NDFU Talks of New Farm Bill

By Malique Rankin | mrankin@kxnet.com

Published 12/10 2016 07:57PM

Updated 12/10 2016 07:57PM

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Thousands of farmers from all over the state came together to talk about education, legislation, and cooperation this weekend at the annual North Dakota Farmer's Union Convention
 
Clint Gjellstad: "Your voice can be heard. It's an influential organization, its the largest farm organization in the state. And to be able to come here and be a part of it, and see that you do have a voice and you can make something happen."
 
Clint Gjellstad is a Velva farmer who has been able to network with his peers through the North Dakota Farmer's Union. 
 
Clint Gjellstad: "It's always nice to talk to other farmers, get different ideas, different techniques that they're trying and/or using whether it be in precision agriculture or different crops they might be planting or niches that they might find. And so, anytime I think whether you're in farming or anything, that you can get around other folks that are doing the same thing, it's good to get together."
 
The president of NDFU, Mark Watne says the next farm bill is at the top of his agenda.
 
Mark Watne: "My focus is that we're going to start to work on the next farm bill. We're looking at trying to get farmers to be compensated for everything we do. From training the next generation, providing an abundant food supply for the consumers so they pay a minimum amount for their food, and again, that high quality. We are the stewards of the land. We do a lot of things for free and we think it's time farmers get compensated because it's so essential."
 
North Dakota Senator Erin Oban was one the speakers at the convention.
 
She says that there is room for change in farming law.
 
Erin Oban: "The role our farmers play and the risk they take by planting our food, they have to that whether the prices are high or not."
 
The president of the organization says no matter farmer's stance on certain farming issues, anyone is welcme to join their group. 
 
Mark Watne: "If you don't always agree with our policy, come and help us change it."
 
This was the 90th annual North Dakota Farmer's Union Convention. The 2017 legislative session begins Jan. 3, where legislators will have their chance to propose a new farm bill.

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