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Finally_ a farm bill by dffhrtcv3


									                                                             UnIon Farmer                                         • May 2008

Finally, a farm bill
  Despite months of disagreements
and delays – not to mention a
presidential veto followed by
a Congressional override        –
America’s farmers and ranchers
finally have a farm bill.
  Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives
passed the Food, Conservation
and Energy Act of 2008. President
Bush had threatened to veto the bill
and did so the same day it arrived
on his desk. The House quickly
voted 316 to 108 and the Senate
voted 82 to 13 to override the veto,
effectively making the new farm
bill law without the president’s
  “All I can say is ‘hallelujah,’ the
day is finally here,” said North
Dakota Farmers Union President
Robert Carlson. “President Bush
made us go through another exercise
on the farm bill vote with his veto
which was overridden, and that’s
wonderful news for North Dakota.
We’ll have a permanent disaster (aid) bill, we’ll have       in the end, Congress had the final say. That’s good for
country-of-origin labeling implemented, we’ll have           producers in North Dakota and across the nation.”
higher loan rates on many of our commodities and
                                                               Representative Earl Pomeroy said the bill is “good
higher target prices. So this is a good day for North
                                                             for producers, good for consumers, good for North
Dakota. It’s been a long time in coming.”

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                                                             Dakota and good for the nation.”
  An inadvertent clerical error, discovered after the
                                                               North Dakota Governor John Hoeven also
president’s veto, meant Congress’ vote to override the
                                                             appreciated the bipartisan support for the bill and
President’s veto actually enacted 14 of 15 titles of the
                                                             said the legislation will benefit the state’s farmers and
farm bill. Congress is expected to vote the final title
                                                             ranchers. “A permanent disaster title is particularly
into law following the Memorial Day recess. “While
                                                             important in North Dakota, owing to challenging
this error was unfortunate, Congress continues to
                                                             weather conditions, like the dry conditions we are
demonstrate its wide, bipartisan support for this
                                                             seeing this year in much of our state. At the same
legislation. Fourteen of the fifteen titles are now law,
                                                             time, farm bill passage means American consumers
and the clerical error omitted the non-controversial
                                                             will continue to have available to them the safest,
trade title, which provides funding for international
                                                             highest quality food in the world.”
food aid. I do not expect anyone in Congress to
oppose finalizing the trade title after the recess,” said      Farmers Union leaders, staff and members from
Tom Buis, president of National Farmers Union.               North Dakota and other states were especially involved
                                                             in working with Congress to draft an effective farm
  North Dakota’s congressional delegation said the
                                                             bill. “We’ve been working hard on this for two years
bill, overall, is good for North Dakota. “I believe this
                                                             at Farmers Union and in many ways, this farm bill is
is the best farm bill ever written. It is worthy of the
                                                             almost a textbook lesson on how to get a bill passed
overwhelming, bipartisan support it received.,” said
                                                             with bipartisan support, how to overcome a hostile
Senator Kent Conrad.
                                                             attitude from the White House and how to put a
  “For the family farmers who are hard at work across        package together that is admittedly a compromise of a
rural America today, this is a big victory,” said Senator
Byron Dorgan. “This bill has followed a long and
                                                             lot of things – essentially really a food bill, most of the
                                                             money goes to nutrition – but it’s a great day, a long         In this issue
tortured trail, but I’m proud to say it’s done and it will   time coming and I’m just so pleased we’ve finally got          • Fertilizer prices/Pg 2
deliver for our rural families. I was disappointed that      this,” added Carlson. “Thanks to our congressional             • Youth camp info/Pgs 10-11
the President decided to throw one final roadblock in        delegation and all the people who have worked to
front of this effort to promote good farm policy. But        support this.”
Union Farmer                           Viewpoint

NDFU wants federal investigation of fertilizer prices
By NDFU President Robert Carlson
  Just as spring planting earlier this month was in full
gear across the state, farmers and the cooperatives
they own were facing unprecedented high expenses
for fuel and fertilizer. Higher production or input costs
have more than taken their share from farm income.
  I have received more calls from farmers concerned
about extremely high fertilizer prices this spring than
any other issue. There is real anger in the countryside
and a strong belief that price gouging and price fixing
are occurring somewhere below the retail level.
   In the past 30 days, the price of anhydrous ammonia
– a nitrogen fertilizer – has increased by $240 a ton.
It has more than tripled over the past two years. This
is a serious problem and farmers want to hear some
  North Dakota Farmers Union is asking the state’s
congressional delegation of Senator Kent Conrad,
Senator Byron Dorgan, and Representative Earl
Pomeroy to request an appropriate committee of
Congress and/or a federal agency inquire into the
reasons for the sharp increase in prices charged for
agricultural fertilizers. In addition, Farmers Union –
the state’s largest general farm organization – is also
asking federal lawmakers to examine the competitive
conditions that exist in the fertilizer manufacturing
and wholesale industry.
  Some cost increases, such as for seed and fuel, are
understandable, if painful, because of high demand
and tight supply. The explosive rise in the price of
all types of plant fertilizer, however, defies rational
  The letter I sent to North Dakota’s congressional
delegation was cited in a page one story of The Wall
Street Journal. The sharp increase in fertilizer prices
is a story worth reporting.
  Local cooperatives are operating on tight margins
and are not the businesses profiting from the higher
fertilizer prices. The local co-ops that handle fertilizer
are every bit as unhappy with the situation as are
the farmers themselves. The cooperatives selling to
producers are also disturbed by the high prices they
are forced to pay for the product. The local dealers
are being forced to bid for fertilizer supplies. Bids are
required for all purchases, both near term and next
year delivery. The dealers cannot guarantee supply to
the farmers until they learn if they “won” the bid for
the product.
  Overall, farmers and ranchers can look forward to
another good year in terms of income. That doesn’t                              Prices for commonly used farm fertilizers as of April 1 for the years 2004 - 2008 are listed
mean companies should be given free license to take                             below. These prices are from Dakota Plains Cooperative's fertilizer plant in Valley City. Prices
advantage their customers. Hopefully, a Congressional                           for these products have tripled in the past two years. Today, prices remain volatile and can
inspection of fertilizer pricing may reveal who really                          fluctuate daily. For example, in the past 30 days there has been a dramatic rise in pricing,
profits from higher crop prices.                                                averaging an increase of $25/ton for MAP, $125/ton for urea, and $240/ton for anhydrous.

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Drought conditions worsen across state                                                                              Farm bill highlights
  Farmers in eastern North
Dakota patiently waited for                                                                                         New Disaster Assistance Program
fields to dry before beginning                                                                                      • The 2008 Farm Bill contains a $3.8 billion
spring planting, yet in western                                                                                       standing disaster assistance program that will
counties dry conditions have                                                                                          mean timely and reliable aid for North Dakota
farmers wondering if the                                                                                              farmers and ranchers to cope with disaster-
investment they literally have                                                                                        related crop and livestock losses.
plowed into their operations                                                                                        • This fiscally responsible approach is budgeted
will pay off.                                                                                                         for and paid for and provides coverage for
                                                                                                                      quality losses and shallow losses not addressed
  Cool weather and lack
                                                                                                                      by crop insurance.
of growing days have
compounded the concerns                                                                                             Commodity Support Levels Increased
of farmers and ranchers. In                                                                                         • The 2008 Farm Bill increases loan rates and
fact, the Red River Valley                                                                                            target prices for ND crops like soybeans,
saw snow on Mother’s Day                                                                                              wheat, barley, canola, sugar, sunflowers, flax,
weekend.                                                                                                              oats, and honey.
                                                                                                                    • Increasing these support levels brings our
  Spring planting has been
                                                                                                                      region’s safety net more in line with that of
going quickly in central North
                                                                                                                      crops grown in other regions.
Dakota, according to Judge
Barth, who farms in Morton                                                                                          New Energy Incentives
County. “One concern is the        Earlier this month dirt blew across parched fields in western North Dakota.      • The 2008 Farm Bill includes $1.5 billion in new
dry weather,” said Barth.                                                                                             energy incentives to reduce our dependence on
                                                          share program for permanent livestock water supply
                                                                                                                      foreign energy and move our nation toward
  According to government statistics, the vast            systems.
                                                                                                                      “second generation,” or cellulosic ethanol.
majority of North Dakota iranges from abnormally            The declaration also directs the Agriculture Working    • Provides $400 million in tax credits for
dry to extreme drought.                                   Group of the Drought Task Force to convene, which           producing ethanol from cellulosic sources,
 Earlier this month, Gov. John Hoeven declared            did so May 14 to review the situation and consider          such as the prairie grasses of North Dakota.
a statewide “early phase agricultural drought             the resources available to respond to specific needs.
                                                                                                                    Livestock Marketing Reforms
emergency.”                                               Farmers Union attends the task force meetings.
                                                                                                                    • Includes a new Country of Origin Labeling
  “We have the potential for continuing dry conditions       Farmers and ranchers who have forage for sale can        (COOL) program, helping identify meat
that could cause real hardship to farmers and ranchers    list it on a North Dakota State University database         produced by North Dakota ranchers as a
across the state,” Hoeven said. “We’ve had no             designed to help feed sellers and buyers connect.           product of the United States.
appreciable precipitation in many areas of the state      Producers also may use this service to list pasture       • Allows for the Interstate Shipment of state
and this may pose a problem for crop production and       they have available for rent. Feedlist, an easy-to-use      inspected meat for small plants with Federal
for livestock water needs later on this summer.”          database showing what each seller has to sell, storage      certification – a new economic opportunity for
                                                          method (large round bales, small bales, etc.) and           small North Dakota meat plants.
  There was little snowfall cover this winter in many     contact information is accessible on the Web at http://
areas of the state, and precipitation this spring has                                                               Conservation Improvements
                                                 Prospective buyers
been well below normal. Consequently, livestock           check the Web site, select what they want to buy and      • The 2008 Farm Bill has $4 billion in new
water sources, including pasture ponds and dugouts,       contact prospective sellers to reach an agreement.          resources to improve our conservation
are dry because they were not replenished by spring       There is no charge to buyers or sellers for using the       programs.
runoff. This, coupled with dry conditions, low subsoil    NDSU Extension Service Feedlist.                          • $50 million for Senator Conrad’s Open Fields
moisture levels, high winds and lack of rainfall,                                                                     initiative to increase incentives for landowners
                                                            To make an entry on Feedlist, buyers and sellers can
will have a detrimental impact on crop and pasture                                                                    to voluntarily provide access on private lands
                                                          contact a county office of the NDSU Extension Service
conditions.                                                                                                           for hunting, fishing, and other recreational
                                                          or submit entries to the list via an online form. Once
  As of this week, pasture and range conditions were      hay has been sold or a purchase has been made, contact
                                                                                                                    • New enrollment opportunities in the
rated 16% very poor, 35% poor, 34% fair and 15%           your county Extension office to have the entry removed.
                                                                                                                      Conservation Reserve Program Wetlands
good. For comparison, pasture and range conditions        North Dakota residents without Internet access can
                                                                                                                      Pilot for flooded prairie wetlands and in the
last year at this time were 1% very poor, 6% poor,        view Feedlist at any county Extension office.
                                                                                                                      Wetlands Reserve Program for land flooded by
26% fair, 55% good and 12% excellent.
                                                            Other drought information is available through the        closed basin lakes, like Devils Lake.
  The declaration will allow the implementation of        NDSU Extension Service at         Nutrition Improvements
the Livestock Water Assistance Program, a state cost-     disaster/drought.html.                                    • $10.2 billion to enhance domestic food
                                                                                                                      assistance programs, helping the tens of

U.S. DroUGHT monITor                                                                                                  thousands of North Dakotans currently
                                                                                                                      struggling to put food on the table.
                                                                                                                    • $7.8 billion to improve the Food Stamp
Intensity:                                                                                                            Program, which helps feed over 40,000 of the
                                                                                                                      neediest North Dakotans every month:
         DO Abnormally Dry                                                                                          • $1 billion for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable
                                                                                                                      Snack Program to encourage healthy eating in
         D1 Drought - Moderate                                                                                        schoolchildren.
                                                                                                                    • $1.25 billion for The Emergency Food
         D2 Drought - Severe                                                                                          Assistance Program (TEFAP), helping feed
                                                                                                                      the over 52,000 North Dakotans that receive
         D3 Drought - Extreme                                                                                         assistance from food banks and food pantries.

         D4 Drought - Exceptional
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Union Farmer              NFU in Action

How are high food prices impacting American families?
                                                           dollar, increased demand from developing economies         improved diet including meat and dairy products.
                                                           around the world, and world-wide weather related
                                                                                                                      Cause #4 - Speculators in the Commodity Markets
                                                           production shortages, especially in wheat.
                                                                                                                        As opportunities to make profits have waned on Wall
                                                           Cause #1 – Energy Prices                                   Street, with stocks and bonds in turmoil as a result of the
                                                             Studies have shown that energy costs have twice          mortgage crisis, investment firms seized opportunities
                                                           the impact on retail food prices as the price of corn.     in the commodity futures markets. Billions of dollars
                                                           A recent report by John Urbanchuk of LECG reports          from pension and other investment houses poured
                                                           that a one dollar increase in corn results in a 0.3        into the hot commodity markets. As a result, many
                                                           percent increase in the consumer price index for food,     commercial entities of farm commodities have faced
                                                           whereas a one dollar increase in gasoline results in a     skyrocketing margin calls on hedge contracts which
                                                           0.6 percent increase for food. With the average food       have for a long-time been a financial risk tool for
                                                           item traveling more than 1500 miles before reaching        farmers and grain elevators. As margin calls increase,
                                                           the final consumer, it is no wonder that food costs are    local cooperatives and private grain elevators have
                                                           increasing when looking back the last seven years;         hit credit limits, resulting in the elimination of this
                                                           gasoline prices have increased 198 percent per gallon,     important marketing tool. The result, farmers cannot
                                                           diesel fuel prices have increased almost 250 percent       forward price their commodities and protect their
                                                           per gallon and crude oil has increased 453 percent         risk. If farmers cannot capture higher commodity
                                                           according to the Department of Energy’s Energy             prices, while facing skyrocketing input expenses, we
                                                           Information Agency. In response to the distance food       are facing a potential train wreck for rural America
                                                           travels, NFU has prioritized the Buy-Local/Eat-Fresh
                                                                                                                      Food vs. Fuel
                                                           food movement to encourage consumers to eat food
                                                           from their back yard. That said, increased ethanol           Yellow corn is the single biggest crop in the United
                                                           production is actually keeping gasoline prices from        States, and contrary to popular belief it is primary
                                                           going even higher. A Merrill Lynch analyst estimates       used for animal feed, not human food. No doubt,
                                                           the biofuels industry is reducing gasoline price by        biofuels have increased farm commodity prices for
               NFU President Tom Buis                      15 percent per gallon today. The U.S. average price        corn as a result of increased demand. The increased
  (Editor’s note: The following testimony was              per gallon would increase $0.50, from $3.39 to $3.89       demand for corn in 2007 resulted in, finally, profitable
presented earlier this month by National Farmers           today without biofuels.                                    prices for farmers, after nearly two decades of below
Union President Tom Buis to the U.S. Congressional                                                                    cost-of-production price levels. America’s farmers
                                                           Cause #2 - Weather Related Production Shortfalls
Joint Economic Committee.)                                                                                            responded to the increased demand by producing the
                                                             In 2007, most major wheat growing regions                biggest corn crop in history. In 2007, corn production
  I commend the committee for holding this hearing         experienced weather related production problems.           in the United States increased by 2.6 billion bushels
to gather information about the impact of food price       The United States, Canada, Australia and Europe all        (from 10.7 billion in 2006 to 13.3 billion in 2007). Of
increases, and also to explore the real reasons behind     experienced weather related production shortfalls          this 2.6 billion bushel increase, new ethanol demand
these increases. I hope the hearing will also serve to     at the same time. In response, wheat prices reached        only accounted for 600 million bushels (4%). The
gather input on what steps can be taken to address         record levels and export demand skyrocketed, as            total corn used for ethanol in 2007 amounted to 2.5
the problem for the nation’s citizens most in need.        world wheat stocks reached new lows. While some            billion bushels. The remaining 2 billion new bushels
Yes, American families are impacted by higher food         have blamed U.S. farmers for shifting wheat acreage        of corn was used for feed, food and exports above and
prices, some more than others. There is no doubt that      to corn, it should be noted that very little U.S. wheat    beyond 2006 levels, with record high corn exports
higher food prices are having a tremendous impact on
                                                           acreage is suitable for corn production. It takes          of 2.9 billion bushels. The increased corn acreage
low-income families. Families without the resources
                                                           more water to grow corn than wheat and most of             primarily came at the expense of soybean acreage
to absorb food price increases are struggling to put
                                                           the wheat acreage that could be converted to higher        and to a smaller degree from cotton, rice and wheat.
dinner on the table; those below the poverty level and
                                                           value commodities, such as corn or soybeans, long          Simply put, America’s farmers responded to the
who do not make a livable wage are most impacted.
                                                           ago made the conversion. USDA’s 2008 planting              marketplace.
  Food is not an optional commodity for anyone,            intentions indicate an increase in wheat acreage, as
                                                                                                                        Recently, there seems to be a litany of corn ethanol
regardless of income demographics. As a farmer from        the higher prices are more economically favorable
                                                                                                                      criticism. In the past year, ethanol production was
Indiana and a national farm leader, I find it appalling    than other commodities.
                                                                                                                      blamed for the Mexican tortilla shortage, despite the
that anyone in America or the world goes to bed
                                                           Cause #3 - Weak Dollar and Export Demand by                fact that tortillas are made from white corn, and trade
hungry. America’s farmers and ranchers have almost
                                                           Emerging Economies                                         agreements limit the United States from providing
always produced a surplus of food commodities year
                                                                                                                      Mexico with no more than two percent of their white
in and year out. For the most part, food price increases     Today, the U.S. dollar’s value has fallen to a 30-year
                                                                                                                      corn needs. Corn ethanol was even blamed for the
are not about the lack of production, but other            low, according to USDA, as compared with other
                                                                                                                      rising price of beer. Last year, right before the biggest
macro-economic factors including trade distortion,         major currencies, which in turn makes the price of
                                                                                                                      American beer drinking holiday, the breweries
distribution and political decisions.                      U.S. commodities increasingly competitive abroad.
                                                                                                                      announced they were raising beer prices because of
                                                           Since the value of the dollar was delinked from gold,
The Causes of Higher Food Prices                           we have witnessed the linkage between a weak dollar
                                                                                                                      increased ethanol production. That announcement
                                                                                                                      made great headlines, but rice and barley make beer,
  Today’s food price increases can be attributed to many   and higher commodity prices. Last year we saw record
                                                                                                                      not corn. Last week, when Costco and Sam’s Club
factors; I will highlight a few within my testimony.       agricultural exports in terms of volume and value
                                                                                                                      announced they were rationing bulk rice sales, the
While many like to blame the increases on biofuels,        despite record high market prices. Total agriculture
                                                                                                                      media was quick to blame corn ethanol, despite the
specifically corn ethanol, a closer examination will       exports in 2007 amounted to a record of nearly $90
                                                                                                                      fact that there is plenty of rice in the supply chain.
reveal that other factors beyond ethanol have played       billion, an increase of $20 billion over 2006. At the
a greater role in higher food prices. While there is                                                                  The true cause for the run on rice turns out to be the
                                                           same time, the value of agricultural imports is rising,
no doubt that corn ethanol has increased demand for                                                                   shut off exports of two types of specialty rice from
                                                           on average 10 percent growth per year since 2001
corn, and thus boosted prices for corn and some other                                                                 Thailand and India. There is ample rice, just limited
                                                           according to USDA. With rapidly growing economies
commodities, it is not the biggest reason for the retail                                                              amounts of these two specialty varieties.
                                                           across the globe, a new demand has been created for
food price increases. The more significant reasons are     food commodities. The new middle class populations           Many in the media have mischaracterized the creation
$120 per barrel of oil, the declining value of the U.S.    in Asia, Latin America and Africa have demanded an         of a national mandate on renewable fuels as the cause
May 2008                                                                                                                                          Page 4
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                                                                                                                              NFU in Action
of rising food costs. I was very disappointed to hear      not only a better protein feed for livestock but also is      energy costs are having a profoundly negative impact
former President Clinton blaming the production of         more economical. With corn at $5.56 per bushel, cattle        on our food aid donations.
ethanol on pasta riots in Italy – two totally unrelated    feeders would pay $268 per ton of total digestible
                                                                                                                           According to a 2007 Government Accountability
issues. I was also shocked to read Texas Governor          nitrogen (TDN) for corn while only paying $201 per
                                                                                                                         Office, 65 percent of expenditures of the largest U.S.
Rick Perry’s statement last Friday that called for a       ton of TDN for distiller’s grains.
                                                                                                                         food aid program are for “transportation to the U.S. port
50 percent waiver from the renewable fuels standard          I was stunned to see comments by the President/             for export, ocean transportation, in-country delivery,
(RFS), with the expectation that consumers would           CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., the world’s largest                 associated cargo handling costs, and administration.”
find immediate relief from their grocery bills.            processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork,             According to Dr. Christopher Barrett, a professor
  Not only would reducing ethanol consumption              suggesting the U.S. ethanol policy is nothing more            of development economics at Cornell University
                                                           than a regressive tax on the poor. This is the same           and editor of the American Journal of Agricultural
by 50 percent result in higher gasoline prices for
                                                           company that reported gross profits of $1.433 billion;        Economics, it costs more than $2 of U.S. taxpayers’
consumers, it would have no impact on lowering corn
                                                           $928 million; and $1.72 billion in 2007, 2006 and             money to deliver $1 worth of food procured as in-kind
prices. According to an April 10, 2008 report issued
                                                           2005 respectively. This is also the same company              food aid. Despite the negative impact of increased oil,
by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas        that was one of the industrial livestock beneficiaries        gasoline and diesel expenses on our food programs,
A&M University, “relaxing the RFS does not result in       of below cost-of-production feedstock’s by the tune           we should continue to do all that we can to ensure no
significantly lower corn prices.” The report goes on to    of $35 billion according to a February 2007 Tufts             one goes to bed hungry.
state the current ethanol production infrastructure has    University report (Industrial Livestock Companies’
grown in excess of the RFS and relaxing the standard                                                                     Strategic Oil Reserve
                                                           Gains from Low Feed Prices” by Timothy A. Wise
would not cause a contraction in the industry. The         and Elanor Starmer).                                            National Farmers Union has urged the president
A&M study also reiterated the point that corn prices                                                                     to halt deposits to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
                                                             The study undertook an econometric analysis,
have had little to do with rising food costs. Staple                                                                     (SPR), which currently holds more than $80 billion
                                                           which documented that the broiler chicken and pork
food items such as bread, milk and eggs have higher                                                                      worth of oil. There is precedence for this response,
                                                           production industries have benefited significantly
prices “largely unrelated to ethanol or corn prices,                                                                     with President Bush’s decision two years ago to
                                                           from low feedstock prices. From 1997 to 2005,
but correspond to fundamental supply/demand                                                                              temporarily halt deposits in order to help alleviate
                                                           soybeans were priced 15 percent below the average
relationships in the world”.                                                                                             consumer gasoline prices. Not only would we like to
                                                           cost of production, while corn was priced 23 percent
                                                                                                                         see deposits halted, but with the price of oil reaching
  While corn ethanol it is not the singular solution       below. This equates to feed prices at 21 percent below
                                                                                                                         $120 per barrel on Monday morning, we urge the
to our nation’s energy problems, it undoubtedly has        cost of production for poultry and 26 percent below
                                                                                                                         president to open the SPR to help alleviate gas prices.
reduced our dependence on foreign oil. For every           cost of production for the hog industry. To put it in
                                                                                                                         SPR oil entering the marketplace within thirteen
barrel of ethanol produced (1 barrel = 42 gallons),        more concrete terms, the Tufts study estimates that
                                                                                                                         days after a presidential directive would result in a
1.2 barrels of petroleum are displaced at a refinery.      due to the low cost of production, the broiler chicken
                                                                                                                         much more profound positive economic impact for
                                                           industry saved $11.25 billion and the industrial hog
According to an LECG study, more than 228 million                                                                        consumers than waiving the RFS or discouraging the
                                                           industry saved approximately $8.5 billion over the
barrels of oil were displaced by the 6.5 billion gallons                                                                 production of biofuels.
                                                           nine year period.
of ethanol produced in 2007. While critics will say
                                                                                                                         Excessive Oil Profits Tax
our government is subsidizing and mandating the            Farmers Share of Retail Food Dollar
use of ethanol, the subsidies pale in comparison to                                                                        As I mentioned above, the price of fuel has twice the
                                                             According to USDA, our farmers and ranchers                 impact on retail food costs as the price of corn. While
the amount we spend subsidizing the oil companies          receive only 20 cents of every food dollar that consumers
and protecting the shipping lanes to import oil from                                                                     ethanol production is being characterized as the root
                                                           spend on food at home and away from home. Off farm            of all evil, the oil and gas industry continue to receive
the most unstable region of the world. According to        costs including marketing, processing, wholesaling,           billions of dollars in tax breaks from the federal
a 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO)              distribution and retailing account for 80 cents of every      government while major oil companies make record
report, the United States has spent more than $130         food dollar spent in the United States.                       profits. Exxon Mobile reported its 2007 profits were
billion subsidizing the oil industry over the past 32                                                                    the highest ever recorded; earning more than $1,287
years; this does not account for the billions spent to       The farmer’s share of a $2.69 loaf of bread is $0.22;
                                                           for a $5.05 box of corn flakes, the farmer receives $0.16;    of profit for every second of 2007, for a total of $40.6
protect our military interests in the Middle East.                                                                       billion. Instead of cutting the ethanol mandate, maybe
                                                           out of a $3.99 gallon of fat free milk, the farmer receives
  Because of the advanced renewable energy                 $1.54 and a one pound top sirloin steak that costs            Congress should cut the big oil and gas subsidies.
production, we have witnessed the plywood boards           $7.99 at the grocery store provides $0.88 to the farmer.      Some have suggested imposing an excessive profits
coming off Main Street businesses, instead of going        Attached to my testimony is NFU’s latest Farmer’s             tax on oil companies and direct those revenues to help
up. The annual local economic impact of a 40 million       Share document highlighting the price consumers pay           offset any increased consumer expenses or increased
gallon ethanol plant is without a doubt significant.       for a number of food products and the correlating price       livestock inputs as a result of oil prices. Farmers
The economic base is expanded by $110.2 million;           received by the farmer for that retail food item.             Union would fully support that effort.
household income increases $19.6 million; 694                                                                            Summary
permanent new jobs are created; and an additional $1.2     Solutions
                                                                                                                           In summary, rising food prices do affect American
million is created in new tax revenues. USDA estimates     Farm Bill Nutrition Programs                                  families but not as a result of our renewable energy
government payments will decrease to 4 percent of            The 2008 Farm Bill currently in conference between          policies or at the benefit of American farmers.
gross cash income for farmers, compared to 7 percent in    the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will contain $10.3             The challenge of higher food prices needs to be
2000-2005 as a result of expanded ethanol production.      billion in new funding, in total over $400 billion for        evaluated in its full context and the multiple causes be
The future of renewable fuel production rests in the       domestic and international nutrition programs. The            studied including increasing energy prices, reduced
advancement of cellulosic ethanol, wind energy, solar      nutrition title of the bill accounts for two-thirds of        production, weakened currency, international trade,
energy, biodiesel and many others to be created.           the overall farm bill budget and is the single biggest        speculators in commodity markets and increased
Biofuel Production vs. Livestock Production                increase for any title in the new bill. According to          world demand.
                                                           USDA’s Economic Research Service, approximately                 Two short years ago, agriculture critics blamed
   The primary use of U.S. corn production is for          one in five Americans participates in at least one food       the United States for low commodity prices that
livestock feed, yet livestock prices have declined over    assistance program at some point during a given year.         prevented developing nations from producing their
the past year. Those who argue corn ethanol is the                                                                       own food and cheap commodities for enhancing the
                                                           International Food Aid
major contributing factor in food price inflation, have                                                                  obesity epidemic. Today, the same critics are blaming
little to stand on in their argument linking corn prices     NFU supports the recent calls by members of                 higher commodity prices for causing hunger across
and livestock prices. Also lost in today’s discussion      Congress to expand the United States’ international           the world.We cannot win. What do they want? It
is the fact that ethanol byproduct distillers grains       food aid. The President’s budget for FY2008 requests          seems as though all other sectors of our economy are
actually reduce cattle feed costs. The U.S. ethanol        $350 million for food aid programs; while some have           encouraged to achieve the American Dream, except
industry is projected to produce 31 million tons of        recently called for an additional $200 million to help        for farmers. I have repeatedly stated that profits should
distiller’s grains in 2008; these distillers’ grains are   respond to today’s situation. Unfortunately, increased        not be a dirty word for agricultural producers.
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Union Farmer              Carbon Credit

NDFU hosts Carbon Credit Summit                                                                                          Carbon program dollars
                                                                                                                         boost rural communities
                                                                                                                         By Lance Brower
                                                                                                                           In 2008, farmers in North Dakota had the
                                                                                                                         opportunity to add value to their operation by
                                                                                                                         signing up for the carbon credit program. According
                                                                                                                         to the North Dakota Farmers Union, there will be
                                                                                                                         approximately 1,393,953 acres enrolled in 2008.
                                                                                                                         That comes to more than 3.5 percent of all farm
                                                                                                                         and ranch ground in North Dakota. Overall, the
                                                                                                                         acres may average about $1.50 per acre. People
                                                                                                                         ask me, what is the Carbon Credit Program?
                                                                                                                           The program is not a government payment,
                                                                                                                         but rather the result of companies or individuals
                                                                                                                         who want to buy carbon sequestration to offset
                                                                                                                         their carbon emissions into the environment. The
                                                                                                                         sale of carbon sequestration is done in Chicago
Farmrs Union leaders and staff listen to speakers at the Carbon Credit Summit held recently at the NDFU state office.    and it is sold like other commodities including
  Two years ago this month, North Dakota Farmers             selling for $4 a ton. This price dipped to about $2 a ton   wheat, cattle, hogs, etc. Farmers in the state are
Union unveiled its Carbon Credit Program. At that            in the fall of 2007, and has since increased to $7 a ton.   potentially getting paid more than $2 million in
time, the farm organization hoped the program would          The volume being traded has significantly increased         2008. But are farmers and ranchers the only ones
provide new – if modest – income opportunities for           this year, according to Dale Enerson. To date, Farmers      affected by the money?
farmers and ranchers. In June of 2007, more than             Union has sold more than $7.5 million in carbon               To get the entire picture, I went beyond the direct
$2 million in payments were made to North Dakota             credits through the Chicago Climate Exchange, similar       effect to the farmers and analyzed what happened
farmers and ranchers who enrolled the initial 830,000        to trading other agricultural commodities. Farmers          to the people and businesses in the state that are
acres in the first year of the program.                      Union will be sending another round of payments to          not in agriculture.
  Today, more than 2,800 landowners in 32 states             producers this summer.                                        The agriculture industry uses trucks, machinery,
have enrolled a total of 3.6 million acres (including          "You guys are probably the most successful                fuel, financial services and many other inputs
1.5 million acres in North Dakota) in the Farmers            aggregators out there, right now," Clark said of            to conduct business. These linkages create a
Union Carbon Credit Program. "It's growing so fast...        Farmers Union's leadership in enrolling acres into          network of industries that are interdependent.
we really don't have a precedence for this," said North      pools and then selling the contracts through the            These industries can generate additional jobs and
Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson. To            exchange.                                                   income. The data was studied to determine the
update Farmers Union leaders on the program, North                                                                       possible indirect effects or the economic effects
                                                               Four carbon-storing practices qualify for enrollment:
Dakota Farmers Union hosted a Carbon Credit Summit                                                                       that are produced by farmers and ranchers using
                                                             1) no-till crop production, 2) conversion of cropland
at the organization's state office in Jamestown. More                                                                    this money to buy from other businesses.
                                                             to grass, 3) sustainable management of native
than 20 people from state and national Farmers Union         rangelands, and 4) tree plantings on previously non-          After applying the multiplier effect, I discovered
organizations attended the event.                            forested or degraded land. The capture of methane           that North Dakota ranchers and farmers gained
  Speakers included Carlson, Nathan Clark of the             from anaerobic manure digester systems can also be          almost $440,000 in economic activity buying
Chicago Climate Exchange, Mark Liebig of USDA,               enrolled.                                                   from other agricultural and non-agricultural
Carbon Credit Program Director Dale Enerson,                                                                             businesses. Of this, almost two-thirds will go to
                                                               Carlson said every state has its own special
Carbon Program Specialist Liz Matthern, Chris Bader                                                                      non-agricultural businesses. This kind of money
                                                             requirements, and that Farmers Union leaders and
of Offroad Software, and Lance Brower of the North                                                                       will generate jobs and wages as well.
                                                             staff in each state are best positioned to explain the
Dakota State University Extension Service.                   program's benefits for their respective producers.            The employees will gain an estimated $67,447
  The summit allowed Farmers Union leaders to                                                                            in wages as a result of the income to farmers and
                                                               Liebig said scientific research supports the program.
gain a better understanding of the program and how                                                                       ranchers. There is more money, but that money
                                                             Farming practices can either release or store carbon        leaks out of the state and it is not counted.
technology is being used to deliver cost effective and       dioxide. Reduced tillage increases the "capture" of
accurate carbon credit services. Participants were able      carbon dioxide while also reducing soil erosion, he           This means more than 19 full-time equivalent
to quiz experts on such topics as the latest information     added.                                                      jobs somewhere in the state. Those jobs do not
on the Carbon Credit Program enrollments, current                                                                        count the people hired to administer the program.
                                                               Clark said the Chicago Climate Exchange is the
marketing strategies, and future outlook for additional                                                                    To sum it up, the total effect on the state’s
                                                             "most economical, efficient way to reduce greenhouse
opportunities.                                                                                                           economy is more than $2.5 million. That means
                                                             gas emissions" at this time. Other ways to reduce
  The Carbon Credit Program pays producers to store          greenhouse gas emissions will include using lower           for every dollar made by the rancher or farmer in
carbon dioxide in their soil through practices such          carbon fuel, and increasing fuel efficiencies of cars       this program, there is an additional 33 cents added
as no-till cropping or other conservation practices,         and buildings. Those efforts will take time to develop      to the economy of the state.
which reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the              and implement, continued Clark. Companies that              (Lance Brower is farm business management and
atmosphere. The 830,000 acres first enrolled in the          buy carbon credits through the CCX include Ford,            economics extension agent in Stutsman County.)
program “sequestered” 652,200 metric tons of carbon          the University of Minnesota, Eastman Kodak, IBM,
dioxide – the equivalent of offsetting the annual            Cargill, Smithfield Foods, Amtrak, and the City of
carbon emissions from 130,440 automobiles.                   Portland.
  Farmers Union was approved as an aggregator in               Due to the overwhelming interest by producers
2006 by the Chicago Climate Exchange to pool and             outside of North Dakota, the program was launched
market blocks of carbon credits through the exchange.        nationwide in October of 2006 through National
The CCX is the world’s first greenhouse gas emission         Farmers Union. NDFU is the fiscal agent for the
registry, reduction and trading system.                      national organization – selling the offsets, maintaining
  Producers who enroll in the program receive an             a database and web site, and enrolling producers.
annual payment based on prevailing carbon market               To learn more about the Carbon Credit Program or            Summit speakers Mark Leibig and Nathan Clark
prices. When the program began, carbon credits were          to enroll, go to
May 2008                                                                                                                                          Page 6
                                                                                                                           Union Farmer
                                                                                                                            Risk Management

The Big Rip                                                 The Big Drip                                                 Farmers Union Insurance
  The Special Investigations Unit at Farmers Union            Water damage is a common cause of loss for
Insurance is in place and on-guard, making every
effort to protect you and your pocketbook from the
                                                            homeowners. Many of these claims result from a
                                                            disregard of minor maintenance. The failure of a $3
                                                                                                                         welcomes new agents
heavy costs associated with insurance fraud. Like           hose can cause thousands of dollars in damage.               Jamie Ressler
you, FUI has zero tolerance for insurance fraud and is                                                                   is a new Farmers
serious about fighting fraud on every front.                  According to the Institute for Business and Home
                                                            Safety in Tampa, the average cost of damage caused           Union Insurance
  Nationally, experts agree that about 10% of all           by a broken washing machine hose is $6,000, while            agent who joins
insurance claims contain significant levels of fraud        water damage claims from leaky toilets - most of             Dave Kary in the
which cost insurers - and therefore their policyholders     which can be fixed with about $10 in materials - range       Mandan agency.
- over $30 billion in fraudulent losses every year. The     from $2,000 to $10,000.                                        Jamie graduated
insurance industry reports fraudulent claims cost                                                                        from       Century
American families an average of over $300 a year in          Sensible tips here include:                                 High School in
higher premiums.                                                                                                         Bismarck, received
                                                            • Turn off the washing machine supply valves when
  Insurance fraud is a crime in every state and can           you go on vacation.                                        an      Associates
result in serious penalties involving fines, restitution                                                                 Degree in business
and imprisonment. While it is far less common in our        • Never leave the washing machine or dishwasher              from     Bismarck
rural communities, we must still recognize that fraud         running when you leave your home.                          State College and
can and does occur there.                                   • Inspect the pipes under the sink for condensation or       attended Dickinson
                                                                                                                         State University.
  Fraud is often committed by members of organized            corrosion.
criminal rings who travel the country perpetrating                                                                        Jamie was most recently employed by Wells
                                                            • Stains on ceilings or walls can mean leaky plumbing        Fargo in Fargo as a service specialist.
a variety of insurance scams. These scams include             behind the walls; identify the source right away.
‘slip and falls’, staged auto accidents, infliction of                                                                    He and his wife, Amy, have one daughter,
roof damage by deceitful contractors, and other             • Call a plumber immediately if there’s rust in the tap      Mckenha, age 7.
types of personal injury and property damage claims.          water or if you detect cracked or warped flooring.
Sometimes insurance fraud is a crime of opportunity,
like a driver or passenger feigning an injury after         • Watch for big changes in your water bill. A
a minor traffic accident, or a medical provider               significant hike can indicate a costly leak.
                                                                                                                         Jason Walswick
overtreating a patient to run up medical costs.             • Experts say the typical water heater lasts 10 to 12        is    the   new
  Insurance fraud can involve huge losses resulting           years, so check annually for signs of corrosion or         Farmers Union
from acts like arson or a relatively small sum such as        leaks.                                                     Insurance agent
inflating a claim to recover an insurance deductible.       • Inspect your roof after high winds to ensure that          and joins Ron
Unfortunately, fraud involving even a small sum,                                                                         Lerol and Thaine
                                                              you haven’t lost shingles or flashing that could
when taken together with other fraud losses, add up to                                                                   Hanson in the
                                                              make your home prone to leaks.
additional premium dollars for all policyholders.                                                                        Finley agency.
                                                            • Make sure the soil at the base of your home is               A graduate of
  As our economy hits hard times, the threat of               piled upward so that water drains away from the
insurance fraud increases. FUI’s Special Investigations                                                                  Finley-Sharon
                                                              foundation.                                                High      School,
Unit staff are well trained professionals with extensive
experience in criminal and insurance investigations.        • Have someone check on your home every couple of            Jason received
They have the ability to root out fraud and effectively       days while you are on vacation.                            a B.A. degree
deal with it. They know the cost of insurance fraud                                                                      in       business
impacts all of us.                                                                                                       administration
                                                                                                                         from Jamestown
  We at FUI promise to stand fast against insurance                                                                      College.
fraud and do what we can to prevent fraud from
                                                                                                                          His most recent employment was with Finley
reaching into your pocket. Help us in this battle! If
                                                                                                                         Motors, Inc., where he served as business
you see or suspect insurance fraud, please call our
Insurance Fraud Hot Line at (800) 347-1961, Ext.
2114. You may remain anonymous when reporting                                                                              He has two children, Trevor and Laura.
suspected fraud.

  April production leAders
                      Farmers Union Insurance
                      agents are on the job
                      serving     policyholders
                      in communities across
                      North Dakota. “No one
                      knows      more     about
                      the risk management
  needs of farmers, ranchers, residents of rural
  communities and big cities, and cooperatives               AUTO                LIFE      ANNUITIES                  FUMI Pers. Lines FUMI Comm. Lines LONG TERM CARE
  than hometown Farmers Union Insurance                    Don Lappe       Brach Johnson James Simonson                 Jerry Essler    David Bergeman Jerel Seamands
  agents,” says Gary Geiszler, marketing                   Wahpeton           Bismarck      Crosby                      Kenmare            Forman          Hettinger
  manager for Farmers Union Insurance.

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Union Farmer
         Farmers Union People

The faces of Farmers Union                                                                                              Brenda Thoms
                                                                                                                        Desktop Publisher
  Josh Kramer                                                 Kayla Pulvermacher
  Member Development Specialaist/                             Legislative Specialist                                    Brenda was born at
                                                                                                                      Stanley, where her sister
  Account Executive for Farmers                                                                                       and brother-in-law still
                                                              Kayla is a native of
  Union Insurance                                           Crosby. She and her two
                                                                                                                      farm. She moved to
                                                                                                                      Jamestown during her
                                                            younger brothers grew up
                              Josh grew up on a small       on a family farm. All of                                  grade school years. For
                           grains and dairy farm near       her family members are                                    more than 20 years,
                           Linton. He worked on the         employed in agricultural                                  Brenda has lived in the
                           family farm and also was         fields. Her mom works                                     rural    community     of
                           employed by the local            for the NDSU Extension                                    Courtenay, where she is
                           cooperative. Josh earned         office in Crosby, her                                     and has been a 4-H leader
                           a Bachelor's degree in           brother Derik is a sales                                  for the past 17 years.
                           business communications          representative for Garst                                  Brenda previously worked at a grain elevator and
                           with a minor in public           Seed, and her dad and                                     the local Farmers Union cooperative in Wimbledon
                           relations      from     the      youngest brother, Taylor, work on the farm operation.     before coming to work for NDFU in 2002.
                           University of Mary. He           Her fiancée, Nathan, is an agronomist for Dakota
                                                                                                                      What do you do at Farmers Union?
                           currently is pursuing a          Plains Cooperative in Valley City. Kayla grew up in
Master’s Degree in business administration from             the Farmers Union camping program. She was on               I prepare materials that support the NDFU staff
the University of Mary. He has eight years of               the NDFU summer staff for four years and served as        as they promote the agricultural community. I also
military experience and is a Veteran of “Operation          an advisor to the Senior Youth Advisory Council. In       help the other associates when assistance is needed
Enduring Freedom." Josh received his Farmers Union          addition, she helped start the Farmers Union collegiate   with county, co-op, youth or transportation duties.
Torchbearer award, attended Farmers Union camps,            chapters. She also served on the Policy and Action        Having worked with agricultural producers before, I
and served on both the state and national Senior Youth      committee and has attended national conventions and       enjoy the chance to promote agriculture through our
Advisory Councils. In addition, Josh was a National         legislative fly-ins to Washington, DC.                    organization.
Farmers Union Council advisor, and NDFU summer
                                                            What do you do at Farmers Union?                          One thing you do that people seldom see or appreciate
camp counselor.
                                                              My job is essentially advocating for our family farm      I work behind the scenes with the Farmers Union
What do you do at Farmers Union?                            members. I lobby, research and work on legislative
  My role at North Dakota Farmers Union is mainly                                                                     Field Staff. I work with them to help create posters
                                                            issues, represent the organization at state meetings      and invitations that entice and interest members in
to search out, recruit, and attract new people to the       and work closely with the policy committee. I also am
organization while developing programs that enhance                                                                   events that the county organizations are promoting. I
                                                            an advisor for the collegiate chapters.
the leadership skills of our current membership. My                                                                   get to know the county board members this way. It is
goal is not only to enhance our membership by bringing      One thing you do that people seldom see or appreciate     an enjoyable and fun part of the job.
people into more active leadership roles within the           I try to spend time each day listening to the radio     One thing people seldom see or appreciate about
organization, but also to promote civic responsibility      and reading the news from around the state. This is
                                                                                                                      Farmers Union as an organization
in rural North Dakota and to help others “want” to be       important because it keeps me on top of the issues and
part of the future of this organization and this state. I   informed on what other groups are doing. I also try         The Field Staff, which at this time is comprised of
also work as part of a team to assist and enhance the       to keep in touch with the congressional delegation to     all women. They are out in the counties promoting,
partnership between North Dakota Farmers Union,             keep our relationship strong.                             organizing, and working on events that are planned by
cooperatives, members and co-op patrons. Also,                                                                        the state office personnel. The Field Staff work with
                                                             One thing people seldom see or appreciate about
I serve as the insurance account executive for the                                                                    each county board and get to know the area members
                                                            Farmers Union as an organization
policies that many of our state telephone companies                                                                   and what they need.
                                                              Whether I am at an important meeting or at the
have with Farmers Union Insurance.                                                                                    Favorite Farmers Union work- or member-related
                                                            capitol, I see an automatic sense of respect when
One thing you do that people seldom see or appreciate       people hear I am representing the Farmers Union           memory
  The amount of work that goes into developing a            organization. That reaction is a product of the good        Working at the state convention and getting to
program and the amount of time we spend on the road         reputation NDFU has created over the years.               know the members, especially the rural members for
and away from our families.                                                                                           whom we are working. I enjoy meeting the variety of
                                                            Favorite Farmers Union work- or member-related
What is one thing people seldom see or appreciate           memory                                                    members we have, and especially the members who
about Farmers Union as an organization?                        I am a huge nerd: I enjoy sitting and watching         have supported this organization. We can learn a lot
  All the work that the members and staff of North          C-SPAN at home on a Friday night. So when I was           from them.
Dakota Farmers Union – and the members of local             lucky enough to sit in the balcony of the U.S. Senate     Hobbies
cooperatives – have done over the years to make             on the last National Farmers Union fly-in, I was like
agriculture, farmers, ranchers, the organization, and                                                                   My hobbies include following my sons' racing
                                                            a giddy teenage girl seeing a senator I have admired
cooperatives in the state as successful as they are         for the first time. I was speechless, which is why Greg   careers at Rugby, Devils Lake and Jamestown –
today.                                                      Svenningsen, whom I dragged along with me, was            whether he is driving cars or snowmobiles. I am
                                                            able to say “Hi” to Senator John Kerry in the hallway,    heavily into photography and so I photograph and
Favorite Farmers Union work- or member-related
                                                            while all I could do is stare and shake. I even got to    videotape all the races. At home, I enjoy reading,
memory                                                                                                                crafts, and gardening.
                                                            see Senator Dorgan give a floor speech. I’ll never
  My favorite memories are the great times I had as a       forget it.                                                Family
camper and counselor at Farmers Union Camp.
                                                            Hobbies                                                     I am married to Duane, who works with a local
Hobbies                                                        Once again, I’m a huge nerd. I enjoy watching,         farmer and also operates a shop, fixing everything
  Spending time with my family and friends; politics,       reading, and debating all things political. I also love   from semis, tractors, and pickups to 4-wheelers and
reading and learning new things.                            to take walks with my son, and to decorate our home.      snowmobiles. I have two boys: Jason, who works for
Family                                                      I love to cook and am also a “golf-fiend-in-training!”    Agricover in Jamestown as a manufacturing engineer;
  I have a wife, Sarah, who is a first-grade teacher; a     Family                                                    and Tyler, who has graduated from NDSCS with a
daughter, Sophia, who is going to be three; and a son,         My fiancée Nathan and I live in Valley City with our   degree in diesel technology and has returned to earn a
Brody, who is only a few weeks old.                         son, Jack, who is seven months old.                       degree in recreational engines.
May 2008                                                                                                                                      Page 8
                                                                                                                           Union Farmer
                                                                                                                             Pride of Dakota

Dakota Hills Winery brings agritourism home
                                                                                            Although, not yet certified as an organic operation, the Cochrans utilize natural
                                                                                           management practices in fruit and wine production.
                                                                                             The winery bottles both sweet and semisweet wines, and dry and semidry wines.
                                                                                           Label choices range from honey and strawberry-rhubarb to Northern Lights, a
                                                                                           German-style wine and Dakota Red, which is “mindful” of a merlot. “Being an
                                                                                           artisian winery we only produce a limited amount of over 30 speciality wines
                                                                                           from the fruits we raise and harvest,” explained Chochran. The winery offers
                                                                                           complimentary packaging and shipping of orders in North Dakota, Minnesota,
                                                                                           and Montana. There is a six bottle minimun per order.
                                                                                             “Although getting our wine to local and regional retailers has been very difficult
                                                                                           due to antiquated state laws favoring out-of-state wholesalers, we manage to
                                                                                           market all the wine we produce each year. People choose and purchase our wines
                                                                                           at the winery, via the Internet, or at a special event such as a Pride of Dakota
                                                                                           show,” he said. “Any time any of us chooses to buy directly from a farmer we
                                                                                           strengthen the very fabric of our culture.”
                                                                                             As a member of Benson County Farmers Union, they “find common values
                                                                                           and experience with our fellow members. We hope to see them all at one of wine
                                                                                           tasting events or at the winery.”

  Wineries and “agritourism” are a natural fit. Although wineries in North Dakota are
few, they do exist. Maple River Winery ( is in downtown
Casselton, and Point of View ( is near Burlington, a small
community just northwest of Minot. Another winery is putting down roots in North
Central North Dakota.                                                                       The Cochrans maintain a small petting zoo at their vineyard.
  Dakota Hills Winery and Vineyard is a little more off the beaten path, yet it has a
charm all its own. The winery ( is located on a farmstead
a few miles south of Knox, a small town on Highway 2 located 10 miles east of
Rugby. Owned and operated by Brian and Loveta Cochran, the winery is an inviting
destination for those who find appeal in buying directly from a farmer. And family
farm agriculture is important to the Cochrans.
  “Six years ago, the urban sprawl of Washington state made it too difficult to continue
our dairy operation,” said Brian Cochran. “When we began our search for a new
home, North Dakota quickly moved to the top of our list. The number one reason was
opportunity. Having been raised in California and being familiar with grape and wine
production, we thought a small estate winery as a semi-retirement operation would
give us the continued sense of family farm we enjoyed with our dairy.”
  The rural location of the winery hasn't been a detriment to the operation. Thousands
of people from numerous countries, states, towns, and cities have visited the winery
to sample the different wines, enjoy tours of our winery and vineyards. “The on-
farm zoo, beautiful North Dakota scenery and, we hope, the genuine hospitality we
extend to our guests make their visit to Dakota Hills Winery a joy and experience to
remember,” said Cochran.
  Agritourism, value-added agricultural products, sustainable agriculture practice,
direct marketing and, most importantly, personal customer relationships and family
values comprise the philosophy employed by Dakota Hills Winery. “These are much
more than buzz words: they are our chosen way of life. Consistency in quality and
diversity in wine types and styles are the cornerstone of our handmade wines,” he said.
The Cochrans raise the grapes and 15 other fruits for handmade wines, employing
“relationship agriculture” practices, which means “our relationship to the land, the
community, our family, our faith, and our customers.”
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Union Farmer
           Youth news

2008 Summer Staff gears up for camp season!
                                        Back row, from left: Kassie
                                        Young, Bismarck; Ethan
                                        Evenson, Hillsboro; Jacque
                                        Prellwitz, Minot; Maria
                                        Huber, Strasburg; DelRae
                                        Becker, Napoleon; Kent
                                        Johnson, Maxbass; Leah
                                        Carlson, Glenburn; Nancy
                                        Grade (head cook), New
                                        Leipzig; Marie Klein (asst.
                                        cook), Elgin.
                                        Middle row, from left: Lisa
                                        Horner, Napoleon; Trish
                                        Simon, Maddock; Tyler
                                        Prellwitz, Barton; Matt
                                        Leidholm, Hillsboro; Timothy
                                        Lies, Moorhead; Janna
                                        Hansen, Jamestown; Jason
                                        Becker, Wishek; Samantha
                                        Parkinson, Bowbells;
                                        Front, l to r: Dwight
                                        McMillan, Wimbledon;
                                        Amber Hill (Education
                                        Coordinator); Josh Norby,
                                        Fargo. Not pictured: Josh
                                        Bondhus, Big Lake, MN.

May 2008                               Page 10
                                                                                               Union Farmer
                                                                                                 Youth news

                                         CAMP SCHEDULES
                                   Junior Camps (for completed gr. 3-6) Cost: $55
 Park River Bible Camp ~ near Park River
            June 4-6  Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson,                    Mouse River ~ near Velva
                      Pembina, Ramsey, Walsh                                    June 15-17 Benson, Bottineau, McLean, Pierce,
 Cooperstown Bible Camp ~ near Cooperstown                              Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Towner
     June 30-July 2 Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson,                              June 18-20 Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Ward
                      Pembina, Ramsey, Walsh                            Heart Butte ~ near Elgin
 Wesley Acres ~ near Valley City                                                June 15-18 Billings/Golden Valley, Dunn, Stark
          June 8-11 Barnes, Cass, Traill                                        June 18-21 Adams, Bowman/Slope, Grant,
        June 11-14 Griggs, Richland, Sargent, Steele                      Hettinger, Oliver
         July 20-23 Emmons, Logan, McIntosh                                       July 13-16 Morton, Sioux
         July 23-26 Eddy, Foster, Kidder, Stutsman, Wells                         July 16-19 Burleigh, Mercer
 LaMoure Co. Memorial Park ~ near Grand Rapids Senior Camps (for completed gr. 7-12) Cost: $95
         July 13-15 Dickey, Ransom
         July 20-22 LaMoure                                                   Heart Butte ~ near Elgin
 Upper Missouri Ministries Bible Camp ~ near Williston                                June 9-13   Camp #1 Jr. Retreat (Gr. 7-8 only)
         July 27-30 Divide, McKenzie, Williams                                      June 23-27    Camp #2
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Union Farmer                      Livestock

ND Department of Health offers tips to obtain a CAFO permit
                                                                                                                       conservation district, provide Section 319 cost
                                                                                                                       share assistance to construct manure management
                                                                                                                       systems within specific watersheds in the state.
                                                                                                                       Project staff also provides technical assistance to
                                                                                                                       plan and implement the systems.
                                                                                                                    3. Livestock    Facilities Assistance   Program
                                                                                                                       (Dickinson) and NPS Best Management Practices
                                                                                                                       Team (Jamestown). These programs, which are
                                                                                                                       supported with Section 319 funding and local
                                                                                                                       matching funds, provide engineering assistance
                                                                                                                       to design and construct manure management
                                                                                                                    4. Stockmen’s Association Environmental Services
                                                                                                                       Program. This is a statewide program that uses
                                                                                                                       Section 319 funds and a non-federal match to
                                                                                                                       provide financial and technical assistance to
                                                                                                                       plan, design and construct manure management
                                                                                                                    5. N.D. Department of Agriculture Livestock
                                                                                                                       Pollution Prevention Program. This statewide
                                                                                                                       program uses Section 319 funds and a non-federal
                                                                                                                       match to provide financial and technical assistance
                                                                                                                       to plan, design and construct manure management
                                                                                                                    6. Livestock Waste Management System SRF
(Editor’s note: The Union Farmer asked Karl H.             through all steps to make sure it turns out how you         Loan Program. These low interest loan funds are
Rockeman, an environmental engineer for the North          want. Take advantage of the resources available from        available through the Bank of N.D. or a local
Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Water            the Extension Service and NRCS to help with your            lender to partially finance costs associated with a
Quality, to comment on the state’s involvement in          preliminary planning. Planning for a major expansion        manure management system. Typically, these low
permitting confined animal feeding operations.)            should include your family/business partners as well        interest funds are used to support the producer’s
                                                           as your entire “management team”, such as your crop         financial match requirements associated with cost
What role does ND Department of Health play in the         consultant, lender, marketing advisor, etc.                 share funds offered through the NRCS EQIP and/
permitting/ planning process?                                                                                          or Section 319 projects.
                                                           How long does it take to obtain a permit?
  The Department of Health’s goal in this process is                                                                7. NDSU Extension Service Nutrient Management
to work to address the water quality concerns due to         A permit from the Department of Health can take
                                                           from 30 to 60 days, from the time a completed design        Specialists. A specialist is located at the Extension
animal feeding operations. This can include:                                                                           Research Farms in Dickinson and Carrington. These
                                                           and nutrient management plan are received. The entire
  1) Meeting with producers to evaluate their              process, including the various agencies for cost share      individuals provide up-front planning assistance to
facilities’ to determine if there are steps that need to   and preliminary planning, can take from one to three        identify system layout options, determine permit
be taken.                                                  years from the initial contact to final construction.       requirements, and find the appropriate technical and
                                                                                                                       financial resources. The specialists also develop
  2) Discussing various options to address any water       What local/state/federal resources are available to         and distribute various education materials to help
quality concerns, including management changes or          ranchers?                                                   producers with the planning and implementation
engineered systems.
                                                             There are a number of financial and technical             of manure management systems.
  3) Reviewing and approving any manure or runoff          resources available to ranchers to plan, design and
containment system that requires a permit or is            construct       manure
receiving cost share.                                      management systems.
  The Department of Health can provide valuable            Sources     for     the
guidance early in the planning process on what steps       assistance   are     as
may be required or what options can most effectively       follows:
address the problems.                                      1. NRCS Environmental
What should ranchers know in advance to make the              quality      Incentive
process more effective?                                       Program        (EQIP).
                                                              This provides federal
  The Department of Health can provide guidance and           cost share assistance
review designs to ensure the environmental concerns           to construct manure
are met. However, the individual producers need to            management systems
have an idea of what they expect of the system.               throughout the state.
  Doing some up front planning on different layouts           USDA-NRCS also
for your site can make the process easier for everyone        provides technical
involved. Look at existing systems in your area and           assistance to plan and
see what you like/dislike about them. Talk to other           design the systems.
producers who have gone through the process to hear        2. Local Section 319
what they liked and disliked, and if they can offer any       Watershed Projects.
recommendations on who to talk to. Keep in mind               These     projects,
that each site is unique and what works for one may           which are managed
not work for another. Stay involved with your project         by a local soil
May 2008                                                                                                                                    Page 12
                                                                                                                             Union Farmer
                                                                                                                               Rural Scene

Farm Rescue sows the seeds of hope
                                                                                                                            Still, Gross finds his own rewards in Farm Rescue.
                                                                                                                         He sees face-to-face the difference that Farm Rescue
                                                                                                                         makes in the lives of farm families. “Helping them
                                                                                                                         with planting seems to erase their minds of worry and
                                                                                                                         lifts a burden from their shoulders,” he said of those
                                                                                                                         who received assistance this spring.
                                                                                                                           Weather continues to be a constant challenge. “Field
                                                                                                                         operations have been very challenging this year.
                                                                                                                         Planting was temporarily suspended by snow and sleet
                                                                                                                         in late April. We are working as quickly as we possibly
                                                                                                                         can and planting 24 hours a day during good weather,”
                                                                                                                         said Gross. “Despite weather delays, we are still on
                                                                                                                         schedule to complete planting operations by June 1.”
                                                                                                                           For more information on how to donate, volunteer,
                                                                                                                         or apply for assistance, visit the Farm Rescue website
                                                                                                                         at or call (701) 252-2017, or

Farm Rescue depends on volunteers – many of whom are retired farmers – to plant crops for farmers who have
experienced major injuries, illness, or natural disasters.

  Farm Rescue helped at least 20 families plant              LaMoure, Napoleon, New Rockford, Strasburg, and
crops on a combined 15,000 acres this spring. “It has        Wishek.                                                     Farm Rescue assisted Brad and Jill Weber (above) of New
exceeded my expectations,” said Bill Gross, founder
                                                               Volunteers provide the manpower; donations                Rockford, and Jack and Becky Horner (below) of Napoleon
and president of Farm Rescue.
                                                             from businesses and individuals help fund overall           in getting their crops planted this spring.
  Now in its third year of operation, Farm Rescue is a       operations. Several companies have followed the
nonprofit organization founded to help farm families         lead of RDO Equipment Co. to become Farm Rescue
that have experienced a major injury, illness, or            sponsors. North Dakota Farmers Union is among the
natural disaster. The farmers who received planting          largest sponsors of the program.
assistance so far this spring have endured such things
                                                               “I am very pleased with the support Farm Rescue
as broken legs, broken ribs, head injuries, heart
                                                             has received from sponsors, communities, the public,
surgery, cancer treatments, dialysis, back surgery, hip
                                                             and let’s not forget the volunteers – a lot of them are
replacement, stroke recovery, and rebuilding after
                                                             retired farmers, others have jobs and they still take
tornado destruction. Each of these hardships has kept
                                                             time to help,” said Gross. “The reason Farm Rescue
the farmers from the field.
                                                             has worked and is so successful is we are run by
  Farm Rescue has provided assistance in communities         volunteers.” Gross leads by example and has put in
throughout North Dakota, including Arnegard, Balfour,        time driving a tractor. “I need to be a volunteer just
Deering, Ellendale, Forbes, Halliday, Hazelton,              like all the others,” he said.

NDSU offering water quality tests at field days
  The North Dakota State University Extension                group of microorganisms that includes E. coli. The cost     • Immediately replace the bottle cap and refrigerate.
Service will offer water quality testing during NDSU         for this test is $7.                                          Specimens should be analyzed within 48 hours, so
Research Extension Centers’ annual field day events            Samples for this test must be collected in a sterile      collect your sample close to the time you leave for the
this year.                                                   bottle. To obtain a bottle, contact your local county       field day. Here are the dates and field day locations:
  Samples should be collected in any clean plastic           Extension office. This container may contain a chlorine     • June 26 - Central Grasslands Research Extension
bottle capable of holding 15 to 20 ounces.                   inhibitor, so do not rinse the container prior to use.        Center, Streeter
  To obtain your sample, you should allow the water            Here are the steps to follow when collecting a            • July 8 - Hettinger REC
run for 30 seconds and then rinse the bottle three times     sample:                                                     • July 9 - Dickinson REC
before filling, according to Johnson.                        • Remove the aerator from your faucet if it has one.        • July 10 - Williston REC
  Substances that Extension specialists will test for on     • Sterilize the end of the faucet with a flame.             • July 14 - Agronomy Seed Farm, Casselton
site include nitrates and total dissolved solids. They’ll    • Remove the bottle cap, taking care not to touch the       • July 15 - Carrington REC
also test for pH (acidity or alkalinity) and hardness.         inside of the cap or container.
This is a screening only.                                                                                                • July 16 - North Central REC, Minot
                                                             • Run the water for 30 seconds to remove stagnant
 The New Ulm, MN-based Minnesota Valley Testing                water from the system.                                    • July 17 - Langdon REC
Laboratories also is offering to test water for a coliform   • Fill the bottle to the line indicated, or near the top.   • July 29 - Oakes Irrigation Research Center
Page 13                                                                                                                                       May 2008
Union Farmer        Co-op Roundups

Embden co-op thriving by staying true to its roots
                                                                                                                       bookkeeper; Donna Liebenow, custodian; and Jon
                                                                                                                       Buchholz, the co-op’s college intern who serves as
                                                                                                                       a custom applicator. “We have department heads,
                                                                                                                       but we do it all. The best thing that’s helped us is we
                                                                                                                       are cross-trained, which is the co-op philosophy,”
                                                                                                                       said Mosby.
                                                                                                                         As other employees were busy delivering fuel and
                                                                                                                       fertilizer on a day earlier this month, Mosby was
                                                                                                                       under the hood of a pickup changing an alternator.
                                                                                                                       “It’s a working manager’s position,” said Mosby.
                                                                                                                       “This is our drawing card,” he says of the shop.
                                                                                                                       “Otherwise, people have a 30-mile drive and then
                                                                                                                       have to wait.” In addition to the shop, other service
                                                                                                                       departments include agronomy, LP gas, bulk
                                                                                                                       petroleum, seed, and the main station.
                                                                                                                        The co-op serves about 250 members, most of
                                                                                                                      which are farm operations. Those farms grow wheat,
                                                                                                                      soybeans and corn. The area livestock operations
                                                                                                                      are from 50-100 head, although a few have up to
                                                                                                                      500 head. Those members are dedicated and loyal.
                                                                                                                      “About 100 show up for the annual meeting.” The
                                                                                                                      annual event, which includes a full meal, is held in
                                                                                                                      the shop. Mosby opens every annual meeting by
                                                                                                                      telling members, “This is your co-op, not mine. You
                                      Farmers Union Oil Company of Embden
                                                                                                                    own it. If you use it, we will be here.” The co-op has
By Bob Kjelland • Union Farmer Editor                                                                               been in business for 77 years.
 Business is good at Farmers Union Oil Company of         meaning the trucks, buildings and
Embden. How good?                                         other equipment are not the newest
  The co-op has more than doubled its local net savings   in the area, yet they get the job done.
in the past year, reflecting a concerted effort to keep   The co-op does invest in upgrading
the cost of doing business in line, while making the      equipment and facilities to obtain the
most of each asset. The bottom line records total net     best return on financial capital.
savings of $320,448, which was earned on total sales        Even more importantly, the people
of $3,896,034. And, total sales were up 21% over the      who work at the co-op are dedicated
previous year.                                            to meeting the needs of members,
 Business is good – not necessarily easy – but good.      while also keeping the bottom line
                                                          in the black, according to Mosby.
  The financial performance is notable for many           Without a doubt, the financial
reasons. The Embden co-op’s main station isn’t            performance can be attributed to
located on a major highway or in a large town. In fact,   careful management of assets and
the community lost rail service years ago. The co-op      costs, employees who work well as a
doesn’t have a large, modern convenience store. Also,     team, and loyal members.
the ever-present competition – Fleet Farm and Wal-
Mart – are less than a 30-minute drive for the co-op’s      Just six employees keep the co-op
                                                                                              Bob Mosby, manager of Farmers Union Oil Company of Embden, changes an
patrons.                                                  running: Manager Mosby; Darryl
                                                                                              alternator in the co-op’s shop. Providing services that best meet the needs of
                                                          Hansen, who handles bulk petroleum
 Yet the co-op isn’t just getting by, it is thriving.                                         members keeps the co-op’s bottom line in the black.
                                                          sales; Jeremy Puhr, the fertilizer
Manager Bob Mosby says the co-op avoids debt,             plant manager; Paulette Anderson,                          Mosby’s entire career has been with cooperatives,
                                                                                                                   either in management or agronomy. He has worked
                                                                                                                   in co-ops at Hope, Medina, Devils Lake, Casselton,
                                                                                                                   Glendive, MT, and Valley City, where he first hired
                                                                                                                   on in 1974. He has managed the Embden co-op since
                                                                                                                   2003. The working manager jokes, “I have a white
                                                                                                                   shirt... I haven’t worn it one day.”
                                                                                                                      Farmers Union Oil Company of Embden remains
                                                                                                                    financially solid because it is the right size for its market
                                                                                                                    area. Mosby knows many co-ops are considering
                                                                                                                    mergers as one way to increase their financial strength.
                                                                                                                    “The economics of scale is scary,” said Mosby. For the
                                                                                                                    immediate future, the Embden co-op will continue to
                                                                                                                    follow a business plan that works: keep overall costs
                                                                                                                    under control, cross-train employees to keep a unified
                                                                                                                    and dedicated team, provide services most needed by
                                                                                                                    members, and encourage the members to make the
                                                                                                                    most of their ownership in the co-op.

May 2008                                                                                                                                        Page 14
                                                                                                                           Union Farmer
                                                                                                                             Co-op Roundups

Annual reports reveal co-op challenges, successes
                                                                                                                        during the past year. President Steven Peters called
                                                          Harlow Co-op Elevator                                         the meeting to order and introduced the board
                                                            Blaine Christianson of Christianson & Associates            members: Vice President Randy Benson, Secretary
                                                          presented the audit. The co-op had a net income of            Cordell Beaver, and Directors Lee Bertsch, Bradyn
                                                          $438,582. The co-op paid out $51,872 in patronage             Henderson, Todd Oakland and Dan Boe. President
                                                          refunds to members. This money is returned to the             Peters said the co-op purchased a new dryer and
                                                          local economy. President David Sears told patrons it          added more grain bins to increase storage capacity.
                                                          can be very easy for elevators to lose money when the         The co-op surpassed its goal of selling one million
                                                          markets are so volatile. Kathy Knatterud of the North         gallons of fuel through the Cardtrol pumps. He said
                                                          Dakota Farmers Union Field Staff gave a report on             the co-op had a good year and that it had lowered the
                                                          the farm organization’s programs and achievements.            stock retirement age from 78 to age 72. The co-op
                                                          Manager Myron Uttermark thanked the board of                  paid out $601,679 to estates and retired stock in the
                                                          directors, the truckers and the patrons for helping           amount of $139,753 this past year. Peters thanked
                                                          to make this a successful year for the co-op. He              the employees for their hard work and dedication.
                                                          recognized the employees and thanked them for all             Manager Mike Gratton told patrons the co-op faced
                                                          their hard work and dedication. He told patrons that          numerous challenges this past year, although overall
                                                          2007 had been a frustrating, yet rewarding year. He           it was a rewarding year for everyone. “We are running
                                                          said many farmers watched crop prices increase, but           a business and we need to look ahead and not back,”
                                                          they were unable to take advantage of higher prices,          he said. “We need to know how much product to order
                                                          as they did not have crops left to sell. Uttermark said       so that we can have what you need when you need
                                                          that the co-op is limited to the amount of bushels it         it. This means we need to order months in advance.”
                                                          can handle and ship, which makes grain marketing              He said the co-op, which loaded 2,686 railcars last
                                                          more difficult. Keith Smith and David Sears were              year, switched to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and
                                                          both re-elected to three-year terms on the board.             the service has worked well. The co-op is shipping
Rugby-Towner Wolford Farmers Union                        Westhope-Souris Bottineau Farmers
                                                                                                                        more bushels, but using fewer trains because of larger
                                                                                                                        capacity cars and more efficient service. Gratton also
Oil Company                                               Union Oil Company                                             thanked employees for their efforts and dedication. He
  Curt Ablfalter, CHS Member Services, presented                                                                        said the co-op will invest in equipment and facilities
the audit. He reported sales of $32,655,510 (an             Mike Sellnow of CHS presented the audit. The                upgrades to make everything run more efficiently and
increase of 12%). The cooperative posted net savings      company had total net savings of $440,247. The                better meet the needs of patrons. Steven Peters was
of $1,310,543 and paid $301,500 in cash to members        company paid out $90,501 in cash in patronage refunds         re-elected to the board. Dana Westemeier elected to
in the form of patronage refunds. This money is           at the annual meeting. This money is returned to the          replace Todd Oakland, who was not eligible to run for
returned to the local economy. President Philip           local economy. President Paul Berge introduced the            another term.
Volk called the meeting to order and introduced           officers and directors: Vice President Keith Stratton,
the board: Vice President Steve Fritel, Secretary-        Secretary-Treasurer Glenn Bliss and Directors Terry           Maddock Farmers Union Oil
Treasurer Marie Marshall, and Directors R’Jay Paul,       McDonald and Matt Lodoen. Manager Kevin Schroeder               John Martin of Hennen & Associates presented the
Wayne Slaubaugh, Scott Johnson and Andy Fedje.            told patrons energy prices keep going up because of the       audit. The co-op recorded net savings of $251,781,
Guests present included Manager Rich Lervik of            volatility in the crude oil market. He said inventories are   and paid out $40,000 in cash in patronage refunds
Willow City Farmers Union Oil Company, and Kathy          higher than ever and that it’s not a supply-and-demand        to members. President Tom Gilbertson called the
Knatterud of the North Dakota Farmers Union Field         market; rather, investors are are keeping the prices high.    77th annual meeting to order and introduced Vice
Staff. Vice President Fritel said several purchases had   Shroeder said the co-op continues to replace equipment        President Robert Buckmier, Secretary-Treasurer
been made by the cooperative this past year to help       and update facilities to better serve members. He thanked     Mark Kallenbach and Directors John Benson and
improve the efficiency of the operation at all three      the employees for their hard work and the patrons for         Ron Erickson. Manager Joe Engels recognized the
facilities. Fritel, who serves on the CHS, Inc. board,    their continued loyalty to the co-op. Glenn Bliss was         employees. He said the co-op will have to keep a close
gave an update on the regional cooperative’s financial    re-elected to the board.                                      watch on the accounts receivable, given the high costs
performance. Manager Tony Bernhardt told members                                                                        of fertilizer and fuel. Kathy Knatterud of the North
success doesn’t come easy. He thanked members for         North Central Grain Co-op                                     Dakota Farmers Union Field Staff gave a report on
their patronage. He said the co-op has been challenged      Mark Engelhart of Eide Bailly presented the audit.          the farm organization’s programs and achievements.
in knowing when to purchase fuel, gas and fertilizer      The co-op had net savings of $2,711,335, and paid             President Gilbertson thanked the patrons for their
months in advance in order to have it available when      out $1,068,398 in cash in patronage refunds at the            loyalty and the officers and directors for their hard
members need it. R’Jay Paul and Steve Fritel were re-     annual meeting. This money is returned to the local           work and dedication. Mark Kallenbach and Tom
elected to the board.                                     economy. The co-op handled 11,285,216 bushels                 Gilbertson both were re-elected to three-year terms.

USDA to visit North Dakota ag operations during June Area Survey
  During the upcoming June Area Survey, the               in-depth look at land uses and agricultural activities,       estimation programs. The survey provides direct data,
North Dakota Field Office of the USDA’s National          the survey provides the most timely, accurate and             or is a critical component, for a host of NASS reports,
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be out        useful information on the current condition of U.S.
and about accounting for approximately 39.4 million                                                                     including: the monthly Crop Production report, annual
                                                          agriculture. Understanding that the information we
square miles of land throughout the state. As part of                                                                   Acreage report and inventory reports for cattle, hogs
                                                          gather is only as good as the source it comes from,
the nationwide survey, NASS representatives will be                                                                     and pigs, and sheep and goats.
                                                          we are counting on the most reliable, frontline
knocking on the doors of producers on selected tracts     source of information for this survey - the producers           As with all NASS surveys, information provided by
of land to collect information about their land uses      themselves,” added Jantzi.                                    respondents is confidential by law. “NASS safeguards
and agricultural activities.                                                                                            the confidentiality of all responses and publishes
                                                            NASS will collect information on crop acreage,
  “The June Area Survey is one of the largest and         biotech crop acreage, grain stocks, livestock                 only state and national level data, ensuring that no
most comprehensive surveys conducted each year            inventory, cash rents, land values, and value of sales.       individual operation or producer can be identified,”
by NASS,” explained Darin Jantzi, Director of the         The information from the June Area Survey will be             stated Jantzi. All reports are available on the NASS
NASS North Dakota Field Office. “By providing an          used extensively by NASS in its ongoing survey and            web site:
Page 15                                                                                                                                      May 2008
Union Farmer               Other Voices

As Yogi Berra would say:                                                                  Grassroots’ anti-ethanol
It’s déjà vu all over again                                                               campaign astro-turf
by Daryll E. Ray • Director of University of Tennessee’s Ag Policy Center
                                                                                          by Alan Guebert • The Farm and Food File
  Times of crisis often shine a bright light on long-standing problems. That was
                                                                                             According to two documents posted on Sen. Charles Grassley’s, R-IA,
just as true in 1974 as it is today.
                                                                                          congressional website, the “grassroots” anti-ethanol media blitz that’s hitched
  In mid-1974, agricultural commodity prices were triple the level of two years           today’s climbing food prices to farmer-backed biofuels is as fake as astro-turf.
earlier and concern was raised that malnutrition in developing countries was on
                                                                                               Indeed, Grassley explained to Senate colleagues during his May 15
the rise. Currently we are in a similar situation, agricultural commodity prices are
                                                                                          endorsement of the new farm bill, “It turns out that a $300,000, six-month
two-and-one-half times the level they were at the start of this recent surge in prices
                                                                                          retainer of a Beltway public relations firm is behind the smear campaign, hired
and the portion of the world’s malnourished is on the rise.
                                                                                          by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.”
  To put the current circumstances in perspective, we find it helpful to look back at
                                                                                            True, the grocery gang–a wealthy lobby of over 300 food and beverage
the earlier crisis and see what lessons can be learned. The World Food Conference
                                                                                          makers and marketers like Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing, Dean Foods and
met in Rome in November, 1974 as agricultural prices hovered near their peak and
                                                                                          ConAgra–made, then marketed, today’s highly believable, highly fake food vs.
people were dying as the result of famines, particularly in Bangladesh.
                                                                                          fuel debate. And how they did it, according to the Grassley-posted documents,
  The goal of the conference was to “develop [the] ways and means whereby                 was as simple as hiring a Washington PR firm, The Glover Park Group, and
the international community, as a whole, could take specific action to resolve the        writing a check. (GMA’s call to arms can be read at
world food problem within the broader context of development and international            public/releases/2008/05152008.pdf and Glover Park’s 26-page battle plan is
economic cooperation.”                                                                    posted at
  In the Conference report to the United Nations (               Taken together, the revealing memos are today’s tried-and-true recipe for
FAORLC-41001WorldFoodConference.doc), representatives of 135 states adopted               public policy: A wealthy special interest cooks up a batch of anti-whatever
the “Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition. The             Kool-Aid through careful and creative use of facts. Then media experts like
goal established was to eradicate “hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition within        Glover Park carry the Kool-Aid to “elite” opinion shapers – newspaper editors,
a decade” (                                                 pundits, Internet bloggers – who dispense it to the thirsty public for free.
  The goal was not met and, in the intervening decades, the issues of hunger and            The masses, looking for a cure to $4 milk and $5 corn flakes, take a sip and,
malnutrition have often fallen off the radar screen of the media and the general          Presto!, their tired eyes light up with clear understanding and ethanol becomes
public. It takes a devastating famine or a price spike like the current one to garner     the worst idea since the pockets in underwear.
the world’s attention, and even that attention could be fleeting.
                                                                                            Why would 300 of the world’s largest, richest food companies (many of
  No matter what one thinks about the advisability of using crops for the production      which are foreign-based) have their Washington hired gun take aim at ethanol?
of biofuels, the current crisis culminating in food riots in more than 30 countries,      The answer is, of course, money. The higher prices GMA’s members are now
did not develop in just the last 24 months. It has been a long time in the making         paying for basic inputs like corn, soy, wheat, milk and rice have moved their
and the challenges are far more profound than the “food vs. fuel” debate makes it         cost curves up and their profit curves down. It’s an intolerable trend, and
seem.                                                                                     something needed to be done.
  Even if no corn were to be used for ethanol production, over 800 million people           Since the grocery gang cannot influence global commodity production and
around the world would suffer from malnutrition.                                          prices, the easiest “influence” path to take is public policy: Undermine “the
  Much of the 1974 World Food Conference report could have been written today             primary reason” for today’s higher food prices, explains the March 4 GMA
with the dates and some specifics replaced. Recommendations were made, but here           memo, the mandated “2007 Energy Bill requiring gasoline refiners to blend 15
we are over three decades later and many of the recommendations have not been             billion gallons of corn ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply by 2015.”
implemented. Some of the declarations in the report are very telling.                       Doing so, however, is tricky business. The gang prefers to be seen as white
  One of the declarations recognized the importance of water for food production          hats fighting for lower food prices, not black hats protecting profits and
and said, “action should be taken to promote a rational exploitation of these             marketshare. That means someone else must carry the fight. And, as its memo
resources, preferably for direct human consumption, in order to contribute to             explains, it knows just the right folks.
meeting the food requirements of all people.”                                               “Develop a global center-left coalition of environmental, hunger, food aid,
  In the context of the 1970s, the words “preferably for direct human consumption”        poverty, development, senior, children, business, nutrition, farm, consumer and
had real significance. Grain-fed cattle were seen as competitors of the world’s poor      labor groups” movement to “amplify the links between (biofuel) mandates and
in the marketplace for grain. People were being urged to eat less meat so that            food prices.”
starving people could be fed.                                                               Within 48 hours, Glover Park, a PR firm with tight links to Congressional
  The analog in today’s climate is the call for the elimination of biofuels that are      Democrats, answers the call with an extraordinary media plan to sell “a federal
made from edible agricultural products like grains and oilseeds. The assumption in        agency-level or legislative solution to the economically, environmentally and
both cases is that any grain not fed to meat animals or biofuel plants will become        socially untenable ethanol policies now in place…”
used to reduce the food problems of the 800-900 million malnourished people in              Within weeks, anti-ethanol seeds, bought by GMA and planted by Glover Park,
the world.                                                                                take root. Everyone from the New York Times to World Bank President Robert
   In a perfect world, that would be completely true. But, in the world we live in,       Zoellick is linking American ethanol to starving Sudanese children or worse.
it is a little more complicated than that. The cost of production of a bushel of corn       But wait. Aren’t other, more powerful market forces – global grain demand
in the US plus transportation to developing countries is greater than many of the         outpacing production seven of the last nine years, crude oil prices 500 percent
800-900 million malnourished can afford to pay. The more permanent problem is             taller than 10 years ago, inclement weather – propelling grain prices more than
the lack of purchasing power, or the ability to grow their own food.                      U.S. ethanol?
  By the late 1970s when production costs soared past the market price for                  Sure, but don’t tell the grocery gang. Falling profit margins, not honesty,
agricultural commodities, farmers fed their grain to chickens, pigs, and cattle in        is behind their nasty, divisive campaign. Even worse, these truth-challenged
an attempt to enhance the value of their raw material through on-farm further             food giants are using the poorest of the poor, “…hunger, food aid, poverty,
processing. Likewise the corn-ethanol plants were a response to the below-the-            development, senior, children,” to reclaim their fat margins.
cost-of-production prices that farmers were receiving in the late 1990s.
                                                                                           In a town long-known for its shameless demagogues, these folks take the cake.
                                                                   P 19: Daryll E Ray

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                                                                                          FOR SALE: ’71 Ford F250 w/48’                 FOR SALE: 2002 JD 930F flexhead
  NDFU Classifieds                                                                        sprayer, 300 gal. tank w/Honda motor
                                                                                                                                                                                      .FOR SALE: Summers super sprayer,
                                                                                                                                        low acres, shedded, $17,000; AgShield         65’, 3 pt. tractor mount, left & right
  PO Box 2136 • Jamestown ND 58402-2136                                                   on pump, great shape, new tires,              canola pusher 30’ w/transport trailer,        boom individual lift, shedded; 30A
  Email: • Fax: 701-252-6584                                             $1,250; 2- 8 bottom Melroe plows, good        $9,000; Beline granular app. complete         Hesston stacker, shedded; 4-row cult.,
                                                                                          shape, $1,500 ea.; parting out 1482           w/hose & monitor, $250; Raven 440
  Deadline for next month is: June 16                                                     IHC combine & 760 MF $400 Vers.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Danish tines, 3 pt.; 8-row cult., Danish
                                                                                                                                        sprayer monitor, $700; JD 250 sprayer         tines, 3 pt., 3 30 bu. creep feeders;
                                                                                          swather. Ph: 370-1311 or 256-5076.            cart, $1,500; 12 radial soybean cups          100 bu. steel box grain wagon on 4
                                                                                          Von Christianson, Langdon.                    for JD 7200 or 7300 planter, $1,000;          wheel running gear; ’78 Chevy 3/4
                                                                                          FOR SALE: Elec. ignition for 400 Case         7 transitions for full floor air & 1 elec.    tn. pickup; 210 Int. swather, shedded;
                                                                                          tractor, might fit other tractors, replaces   heater to fit 5 hp Keho fans, $50 ea.; 2      Case 4100 30 1/2’ vibra shank cult. w/
                                                                                                                                        - 75 gal. aux. fuel tanks w/steel stand,
Farm Equipment                               Farm Equipment                               points & condenser, new still in box,
                                                                                          sold tractor, will sell for 1/2 price of      $75; 1 set of Fargo drill markers w/hose
                                                                                                                                                                                      Dakota applicator; 700 Int. moldboard
                                                                                                                                                                                      plow 8 bottom 16” each, auto reset w/
FOR SALE: ’86 Massey 860 combine,                                                         new. Ph: 256-2406. Richard Hamann,            & control, $1,800; pallet forks for JD        packer. Ph: 996-3361. LeRoy Throlson,
                                             FOR SALE: Antique 1948 GMC 2 ton
V8 hydro w/long unload auger, 9024 st.                                                    Langdon.                                      740 loader, $1,500; rock shaft for JD         Sheyenne.
                                             truck w/twin cul. hoist. Ph: 445-7325
header, 9001 pickup head w/o pickup,                                                                                                    1000 series cult. $150. Ph: 247-3058 or
                                             evenings. Peter Urlacher, St. Anthony.       FOR SALE: 410 MH combine, 6 cyl.                                                            FOR SALE: IHC grain trucks, twin
chaff spreader & chopper, approx.                                                                                                       259-2443. John Steffan, Michigan.
                                                                                          Chevy motor, ready for corn, 4 row                                                          screw, 20’ box w/hoist & tarp; 12-2557
                                             FOR SALE: IHC #46 small square
3,400 hrs., good shape; 80’ Summers 2                                                     narrow head, Sund pickup, 16’ straight        FOR SALE: 20’ Morris drill w/track            quality 8820 JD combines, 3,312 - 4,824
                                             balers; NH #1000 stackliner, hyd. bale
pt. sprayer, 500 gal. tank, dual nozzles,                                                 cab & air; Gleaner C combine cab, good        wacker mounted on the drills w/the            hrs., JD pickup, rigid & flex headers, w/
                                             wagon w/Stelter hyd., push off, both
hyd. tip lifts, foam marker, Raven                                                        motor, Sund pickup, $500 obo, 18’ IHC         transport, good cond., $1,000; Hesston        wo air reels; combine & header parts;
                                             machines in very good cond., always
SCS 440 controller, good shape. Ph:                                                       vibrashank, 8/6/5 bottom Melroe plows;        hay conditioner, 14’, good cond.,             diesel grain trucks; 12-255/70 R 22.5 16
                                             been shedded & used little for many
755-3254 evenings. Mitchell Bures.                                                        Heston 30 B stockhand. Ph: 223-9525.          $2,000; NH hay conditioner, 12’, fair         ply lowboy tires,; 6-22.5” Bud wheels;
                                             years; IHC 5 wheel hay rake w/hyd lift,
FOR SALE: 1982 JD 4440 tractor r.s.,                                                      Jim Silbernagel, Bismarck.                    cond., $1,800. Ph: 848-2285. Jerry            header trailers. Ph: 247-2872. Bernard
                                             good. Ph: 584-2282. Don Mueller, New
4,700 hrs.; 1975 truck Ford 600, 48,000                                                                                                 Landers, Kenmare.                             Doyle, Lakota.
                                             Leipzig.                                     FOR SALE: 24’ MF PTO swather; 914
miles, roll tarp. Ph: 925-5853. Vernon                                                    IH combine, both in good cond. Ph:            FOR SALE: 6 bottom White semi                 FOR SALE: 8-row JD cult. row crop;
                                             FOR SALE: 1982 IH 1460 combine,
Tanberg, Noonan.                                                                          465-0233. Rodney Schatz, Drake.               mount plow, can be set at either 16”          8-row 30 IH row crop cult.; 8-row
                                             3,860 hrs., 810 pickup head Melroe
FOR SALE: 260 Owatonna swather                                                                                                          or 18”, complete w/coulters. Ph:              IH 500 series, 3 pt. air planter, all in
                                             pickup; 22 1/2’ 810 straight header;         FOR SALE: 90’ Summers pickup
w/280 crop head, would make good                                                                                                        218-779-8429 or 701-847-2780. Ralph           good cond. Ph: 728-6765 or 720-5044.
                                             Flexicoil Model 55 sprayer, 72’, 650         sprayer w/500 gal. tank, wet booms,
parts machine, $300. Ph: 764-6410.                                                                                                      Jenson, Reynolds.                             William Klein, Norwich.
                                             gal. tank, windscreens; MF round baler;      tip lifts & Honda motor, $3,000; 70’
Casey Lund, Killdeer.                        Vers. No. 10 20’ PT swather; IH side         Western harrow, $800. Ph: 968-3134.           FOR SALE: 7”x41’ Westgo grain                 FOR SALE: 986 Int., 3,000 hrs. on
FOR SALE: 6’x20’ Triggs GN stock             delivery hay rake. Ph: 583-5178. Marc        Clinton Weisz, Cando.                         auger w/220 motor; 18.4x38 band duals         new eng.; Rowse double mower, N.H.
trailer, $1,500; 9’ Leon universal dozer,    Greening, Wales.                                                                           w/tires & hardware; straw chopper for         heads & sickles; 12’ offset Massey disc;
                                                                                          FOR SALE: ’76 IHC 1566 w/black
$1,000; 185 bu. Concord tow between                                                                                                     6600-6620 JD combines. Ph: 677-5814.          “Gopher Getter” machine, 3 pt., nearly
                                             FOR SALE: 851 NH baler & a 7 bottom          stripe, 1,000 PTO, triple hyd. aux. fuel
grain cart, $3,500. Ph: 324-5212.                                                                                                       Randy Kudrna, South Heart.                    new; Int. chisel plow; Case chisel plow,
                                             Int. plow. Ph: 254-4158 or 321-2601.         tanks, 18.4x38 radial duals, low hrs. on
Kenneth Schild, Harvey.                      Joe Kelsch, Linton.                          reman eng., $6,800 obo. Ph: 624-5413.         FOR SALE: 1995 AC 918 garden                  12’ w/spikes; Gehl feeder wagon; C10
FOR SALE: 2 - 10’-16’ JD chisel                                                           Harry Hystad, Velva.                          tractor, 18 hp, hydrostatic, 50” mower,       Haybuster grinder w/reverse; 180 amp
                                             FOR SALE: JD 410 round baler,
plows, 1 w/Herman harrow; 18 1/2’                                                                                                       36” tiller, 42” snowblower, 734 hrs.,         Lincoln welder; haybasket for F10;
                                             good cond., 2 yrs. on new lower belts,       FOR SALE: 20’ of Morris M-10 drills
IH Vibra shank; flax roller, fits under                                                                                                 excellent cond., $3,000. Ph: 225-6351.        21’, 6” auger, 5 horse Wisc. eng.; 90
                                             bearings, sprockets & chains, always         has seeder weeder & transport, always
self-propelled swather; 7’ Spiral flex                                                                                                  Marilyn Wanner, Gladstone.                    gal. pickup fuel tank, hand pump; 16’
                                             shedded, makes 4’x5’ bales, weighing         been shedded, not been used in the last
coil packer; new 6620 combine hopper                                                                                                    FOR SALE: Atwood 5th wheel hitch,             electric 4” auger; Haybuster stacker
                                             approx. 800 lbs., excellent for small        5 yrs. good cond. asking $1,500, can be
cover. Ph: 223-2694. Bill Meyer,                                                                                                        fits any full size pickup, will connect       parts, teeth, rollers. Ph: 548-8171 after 7
                                             producer or hobby rancher; Hesston           seen 10 miles west of Sheyenne. Ph:
Wilton.                                                                                                                                 to any brand or size camper; JD 7000          p.m. MDT. Ben Reckard, Dunn Center.
                                             30A stackhand, makes 7’x14’ stacks that      993-8381 or 331-0185. Janet Jordre,
FOR SALE: 24’ C-20 JD field cult.            weigh 3 ton, fair cond. Ph: 938-4350.        Sheyenne.                                     planter, 12x30, liquid fert., corn and        FOR SALE: 4010 Concord air seeder,
w/wo 2 bars Lindsey harrows, nearly          Eldon Rohde, Halliday.                                                                     sunflower fingers, new belts & chains,        pull behind tank, hyd. fan, NH3 vert.
                                                                                          FOR SALE: Fuel tank for 930 Comfort
new 7” shovels; 24’ Danish tine cult.,                                                                                                  field ready; JD 105 combine, long             dams, hyd. winch, new bushings in
                                             FOR SALE: JD 912 header w/378 7              King tractor. Ph: 438-2513 evenings.
4” shovels, both have drill hitch & hyd.                                                                                                unloading auger, hopper extensions,           shanks & packer wheel pivots, spare
                                             belt Melroe pickup, $2,000; IHC 6200         Kevin Bachmeier, Sheyenne.                    air cond., 23.1x26 tires, nice cond.
folding wings, makes good seeding                                                                                                                                                     wheels & tires, misc. parts; 4840 MF
                                             series drill discs, shoe & mounting arms     FOR SALE: 3970 JD chopper, sell as            always shedded; Vers. 580 sprayer, 500
outfit, good shape, $250 choice plus                                                                                                                                                  4wd., 7,470 hrs., lower end overhaul,
                                             for 24’ of drill, $150; 1,100 gal. plastic   parts (some new parts). Ph: 374-5451.         gal. plastic tank, bottom fill, 10 gal./A.
harrows; hyd. end gate drill fill w/                                                                                                                                                  plumbed & wired for above air seeder,
                                             water tank, $100; Morris rod weeder,         Larry Schauer, Ashley.                        stainless steel tips, hyd. Hypro pump,
folding auger, $250; 3 PTO track eraser;                                                                                                                                              23.1x34 tires; 2 670 gal. fuel tanks on
                                             24’, $150; Case IHC 9’ mower $2,000.                                                       3” boom sections, on/off switches, field
20’ JD 9350 drills, good shape. Ph:                                                       FOR SALE: ’90 Freightliner, 350                                                             stand; trailer w/1,000 gal. water tank
                                             Ph: 685-2269. Alan Bergman, Jud.                                                           ready. Ph: 593-6397. Dennis Erickson,
644-2735. Jim Rice, Fairdale.                                                             Cat eng.; 1994 hog trailer 48’; 1980                                                        w/3” pump; JD 41’ 1610 chisel plow;
                                             FOR SALE: ’01 Summers 2 pt. sprayer,         JD swather, 12’ also extra for parts;         Lankin.                                       20’ Vers. swather, new canvas, transport.
FOR SALE: Letz 163 burr mill; steel          500 gal., 60’ booms, windscreens, triple     1987 Richland drag harrow, 40’; 1992          FOR SALE: JD 7700 combine for parts,          Ph: 339-1399. Dennis Gullickson,
posts; 120 7’ U posts; used Schulte RS       nozzles & foam marker, raven control,        Case IH 6200, 24’ press drill w/vigoter       good tires 20.8 x 26. Ph: 447-2485.           Bowbells.
hyd. rock picker; F10 Farmhand w/            $7,500. Ph: 679-2212 or 337-6158.
weigh all Snoco bale loader; h.d. Russell                                                 shank; 1981 Case IH 1086 tractor w/           Gary Presser, Mercer.                         FOR SALE: N.H. 855 baler, completely
                                             Trevor Kohler, Benedict.                     woods loader; 1989 Vicon 6 wheel rake,
Reliance grader, 10’; IHC 8’ dump rake;                                                                                                 FOR SALE: 9 wheel Gehl rake, ready            rebuilt 3,600 bales ago, tires excellent,
10’ h.d. V packer; 5 bottom packer w/        FOR SALE: 4 spd. Ford trans., pressure       hyd.; 1976 Case tractor, 1570; 1984 IH        to go to the field; 6 1/2’x20’ gooseneck      h.d. custom made pickup bands, 540
hitch; 8 steel grain bins, 1,000-12,400      tank (bladder type), 5.7 fuel inj. pump,     Case 5500 chisel plow, 30’ windmill.          Titan stock trailer. Ph: 263-4243. Norris     pto. hyd. tie. Ph: 226-5260. Clark
bu. w/steel floor; 12’ long utility poles;   70 Oliver head & misc. parts; 2 14’          Ph: 878-4879. Bennie Schneider,               Knutson, Dunseith.                            Brown, Baldwin.
6’ JD combine w/2 cyl. motor & ground        MF swather concaves (used) & misc.           Richardton.                                                                                 FOR SALE: Homemade double
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: Reese mower/swather for
driven reel, new & used 10:0020 truck        parts. Ph: 794-3477. Chris Holwagner,        FOR SALE: IH Farmall M, runs good,                                                          mower, made w/JD #8 & #38 mowers;
                                                                                                                                        sale: 1 new, 1 slightly used, 4 drums w/3
tires; IHC 2 row hyd. cult. for H or M;      Center.                                      looks 50 yrs. old, hyd. pump added on                                                       Farmex grain moisture tester w/case,
                                                                                                                                        blades per drum, 10”3’ cutting width,
Peterson dual rims 18.4-34 to 23.1-30.       FOR SALE: Motor for a B160 IHC 1             to PTO, runs a wide front end bucket,         puts hay in 2 swaths for faster drying,       $100 obo.; Vermeer 605 Super G round
Ph: 584-2025. Elmer Lemke, Bentley.          1/2T, 1958 model complete w/starter &        $1,900. Ph: 847-3045. Ken Monson,             cuts almost anything, requires 70 hp.         baler, $1,500; ’78 IHC 1460 combine,
                                             generator, trans. for 160 IHC motor is a     Reynolds.                                                                                   new tires, air foil sleeve, chaff spreader;
FOR SALE: AC W045 gas tractor,                                                                                                          tractor w/good hyd., no gears, 100%
                                             Green Diamond; 1927 Farmall reg., had                                                      efficient on pivot irrigation, tough,         13’ 810 header w/378 Melroe pickup.
wide front, almost new rear tires &                                                       FOR SALE: 2-row Int. corn planter,
                                             work done on it, runs, David Bradley                                                       minimal maintenence. Ph: 863-6882.            Ph: 547-2560. Skeet Ehni, Fessenden.
tubes, good tin work, motor needs                                                         wire marker, fully complete, parade
overhaul; antique tractors, some have        mower on it, lots of old machinery for       item, $275; 2 E-Z brand tow bars, $45;        Dale Orf, Grassy Butte.                       FOR SALE: ’76 4630 JD tractor, 3
steel wheels. Ph: 626-7627. LaVerne          iron or can be used, make offer. Ph:         5th wheel black metal end gate for Ford                                                     hyd., 3 pt. w/690 Leon loader w/joystick,
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: Kongskilde Grain Vac w/
Anderson, Voltaire.                          944-2473. Warren Samuelson, Adams.           4500. Ph: 663-5978, evenings. Harley                                                        good tires; ’90 6620 JD combine,
                                                                                                                                        all pipes and hoses, always shedded,
FOR SALE: 100 - 16’ JD chisel                FOR SALE: ’79 - 914 IHC combine              Schaner, Mandan.                              like new; JD 5 bottom 14” plow                chaff spreader, airflow sieve, 5 belt
plows, 1 w/Herman harrow; 18 1/2’ IH         w/Melroe pickup; 15’ #400 Versatile                                                        w/5 coulters, good cond., Melroe              JD header, 222 JD straight header; 24’
                                                                                          FOR SALE: ’67 5000 Ford row crop
vibra shank; flax roller, fits under self-   swather w/Ford eng.; 35’ Versatile grain                                                   6-bottom 16” h.d. plow, good cond., JD        JD cultivator w/Valmar, new flexi coil
                                                                                          gas tractor, serial #200328, T.P. fairly
propelled swather; 7’ flex coil spiral       auger; 1970 - 826 IHC tractor w/German                                                     vibrashank, 18’ wide, sides fold up. Ph:      drags; Morris 36’ Challenger field cult.,
                                                                                          new rubber; 1 packer; 35’ Melroe
packer; new 6620 combine hopper              eng. & Farmhand 235 loader w/8’              harrow manual left; JD T.P, 16’ cult.,        824-2084. Simon Kuehn, Mott.                  9” space, new teeth on Morris drag; 8”
cover. Ph: 223-2694. Bill Meyer,             bucket & grapple fork. Ph: 438-2482.         new spikes gauge wheels; 2 - 7’ Int.                                                        transfer electric auger. Ph: 467-3223.
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: 2440 JD tractor w/JD 148
Wilton.                                      Milton Wisness, Maddock.                     drills, new disks & wheel scrapers; JD                                                      Mark Jensen, Kenmare.
                                                                                                                                        loader w/8’ & 5’ bucket, 3 pt. pto., 16.9 x
FOR SALE: 850 NH baler, new floor,           FOR SALE: 90’ Summers pull type              2 row potato planter T.P.; 2 Ford 8’          24 rear tires, rear wheel weights, heavy      FOR SALE: 35 Massey swather, 25’,
new sides, updated chains, above             sprayer w/wind screens, 1,000 gal.           cults., 1 for corn scheels; JD 14’ disc,      duty front axle, canopy, shuttle trans.,      been shedded until last fall, good shape,
average, works excellent, $1,200 obo.        tank, elec. controls, $2,500 firm. Ph:       H.D. on rubber; 10’ Int. dump rake. Ph:       3,220 hrs., very nice. Ph: 572-2418 or        $700. Ph: 244-5728. Joe Bogusloawski,
Ph: 685-2432. Derek Forsman, Jud.            497-3881. John Bartleson, Plaza.             445-7462. Clemens Fleck, Solen.               770-6820. Verdean Peterson, Williston         Dunseith.

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Farm Equipment                                Vehicles                                     Vehicles                                     Miscellaneous                                 Miscellaneous
FOR SALE: 7721 JD pull-type                   FOR SALE: ’93 RX7 Cougar, 43K                FOR SALE: Classic ’88 Ford Bronco            FOR SALE: Craftsman lathe, 6”x16”,            FOR SALE: David Bradley 8’ tandem
combine, many new parts, stored inside.       original, V6, leather, 28 MPG, run           II, 5 spd., 6 cyl., 2.9 liter eng., fuel     4 jaw chuck, 3 jaw chuck, lots of attach.,    disc, good for gardens and trees, $175;
Ph: 824-3325. Lee Grotz, Mott.                around miles. Ph: 435-2441. Terry            injected, air, cruise, tilt, perfect body,   Model 10121400. Ph: 284-6528. Harlen          30 clear glass blocks, 8”, $1 each; 60
FOR SALE: 7’ JD grass mower w/                McMillan, Wimbledon.                         can be seen in Bismarck. Ph: 389-0291        Grovom, Park River.                           serrated glass blocks, 50¢ each; 300 gal.
mounted brackets, good cond. Ph:              FOR SALE: ’86 Ford F150, 4x4                 after 3 p.m. Marvin Kossan, Bottineau.                                                     gas tank on stand, $60; 2 yard hydrants,
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: Over 100 treated wood
584-3253. Clyde Ruff, New Leipzig.            pickup, auto, 5.8 liter, 5th wheel plate,    FOR SALE: ’42 Chevy Suburban,                                                              $10 each. Ph: 252-1492. Vic Legler,
                                                                                                                                        posts (sharpened); Lincoln grease
                                              new tires, asking $2,500 obo. Ph:            Z71 1500, buckets front and rear, third                                                    Jamestown.
FOR SALE: Farmhand all hyd. loader                                                                                                      louver w/pumps; Forney arc welder w/
w/hay basket, pushoff & grapple fork,         797-3582 or 789-0802 anytime. Leo            seat bench, sunroof, American racing         supplies. Ph: 725-4946. Lyle Waswick,         FOR SALE: 8’ x 12’ garden shed on
$500; Model 10G Haybuster grinder,            Johnson, Cooperstown.                        wheels, auto start, 60,000 miles, white/     Des Lacs.                                     skids, $875. Ph: 952-2731. Don Wenaas,
$350; 20’ Vers. cult., $300; 8 row                                                         gray leather, $18,500, sharp; ’02 IH                                                       Jamestown.
                                              FOR SALE: ’93 Ford Ranger, new                                                            FOR SALE: 1995 AC 918 garden
                                                                                           94001 72” sleeper, Eagle package, C15                                                      FOR SALE: 2 antique hand operated
rear mount corn cult., $400; 12’ wheel        trans. Ph: 374-5451. Larry Schauer,                                                       tractor, 18 hp, hydrostatic, 50” mower,
                                                                                           Cat engine, jake brake, 10 spd. Alum.                                                      grain (Hero & Clipper) cleaners (can
carried disc, $200; truck frame w/20’         Ashley.                                                                                   36” tiller, 42” snowblower, 734 hrs.,
                                                                                           steer, steel rear, air slide 5th wheel,
wood spoke wheels, make offer; 10                                                                                                       excellent cond., $3,000. Ph: 225-6351.        also be w/elec. motors). Ph: 597-3730
                                              FOR SALE: ’78 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup             1 owner fleet truck, $25,500; 4-2000
Surge orbit milkers, 10 weigh meters,                                                                                                   Marilyn Wanner, Gladstone.                    or email Larry
                                              w/4 spd. trans, $1,000. Ph: 968-3134.        Volvo VNL 610 61” sleepers, S 60
numerous free stalls, make offer. Ph:                                                                                                   FOR SALE: 5’ T-steel posts. Ph:               Nagel, Shields.
                                              Clinton Weisz, Cando.                        Detroit eng., jake brake, 10 spd. 2/alum.
273-4881. Ted De Krey, Tappen.                                                                                                          332-6650. Frank Wangler, Kintyre.             FOR SALE: New Elvis fabric, 43”
                                              FOR SALE: ATVs ’04 Kawasaki, 700             wheels, 2 w/steel wheels, air slide 5th
WANTED: Grain tender to fit in truck                                                       wheel, 1 owner fleet truck, $21,500. Ph:     FOR SALE: 1979 Glastron 17’ boat,             x119”, make offer; West Bend auto.
                                              Prairie green, 651 miles, $3,950; 1997
box for fert. and seed, complete and                                                       739-0758. David Lee, Devils Lake.            305 Chevy, transom exhaust, open bow,         coffeemaker, used twice, $14; Sunbeam
                                              Polaris 500 Explorer, red, 2750 miles
good cond. Ph: 465-3776. Bonnie                                                                                                         ready to go, $2,500. Ph: 685-2432.            Deluxe Mixmaster, new cond., $55. Ph:
                                              w/60” plow & winch, $2,750; 2001             GIVEAWAY: Tommy Lift mounted
Vollmer, Anamoose.                                                                                                                      Derek Forsman, Jud.                           839-8897. Darlene Levchenko, Minot.
                                              Polaris 90 Scrambler, red, $1,200; 4 ea.     on F250, take off & it is yours. Ph:
WANTED: Used 14.9x38 tractor tires.           ITP aluminum wheels to fit Kawasaki          237-6954. Harold Johnson, Fargo.             FOR SALE: My grandmother’s                    FOR SALE: 32’ alum. boat dock on
Ph: 252-4115. Gerald Ova, Buchanan.           & Mule, Suzuki twin peaks, CanAm w/          WANTED: Access or Lorado roll-               fainting couch, about 95-100 yrs. old,        wheels, 4’ wide plywood deck, $700.
WANTED: Fuel tank for a 930 Case              Goodyear Rawhides, like new, $400;           up Tonneau cover and grill guard w/          burnt orange crushed velvet w/oak trim,       Ph: 626-7415. Wally Johnson, Voltaire.
Comfort King tractor. Ph: 438-2513            4 ea. Badland radial tires, 25-10-12,        brush guard for Chevy or GMC pickup          The arms can lay down or up, very good        FOR SALE: ’93 Yar-Craft 2050; ’89
evenings. Kevin Bachmeier, Sheyenne.          25-8-12 like new, $300; Western              ’88-99, full size box. Ph: 683-5013.         cond., needs good home. Ph: 385-4847.         Yamaha ProV 150 hp.; ’88 Yamaha FT9,
                                              Platinum stainless steel nerf bars, 2006     Travis Bultema.                              Sandra Wallstrum, Kenmare.                    9 Elf, 4 stroke, elec. start; Minnkota
WANTED: 1630 or 1640 JD disk for
parts; JD 400 mower for parts & JD            or newer 4 dr. Ford F150 pickup, $195.                                                    FOR SALE: Outboard Honda motor,               7655 MX Bowmount, motor guide,
4020 for parts. Ph: 724-6405. David           Ph: 388-5852. Loren Langerud, Fargo.                                                      like new, 75-100, good fishing motor.         37# thrust transom, full canvas on boat,
Fiala, Forman.                                FOR SALE: ’91 Chrysler Imperial,                                                          Ph: 448-2440. Mathilda Hofer-Flemmer,         custom road cover, cooler under left fr.
                                              135,000, PW, PL, AM-FM cassette, 4                                                        Turtle Lake.                                  seat, tandem trailer, new tires, 2 depth
WANTED: Grapple fork for a 148 JD                                                                                                                                                     finders, rod holders, JVC am/fm cassette
loader. Ph: 784-5987. David Brossart,         dr., white in color w/maroon interior, 2                                                  FOR SALE: Int. Cadet 60, 7 hp & 8 hp,
Lansford.                                     new tires, burns no oil, runs & drives       Livestock                                    Cougar riding mowers, need repair; oil        radio, marine band radio, Eagle GPS,
                                                                                                                                                                                      $12,000 firm. Ph: 273-4132. Russel
                                              nice, fair cond. Ph: 348-3262 after 7                                                     space heater, 295 amp. Ph: 794-3477.
                                              p.m. CT. Clayton Vanderlinden, Glen          FOR SALE: 14 yr. old AQHA chestnut           Chris Holwagner, Center.                      Williams, Pettibone.
                                              Ullin.                                       mare, 14H, quiet, broke to ride, Poco        FOR SALE: Give me a bid on scrap              FOR SALE: Electric Lowry organ, has
                                              FOR SALE: ’86 Toyota 4 Runner, 5             Bueno, Lady Beaver, Doc’s Sug, Poco          iron. Ph: 263-4243. Norris Knutson,           double keyboard, bench inc., suitable
                                              spd. manual, 4 cyl. eng., 4x4, removable     Digit; 5 yr. old AQHA Bay mare, 14H,         Dunseith.                                     for home entertainment, $100 obo. Ph:
Vehicles                                      top, red, 250,000 miles, still runs &
                                                                                           quiet, Doc Bar, High Brow Hickory,
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: Elec. Minn Kota trolling
                                                                                                                                                                                      769-2306. Bill Rahlf, Sutton.
                                                                                           Poco Feed, Kings Country Doc. Ph:                                                          FOR SALE: ’93 white Grand Prix,
FOR SALE: ’90 Lumina Euro 2                   drives good, $1,250 obo. Ph: 240-0903.                                                    motor, foot control, 55 thrust, like
                                                                                           626-7683. Gary Schell, Velva.
dr., 195,000 mi., new brakes, A/C             Tim Sloboden, Surrey.                                                                     new, $250. Ph: 406-377-2421. Robert           good cond., no rust, $1,400; 40’ tower;
                                                                                           FOR SALE: 2 yr. old black female             Rudnick, Glendive, MT.                        also want to buy a post hole auger for
compressor, etc., very good tires &           FOR SALE: 9.5’ pickup camper,
                                                                                           donkey, likes people, easy to catch;                                                       Bobcat and snow blower. Ph: 252-6415.
motor, sharp red, needs trans. still          Ingerson pickup camper, self contained,                                                   FOR SALE: Cargo trailer 8’x20’
                                                                                           black purebred Arabian stallion,                                                           Allen Huber, Jamestown.
driveable; 1989 Chevy 4x4, reg. cab           excellent cond., gas stove, bathroom w/                                                   2006, ramp door, $5,600. Ph: 683-5363
                                                                                           Egyptian related, foaled in ’08, gentle,
pickup, 350 eng., very good tires, bed        portable toilet, ice box, bed & fold out                                                  evenings or 683-3468 days. Dennis             FOR SALE: 30’x60’ pole barn, built in
                                                                                           halter trained, good 4H project, top
mat, box rail protector, CD radio, nice       area for 2nd bed, $800. Ph: 442-3524.                                                     Bergemann, Lisbon.                            1966, 8’ walls. Ph: 321-0629. Markus
                                                                                           of line bloodlines goes to Moniet El
looking 2 tone blue. Ph: 324-4356 or          Dennis Folden, Underwood.                    Sharaf, Aziza Al Dunn, Sonimoniet,           FOR SALE: Large coal room heater;             Wangler, Wishek.
341-0580. Ralph Muscha, Harvey.                                                            RSI. Email:              horse collars & related items. Ph:            FOR SALE: 8’ tree cult.; 20’ Oliver
                                              FOR SALE: ’92 Corvette convertible,
FOR SALE: ’05 Honda TRX450R                   black w/black top & black leather            or Ph: 465-3776 for more info. Bonnie        584-2025. Elmer Lemke, Bentley.               disc; ’91 Ford pickup. Ph: 452-2923.
quad, pro armor, nerf bars, K & N air         interior, LT1 350 V8, auto., 57K miles,      Vollmer, Anamoose.                           FOR SALE: 56 Int. panel; 20’ pontoon;         Oscar Kemmet, Wishek.
filter, rev limiter, black w/silver flames,   PS, PL, PW, PM, PA, AM/FM Bose               FOR SALE: Lab puppies, parents are           2 trailer house axles; 1 Wheel Horse          FOR SALE: 3 hp. roto tiller; Craftsman
excellent cond., always shedded,              stereo w/CD & cassette, excellent cond.,     good hunters, $150. Ph: 875-4308 or          riding mower; 3 pt. tiller for Sears riding   10” radial arm saw w/router; 5.7 fuel
$4,350, including 2 helmets & matching        adult driven by Corvette enthusiast, no      770-1412. Lyndon Oyloe, Williston.           mower; 16 hp. Kolher eng.; 25 hp. Onan        inj. pump; Hesston swather canvas,
jerseys; 5 spd. tran. for 1987 Ford           deferred maintenance, no issues, just a                                                   eng. Ph: 252-0316, after 6 p.m. Duane         44x128. Ph: 794-3477. Chris Holwager,
                                                                                           FOR SALE: Polled Hereford bulls, red
Bronco II, $300. Ph: 764-6410. Casey          great looking car, asking $14,700 call       necked, well muscled, have extra length      Sevik, Jamestown.                             Center.
Lund, Killdeer.                               or email for pics. & info. Ph: 238-8611      of body w/above breed average EPD’s,         FOR SALE: Power King 6” bandsaw;              FOR SALE: NH 456 9’ mower,
FOR SALE: ’61 Chevy Apache pickup             or email Jim        true baldie markers. Ph: 693-2372. Leon      Frigidaire upright freezer; left & right      fenders w/lights for 3010-4020 tractor;
3/4 ton, 4 spd., 4x2, 6 cyl, good running     Jondahl, Fargo.                              Seefeld, Harvey.                             hand golf clubs. Ph: 575-4905. Thorwald       Bob-tach plate to fit M 600 Bobcat;
cond., body sound, needs paint, $750.         FOR SALE: ’97 Cadillac Deluxe,               FOR SALE: G broken mouth cows,               Wanner, Belfield.                             8’ Bobcat bucket; right hand delivery
Ph: 435-2271. Darrell or LuAnn Martin,        70,000 miles, very good. Ph: 878-4879.       calves at side. Ph: 337-5826. Stephen                                                      NH Rolabar rake; 6 Armstrong G.Y.
                                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: Almost complete set of
Courtenay.                                    Bennie Schneider, Richardton.                Krueger, Garrison.                                                                         18.4Rx42, 40-60%, 2 new F.S. 20.8Rx42
                                                                                                                                        Walt Disney movies, all VHS, 5 boxes
FOR SALE: ’42 Chevy truck box                 FOR SALE: 3/4 ton farm 4x4 pickup,           FOR SALE: AQHA 5 yr. old sorrel              of 15 movies to a box, would like all         Galaxy, $800/pr.; 20.8x42 F.S., G.Y.
& hoist, $500. Ph: 247-2264. Harold           mounted side tool boxes & 5th wheel          mare, her pedigree reflects working cow      to go or $10 a movie, $350 for set. Ph:       or Armstrong, 40-70%, radial bias;
Severson, Lakota.                             hitch, $2,500. Ph: 527-0112. Wanda           & spd. lines, this would be a great barrel   783-4461. Rick or Sheila Engwicht,            12 18.4Rx46 F.S. G.Y. or Armstrong,
FOR SALE: ’77 4x4 Dodge 4 spd.,               Agnew, Moffit.                               or team penning prospect, $1,200 firm. Ph:   Oakes.                                        40-70%; 12 14.9x46 F.S., 50-70%; 6
not many miles on rebuilt 360 eng. Ph:                                                     724-3451. Grant Vander Vorst, Forman.                                                      20.8Rx38 G.Y., 50%; 8 18.4x38 G.Y.,
                                              FOR SALE: ’73 Int. 1200 Series 3/4                                                        FOR SALE: Craftsman 10” table saw,
465-0233. Rodney Schatz, Drake.                                                                                                                                                       F.S., 40-50%; 8 24.5x32 Titan bias, 12
                                              ton pickup, 91,000 mi., auto trans., p.s.,   FOR SALE: Pigeons - beautiful snow           motor dust bag; Master Mechanic 10’
                                                                                                                                        table saw, 17”x26”, dust bag; 425 gal.        ply, 30%, for grain cart; 14.9x30, 16.9x30,
FOR SALE: Chevy van, 30 Freeport,             nice, above average cond. Ph: 728-6765       white, spotted or tufted, use for training
                                                                                           dogs, trap shooting, wedding releases,       poly tank w/trailer; 2” Pacer water pump      16.9x26, 16.9x28, 18.4x26, 14.9x34, all
Mida fully equiped, ref., microwave,          or 720-5044. William Klein, Norwich.                                                                                                    FWDs., 40-75%; 4 new 12.4Rx24 F.S.
stove, shower, water, etc., nice, sleeps 6.                                                $2,50 ea. or $2 ea. if you buy over 25.      & hoses; 16” Penneys tiller; 8 hp. Briggs
                                              FOR SALE: ’95 Ford F250 Power                Ph: 568-3921. Harvey Weyrauch, Ray.          pump; 518 DeLaval cream sep; 2 - 618          FWDs.; 4 new 11.2x24 8 ply FWDs.; 6
Ph: 782-6242. Harry & Lena Wolbaum,           Stroke, XLT pkg., 3/4 ton diesel, PW,                                                                                                   16.9x38, 40-60%; 43 18.4x34, 40-50%;
Braddock.                                                                                  FOR SALE: Barrel race/race breed             DeLaval cream sep; Int. cream sep, no
                                              PL, 170k miles, heavy duty bumper                                                         dishes; 2 Wisconsin 8 or 10 hp. motors        other rims, dual hardware. Ph: 709-0103.
FOR SALE: ’99 Gray Mercury Grand                                                           brood mares w/wo foals, bloodlines
                                              grill guard, blue & gray, 4 wd., good                                                     not stuck; elec. motors 1/4 to 1 1/2 hp.      Allen Wald, Edgeley.
Marquis SLS, 4-dr., V-8, auto, one                                                         On the Money Red & Sticks & Stones
                                              cond., best offer. Ph: 839-0927. Robert                                                   Ph: 445-7462. Clemens Fleck, Solen.           FOR SALE: 4”x6” heavy box iron
owner, always shedded, non smoker,                                                         grandsons and granddaughter; must sell
                                              Rudland, Minot.                                                                                                                         tubing; 260 amp. Lincoln welder w/
excellent cond. Ph: 593-6397. Dennis                                                       by 5-30, make offer; Catahoula puppies,      FOR SALE: ’83 Mallard 35’ fifth
                                              FOR SALE: ’99 red S-10 Blazer, 4 dr.         multi colors, red/blues/tans, black &        wheel, good cond., full bedroom w/box         brazing torches, 180 amp. Forney welder
Erickson, Lankin.
                                              4wd., auto, 150,000 mi., $4,500 obo.         white w/blue eyes, weaned, wormed,           spring bed, AC, stove, microwave, make        w/brazing torches; 4,000# & 3,000#
FOR SALE: ’65 Chevy single axle               Ph:952-1413 after 5 p.m. weekdays            vet checked, the four-footed farm            good cabin for lake lot or camping. Ph:       chain hoists; screw-in grain aerators;
truck, 56,000 miles. Ph: 263-4243.            or weekends. Leonard Neumiller,              hands, wanted by many, owned by few.                                                       mineral and salt feeders, steel posts. Ph:
                                                                                                                                        438-2157 or 351-3698. Dean Hagen,
Norris Knutson, Dunseith.                     Jamestown.                                   Ph: 290-9495. Nori Diede, Richardton.                                                      725-4946. Lyle Waswick, Des Lacs.

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FOR SALE: 32’x24’ pole barn, 2
half 8’ doors, 1 small door; 2-8’, 2-4’,
1 alum. 12’ door; 4-100 lb. propane
tanks; Briggs & Stratton eng., 12 hp.,
good shape. Ph: 324-2459 weekends.
Clarence Hoffer, Harvey.
FOR SALE: Pianola upright piano w/
player parts, to be restored, $500. Ph:
                                           WANTED: To the party who wanted
                                           used lariat ropes: get in touch with me,
                                           lost your number. Ph: 376-3106. Robert
                                           Schakow, Lemmon, SD.
                                           WANTED: Old style kitchen sink,
                                           wooden old style free standing upright
                                           cabinet/cupboards & wooden storm
                                                                                        Late Ads
                                                                                        FOR SALE: ’96 F150 Supercab XLT,
                                                                                        4x4, 351 V8, auto trans., AC, PL & PW,
                                                                                        almost new tires & brakes, 82,000 mi.,
                                                                                        very clean, above ave. cond.; ’79 Royal
                                                                                        Knight El Camino SS, project car,
                                                                                        already started, 305 auto on the floor,
                                                                                        good tires, runs & drives, $1,250, obo;
                                                                                        Case 990 David Brown, 3,400 hrs., late
                                                                                                                                      C    ounty
                                                                                                                                      • DUNN COUNTY
                                                                                                                                        October 19 – Annual meeting • 7 p.m. • Catholic
778-7831 after 7 p.m. Jerel Skattum,
                                           windows, to be used in museum
                                                                                        ’70s model, 3 pt., high & low pto., 8’          Workman’s Hall • election of officers, selection
                                           retoration project. Ph: 547-3123. Wesley
Adrian.                                    Boese, Manfred.                              snowblower goes with, $6,000, obo,              of delegates to state convention
                                                                                        $5,000 for tractor only. Ph: 252-4687
WANTED: Pair of rear tractor tires,        WANTED: Restorable horse powered             or 320-7890. Russell Kleingartner,            • EMMONS COUNTY
23.1x34, 8 or 10 ply. Ph: 273-4125.
Ronald Moser, Woodworth.
                                           well drilling rig, must have all hardware,   Jamestown.                                      June 3 – Farmers Union Oil Co., Hazelton annual
                                           bits & drill stem. Ph: 974-3504. Fred
WANTED: Door handle & latch or the         Dohrmann, Taylor.                            FOR SALE: Flexi-coil 65 XLT 100’                meeting • 7 p.m. • HMB School
                                                                                        sprayer, dual boom, dual pump, dual
complete door for a Philco refrigerator,   WANTED: 12-14’ aluminum v-bottom             control w/1500 gal. split tank (500 &         • KIDDER COUNTY
Model No. G925, serial no. 2HE142152
style R.A. Ph: 725-4946. Lyle Waswich,
                                           boat, to be used at Heart Butte Farmers      1,000 gal.). Ph: 626-1587. Lynn Watne,          June 10 – Board meeting • 8 p.m. • Pettibone
                                           Union Camp, Lake Tschida, good
Des Lacs.                                  shape. Ph: 952-0125 leave message.
                                                                                        Velva.                                          Fire Hall • plan summer activities
                                                                                        FOR SALE: 9.5’ pickup camper, self-
WANTED: 24” x 5’ - 5 panel door. Ph:       Gary Orman, NDFU, Jamestown.
                                                                                        contained, excellent cond., features: gas     • RENVILLE COUNTY
647-2830 evenings or leave message.
Bruce Lindgren, Kulm.
                                           WANTED: Light 2 wheel horse cart,            stove, bathroom w/ portable toilet, ice         June 10 – Board meeting • 3 p.m. • CSB
                                           may also be interested in harness; 16”       box, closet, bed & fold out area for 2nd
WANTED: Prairie dog & coyote               used saddle in reasonable cond.; ping        bed, hold 20 gal. of fresh water, $800. Ph:   • RICHLAND COUNTY
hunters to come & hunt on my land,         pong table in good cond. Ph: 724-3451.       442-3524. Dennis Folden, Underwood.             July 13 – Annual Picnic • 4 p.m. • Hankinson
make reservations now. Ph: 597-3730        Grant Vander Vorst, Forman.
                                                                                        FOR SALE: ’01 Subaru Outback, Ltd.,             Park • dayclass and camp reports, finalize
or email Larry         GIVE AWAY: Free upright grand
Nagel, Shields.                            piano. Ph: 668-2405. Barb Baasch,
                                                                                        4 cyl., 2.5 liter, auto, AWD, 95,000 mi.,       convention plans
                                                                                        leather interior, power doors, locks, etc.,
WANTED: Looking for ’89-’99                Tower City.                                  front and rear sunroofs, new tires, loaded      october 12 – Fairmount Local annual meeting
pontoon, 24’-26’, 50+ motor, want to                                                    and in excellent cond., $8,500, at least        2 p.m. • Fairmount Fire District Hall • election
have a 4-5’ deck on rear w/2 pedestal                                                   $1,000 below Kelley Blue Book value.
seats for fishing off rear, if you don’t                                                Ph: 663-7859. Jayme Kramer, Mandan.
                                                                                                                                        of officers, selection of delegates to state
have seats call me anyway, must have                                                    WANTED: Snowmobiles, need not run,
                                                                                                                                        convention • potluck lunch
canopy, willing to trade; have ’89
Kennedy 20’ w/canopy, 45 hp. Merc,         Real Estate                                  prefer 80s and older. Older snowmobile
                                                                                        clothes or signs wanted. Also golf carts,
                                                                                                                                      • STARK COUNTY
beautiful boat. Ph: 783-4461. Richard                                                   need not run. Ph: 435-2618. Tyler
                                                                                                                                        June 9 – Dickinson Happy Co-op Local meeting
                                           FOR SALE: Ranch style home, well
or Sheila Engwicht, Oakes.
                                           built, double garage, nice yard, handicap    Thoms, Courtenay.                               • 5 p.m. • Dean & Paulette Baar home • plan
WANTED: 120 base adult size                accessible, located in Medina, ND. Ph:       WANTED: Mini Australian Shepherd                picnic
accordian. Ph: 952-0125 leave message.     486-3456 or email          pup for pet, don’t need papers. Ph:
Gary Orman, Jamestown.                     Jim Kleven, Medina.                                                                        • STUTSMAN COUNTY
                                                                                        497-3710. Phyllis Reum, Plaza.
                                                                                                                                        august 16 – Day Classes • 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                        Farmers Union State Office, Jamestown
                                                                                                            Mark your
                                                                                                                                      • WARD COUNTY
                                                                                                            calendars                   August 1 – Spencer-Baden summer barbeque
                                                                                                            The National                6 p.m. • Larry Christensen residence, Kenmare
                                                                                                            Farmers Union               report on National Convention & summer camps
                                                                                                            fall fly-in to            • WILLIAMS COUNTY
                                                                                                            Washington, DC,             November 3 – Prairie Pioneer Local annual
                                                                                                            will be held                meeting • 7 p.m. • Gramma Sharon’s
                                                                                                            Sept. 8-10                  Restaurant, Williston

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                                                                                                               Given profitable grain and oilseed markets, far less investment would have been
                                                                                                             made in animal feeding and ethanol operations than we have seen over the last
                                                                                                             three decades. Much of the development of these industries is the result of low
                                                                                                             grain and oilseed prices.
                                                                                                               The long-term challenge that has not been solved is to find ways to enable all
                                                                                                             people to be able either to earn an adequate livelihood so they can afford basic
                                                                                                             staples at prices that allow farmers to cover their cost of production, or acquire
                                                                                                             access to the resources they need to produce their own staples.
                                                                                                               Undoubtedly, the growing demand for biofuels has contributed to the immediate
                                                                                                             crisis that has resulted in 100 million persons being added to the number of food
                                                                                                             insecure persons in the world.
                                                                                                               At the same time, it is important to remember that when corn prices were below
                                                                                                             $2.00 per bushel, 800 million people were still food insecure and the US subsidies
                                                                                                             that enabled prices to remain at those levels were being blamed for impoverishing
                                                                                                             farmers in the rest of the world.
                                                                                                                The problem is more than food vs. feed. It is more than food vs. fuel.
                                                                                                               The solution requires the long-term attention of governments to the problems of
                                                                                                             both producers and consumers and the crafting of policies that meet the needs of
                                                                                                             both, while maintaining a productive capacity that exceeds current demand.

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