuel storage on the farm due soon

Farms now have less than one month to prepare or amend and implement their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans, unless the U.S. Congress passes a four month extension. The compliance date for farms is currently May 10, 2013. If the amendment is approved, the new deadline would be Sept. 30, 2013. The purpose of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule is to help facilities and farms prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. A key element of the SPCC rule requires farms and other facilities to develop, maintain and implement an oil spill prevention plan. These 6

plans help farms and ranches prevent oil spill, as well as control a spill should one occur.

The following information is also published on the Environmental Protection Agency web site: What is considered a farm under SPCC?

Under SPCC, a farm is “a facility on a tract of land devoted to the production of crops or raising of animals, including fish, which produced and sold, or normally would have produced and sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during a year.”

Is my farm covered by SPCC?

SPCC applies to a farm which: • Stores, transfers, uses, or consumes oil or oil products such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat; and • Stores more than 1,320 US gallons in above ground containers or more than 42,000 US gallons in completely buried containers; and • Could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams. If your farm meets all of these criteria, then your farm is covered by SPCC. Union Farmer •

If my farm is covered by SPCC, what should I do?

The SPCC program requires you to prepare and implement an SPCC plan. If you already have a plan, maintain it. If you do not have a plan, you should prepare and implement one. Many farmers will need to have their plan certified by a professional engineer. However, you may be eligible to self-certify your amended plan, if: • Your farm has a total oil storage capacity between 1,320 and 10,000 gallons in above ground containers, and the farm has a good spill history (as described in the SPCC rule), you may prepare and self-certify your own plan. However, if you decide to use certain alternate measures allowed by the federal SPCC rule, you will need an engineer. • Your farm has storage capacity of more than 10,000 gallons, or has had an oil spill you may need to prepare an SPCC plan certified by a professional engineer.


• Count only containers of oil that have a storage capacity of 55 US gallons and above. • Adjacent or non-adjacent parcels, either leased or owned, may be considered separate facilities for SPCC purposes. Containers on separate parcels (that the farmer identifies as separate facilities based on how they are operated) do not need to be added together in determining whether the 1,320-gallon applicability threshold is met. • If you are eligible to self certify your plan, and no above ground container at your farm is greater than 5,000 gallons in capacity, then you may use the plan template that is available to download from EPA’s web site at:

What information will I need to prepare an SPCC plan for my farm? • A list of the oil containers at the farm by parcel (including the contents and location of each container);

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• A brief description of the procedures that you will use to prevent oil spills. For example, steps you use to transfer fuel from a storage tank to your farm vehicles that reduce the possibility of a fuel spill; • A brief description of the measures you installed to prevent oil from reaching water • A brief description of the measures you will use to contain and clean up an oil spill to water; and • A list of emergency contacts and first responders.

What spill prevention measures should I implement and include in my SPCC plan?

• Use containers suitable for the oil stored. For example, use a container designed for flammable liquids to store gasoline; • Identify contractors or other local personnel who can help you clean up an oil spill; • Provide overfill prevention for your oil storage containers. You could use a high-level alarm, or audible vent, or establish a procedure to fill containers;

• Provide effective, sized secondary containment for bulk storage containers, such as a dike or a remote impoundment. • The containment must be able to hold the full capacity of the container plus possible rainfall. The dike may be constructed of earth or concrete. A double-walled tank may also suffice; • Provide effective, general secondary containment to address the most likely discharge where you transfer oil to and from containers and for mobile refuelers, such as fuel nurse tanks mounted on trucks or trailers. For example, you may use sorbent materials, drip pans or curbing for these areas; and • Periodically inspect and test pipes and containers. You should visually inspect aboveground pipes and inspect aboveground containers following industry standards. You must “leak test” buried pipes when they are installed or repaired. EPA recommends you keep a written record of your inspections. s

Additional questions about the SPCC program should be directed to the Oil Information Center at (800) 424-9346. 7


Recent events in North Dakota raised questions about the decadeold “credit sale indemnity fund,” how it protects growers against loss of grain sale proceeds, how funds are assessed on grain contracts and how it is administered. It is important to note that this fund was established to protect producers in grain sale contracts only, and does not cover the losses incurred when purchases of crop inputs (seed, fertilizer, chemicals, fuel, etc.) are prepaid for later delivery and then the supplier (grain elevator, ag supply business, or other retailer) becomes insolvent and unable to provide the goods purchased. A bill that would have provided for a legislative management study regarding the mitigation of risk involved in prepaying for agricultural seed, fertilizer, and various crop protection products passed the Senate this legislative session, but failed to pass the House. The following briefly describes grain credit sale requirements. Call 701-328-4097 for more information or go to www.

What is the credit-sale contract indemnity fund? This fund was created by the 2003 Legislature to provide partial protection for unpaid credit-sale contracts in grain elevator or grain buyer insolvencies. Money comes from a 0.2% (.002) assessment on all credit-sale contracts and is deposited in a fund administered by the Public Service Commission (commission). Legislation in 2007 reduced the cap from $10 million to $6 million. The fund reached $6 million and assessments stopped on July 1, 2008. Assessments will remain ceased until the fund balance drops below $3 million.

How much coverage does the indemnity fund provide?

Any eligible person’s coverage is limited to 80% of their unpaid credit-sale contract(s) with the insolvent buyer, up to a maximum payout of $280,000 per insolvency. For example: $50,000 in contracts = $40,000 payout; $150,000 in contracts = $120,000 payout; $350,000 or rnore in contracts = maximum $280,000 payout. Assessments are collected on the 8

value of all grain sold via credit-sale contract, even if a producer has more than $350,000 in outstanding contracts.

What is a credit-sale contract?

According to North Dakota Code, define a credit-sale contract as “. . . a written contract for the sale of grain pursuant to which the sale price is to be paid or may be paid more than 30 days after the delivery or release of the grain for sale and which contains the notice provided in North Dakota Administration. Code S 69-07-0306. Where a part of the sale price of a contract for the sale of grain is to be paid or may be paid more than 30 days after the delivery or release of the grain for sale, only such part of the contract is a credit-sale contract.” A credit-sale contract must be signed to be valid and enforceable.

What are common kinds of credit-sale contracts?

Common forms of creditsale contracts include: deferred payment, delayed pricing or no price established, installment sales, or variations of these contracts by another name. These contracts are not always credit-sale – the key is payment in more than 30 days. For example, a deferred payment contract written on December 3 for payment on January 2 is not a credit-sale contract and would have no assessment taken against it because payment is made within 30 days. Conversely, a deferred payment contract written on December 3 for payment on January 2 is a credit-sale contract, since payment will be made more than 30 days after the release date.

ls participation in this program voluntary? No. Anyone who sells grain via a credit-sale contract whether they are a licensee or a producer

must participate in the program and cannot “opt-out” or apply for a refund.

What if a producer enters into a contract on Dec. 3 that provides for payment on Jan. 5, but the producer later requests and receives payment on Jan. 2? ls this a credit-sale contract?

Opinions may differ, but the Commission believes the answer is “no.” The original contract was a credit-sale because payment was to be made after 30 days. However, the contract was amended when both parties agreed to payment in 30 days or less and because payment was made in 30 days or less it is not a credit-sale contract and no assessment is payable.

On what amount is the assessment taken?

On the value of the grain, after quality discounts are taken, but before any fees are subtracted.

Whose contracts are assessed?

All credit-sale contracts are assessed, regardless of whether the seller is a producer or another elevator or a grain buyer. All grain purchased via credit-sale by a North Dakota licensed grain elevator, grain buyer, or processor is subject to assessment. s

More to come...

The North Dakota Legislative session will wrap up shortly after the time you receive this edition of the Union Farmer. Watch for the session highlights in the June magazine. More in-depth analysis and information on special topics will also be featured in upcoming editions. s Union Farmer •

Three North Dakotans to participate in NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Three North Dakotans have been selected to participate in National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute including Josh Norby of Watford City and James and Loretta Hansen of Mandan.

“The Beginning Farmer Institute underscores our commitment to growing a new generation of family agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The program helps answer questions new farmers have. It also allows us to share our expertise to answer questions that people might not think of asking when they begin farming.” North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth added, “It’s great that we have three people in North Dakota who were selected for this program. They will gain a lot of knowledge and be able to access many resources to be better producers.” Institute participants will meet several times over the next year to learn about financial planning, farm management, and farmerowned cooperatives. In addition, they will help determine the agenda based on what they have identified as important to their operation. Topics include marketing, understanding U.S. Department of

Josh Norby of Watford City was selected for the NFU Beginning Farmer Institute.

Agriculture programs, renewable energy, recording keeping, farm transitioning and understanding the local food system.    “Farming is both a profession and a way of life, and it demands a lot from people,” said Johnson. “Farmers are entrepreneurs, conservationists, mechanics, managers, and they have to do all of these things well in order to operate a farm around the clock, month after month, year after year. They grow our nation’s food, feed, fuel and fiber from the ground up.” New participant, Josh Norby, is excited to take part in the Beginning Farmers Institute. He said, “I grew up on the farm but I was never

involved with the financial end. This program will help me gain a lot of knowledge that I can use on the family farm. Farming practices and methods have changed a lot since I was a kid. This program will get me up to speed.” Norby and his three brothers were raised on a farm north of Keene. The family raises small grains including durum wheat and canola. “We are in transition. I am looking to become more involved and my dad would appreciate the help. I want to play a more active role on the farm and this program will help me learn all aspects,” Norby said. The selected individuals from across the nation range from cattle ranchers and grain farmers to those growing for farmers markets to urban farmers. Other class participants include: Shannan Tenze of Colorado; Maggie Mills of Maryland; Eric Hoese, Carsten Thomas, Brent Krohn and Bryce Krohn, of Minnesota; Paul Kanning of Montana; Amanda West of Virginia; and Jennifer Gibson of Wisconsin. The program is sponsored in part by Farm Credit, CHS Foundation, FUI Foundation and the NFU Foundation. s

More participation wanted at hearings The North Dakota Public Service Commission takes an active role in protecting consumers by ensuring utilities follow rules. The PSC is a constitutional agency with varying degrees of statutory authority over electric and gas utilities, telecommunications, energy plant sitings, railroads, grain elevators, pipelines and more. The commission is comprised of three commissioners who are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six-year terms. The Union Farmer •

commission typically meets in formal session every two weeks, plus special meetings as needed. Commissioner Brian Kalk addressed the North Dakota Farmers Union Board of Directors at the April meeting. He wanted to encourage more consumer involvement and explained the process of how an applicant can obtain a certificate of site compatibility or a corridor and route permit. After the commission receives a letter of intent and application from the utility companies, a public hearing will be held to receive input from consumers. The application then goes into a work

session where the commissioners discuss the facts, review the law and proceed to a preconstruction meeting and post construction inspection He said, “There is a lot of growth in natural gas, wind, crude oil and power line projects throughout the state. We hold public hearings on each application. We want to gain more public input during those meetings so that we can make better decisions. We want to fully understand the impact these new projects might have on farming and ranching operations. We can make better decisions if we get better input and get all concerns on the table before the project begins.” s 9

Valuable tips for farm safety Safe anhydrous ammonia equipment

Spending a few minutes to inspect anhydrous ammonia equipment before taking it from the dealer may help reduce problems or accidents that can cause delays or injure the operator. Follow this checklist to minimize the risks associated with anhydrous applications.

Supply/nurse tank checklist

• Are the fittings and valves clean and free from rust and wear? • Is the kingpin in good condition and well lubricated? • Is the high-pressure hose secure, with no cracks or signs of wear? Replace the hose if you can see the braided layer. • Is the hose free of cuts, soft spots, blistering, kinking, flattening or have indications that it may have been stretched? Is there slippage at any coupling connectors? Check for leaks, kinks and bulges, especially near the couplings. • Is the tank free of rust? Is the paint in good condition? • Does the tank have a slowmoving vehicle (SMV) emblem mounted on the rear of the tank that is in good condition? • Are the tires in good condition and properly inflated? • Are both ends of the hose secured to prevent damage to the hose and connections during transport? • Is the emergency water supply full? Is the grab hose clean and free of any slimy internal buildup that would impede or contaminate water flow? If the answer to any of these questions is no, don’t take the tank. Ask the dealer to fix it or request another tank. Although the dealer is responsible for maintaining equipment in proper working condition, you are the one who may be injured in an accident. Take the time to inspect the equipment to reduce the risk of a serious accident. Never take a questionable tank home and try to repair it yourself.

Transport checklist

Before you tow the tank home, make sure: • Towing connections are in good 10

condition, correctly adjusted and firmly secured. • Hitches are secure and equipped with locking pins. • Safety chains are securely connected.

Application equipment checklist

• Are applicator knives in good condition and not plugged with soil or other material? • Is the shut-off rope the right length and in good condition? • Are you using locking hitch pins? • Is the nurse tank secured with a safety chain? • Is all low-pressure tubing securely clamped and free of pinches, nicks, weak spots and leaks? Folding and unfolding the applicator wings can pinch hoses so always inspect them before using. Are hoses clear and flexible? Hoses that are weathered, cracked, discolored or brittle need to be replaced. Check all hoses, connections and tires daily. • Is the regulator working properly? • Is the applicator tool bar equipped with a breakaway coupler that is in good physical condition? • Is the emergency five-gallon water tank filled with fresh water? Always empty and refill the water tank at least once a day to ensure an adequate supply of fresh water. • Do you have a second five-gallon water tank filled with fresh water

on the tractor? A ruptured hose and the failure of a safeguard may prevent you from reaching the water tank on the nurse tank. A five-gallon water tank on the tractor may be your only available source of water. • Do you have a small squeeze bottle of fresh water in your pocket that will be readily accessible if ammonia gets in your eyes?

Safety tips

Always use gloves and goggles approved for handling anhydrous ammonia when transferring anhydrous or when checking for worn hoses and plugged applicator knives. An approved respirator and goggles should be available in the pickup or tractor bringing the nurse/ supply tank to the site and on the tractor used to apply ammonia. If wind conditions are right, a leak could result in a cloud of ammonia that may cover the equipment – the only safe way out of this cloud is by wearing a half-face respirator and goggles or a full-face respirator. Both respirators and goggles must be approved for anhydrous ammonia applications. The first treatment for any exposure to anhydrous ammonia exposure is to flush the area with clear water for at least 15 minutes. Always seek medical attention after any exposure to anhydrous ammonia. s Union Farmer •

Special events planned for June FARRMS, a nonprofit in Medina, will host two special events in June including a farm tour on Sunday, June 16, and a film premiere on Tuesday, June 18. North Dakota Farmers Union is an official sponsor. “A Day on the Prairie” is scheduled for June 16 with a gathering at the FARRMS office in Medina; tour of Kirchenmann Family Farms south of Medina and near Windsor with a discussion on soil health and sustainability; social and dinner featuring grass fed organic beef and vegetables; and a discussion about the future of FARRMS. FARRMS Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Sue Balcom, explained, “The first event is planned for Father’s Day weekend and we want families to come out to join us on the farm. People should plan to meet at the FARRMS office in Medina at 1 p.m. From there, we will car pool out to the first farm and have a leisurely walk along the prairie with two internationally known guests. After the prairie tour, we will enjoy a second farm tour followed by a great dinner and social beginning at 5 p.m. at Annie Kirschenmann and Ken Commins’ farm. It will be a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about sustainable agriculture.” Both June events will include appearances by California film director, Deborah Koons Garcia,

along with Fred Kirschenmann, the “Father of Organic Farming” and a Medina, N.D. native. Garcia is the widow of Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, and operates a film production company in California. For the last 10 years, she has focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system. With the release of “Symphony of the Soil,” she hopes to educate people on the importance of soil. Kirschenmann, who has a role in the film, is a longtime leader in sustainable agriculture, shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center in Ames, Iowa, and is president of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York. He also oversees management of his family’s certified organic farm. Tickets to the June 16 event are $100 for the first person and $50 per person for additional members of your family or company. Bring your father and three family members for $150 maximum. The proceeds will benefit FARRMS education programs. Call 701-4863569 to reserve a ticket. On June 18, the North Dakota premier of Garcia’s latest movie, “Symphony of the Soil” will be shown at the Fargo Theater. This 104-minute documentary explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil

Canada’s Farm Progress Show scheduled in June

Canada’s largest trade show will open June 19-21 in Regina, SK. This farm technology show attracts over 45,000 visitors from around the globe each year. It’s the place to be for opportunity, innovation and excitement. This year, organizers look forward to new facilities and programming that add even more value for stakeholders, from exhibitors and sponsors to the visiting public. The center has 650,000 square feet of easy-to-access, connected Union Farmer •

indoor display space within the show’s 1.8 million square foot layout. Perennial favorite programs will include the demonstration areas, innovations showcase, ride and drive test area and the antique truck and tractor showcase. In addition, livestock center, energy center, modern lifestyles showcase, entertainment and educational seminars are offered and promise to be better than ever. For more information, go to: s

scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist in planetary history. The event will also include soil workshops at North Dakota State University, a Probstfield farm tour and movie premiere social. The day will begin with a free public workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Loftsgaard Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University. Following a lunch break, people are invited to meet at Probstfield Farm at 1:30 p.m. for a free farm tour with Kirschenmann and Garcia. Guests are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions. Probstfield Farm is located at 4626 Oakport St N, Moorhead, Minn., entering by the Old Trail Market road. A pre-premiere meet and greet social with FARRMS special guests is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. at the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo featuring light hors d’ oeuvres and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $100 each on a first-come first-serve basis in limited number. Following the social, the North Dakota premiere of “Symphony of the Soil” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Theater. Movie tickets may be purchased for $15 per person or $8 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets should be reserved by contacting FARRMS at 486-3569 or by e-mailing s

Adaptation Work Group report

Many farmers, foresters, and ranchers throughout the United States are adjusting their operations to reduce the risks associated with increasingly variable and unpredictable weather. There are many options available to mitigate risks while strengthening production, cutting input costs, and improving the quality of the land. A recent report produced by the 25x25 Alliance’s Adaptation Work Group can be reviewed at: s 11

It’s a Bonanza! Bagg Farm in Mooreton, N.D. Photos courtesy of the Historical Preservation Society and Kenny Browning


It’s the only remaining bonanza farm with the original buildings still standing in the United States and it’s located in Mooreton, N.D. The Bagg Bonanza Farm has 21 buildings intact, although some still need to be renovated, and rests on a 15-acre plot. The Bagg Farm is open for tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 5 p.m. Three special events are planned this summer. The public is invited to attend and enjoy great food with all the trimmings. Events start at 5 p.m. • June 19: Hog roast • July 17: BBQ ribs & chicken • Aug. 7: Grilled steak and sweet corn

The Bagg Farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places on November 14, 1985 and to the State Historic Sites Registration May 2, 1986. It is one of only five national landmarks in North Dakota. The history of bonanza farms began with the railroad and some of the first big farms were established in the Red River Valley in the mid-1870s. Most bonanza farms were owned by companies and run like factories, with professional managers. In 1886, Frederick A. Bagg joined his uncle’s enterprise in Mooreton. Bagg spent his first year on the Downing Farm, working as a carpenter and field hand for $20 per month plus board and room. When the superintendent of the Bagg farm left in 1887, young Bagg

took over. Upon the death of his uncle in 1913, Bagg inherited a quarter interest of the farm’s holdings. In 1915, he moved his inheritance, which included land, buildings and machinery, and began his own bonanza farm. He raised his family there and the operation thrived. The rest is history. Today, the Bagg Farm Historical Society is in place to help preserve the Bagg Bonanza Farm. Over 400 members have joined and the society derives its funding through the generosity of individuals, businesses and corporations. The barn is rented out for special events like weddings or dances. Produce from the volunteer-run garden is used for meals and the remaining fruit and

The original Bagg Farm. The Bagg Bonanza Farm is one of only five national landmarks in North Dakota. 12

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Many volunteers are needed to work at special events.

Main house dining room

The exact replica of the mule barn has been erected and available to rent. The lower level is finished but the loft area is still in need of work.

Working kitchen in original Bagg home

Frederick and Sophia Bagg’s bedroom

vegetables are sold or canned. Board president Norma Nosek commented, “Last year, we sold 100 quarts of beets and we used tomatoes and cucumbers for salads. We have a class A restaurant in the barn. I do a lot of cooking myself and have so many wonderful volunteers who help out. We can seat 150 people in the finished downstairs of the barn. Upstairs is even larger but we need more donations to finish that area.” Donations are always accepted and appreciated. For more information or to book a special event, call Norma Nosek at 701642-5189. s Union Farmer •

The mule barn around the 1930s. The blue prints from the original building were used to rebuild the replica barn.

The upper level of the mule barn needs to be finished with heat, air conditioning, electrical wiring and insullation. The space will be used for future events. 13

On a mission Marketing Supervisor for Rain and Hail Insurance, Lance Heuer, has been volunteering with Nicaragua Resource Network since 2001. Heuer has helped build a church, provided elderly housing and has personally sponsored several families including Wendy Alvarez Lazo, an accountant, and her brother, Darwin, who graduated from college and works as a civil engineer.

To Nicaragua with God’s love BY ANNE DENHOLM, NDFU

In a small community in Nicaragua, there is a bright blue church that stands proudly in the street. It is a symbol of hope, of family and joy. The Church of the Living Water was built several years ago and for

volunteer Lance Heuer, it was just one more labor of love. Heuer works with Rain and Hail Insurance and has been on many mission trips to Nicaragua. He explained, “I have been volunteering since 2001 and have been involved with digging three or four wells, building a church, several houses and an elderly housing unit. It’s the highlight of my year to go. I take my vacation time and I always feel so blessed.”

Heuer got involved with the Nicaragua Resource Network (NRN) through his church. NRN works to connect volunteers to individuals, families, ministries and local communities in Nicaragua. Every year, volunteers like Heuer travel to places like Leon, Nicaragua, to minister to the people, to help make a difference. “We have been trying to set up a farm so that the church members can grow food and earn

Church of the Living Water. Church members selected the bright blue color for the exterior of the new building. 14

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Food bags are delivered each year by the American volunteers. Each church member receives a bag of corn flour, sugar, red beans, rice, oil and soap. Last year, the volunteers delivered 90 bags to residents.

money from produce like watermelons, tomatoes, corn, peppers, papayas and plantains (like bananas).It’s a work in progress but we’d like to help get it going.” Heuer explained that the small town of Leon is very family oriented and that people are interested in succeeding. However, many citizens in Nicaragua cannot afford to send their children to public schools because of the prohibitive costs of books, uniforms and standardized testing. Poverty, natural disaster, crime, political oppression and civil war are not far removed from Nicaragua’s history and income needs take precedence over education.

“Education is an important key to getting the people out of poverty. One of the barriers is that school uniforms cost $40 a year. That’s pretty expensive when the average wage is $2 per day. They work so hard to survive,” reflected Heuer. Donations to church programs like NRN are needed to break the cycle. “We have a love for mission work,” Heuer said. “I believe I am called to do this. I have been very blessed in my life and I want to give back. If I take the hand of Christ, then I am also taking the hand of others. It’s just something I have to do and it truly fills me with joy.” For more information, go to www.nicaresourcenet. org s

At the market, food is sold in bulk.

Student Maria Mayorga Martinez helped out painting the new buildings. Heuer helps sponsor Maria’s aunt each month.

Elderly housing units were constructed by the church to help those in need. Church members volunteer to assist the residents. Union Farmer •


McKenzie County Day Class Trip


McKenzie County Farmers Union held their day class on Saturday, April 6. Fifteen first through sixth graders boarded a charter bus at the Watford City Oil Company and headed to Minot. While on the bus, students were divided into groups of five and rotated to three different stations. Each station had a different lesson including manners, cooperatives and Farmers Union Camp. At the manners station, kids learned what manners are, how to listen and be respectful to a presenter or teacher, and how to be kind to their peers. The cooperatives station taught students what a cooperative is and the different types of cooperatives. Each group created their own cooperative and presented the name, logo and bylaws to the other students. The third station informed students about Farmers Union Camp dates and activities.


Upon arriving in Minot, the first stop was swimming fun at the Splashdown Indoor Waterpark. Following swimming and lunch, the group toured “The Railroad Museum of Minot”. Students were allowed to roam around the museum ringing bells at railroad crossings and playing with model trains. A station was set up that taught students how long distance communication used to be sent through telegraphs. Tour guides who were dressed as train conductors gave out paper conductor hats and answered any questions the kids had. The last stop of the day was supper at “Planet Pizza” and a game of laser tag. “This is the first year we have held a day class like this. We haven’t had a lot of youth activity in our county for a few years and I felt this would be a great way to get kids interested in the Farmers Union Youth Programs again. The kids really seemed to enjoy the day and many of them said they would invite their friends to attend next year,” said McKenzie County Board President and Youth Director, Josh Norby. Each student who attended the day class was sent home with a camp registration form and will have their camp registration paid for by the county organization. s Union Farmer •

Governor proclaims “Youth Week”

Back, left to rIght: Kayla Seidler, Alyssa Steiner, Amanda Stevens, Lauren McMillan and Chelsey Thronson. Front, left to right: NDFU Education Director Jennifer Sundeen, Governor Jack Dalrymple, NDFU President Woody Barth.

Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed May 5-11 as Farmers Union Youth Week, citing North Dakota Farmers Union’s dedication to cooperative education and community leadership through its youth program. The proclamation states that “the youth of our state are North Dakota’s most valuable resource,” and “enhancing leadership abilities in our young people will help build visionary leaders for North Dakota’s future. Educating young people on cooperative business is important to growing our state’s agricultural industry and overall economy.” To help celebrate the week, all North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance agencies will be hosting a drawing. Children are invited to stop by the agency to register to win one of three state-wide prizes including an iPad mini, a North Dakota Farmers Union lawn chair or a fleece blanket. A $25 coupon to be used at the North Dakota Farmers Union summer camp co-op store will also given away at each agency location. Youth in grades K-12 are eligible to complete a registration form and Union Farmer •

will receive a piece of candy for participating. More than 1,000 youth attend junior and senior camp programs annually. Farmers Union Camp offers a traditional camp setting for all youth. The Farmers Union camp counselors follow a curriculum that encourages campers to enhance their public speaking, cooperation, interpersonal and listening skills. Registration for the 2013 summer camps began on March 1 and will continue until the camps are full. “We wrap up a great deal of camp traditions like campfires, theme nights, dances, sports and swimming into an interactive

program that builds teamwork and leadership skills,” said Jennifer Sundeen, North Dakota Farmers Union education director. “Youth should register early to ensure they get into the camp that best fits their schedule. Some of the camps fill up fast!” This year’s camp theme is “Keep Calm and Camp On” and will focus on developing positive and constructive attitudes. Members of the State Youth Advisory Council (SYAC) helped determine the camp theme and programming. The council meets three times during the year and attends two senior camps the following summer at no cost. Specially trained counselors from all around North Dakota will facilitate activities and supervise the campers this summer. As with all Farmers Union camps, youth will organize and operate their own cooperative – a camp store – as part of the educational focus on cooperatives. Registration forms are available through the state office or online at For more information, call 1-800366-8331 ext. 107. s 17

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Welcome 2013 summer staff!

2013 NDFU Summer Staff: Back, from left to right: Tyler Shockman, LaMoure; Nathan Willer, Jamestown; Morgan Schwartzenberger, Napoleon; Ashley Herman, Ashley; Dallon Bitz, Dickey; Paige Cote, Casselton; Pat Swift, Ellendale; Cassidy Weber, New Rockford; Lauren McMillan, Wimbledon; Mason Farber, Brookings, SD: Justin Undem, Leal; Kris Lauder, Ellendale; Ty Bommersbach, Ellendale, Caretaker. Front, from left to right: Rochelle Bitz, Napoleon; Alyssa Steiner, Dickinson; Amanda Stevens, Valley City; Maddie Bopp, Oakes. 18

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2013 summer camps JUNIOR CAMP DATES

WESLEY ACRES NEAR DAZEY – #1 June 9-12: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Foster, Ramsey, Towner, Wells #2 June 12-15: Ransom, Richland, Sargent #3 June 16-19: Dickey, LaMoure, McIntosh #4 June 19-22: Kidder, Logan, Stutsman #5 July 14-17: Cass, Traill #6 July 17-20: Barnes, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Steele, Walsh HEART BUTTE NEAR ELGIN – #1 June 9-12: Billings/Golden Valley, Dunn, McKenzie, Stark #2 June 12-15: Adams, Bowman/Slope, Emmons, Grant, Hettinger, Sioux #3 August 4-7: Mercer, Morton, Oliver #4 August 7-10: Burleigh, Sheridan

CAMP OF THE CROSS NEAR GARRISON – #1 July 21-24 & #2 July 24-27: Burke, Bottineau, Divide, McHenry, McLean, Pierce, Renville, Rolette UPPER MISSOURI MINISTRIES NEAR EPPING – August 4-7: Mountrail, Ward, Williams

4 days & 3 nights for only $75!*

SENIOR CAMP DATES CAMP 1 June 17-21: Grades 7-12 CAMP 2 June 24-28: Grades 7-9 CAMP 3 July 8-12: Grades 7-12 CAMP 4 July 15-19: Grades 7-9 CAMP 5 July 22-26: Grades 7-12 Located at Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp on Lake Tschida, near Elgin

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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.


JUNIOR YOUTH - Grades 1-6 6th Grade Award Trip Flicker Award SENIOR YOUTH - Grades 7-12 7th & 8th Grade Lock-In Third Year Award Tour All States Camp Torchbearer Award College Scholarships

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New trend to lease cows by Anne Denholm, NDFU

It may not work for everyone, but leasing cows is a viable arrangement for many ranchers in the state including North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth and his neighbor, Mike Miller of Flasher. Barth explained, “After I got elected, I needed to reduce my ranching duties and I knew Mike was looking to expand his operation. After talking with him, we decided to enter into a two year lease on some of my cattle.” Miller said that it is a win-win situation for them. “I helped Woody out by not having to sell them and pay income tax while I didn’t have to come up with the cash up front to buy them. It’s a pretty good deal for both of us.” “Having someone you can trust is key,” Barth said. “You want to make sure you lease to a good steward of animals.” Leasing cattle allows a rancher to gain a herd of stock cows and generate income when investing and borrowing to buy cows may not be feasible or desired. A cow owner who leases cows to someone else 20

eliminates the responsibility of caring for the herd, while retaining an income-earning asset. Declining numbers of farmers and ranchers and the increasing age of those who remain in the business are fueling the call to bring in and train young farmers and ranchers. John Dhuyvetter, area extension livestock specialist at North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, commented, “With high‐cost breeding stock and larger herd sizes, interest in leasing cows is being explored. Older existing ranchers may be less inclined to rebuild or expand, creating opportunities for young ranchers as forage conditions improve.” Historically, most cow leases were on a share basis. Financial experts recommend an equitable split of calves that is in proportion to contributed costs. For example, the owner contributes cow ownership costs (interest on investment, normal death loss, depreciation) and the operator provides all the operating costs (feed, yardage, care and health). More recently, cow owners seem to be using cash cow

leases. Under these leases, the operator agrees to pay the owner an annual cash payment per cow for a set period (usually one to three years). The operator is expected to provide all care and inputs, and he or she earns the calves produced to market them in a way that returns the best profit possible. While a cow lease may be whatever two parties agree on and will be unique to a particular situation, here are some sugges‐ tions for developing a successful lease agreement: • Plan and budget to explore equitability and feasibility. • Make sure the person you’re working with is a good fit. • Put the terms of the lease, including termination date and procedure, in writing. • Specify how animals will be identified (include brand) and annually inventoried. • Leave bull ownership to the operator and keep breeding dates standard. • Allow the operator to cull as needed up to a limit • Provide for notification when issues arise and opportunities for inspection. s Union Farmer •

Successful merger in Napoleon

Central Dakota Frontier Cooperative (DFC) of Napoleon and AgVantage Cooperative of New Salem announced the merger of AgVantage Cooperative into DFC earlier this year. The merger positions DFC as a leading Agronomy and Supply Cooperative in South Central, North Dakota and strengthens the western market footprint to better serve its patrons. The transaction creates a local, independent, patron owned cooperative with combined revenues exceeding $60 million. AgVantage will brand as DFC and the combined company’s headquarters will be located in Napoleon, N.D. The integration process is planned to be complete by August 1, 2013. According to DFC General Manager, Nick Breidenbach, who will lead the company, the combining of the two organizations supports the DFC strategy of calculated growth for the benefit of its patrons. He said, “This merger will bring with it economies of scale that will be shared across the market territory and take the cooperative another step closer to creating a North Dakota cooperative that can not only survive in today’s competitive marketplace but thrive and bring real value to its customers.”

Eighty-seven patrons attended the annual meeting for Central Dakota Frontier Co-op.

Breidenbach confirmed that both Boards of Directors are very excited about the potential of the trade area and see the need to maintain independence and local control. He added, “There is a great deal of confidence that the very talented staff of AgVantage will flourish as part of a larger organization.” Both DFC and AgVantage were chartered as independent cooperatives in mid 1949. Both companies have a primary focus of agronomy supply and have shops and fuel supply service as well. The merger was voted upon by the patrons of AgVantage in New Salem and passed 136 votes in favor, 18 votes against. At the 69th annual meeting of Central Dakota Frontier Cooperative, 87 patrons were present to hear the financial results

from Feb.1, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013. Breidenbach shared the year end financial results as follows: • Sales Revenues: $44,305,450 compared to $31,436,237 last year, increasing 41% year over year. • Local Net Savings: $1,745,835 compared to $1,160,872 last year, increasing 50% year over year. • Total Net Savings: $4,432,370 compared to $1,949,090 last year, increasing 112% year over year. • Working Capital: $3,414,457 compared to $2,219,571 an increase year over year of $1,194,884. The co-op’s patronage rate of return for FYE 2013: 9.3% (40% distributed in cash / 60% distribute in equity with a target revolvement of 14 years). s

Employees honored at appreciation luncheon

State office employees were honored for their years of service in April. Farmers Union Insurance general manager, Mark Anderson (at left) and NDFU President Woody Barth (far right) presented awards to the following FUSA employees: Judy Yetterboe, 20 years; Richard Marquart, 15 years; Amy Lachenmeier, 5 years. Not pictured: Bradley Worner - 25 years.

North Dakota Farmers Union employees, from left to right: Jeff Willer, 20 years; Brenda Thoms, 10 years; Tyrel Schlecht, 5 years. Union Farmer •


Four years ago, loyal North Dakota Farmers Union members started asking about setting up new destination tours. The following two trips to Costa Rica and southern Florida were planned with membership in mind. NDFU Transportation Coordinator, Jeff Willer, explained, “Many of our members have already participated in all of our traditional tours. They wanted to continue traveling with us but wanted to visit some new locations. That’s why we coordinated the trips to Costa Rica and Florida. We have incorporated some great tours and I’m confident that everyone will have a great time.” Both trips are planned for 2014 and will include historic tours, area attractions and some aspect of agriculture. Willer said, “In Florida, we will explore the fishing industry and in Costa Rica, we’ll tour a coffee plantation. There is something for everyone.” For more information, call NDFU at 701-952-0108 Susan Paulson or 952-9111 Jeff Willer.

Southern Florida – Jan. 5 – 22, 2014

With natural attractions, beaches galore, shopping and an array of arts and culture, southern Florida has plenty to offer tourists. Travelers will be sightseeing in Miami, see alligators at the Everglade National Park, ride a conch train to Key West and visit many museums and hot spots. Tour guide Jeff Willer and driver Jeff McMillan will lead the excursion including Tampa Bay and a short four-day cruise for just $2400 per person, double occupancy. Here is a rough breakdown of the Florida tour: • Jan. 5-8 (Day 1-4): Bus travel • Jan. 9-10 (Day 5-6): Miami to Key West Explore the city of Miami, visit Everglade National Park where many alligators roam. Travel to Key West including plenty of free time. The Florida Keys are teeming with activities and things to do for visitors of all ages and interests. Visit local art galleries


and museums and shop for unique gifts. Feast on fresh seafood and experience the atmosphere of Key West. • Jan. 11-12 (Day 7-8): Key West Take the Conch train and explore Key West. Visit the heart of downtown Mallory Square where you’ll find unparalleled shopping, the Key West historic sculpture garden and enjoy the famous sunset celebration. During the Conch tour, the train will make one loop through Old Town, and stop at historic sites including Truval Village, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the Key West Lighthouse, the Southernmost Point, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and the many fine art galleries, shops and restaurants of upper Duval Street. End day 8 in Miami. • Jan. 13-17 (Days 9-13): FourDay Cruise Experience a short four-day Bahamas Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line. The cruise will stop at

Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau and Grand Bahama Island. • Jan 17-18 (Day 13 -14) Tampa Explore the Tampa Bay area from Tampa to Sarasota. With its long list of attractions—from pristine beaches to world-class museums—it’s easy to see why Tampa will be a great place to explore. • Jan. 19-22 (Day 15-19): Bus Travel

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Costa Rica – (With optional three-night jungle adventure post tour extension) 9 Days • 14 Meals: 8 Breakfasts • 6 Dinners Per Person Rates: Double $2,499; Single $2,899; Triple $2,469 Lush forests and stunning waterfalls to exotic wildlife and endless coastlines, Costa Rica is truly a slice of paradise. There are only four places in the world with an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica is one. Situated high on a mountain, the cloud forest is created when the arid air from the forest below the mountain combines with the moist, hot air of the rainforest. The NDFU tour will include visits to San Jose, a coffee plantation, hanging bridges, arenal volcano and more. See details below: Day 1: San Jose, Costa Rica Tour begins in the capital city Day 2: Tour the Doka Coffee Estate and the Tamarindo Beach (Guanacaste) A tour of the Doka Coffee Estate highlights the history and cultivation of coffee and its importance to the Costa Rican economy. In the afternoon, arrive in the Guanacaste region, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Day 3: Tamarindo Beach Day 4: Tamarindo Beach and Monteverde You won’t believe your eyes as you travel into the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! In this spectacular ecosystem, you will encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Day 5: Monteverde Begin your day at Selvatura Park, a cloud forest reserve in the heart of Monteverde. Venture into a different world, exploring one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens with more than 30 species of tropical Union Farmer •

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butterflies. Next, in a nearby gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds, you will be dazzled by the 14 different species. Enjoy a guided, leisurely-paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour and learn about the cloud forest’s unique ecosystem, its mammals, birds, plants and flora. Day 6: Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal Begin the day with a visit to a tree nursery and learn about Monteverde’s reforestation efforts of indigenous trees. Travel through the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Monteverde to Arenal, where breathtaking views of the volcano await you. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica. Later, check in for a two-night stay at a typical lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano which has been generating lava for the past 30 years. Before dinner, enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn how native, exotic vegetables and plants contribute to the unique flavors of Costa Rican cuisine.

Day 7: Arenal Learn about local fruits and organic farming during a tour of the family-owned Finca Don Carlos with fields of orchards, grasslands, medicinal plants, rivers and a private forest reserve. Follow a cheese making demonstration with a traditional farmstyle lunch. Explore nature trails or go horseback riding. Day 8: Arenal - Zarcero - Grecia National Theatre - San Jose Travel to the charming town of Zarcero to visit its well-known whimsical topiary garden. Continue to the small, picturesque town of Grecia to see the unusual metal church constructed of brick-red metal panes, walk the beautifully landscaped central park, or shop at the traditional local market. Later, visit San Jose’s colorful Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a magnificent building of postBaroque splendor. Day 9: San Jose - Tour Ends (Optional tour extension– Call NDFU for more details!) s


‘Best Burger’ breakdown


As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk burgers. And since Founding Farmers considers making a great burger an art form, we asked our very own Chef Joe (aka Senior Executive Chef at The Farm) for some pointers on making the best burger. According to Chef Joe, the key to a great burger is – yup, you guessed it – the meat. The fresher the better, he says. His favorite burger combination is: 40% Chuck Roll, 40% Brisket and 20% Rib meat. Your local butcher should have these on hand as there are such fine quality N.D. meats available to grind fresh every day. So, fire up your grill (wood-coal fired is Chef Joe’s preference) and get cooking. A really hot grill makes a nice sear on the outside, while keeping the inside tender and juicy. Medium rare cooking provides the best flavor profiles, but with any meats, always be sure to get it up 24

to temperature so the interior of the patty is above raw. Before you put it on the grill, Chef Joe cautions to not overwork patties, as it toughens meat, and to keep seasoning simple: Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt, to taste. As for burger size, make roughly a ¼ inch smaller than the diameter of the bun. This helps keep all elements in tact. Speaking of the bun … let’s talk about the burger’s best accessory. Since the whole function of the bun is to hold everything together, you’ll want something substantial. A good, lightly buttered, lightly toasted brioche is a great option. Now, on to the toppings. At FF, we like our burgers piled high! Some of our favorite toppings are white cheddar, swiss or muenster cheese (tip: cutting thick, small

squares will help keep cheese from sliding off burger), raw, sautéed or caramelized onions, fresh baby greens (such as arugula), tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and of course our FF famous Louie Dressing*. (A great topping tip from Chef Joe: When building a burger, keep all cold toppings on the bottom bun, then top with hot burger. This creates a barrier, keeping your juicy burger from getting soggy.) And finally, some ideas for side dishes. For some perfect burger pairings, try a fresh summer slaw, fresh-cut fries or chips and bread and butter pickles. *To get the full FF burger experience, we had to include our famous Louie Dressing … add to your burger, just the way we serve it at the restaurants. s

Louie Dressing

Makes 4 cups 2 cups mayonnaise 1 cup cocktail sauce ¼ cup sour cream ¼ cup finely diced celery 1½ teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning 1 tablespoon minced green onion, green and white parts ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley ¼ cup sweet pickle relish Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl until completely incorporated. Store in refrigerator (covered) for up to one week. Union Farmer •

Country-of-Origin Labeling

The comment period for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rule to make Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) both compliant with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) guidelines and more informative for consumers ended April 11. USDA was required to make changes to COOL regulations after Canada and Mexico challenged the law at the WTO, claiming it is trade restrictive. A WTO Appellate Body ruled that informing consumers about the origin of their food is a legitimate objective, and therefore the law itself is not trade restrictive but the way in which it was implemented is. NFU submitted comments, which can be found at COOL, in strong support of the Obama administration’s rule. USDA must release and implement its final regulation before May 23, according to the WTO’s requirements. 

2013 Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has announced that she plans to hold a markup on the 2013 Farm Bill ideally before April 26, when Congress is scheduled to leave for a one-week recess, but possibly pushed back to sometime in the first two weeks of May. The House Agriculture Committee has not yet announced a target markup date.

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

President Obama released his budget for the 2014 fiscal year on April 10, largely positioned as a “middle ground” between the tax increases in the Senate-passed budget and the spending cuts in the House-passed budget. The budget replaces the sequestration cuts beginning in 2014 and reduces the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 Union Farmer •

years. However, it is important to note that this is just a proposal and provisions cannot be enacted without Congress’s approval. The USDA’s budget reduces the deficit by $38 billion, which is more than cuts proposed by either the House or Senate draft farm bills considered last year. These savings are generated largely by eliminating direct payments; reducing subsidies for crop insurance premiums and cutting overhead, administrative and operating expenses; and consolidating conservation programs. The proposal makes some additional concerning changes, including cutting $500 million from the “Food for Peace” international food aid program that distributes U.S. commodities to countries in need and consolidating six rural development programs, including the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program, into one new grant program. However, it does include some positive provisions, such as permanently extending the production tax credit for renewable energy production, funding for the Rural Energy for America Program and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and

extension of livestock disaster assistance for 2014 through 2018.

All-States Camp

Young adults from across the country will spend a week in Bailey, Colo., on June 23 to 28, at the 77th NFU All-States Leadership Camp. The invitation-only event brings together Farmers Union members, ages 17 to 20, who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their communities. Campers explore their personal leadership skills; identify issues important to their generation; and discuss their role in affecting positive change throughout rural America. The camp features cooperative activities, inspirational speakers, hiking, a campfire and several outings to local amusement parks and theatres. The camp will culminate with the election of the 2014 National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC). NYAC members represent thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country, and spend the year honing their leadership skills; planning the next year’s Leadership Camp; and working at the annual NFU Convention. Please visit www. NFUAll s




Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga held a celebration of women to honor farm wives and other women in the area. Men dressed in tuxes and were greeted at the door with roses and champagne. From left: Angie Digman, LaRae Rudolph and Ashley Skarsgard.

Bowman County FFA held their banquet on April 12, 2013. Insurance agent Marcus Fischer set up a booth and gave water bottles away. FFA member Tim Fischer received the Star Greenhand award, Top 10 points award, Greenhand degree and Creed speaking award. He will be competing at he State FFA Convention in June in the creed speaking contest.

Jolene Brown spoke at the Stanley women’s day event with Patty Jensen, at left, and Susan Halden, Daleen Johnson and LaRae Rudolph.

Servers included, front, left to right: Gary Koschmeder, general manager; Dan Digman, IT manager; Jason Taylor-C-Store employee, Garret Groves, agronomy salesperson; TJ Cornett-Tioga assistant manager; Mitch Whyte, agronomy manager; Roger Zalaznik, C-Store manager. Back, left to right: John Knox, operations manager; Ralph Nutt, construction manager; Ryan Davidson, board member; Scott Zuger, petroleum manager; Tim Cornett, propane manager; Mike Ellenbolt, agronomy assistant; Steve Jensen, board member. Doug Archer, Harlow Cooperative Elevator and Seed Company general manager, thanked the hard working employees and board for their strong drive to make the co-op successful and thanked the patrons for their continued support and patronage. The After Prom Party Committee from Leeds High School served breakfast for the co-op’s 85th annual meeting. The meeting was held April 11 at the VFW Hall in Harlow.

Several Towner County Farmers Union Youth volunteered their time by helping the Cando area food pantry prepare 75 boxes or Easter distribution. Pictured are Brenna Jacobson, Madison Borstad and Brenna Dease. 26

Beach Farmers Union Oil Company held their annual meeting in April. Board president Troy Tescher welcomed over 60 people in attendance. This is the outside of their downtown Beach location. They also have a station by the interstate. Union Farmer •

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS Classified ad space is free and available to NDFU members. Ads will run one time only. Ads must be mailed, e-mailed or faxed. NO ADS WILL BE TAKEN OVER THE PHONE. Include your name, address, phone number and mail to: NDFU Classifieds PO Box 2136 • Jamestown ND 58402-2136 e-mail: Fax: 701-252-6584 • 701-952-0102 Deadline is the 15th of every month. Contact us to repeat your ad.

FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 8 new 1/2 hp., 3 ph. electric motors still in box, $30 ea.; new (never used) hydraulic Model C101 combination dump pump and control valve for truck hoist, $240; 2 - 8 row Harriston bean knifers, both in nice condition, with extra knives, $500 ea.; 3 pt. 8 row bean rodder, like new with JD shanks, $275; 22’ IHC bean header w/21’ Sund pickup, good shape, $500; Model 8500 IHC 45’ air drill, motor drive, nice shape, $7,800; set of 30’ Morris N10 disc drills, good condition, $750; numerous 1955 - 1957 Chevy intake and exhaust manifolds. 447-2467 or 226-4798, Russell Makeff, Mercer. 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; Peterson dual rims, 18.4-34 to 232.1-30; Letz 163 burr mill; 11’ wide push-all hay basket for DuAl loader; push-off hay basket or DuAl loader. 584-2025, Elmer Lemke, Bentley. FOR SALE Kwik Kleen Model 572 grain cleaner: 1952 Dodge truck, 1 1/2 ton, restorable condition; 20-8-38 clamp on duals, was on a 4450 John Deere tractor; Int. M tractor, narrow front could be restorable; make offer on all of the above. 756-6953, Bruce P. Johnson, Mohall. FOR SALE 500 IH planter, 30” rows, stored inside, 2 8 row cultivators - IH and Westgo Vitavax seed treater with stainless steel tank on a Westgo auger. 524-2281 or 218-7791189, Lyle Ness, Sharon. FOR SALE 86 knock-on cultivator shovels and clips and bolts, 9”, used very little, $2 ea., fits International and John Deere; 80 9” Case shovels; calf puller, like new, $75; 20x14 wooden granary, built 2x6’s, new roof, new door and foundation; pole barn, steel, well built, $2,100, 32’ long x 24’ wide, 2 - 8’ doors, 1 small door, north of McClusky on farm, can be seen; 16-18” heavy duty chisel plow; Vibra Shank cultivator, 20’. 324-2459. Clarence Hoffer, Harvey. FOR SALE 1970 D600 Dodge truck with box and hoist, 318 engine, 4 spd. with 2 spd. shift, 900 tires, rear tires like new, 38,000 actual mi., always kept inside when not in use. 288-3070, LeRoy Fleming, Ashley. Union Farmer •

FOR SALE Wilrich 41’ field cultivator with 3 bar Morris harrow, walking tandems all around with spikes and sweeps, nice unit. 878-4841, Bernhard Schwenk, Hebron. FOR SALE 60s era Case 210 garden tractor, mower deck, fresh overhaul of Kohler engine, headlights, everything works, very good condition, $900. 341-7649, Artie Banko, Maddock. FOR SALE NH3 tanks, $3,000 each. 764-6410 leave message, Casey Lund, Killdeer.

FOR SALE 1971 GMC 6500 machinery truck, 366 engine, 5+2 transmission, tag tandem with 28’ steel bed, runs good, $1,750. 3916865, Ron Gessele, Bismarck. FOR SALE Four Goodyear DT800 320-80-46 tires on rims to fit 38” John Deere hubs, from 8440, 8 yrs. old, 85% tread, best offer or trade for 18.4x38 tires and rims for JD; 20’ 810 head with Bonco 12” sunflower pans and reel, good condition, $1,500; 100 - 14”, 50 degree chisel plow sweeps, Case No. 133768A1, fits most newer chisel plows, list price $16 ea. asking $11 ea. 350-0238, Ed Gilderhus, Oberon. FOR SALE Cenex 2,200 bu. grain bin to be moved; 1973 900 Series 1 Versatile; truck mounted drill fill auger, could be used to fill air seeder cart; misc. parts for N6 or N7 Gleaner combine - filters, belts, sickle sections and sickle guards. 228-3161, Lathan Romsos, Bottineau. FOR SALE 1969 JD 4520 tractor, has 3 pt., 1,000 RPM shaft, never had a loader on it, maintenance records can be seen, $6,500; 847 New Holland round baler, chain has 2,000 bales on it, field ready, $1,750. 620-0020 or 848-2712, Dennis Lindberg, Stanley. FOR SALE 1998 John Deere 9610, has contour master, chaff spreader, and hopper exten., 3,575 separator hours, 5,500 engine hours. 883-5889, Milton Ostby, LaMoure. FOR SALE 7”x46’ Westfield grain auger with pto. drive; Degelman rock picker, pto. drive, 4 bat reel. 948-2241 or 870-2240, Walter Morast, Zap. FOR SALE John Deere 6620 combine with JD 6 belt pickup head and JD 220 straight head, $11,500. 483-6507 leave message, Duane Marsh, Dickinson. FOR SALE 1986 Summers pickup sprayer, 50’ rear booms, 350 gallon low profile tank, nearly new Honda 5 hp. motor, always shedded; 1959 F-600 Ford 2 ton grain truck, 13’ wood box, motor bad, always shedded; homemade 6’x8’ horse drawn sled; 14L16.1 4 rib tractor tire on a JD 8 hole rim; 45’ Melroe drag; factory made hitch for chisel plows or field cultivators; 65 steel fence posts; 65 cement blocks; 6 row Sund edible bean pickup on a JD 15’ platform; JD Model H Series 47, wood box, ground drive, manure spreader. 945-2379, Jack Vadnie, Clifford.

FOR SALE John Deere 7720 combine, in good condition, always shedded, in last 2 yrs. had dealer work done, new cyl. bars and concave, all new drive belts and chains, many bearings replaced, new spider gears on augers in front, tires are real good, combine has the heavy duty rear axle and air foil sieve, doesn’t use oil, has air and heater; JD head with Sund pickup; 224 straight head with finger reel and bat reel, good condition; would sell as package or separate. 391-8201, Jim McCullough, Regan. FOR SALE Two Cockshutt tractors 1947 and 1949, need overhaul and tires. 786-2049, Duane Lyng, Clifford. FOR SALE MacDon 9250 25’ SP swather, finger reel, double swath, always shedded, 1,100 hrs., $48,000; Case IH 8825 HP 25’ SP swather, finger reel, double swath, always shedded, 1,040 hrs., $30,000. 496-3207 or 256-0797, Dave Lundeby, Osnabrock. FOR SALE 1960 International 2 ton truck, very nice, tarp, hoist, always inside, runs nice, $1,000. 655-3588, Ron Pishtek, Brocket. FOR SALE Vicon 6 wheel rake, new teeth; JD 3 pt. sickle mower with 9’ and 7’ bar. 7346703, Robert W. Anderson, Wilton. FOR SALE 3 point, 60” tiller; cab to fit a John Deere 1445; Tradesman meal storage box. 6426509, Merle Rubish, Wahpeton. FOR SALE 1997 Brittonya 90’ wheel boom sprayer, 1,000 gal. tank, mixing cone, foam marker, auto boom fold from cab, triple nozzle bodies, wind screens, 13.9R38 tires under tank, 440 Raven auto rate controller; 1991 1680 Case IH combine, Cummins engine, long sieves specialty rotor, straw chopper, 30.5R32 tires all in good shape; 1020 30’ flex head with finger reel; 960 30’ MacDon draper head with finger reel; 810 pickup head. 7485372, Russell Walters, Hazen. FOR SALE Older model Vermeer baler, been shedded, field ready. 776-2362, Pat McKenzie, Rolette. FOR SALE 3 tension springs for an 849 New Holland baler, will sell for $100 ea. or all 3 for $230. 357-8461, Bette Wagner, Forbes. FOR SALE Morris hoe drill, 30’ (3 x 10’), Model 310 with factory transports. 351-3926, Ed Walters, Devils Lake. FOR SALE 3 - IH 6200 press drills, dry fert., steel press wheels, reconditioned, have drive over transport, will split, can deliver; also parts for IH press drills, anything you should need, can ship parts. 400-5742, Jerry Miller, Mandan. FOR SALE 1980 GMC pickup, 4x4, auto. trans., with 66’ Brittonya sprayer with tip lifts and triple nozzles, electric end nozzles and foamer with Honda motor. 525-6625, Jason Schiele, Balfour. 27


FOR SALE Combine, swather, grain auger, fuel tank, 14’ grain drill. 525-6344, Arnold Kraft, Karlsruhe.

FOR SALE Outback AutoMate, sprayer boom section controller, $650; EZ-boom sprayer boom section controller, $650; 55 gals, SAE 30 motor oil, $250. 833-0934, Wayne Johnson, Donnybrook. FOR SALE 28’ Concord air seeder, 12” spacing, hyd. drive. 254-4158 leave message, Joe Kelsch, Linton. FOR SALE IHC #45 28 1/2’ Vibrashank cultivator; IHC #4500 28 1/2’ Vibrashank cultivator; Leon rock picker; Davenport 21’ grain drill or swather transport, can be broken down to 14’; Stelter Repair built spray coupe and/or swather transport; Melroe 40’ hyd. harrow; all equipment good and straight, ready to use, can e-mail pictures. 5842282, Don Mueller, New Leipzig. FOR SALE Dakota Eagle stoker furnace with drag auger feed; 2” Pacer pump with 5 hp. Honda engine; Soltera chemical transfer pump for Gramxone; Sure Flow 2” diaphragm pump; 3” Pacer pump w/11.5 hp. Briggs; 2” Pacer pump w/5.5 hp. Briggs; US General roll around tool cabinet; Western snow plow pump with lift, w/some brackets for Jeep; older fork lift, works good, hard tires, runs on propane. 570-4660 or 528-4766 after 6 p.m., Rockey Hewson, Alamo. FOR SALE Kwik Kleen grain cleaner, Model 772, cleaning capacity of up to 3,500 bph, uses a 230 volt electric motor. 370-0078, Dennis Karsky, Langdon. FOR SALE IH 4900 Vibra chisel, 34’, 3 bar Summers harrow. 341-1376, Mark Schitz, Fessenden. FOR SALE Melroe plow #903, 6 bottom, 16”, heavy duty with reset mechanism; John Deere Vibra Chisel cultivator, sides fold up with 12’ in the middle and 3’ on ea. side, 18’ total width, good condition, no welds. 824-2084, Esther Kuehn, Mott. FOR SALE 2010 with loader and bucket; 6601 JD combine, Sund pickup; 8 row Dakon row cultivator and one for parts; 6 row JD corn planter; 15’ SP JD swather, #780. 2942188, Johnnie McKelvey, Warwick. FOR SALE 2 John Deere 8’ 9350 drills with fertilizer, grass seeder, transports and a double hitch, has always been in a shed. 4653940, Lawrence Paulus, Drake. FOR SALE Butler built flatbed trailer, pintle hitch, 8’x16’, has beavertail and foldup ramps, triple axle, brakes, good lights and tires, great for skidsteers and tractors, $3,250 obo. 843-7176, Craig Albers, New Salem. FOR SALE Westank 9,500 gal. aluminum tanker, used for spraying with Honda pump and mixing cone; Precision nylon sunflower pans, 9’ spacing off a 974 MacDon flexhead. 693-2371, Rick Frueh, Martin. 28

FOR SALE 5 hp. B & S gas engine w/2” 195 GPM pump w/hoses and 1,650 gal. tank; 6 implement tires. 362-7724, Dennis R. Wolseth, Glenburn.

FOR SALE Cat II SpeeCo, 3 pt., quick hitch, heavy duty, great shape, $275 cash. 843-7849, Jerry Maier, New Salem. FOR SALE 95’ discharge grain leg, 3,000 bu./hr., 8” spouting, lying down; 2,700 bu. hopper w/60˚ hopper used for storing wet corn over a grain dryer, lying down. 640-5096, Ray Zajac, Lidgerwood. WANTED Rear tractor tires, size 18.4x34 and also 11.2x38. 974-3644, Loren Myran, Taylor. WANTED Versatile 400 hydro 15’ swather w/crimper attachment, needs to be field ready and in good condition; 2 bottom plow, 3 pt., for Ford or small tractor type 3 pt. attachment. 580-2071, Tom McCabe, Alexander. WANTED Older pull type rock picker; hydraulic dump trailer; 4 wheel trailer for hauling hay, etc.; 12” auger for post hole auger or would consider a complete auger. 261-6250, Scott Griffeth, Davenport. WANTED The following IH tractors - 806, 1206, 1456, 856, 1256, 1066, 1466; John Deere - 5010, 5020, 6030, 4620; Minneapolis Moline 1350, 1355; D-21 210 Allis Chalmers. 6282130 evenings, Jerry Lumley, Stanley. WANTED Oliver 3 bottom, 3 pt. plow; Farmhand 8-pack bale fork. 721-5011, Harry Hystad, Velva.

LIVESTOCK FOR SALE 2 broke AQHA 5 yr. old AI geldings, bred for performance and cows; AQHA 5 yr. old Dun mare, great 4-H or family horse, well broke; assortment of high percentage Driftwood yearling colts out of Hancock and Driftwood mares, sire is 29.68% Driftwood. 497-3891, Bob Patten, Plaza. FOR SALE Red Angus bulls, yearlings and two year olds, most of them are Al sired and all are reasonably priced. 220-0189, Troy Presser, Turtle Lake. FOR SALE RNR Shining Lena, a 2009 own daughter of Sparkin Hot and out of a mare by Mega Powder, broke to ride, calm, mild mannered; one colt and three filly weanlings by Matthew Twenty Two, an own son of Dual Pep and a grandson of Shorty Lena, Matt is a money earner in the cutting arena, one filly comes from a full line of money earners in cutting, all horses on her papers (top and bottom) are proven. Visit our website www. or call 4628280, Pat Roehrich, Washburn.

FEED AND SEED FOR SALE 2013 CRP seed. 262-4497, Don Hoveskeland, Tolna.

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1981 Buick Century, auto on floor, bucket seats, air, factory installed V8, 4.3 liter motor, mint condition; 1951 straight eight Buick. 597-3730 or e-mail larryn@westriv. com, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE 2008 Harley Davidson Road King Classic, copper & brown, 1 owner, low miles and accessories; will consider anything “interesting” on partial trade. 720-5327, Jim Locken, Minot. FOR SALE 2008 red Ford Escape XLT, 4 wheel drive, sunroof, auto start, V6 engine, new brakes, cruise, air, makes 19-25 mi. per gal., good condition, 104,000 mi.; 1994 white Chrysler Concorde, 4 door, needs a little work but car body in good shape. 493-2054 evenings, Matthew Mathern, Edgeley. FOR SALE 1963 Nova SS convertible, $3,000; Witchcraft 18’ boat, Chev. 454 engine, twin 750 CFM carbs, Panther jet, ultimate stern drive, $8,500. 663-8358, Ron Frank, Mandan. FOR SALE 2006 Toyota Tacoma access cab with matching topper, 4x4, 4.0 engine, 210K mi., power windows and locks, remote control starter, A/C, CD/AM-FM radio, tilt/telescoping steering, black with gray interior, excellent condition and well maintained, rubber - 60%-70%, price of $10,000 and is negotiable. 348-3275 or 391-5518, Ernie Fitterer, Glen Ullin. FOR SALE 2006 Dodge Ram, 1500 Hemi, 5.7 quad cab, SLT, Hemi with lots of power, 145K mi. with many more left, easy switch 4x4, towing package and ball, good condition overall but some paint bubbles/rust above each rear wheel well, gas mileage is around 18 hwy., extras include Access Tonneau cover, nerf bars, Astrostart; red exterior with gray cloth interior. 368-8850, Jeremy Bahr, Jamestown. FOR SALE 2003 Buick LaSabre, 180,000 mi., great shape, silver, $3,500. 350-0238, Ed Gilderhus, Oberon. FOR SALE 1973 Olds Delta 88 Royale, 4 door hardtop with 60,000 miles. 259-2140 or 739-8680, Myron Fowler, Michigan. FOR SALE 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT, 2.4 turbo, 52,000 mi., 5 spd., sunroof, red w/tan interior, excellent condition, pics available by e-mail. 435-2618 leave message, Duane Thoms, Courtenay. FOR SALE 1969 Dodge Charger, original 383 car, has a 440 engine now with aluminum heads aluminum intake and Edelbrock carb, tranny has just been rebuilt less than 500 miles ago, runs and drives, needs body work but floors are solid, nice start to a restoration project, has RT badges on it, it is not a real RT Interior, is in pretty good shape, makes a great collector car, $18,000. 252-4916 leave message, Tyler Thoms, Courtenay. Union Farmer •

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 2 Big Mow lawn mowers, $100 ea. or both for $150; Big Mow lawn mowers for parts; MTD 12 hp. lawn tractor, 20 yrs. old, $100 obo. 361-0678, Lee Fraase, Buffalo. FOR SALE German short-hair puppies, AKC registered parents, both parents good hunters and great with kids, both parents can be seen on site, tails are docked, dew claws removed and shots, 3 males and 6 females, get pick of the litter. 430-9856, Jim Kritzberger, Hillsboro. FOR SALE Nice steel draft bob sled pole, $110; Oak 3 horse evener, $60. 261-6250, Scott Griffeth, Davenport. FOR SALE Beef, certified organic by the quarter (split side) for $750, picked up at farm, split side includes equal parts from front and back for an excellent selection plus ground beef (90% lean), total beef weight minimum 115 lbs., ready for your freezer, prepackaged white wrapped cuts and vac sealed ground beef, will consider selling as bundles. 2283338 leave message, Beth Rose, Willow City. FOR SALE Antique oak showcase, 10’ long, 26” wide, 42” tall, has one adjustable shelf. 4524321, Amos Brinkman, Wishek. FOR SALE 16x36 double slider door with track from Goodon building, use as door or windbreak, make offer. 350-0238, Ed Gilderhus, Oberon. FOR SALE Dell 922, all in one printer; old style revolving beer bar sign; Sears Craftsman router and 2 cutting bits; round head lights, fits Lincoln or Ford; aluminum mail box; 14 gal. gas tank on wheels; 1981 Ford Custom 4x4; 8’ gray and black fiberglass pickup topper. 228-3161, Lathan Romsos, Bottineau. FOR SALE Tool box for pickup, 5 1/2’ long on top w/4 1/2’ body; 50 gal. service gas tank w/ pump; various rolls of barbed wire; 425 gal. bubble (water). 597-3052, Lyla Schreiner, Flasher. FOR SALE Antiques - Homco Model AE18013, 4 hp. rider mower, 3’ deck; Katolight pulley drive standby plant, 1,000 watt, 3 phase; oil, grease, and antifreeze cans - Co-op, Farmers Union, Texaco, Pure, Standard Oil; misc. antiques - tools, iron implement seats, trunk, tackle box; new garage doors, 4 - 10’x8’ white metal doors. 945-2379, Jack Vadnie, Clifford. FOR SALE 12’ hard wood stock rack, red, factory made, like new; Worksaver - 3 pt. fence post digger, 3 augers; two cream separators, electric #518 and a #S16 with crank, both with complete attachments. 597-3730, e-mail, Larry Nagel, Shields. FOR SALE 50 spools of barb wire, all in good shape. 475-2858, Peter Glatt, Driscoll. Union Farmer •

FOR SALE North Dakota Centennial Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 magnum, #202 of 250, engraved and gold plated, is new in box, $1,500 obo. 1-360-888-7996, John Daley, Anchorage, AK.

FOR SALE Attention fisherman - 1987 16’ fiberglass “MirroCraft Pro Pike”, 50 hp. Johnson outboard motor; Minn Kota auto pilot electric trolling motor, right hand console, steering wheel and 2 chairs, “Yacht Club” trailer, recently tuned up at North Country Marine, ready to go, excellent condition, used very little and has been stored inside, $5,500 obo; 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 Allis Chalmers amphibious 6x6, $1,200; trailer, 4’1”x8’1”, tail lights, 14” tires with spare 14”, 1” high sides front and back, 1 7/8” coupler, $400; two suitcase wheelchair ramps, heavy duty, 800 lb. capacity, 7’2” unfolded, 3’6” folded, 14 1/2” wide, $400 ea. 663-8358, Ron Frank, Mandan. FOR SALE One new custom built on a Toots Mansfield tree roping saddle with a 15” seat, saddle has never been used, husband passed away and I don’t need it; a nice older Herford brand western roping saddle, it has a 15” padded seat (seat has a bit of staining) and covered stirrups. 357-8461, Bette Wagner, Forbes. FOR SALE 7 1/2’ by 10’ flatbed; 5 hp. electric motor. 259-2140 or 739-8680, Myron Fowler, Michigan. FOR SALE AKC Chocolate Lab puppies, born March 26, ready for new home May 7, excellent pedigrees, hunting instincts and pets, $450 females/$400 males. 487-3651, Tom and Deb Gullickson, Hazen. FOR SALE Steel fence posts; wooden corner posts, railroad ties; rolls of barb wire. 542-3301, Ed Heilman, Rugby. FOR SALE Antique horse rake; antique single gang disk; antique horse scraper; parts for horse buggy - leaf springs, axles, metal steps and runners for a sled; antique General Electric stove. 693-2371, Rick Frueh, Martin. FOR SALE 1945 Model Z Fairbanks Morse stationary gas engine, 3 hp. 776-5689 or 208-0251, Howard Larson, Rugby. FOR SALE Doctor’s buggy, one seat, pole and shafts, rubber lined wheels, always shedded; one buckboard wagon; one set of pony harnesses and collars, not very old; draft horse harness and collars; 7 nice saddles of various sizes including an Arabian show saddle. 739-9216, Tony Wixo, McVille. WANTED Chain link fence; dump truck with steel box. 734-6703, Robert W. Anderson, Wilton.

WANTED Old school or church bell that is mounted on its own stand w/rope pulley on one side, medium to big size; late model skidsteer, like a 318 - 320D JD, with 2 speeds, joystick control and electric quiktach with less than 1,000 hrs. 8754280, Floyd Miller, Williston. WANTED Looking for businesses or farmyards/old tree rows full of junk to clean up, paying top dollar for scrap iron, machinery, cars and specialty irons, I clean up the mess as best as I can and do not just take the good stuff, several years experience and references available upon request, located in the Bismarck area and I do travel. 351-1986, Kent Anderson, Bismarck. WANTED Prairie dog hunters to come and hunt on my land, make reservations now. 5973730 or e-mail, Larry Nagel, Shields. WANTED Inexpensive broke light team, offering good home, good feed and care; need older stock trailer and light driving wagon, prefer 5th wheel type with brakes; could use a forecart, evener, single trees and neck yoke. 261-6250, or send note or pictures to Scott Griffeth, 4746 164th Ave SE, Davenport ND 58021. WANTED Book titled “Miracle on the Missouri” by P.K. - M.K., it covers the construction of the Garrison Dam; Simplicity Legacy 20 hp. garden tractor, used, abused, or running and repairable condition, at a reasonable price please. 745-3659, Arthur F. Shull, Stanton. WANTED Crocks, jugs with store advertising; old metal advertising signs, gas pumps, old metal oil cans, old advertising clocks or thermometers; old road signs, traps, knives, shell boxes, guns, old pop or old medicine bottles; old highway road signs; old 1 lb. coffee tin cans; ND pottery, carnival glass; ND books - 50 yrs. in the saddle. 258-0420 or 220-5746, Val Ganje, Bismarck. WANTED 5 1/2’ steel u-posts with holes. 597-3730 or e-mail, Larry Nagel, Shields.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Commercial Property - Alamo, ND school building and all of block 9, Williams Co., ND, located in the Bakken, 36 mi. NE of Williston, gymnasium has been renovated into a 66’x120’ shop with 18’ overhead door, has 400 amp., 3 phase service, lots of potential, use it for your oil field business or renovate the school into housing/motel, school is 3 floors, floors are approx. 80x80, all brick construction, potential for commercial water development as there is a high producing well on the property, serious inquiries only. 570-4660 or 528-4766, Rockey Hewson, Alamo. 29

It’s a Marketplace for Kids BY ANNE DENHOLM, NDFU

North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance is a proud sponsor of a new contest at Marketplace for Kids. This year, the “Innovation in Technology Challenge” category was introduced to provide children the opportunity to pick one of four options: to design a game, web page, app or produce a commercial. Farmers Union Insurance will be involved with judging the commercials and awarding prizes. North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth has also served on the board and will continue to be involved with the organization as well. According to Marketplace for Kids Executive Director, Marilyn Kipp, “We are so thankful that we have engaged organizations like Farmers Union to help us deliver this top-notch program. We still focus on business ideas and innovations but have now added and broadened our categories based on what kids want to pursue.” Each year, the program evaluates and asks for input on how to improve and change. Kipp said, “It is a process to keep fresh ideas and fine tune what we do for the kids. Kids play a big role on how this program unfolds. Marketplace for Kids has evolved into an organization that not only supports innovation but helps take projects to the next level.” Kipp pointed to the fact 30

that many students who have participated in the program have gone on to obtain trademarks and patents. “Our first place winner last year invented Easy Grow, a product that is now being sold throughout the United States,” added Kipp. It is a unique educational program designed to develop young entrepreneurs. The program targets grades three through middle school

but is open to all ages. The program provides a variety of classes and activities to help students develop creativity, innovation, critical thinking and helps children explore career options. Special days held across the state each year feature a wide selection of classes. This year, classes included a new topic about precision agriculture. At each site, students showcase their innovative ideas in the “Hall of Great Ideas” and everyone is invited to stop by and view projects and visit with students. Marketplace for Kids encourages young people to develop their own ideas, share their creativity, and present them to an audience of all ages.  s

County Calendar KIDDER – June 10 • Board meeting • 8 p.m. • Fire Hall, Pettibone plan ladies’ luncheon RAMSEY – Oil Field bus tour • June 13 • $20

Women’s Ag Night • July 18 • Devils Lake Memorial Building EMMONS – June 8 • Day classes

KIDDER – May 4 • Ladies wine and pasta event • 12 noon • Pettibone Community Hall • RSVP to Deloris @ 273-6813 or Lorraine @ 273-4141 ROLETTE – May 3 • Spring Fling • 5 p.m. • Rolette Country Club

WARD – May 2 • Board meeting • 6:30 p.m. • Pizza Ranch, Minot Union Farmer •

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Celebrate Youth Week May 5-11

This month, North Dakota Farmers Union celebrates youth week May 5-11. We are proud that the Governor recognizes the vital contributions of the NDFU youth program to the state. Among the alumni are such prestigious leaders as former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, the National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson and former North Dakota Governor Art Link. All three of these men made the most of the leadership opportunities and encouragement they found through NDFU. We know that lifelong friendships are forged through our events and activities each year. Education is at the base of the Farmers Union triangle and we honor that commitment each year. We provide a wide variety of educational programs to our

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members. Some are designed specifically for directors of Farmers Union cooperatives, young producers or continuing education for farmers and ranchers. Others are prepared for youth still in grade school. We believe in lifelong learning at Farmers Union and education will help prepare us for the future. However, the summer camp program remains as the largest educational resource we provide. Our summer camps continue to attract new campers every year because we build a lot of fun activities into each camp. Not only do we have campfires and dances but we also incorporate leadership skill building, teamwork and cooperative education into the mix. Kids learn how to run a camp co-op store and vote on student representation.

This year, we are offering some attractive new incentives to bring a friend to camp. Find out about prizes you can earn just by referring people to camp. Check out all the camp information on our web site at Please take time to fit one of our camps into your child’s busy summer schedule. Have them tell their friends and help build our enrollment. Mick Kjar, an ag news radio host on 890 AM, has issued a challenge to fill each camp all summer. Let’s exceed this challenge and build on our past successes. I am certain that camp will be a source of great memories and friends to cherish for years to come. So sign up now–it’s time for summer camp! s


Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, ND Division

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You Can Control the Unknown If you’ve ever been hit with hail, you know the value of Crop Hail Insurance – especially if you didn’t have it! Crop Hail Insurance is the one thing you can do for your farming operation that will take the edge off the unknown. Your Farmers Union Insurance agent can help you determine how much you will need to recover your investment. For more information, e-mail us at:

May Union Farmer 2013  

Monthly magazine for North Dakota Farmers Union

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