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					                                                          UNION FARMER                                       • August 2008

Senator Byron Dorgan holds farm forum

Senator Byron Dorgan (far right) held a farm bill listening forum on the farm of Ron and Gayann Van Bruggen. Dorgan spoke to about 100 farmers who
attended the event. Shown are (from left) Kale, Carly, Gayann, Tyler, and Angela. Ron is standing just beside Kale.

  U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan discussed the recently        include a permanent disaster title into the bill. Carlson
passed farm bill, renewable energy, and health care at    said the disaster program, which was championed

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an event held Aug. 18 on the farm of Ron and Gayann       by Farmers Union, “will be important to a number
Van Bruggen.                                              of North Dakota farmers this year.” North Dakota
  More than 100 people attended the event, which          Farmers Union members will be in Washington, DC,
was sponsored by LaMoure County Farmers Union             in early September to participate in a National Farmers
and North Dakota Farmers Union.                           Union legislative “fly in.” Carlson said Farmers Union
  Dorgan said he is deeply concerned that crop            members are deeply concerned over sharply higher
production costs have risen sharply. Although             costs for fertilizer, fuel and other input costs.
commodity prices may be relatively high, the markets        Several farmers attending the forum told Dorgan
could nose dive quickly without a corresponding drop      they, too, are worried higher input costs will continue
in production price. That would leave farmers in a        even if commodity prices significantly drop. Dorgan
serious financial squeeze, he explained.                   said speaking out for change is important.
  Fertilizer and fuel prices - the leading input costs
                                                            Following the November election, Congress will
farmers pay to plant and harvest crops - have doubled
                                                          resume its focus on U.S. energy policy. Dorgan said
in the the past two years, said Dorgan. In fact, at the
                                                          recent media reports suggesting higher food prices in
request of North Dakota Farmers Union, Dorgan
                                                          grocery stores are due to the production of ethanol
asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate
                                                          are misleading. “It’s just not true. Responsible studies
the sharp increase in fertilizer prices.
                                                          have shown the price of food has much more to do with
  Dorgan thanked North Dakota Farmers Union               the cost of transportation than the price for crops. And
members and leaders for encouraging Congress to           we should produce renewable fuels. That just makes
pass the 2008 Farm Bill. He said Farmers Union was        sense to me.” He noted the U.S. imports 65 percent
instrumental in securing many of the bill’s features,     of its oil. “That puts all of us in a very vulnerable
including a permanent disaster title and country-of-      position.” He also believes “excess speculation”                   In this issue
origin labeling.                                          in the markets has pushed the price of oil from 20                 • Legislative Scorecard/Pgs 4-5
 North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert              to 40 percent higher than what could reasonably be                 • Popcorn Theories/Pgs 8-10
Carlson responded by thanking Dorgan for his work to      expected given market conditions.
Union Farmer                           Viewpoint

Farmers Union Insurance steps
up support of high school youth

                                                                                                                                                   By NDFU President Robert Carlson

                                                                    North Dakota High School Activities Association photo

                                 You may have heard               expanding support of high school programs. “Our                       Today, however, I want to thank Farmers Union
                               this week the North                decision to increase our financial sponsorship of                    Insurance for its commitment to youth programs.
                               Dakota High School                 youth activities in North Dakota is a natural fit for                Sometimes, this support is highly visible. You can be
                               Activities Association             our company. This is an investment in our future, just              sure Farmers Union Insurance will be noticed during
                               (NDHSAA)         named             like the financial investments we make every day in                  key tournaments. Other times, the support is less
                               Farmers          Union             North Dakota. Having the opportunity to assist in                   obvious. For example, since 2002, Farmers Union
                               Insurance     as    the            the expansion and organization of extracurricular                   Insurance and North Dakota Farmers Union annually
                               association’s      new             activities for youth ties closely to our objective of               pays for the cost of a saddle, which is awarded to
                               “premier partner” of               ‘Building Better Communities’.”                                     the state winner of the pole bending event held by
                               extra and co-curricular              Farmers Union Insurance is a partner in building                  the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association.
activities for students in North Dakota. Sponsorship              better communities. As a North Dakota mutual                        Farmers Union Insurance and North Dakota Farmers
funding by Farmers Union Insurance will support                   insurance company, Farmers Union Insurance                          Union supports FFA awards.
a wide range of high school events from the 2008                  maintains a strong investment portfolio in North                      During this new school year, all of us at Farmers
academic year through 2011.                                       Dakota communities and businesses, investing                        Union are proud of all the NDHSAA is doing to
  Farmers Union Insurance has been a supporting                   in everything from school and city bonds to new                     organize activities and deliver opportunities to high
sponsor of NDHSAA events for the past six years.                  agricultural ventures.                                              school students across the state.
  At all levels, high school activities provide students            Equally important are the thousands of volunteer
with opportunities to learn leadership skills, hone               hours the 96 Farmers Union Insurance agents invest
their ability to work in teams, and experience personal           in their hometown communities, from serving on fire
achievement. During the 2007-08 academic year,                    departments, to being trained as EMTs for their local
more than 14,654 students participated in fine art                 ambulance service.
programs throughout North Dakota. Another 26,504                    Last year at this time, Farmers Union Insurance
participated in athletic programs. The NDHSAA                     employees and managers assisted with clearing away
serves 174 participating secondary schools by                     debris following the tornado that caused extensive
administering 23 programs.                                        damage in Northwood. I am proud of the commitment
  Odean Olson, general manager of Farmers Union                   everyone employed by Farmers Union Insurance has
Insurance, shared these comments regarding this                   to their communities and to policyholders.

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                                                                                                                           Ag Policy

New farm bill sign-up deadlines approaching
SURE, ACRE among new programs producers will want to consider
  Farmers and ranchers need to keep their Farm             applicable state filing deadline. The Risk Management       participants is $32,000 for direct payments and
Service Agency appointments to make sure they are          Purchase Requirement does not apply to LIP.                $73,000 for counter-cyclical payments.
correctly enrolled in ongoing and new programs in              The SURE program will be available to eligible           To help farmers and others understand how ACRE
the 2008 Farm Bill.                                        producers on farms in disaster counties, designated        works and to compare the likely payments from ACRE
  The deadline to sign up for supplemental agricultural    by the Secretary, including contiguous counties            relative to traditional farm programs, the Center for
disaster assistance is Sept. 16.                           that have incurred crop production losses and/or           Agricultural and Rural Development on the Iowa
  The deadline to enroll in the direct and counter-        crop quality losses during the crop year. However,         State University campus prepared a fact sheet about
cyclical payment program is Sept. 30.                      Congress determined that payments would not occur          ACRE, as well as three computer calculators. The fact
                                                           until the calculation at the end of the marketing year.    sheet, ACRE FAQs, provides detailed information
  Judy Nohrenberg, FSA county executive director,          It also will be available to any farm where, during the    about ACRE and a brief description of how to use the
said producers need to meet with FSA officials prior        calendar year, the total loss of production on the farm,   calculators. The calculators are crop specific: one for
to sign-up deadlines. Nohrenberg spoke at a farm           because of weather, is greater than 50 percent of the      corn, one for soybeans, and one for wheat. All ACRE
bill update meeting sponsored by Stutsman County           normal production of the farm.                             calculations assume that ACRE sign-up is for the
Farmers Union. She said producers will have several                                                                   2009 crop year, and all calculations are based on 2009
new programs to consider.                                    Another new program is Average Crop Revenue
                                                           Election, or ACRE. This optional revenue-based             market conditions.
  A USDA release notes that Farm Service Agency            program provides producers with payments for a               The calculators are offered as spreadsheets in
(FSA) will allow producers who would otherwise be          commodity when the actual state revenue is less than       Microsoft Excel. You must have Microsoft Excel
ineligible for the new disaster assistance programs        the revenue guarantee. ACRE begins with the 2009           installed on your computer to open and use these
to become eligible by paying a fee as required in the      crop. A producer must give up 20 percent of direct         calculators. In addition, if you are using a dial-
2008 Farm Bill.                                            payments and 30% in loan rates in order to participate     up connection to the Internet, you may find the
  Producers who wish to participate in the new disaster    in program. Producers may enroll for any crop year,        downloading process a bit slow because of the size
programs will be required to have crop insurance or        but once enrolled, a producer must remain in the           of the files.
non-insured crop disaster assistance (NAP) coverage        program for the duration of the farm bill. Failure to        A link to detailed instructions about how to use the
for the enrolled acres. As the 2008 Farm Bill was          enroll in the program by the provided deadline will be     calculators and interpret the results may be found at
enacted after the application periods had closed for       considered as an election to receive payments under
those programs, producers who did not have such            the traditional counter-
coverage could not comply with this requirement in         cyclical program.
order to be eligible for the new disaster programs.          ACRE provides state-
However, the new farm bill authorizes a waiver that        level revenue guarantee
allows producers to pay a fee, called a “buy-in” fee, to   on acres planted equal
be eligible for this new disaster assistance.              to 90% of the product
   Every producer whose crops, including grazing           of a state average yield
lands, are not fully covered by crop insurance or NAP      factor, times the national
may take advantage of this one-time opportunity.           season average price for
The buy-in fee is due no later than Sept. 16, 2008.        the previous two years of
Those who miss this opportunity will not be eligible       the specific commodity.
for disaster assistance. Producers are also reminded       State average yield factor
that the payment of the applicable buy-in fee does not     is the state average yield
afford the producer crop insurance or NAP coverage;        per acre for the previous
                                                           five years after dropping
it only affords eligibility for the 2008 disaster
                                                           the highest and lowest
                                                           years. If the actual state-
  The buy-in fee for either the catastrophic risk          per-acre revenue is less
protection insurance (CAT) or NAP is $100 per              than the guarantee and
crop, but not more than $300 per producer per              if a producer suffers an
administrative county, or $900 total per producer for      actual revenue loss for
all counties. Payment of the applicable fees will allow    the crop on the farm, then
the producer to be eligible for benefits for losses under   the producer will receive
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE)            an ACRE payment
Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP),          equal to the difference
Tree Assistance Program (TAP), and Emergency               between the state-per-
Assistance Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised            acre revenue guarantee
Fish Program (ELAP).                                       and the state actual
    To be eligible for SURE, TAP, and ELAP,                revenue calculation paid
producers must meet the Risk Management Purchase           on 83.3% of the acres
Requirement by purchasing at least the CAT level of        planted to the covered
crop insurance for all insurable crops and/or NAP          commodity on the farm.
coverage for non-insurable crops. To be eligible for       Payment rates will
LFP, producers must meet the Risk Management               increase to cover 85% in
Purchase Requirement by purchasing or obtaining for        the year of 2012.
the grazing land incurring the losses where assistance       Once the guarantee
is being requested, a policy or plan of insurance          is set, it cannot vary by
under the Federal Crop Insurance Act, including pilot      more than 10% from
programs such as the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage            the previous year’s
Program (PRF) or NAP coverage by filing the required        guarantee. The total
paperwork and paying the administrative fee by the         payment cap for ACRE
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Union Farmer      Legislative News

NDFU report card for the 60th Legislative Assembly
The North Dakota Farmers Union Board of Governors        in a percentage value. The specific votes of senators         under the permitting process of the State Department
requested the Union Farmer publish a report card         and representatives on these bills may be found on-          of Health.
showing each state legislator’s voting record for        line at                                        As introduced, this bill stated that counties and
specific polices acted on in the last legislative         Farmers Union policy positions are adopted by the            townships could only regulate animal feeding
session.                                                 farm organization’s members through grassroots               operations by scope (size), nature (type of livestock)
Prior to the beginning of the 60th legislative session   policy introduction, debate and adoption or rejection        and location. NDFU opposed this legislation citing
in January 2007, North Dakota Farmers Union              at local, county and state conventions.                      our policy statement that, “North Dakota should
informed lawmakers that its legislative team would       HB 1047                                                      safeguard the right of political subdivisions to enact
strongly advocate for laws and policies beneficial                                                                     and enforce their own zoning ordinances....”
to the members of the state’s largest general farm       HB 1047 proposes to increase eligibility for S-CHIP
                                                         from 140 percent poverty level to 200 percent. This          This bill passed both houses and was signed by
organization.                                                                                                         Governor Hoeven.
                                                         increase would allow for 3,330 more children in North
NDFU’s leading priorities were:                          Dakota to be covered. NDFU supports this move.               HB 1181
Upholding North Dakota’s current corporation farming     This bill was defeated in the House.                         This bill reduces the cap on the Credit Sales Grain
law that emphasize family ownership of farmland;                                                                      Indemnity Fund from $10 million down to $6
                                                         HB 1401
Expanding the state’s efforts to develop and use                                                                      million.
renewable energy;                                        This bill dealt with the rising cost of college tuition by
                                                         lowering the interest rate on alternative loans offered      The credit sale contract indemnity fund was established
Providing meaningful property tax relief;                by the Bank of North Dakota. The bill called for the         during the 2003 Legislative session in response to a
Developing value-added livestock initiatives which       interest on these alternative loans to be no greater than    grain elevator insolvency. NDFU opposed HB1181
will strengthen family farms, ranches and rural          the interest of that on federal loans. NDFU supports         because NDFU policy supports the present indemnity
communities; and                                         the continuation and expansion of low interest student       fund. NDFU also raised the question of the possibility
                                                         loans and other types of financial assistance.                of large quantities of grain that could be purchased
Seeking an affordable, comprehensive health plan                                                                      from farmers under credit sales contracts by ethanol
that provides North Dakotans access to medical,          This bill was defeated in the House.
                                                                                                                      plants and other processing facilities which could lead
mental, dental, hospitalization, nursing home care and   HB 1420                                                      to the fund being drawn down quickly.
prescription benefits.
                                                         This bill relates to the regulatory authority of counties    The bill passed the Senate and House and was signed
Farmers Union developed this report card, which          and townships and the development of confined animal          into law by Governor Hoeven.
shows how lawmakers voted in relation to priorities      feeding operations. The debate over local control
Farmers Union members adopted as policy. Each                                                                         HB 1492
                                                         stems from local entities establishing ordinances that
lawmaker’s level of support on these issues is given     may be more restrictive than what would be allowed           This bill simply increased the fine for violating the

  District 1                                             District 9                                                   District 17
  Senator Stanley W. Lyson (R)            44%            Senator Richard Marcellais (D)               100%            Senator Ray Holmberg (R)                     78%
  Representative Patrick R. Hatlestad (R) 60%            Representative Tracy Boe (D)                  88%            Representative Louise Potter (D)            100%
  Representative Gary Sukut (R)           60%            Representative Merle Boucher (D)              90%            Representative Ken Svedjan (R)               60%
  District 2                                             District 10                                                  District 18
  Senator John M. Andrist (R)                 71%        Senator Curtis Olafson (R)                     67%           Senator Constance Triplett (D)               88%
  Representative Bob Skarphol (R)             50%        Representative Chuck Damschen (R)              60%           Representative Eliot Glassheim (D)           90%
  Representative Dorvan Solberg (D)          100%        Representative David Monson (R)                67%           Representative Mark S. Owens (R)             56%
  District 3                                             District 11                                                  District 19
  Senator Robert M. Horne (D)                 89%        Senator Tim Mathern (D)                      100%            Senator Arthur H. Behm (D)                   71%
  Representative Kari L. Conrad (D)          100%        Representative Mary Ekstrom (D)              100%            Representative Chris Griffin (D)             100%
  Representative Lisa Wolf (D)               100%        Representative Scot Kelsh (D)                100%            Representative Gerry Uglem (R)               60%
  District 4                                             District 12                                                  District 20
  Senator John M. Warner (D)             89%             Senator Dave Nething (R)                      67%            Senator Elroy N. Lindaas (D)                100%
  Representative Dawn Marie Charging (R) 78%             Representative Lyle Hanson (D)               100%            Representative Ole Aarsvold (D)             100%
  Representative Kenton Onstad (D)       90%             Representative Joe Kroeber (D)                90%            Representative Lee Kaldor (D)               100%
  District 5                                             District 13                                                  District 21
  Senator Tom Seymour (D)                     88%        Senator Judy Lee (R)                           67%           Senator Carolyn Nelson (D)                   88%
  Representative Louis Pinkerton (D)         100%        Representative Kim Koppelman (R)               67%           Representative Jasper Schneider (D)         100%
  Representative Elwood Thorpe (D)           100%        Representative Alon Wieland (R)                60%           Representative Steve Zaiser (D)             100%
  District 6                                             District 14                                                  District 22
  Senator David O’Connell (D)                 89%        Senator Jerry Klein (R)                        67%           Senator Gary A. Lee (R)                      67%
  Representative Glen Froseth (R)             50%        Representative Duane L. DeKrey (R)             67%           Representative Wesley R. Belter (R)          60%
  Representative Bob Hunskor (D)              90%        Representative Robin Weisz (R)                 70%           Representative Vonnie Pietsch (R)            60%
  District 7                                             District 15                                                  District 23
  Senator Ryan M. Taylor (D)                 100%        Senator Dave Oehlke (R)                        78%           Senator Joan Heckaman (D)                   100%
  Representative Jon Nelson (R)               75%        Representative Curt Hofstad (R)                60%           Representative Benjamin A. Vig (D)          100%
  Representative Arlo Schmidt (D)            100%        Representative Dennis Johnson (R)              60%           Representative Don Vigesaa (R)               60%
  District 8                                             District 16                                                  District 24
  Senator Layton W. Freborg (R)               67%        Senator Harvey D. Tallackson (D)               89%           Senator Larry J. Robinson (D)               100%
  Representative Jeff Delzer (R)              30%        Representative Gil Herbel (R)                  67%           Representative Ralph Metcalf (D)             90%
  Representative Dwight Wrangham (R)          50%        Representative Joyce Kingsbury (R)             70%           Representative Phillip Mueller (D)          100%

August 2008                                                                                                                                    Page 4
                                                                                                                        Union Farmer
                                                                                                                         Legislative News
Corporate Farming law from $25,000 to $100,000.            SB 2278                                                   environmental or health impacts from animal feeding
The bill passed both the Senate and House and was                                                                    and agricultural operations.”
                                                           This bill created a central repository where township
signed by Governor Hoeven.                                 and county regulations of Confined Animal Feeding          North Dakota Farmers Union opposed this bill,
                                                           Operations (CAFOs) would be kept and managed              saying the state should not restrict a local political
SB 2032
                                                           by the Health Department. North Dakota Farmers            subdivision’s ability to establish ordinances regulating
This bill, in its original form, addressed property tax    Union has policy that called for such a repository to     animal feeding operations.
relief by attempting to use surplus general fund dollars   be created.                                               SB 2331 failed in the Senate.
for K-12 education funding to offset some of the local
property taxes. After being amended several times,         The bill passed both the Senate and House and was         SB 2338
                                                           signed by Governor Hoeven.
the bill became a 10 percent income tax credit (up to                                                                This bill creates a North Dakota animal tracking
$1,000) for those who owned residential, commercial,       SB 2288                                                   database that will be used to track animals, for health
and agricultural property. For those individuals           Advocated by the North Dakota Renewable Energy            purposes only. North Dakota Farmers Union testified
who do not have state income tax liability, or those       Partnership (NDREP), this bill sought support             in favor of this bill, but cautioned that it must have the
individuals whose liability is less than the property      for renewable energy research. The bill created           least cost to producers, encourage full participation
tax relief due to them, they would receive a voucher       a Renewable Energy Council that will make                 throughout the industry, and be maintained by
to be used toward their property taxes.                    recommendations to the Industrial Commission for          the state board of animal health, and not a private
                                                           research to be done. The Industrial Commission must       organization.
North Dakota Farmers Union supported the original
language of the bill.                                      make the final decision. The bill authorizes $17 million   The bill passed both the Senate and House and was
                                                           in special fund spending (funds the Commission            signed by Governor Hoeven.
SB 2032 passed both the Senate and House and was           must raise through grants and private donations), and
signed by Governor Hoeven.                                 appropriates $3 million of general funds to be used on    HB 1447 and SB 2322
SB 2200                                                    the research.                                             The state aid distribution fund provides for allocation
                                                           The bill also increases the cap of on the Ethanol         of sales, use and motor vehicle excise tax collections
This bill is the Governor’s Education Commission’s
                                                           Production Fund from $5 million to $7.5 million, and      among political subdivisions. It was created to
proposal for education spending. It includes $90.7
                                                           instructs the Board of Higher Education to designate      combine preexisting state revenue sharing and
million of new spending, and also funds full-day                                                                     personal property tax replacement programs.
kindergarten for those schools wishing to implement        a North Daktoa Biomass Center or Centers.
it. NDFU’s policy calls for school funding for                                                                       HB 1447 increased the allocation from 40 to 50
                                                           This bill passed both the Senate and House and was
elementary and secondary schools be based on the                                                                     percent, while SB 2322 replaced the original 60
                                                           signed by Governor Hoeven.
                                                                                                                     percent allocation. North Dakota Farmers Union
historic foundation aid formula of 70 percent per          SB 2331                                                   supports an increase in the state aid distribution fund
                                                           This simple bill stated, “The State Health Department     to allow for more money going to the counties, which
The bill passed both the Senate and House and was          is responsible for the regulation of water pollution,     will help bring property tax relief to landowners.
signed by Governor Hoeven.                                 air pollution, solid waste, and any other associated      Both bills failed in their respective houses.

   District 25                                             District 33                                               District 41
   Senator Arden C. Anderson (D)                 89%       Senator Randel Christmann (R)                56%          Senator Tony Grindberg (R)                      63%
   Representative John D. Wall (R)               60%       Representative Brenda Heller (R)             60%          Representative Al Carlson (R)                   60%
   Representative Clark Williams (D)             80%       Representative Gary Kreidt (R)               67%          Representative Bette Grande (R)                 60%
   District 26                                             District 34                                               District 42
   Senator Joel C. Heitkamp (D)                100%        Senator Dwight Cook (R)                      67%          Senator Nicholas P. Hacker (R)                  78%
   Representative Bill Amerman (D)             100%        Representative RaeAnn G. Kelsch (R)          60%          Representative Stacey Dahl (R)                  70%
   Representative Pam Gulleson (D)              90%        Representative Todd Porter (R)               60%          Representative Donald D. Dietrich (R)           60%
   District 27                                             District 35                                               District 43
   Senator Jim Pomeroy (D)                      78%        Senator Tracy Potter (D)                     89%          Senator JoNell A. Bakke (D)            100%
   Representative Randy Boehning (R)            60%        Representative Karen Karls (R)               60%          Representative Lois Delmore (D)        100%
   Representative Lee Myxter (D)               100%        Representative Bob Martinson (R)             60%          Representative Darrell D. Nottestad (R) 78%
   District 28                                             District 36                                               District 44
   Senator Robert S. Erbele (R)             67%            Senator Herbert Urlacher (R)                50%           Senator Tim Flakoll (R)                         67%
   Representative Mike Brandenburg (R) 56%                 Representative C. B. Haas (R)               60%           Representative Donald L. Clark (R)              50%
   Representative William E. Kretschmar (R) 60%            Representative Shirley Meyer (D)           100%           Representative Blair Thoreson (R)               50%
   District 29                                             District 37                                               District 45
   Senator Terry M. Wanzek (R)                   67%       Senator Rich Wardner (R)                     67%          Senator Tom Fiebiger (D)             89%
   Representative Craig Headland (R)             60%       Representative Nancy Johnson (R)             70%          Representative Rick Berg (R)         60%
   Representative Chet Pollert (R)               60%       Representative Francis J. Wald (R)           50%          Representative Edmund Gruchalla (D) 100%
   District 30                                             District 38                                               District 46
   Senator Bob Stenehjem (R)                     67%       Senator Ben Tollefson (R)                    67%          Senator Tom Fischer (R)                         78%
   Representative Ron Carlisle (R)               60%       Representative Larry Bellew (R)              40%          Representative Kathy Hawken (R)                 70%
   Representative Dave Weiler (R)                50%       Representative Dan J. Ruby (R)               40%          Representative Jim Kasper (R)                   70%
   District 31                                             District 39                                               District 47
   Senator Aaron Krauter (D)             100%              Senator Bill Bowman (R)                      56%          Senator Ralph L. Kilzer (R)           67%
   Representative Rodney J. Froelich (D) 100%              Representative David Drovdal (R)             70%          Representative George J. Keiser (R)   70%
   Representative James Kerzman (D)      100%              Representative Keith Kempenich (R)           67%          Representative Lawrence R. Klemin (R) 70%
   District 32                                             District 40
   Senator Dick Dever (R)                        44%       Senator Karen K. Krebsbach (R)               78%
   Representative Mark A. Dosch (R)              50%       Representative Matthew M. Klein (R)          60%
   Representative Lisa Meier (R)                 60%       Representative Clara Sue Price (R)           67%

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Union Farmer        Legislative News

NDFU leaders weigh in on ballot measures                                                                                 In memoriam
  The North Dakota Farmers Union Board of                    percent. North Dakota Farmers Union members have
Governors chose to endorse two measures and oppose           voiced concerns of high property taxes. North Dakota          Cecil Paul, 94, Rugby, died Sunday, Aug. 10,
two others that will appear on the general election          Farmers Union policy opposes cutting the income tax,        2008, in a Rugby hospital.
ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Board of Governors            believing such a cut will lead to higher property taxes.      An active member of his community, Cecil also
is comprised of the presidents of all county Farmers         For consideration, North Dakota’s income tax is the         was a leader in Farmers Union and cooperatives.
Union organizations in North Dakota.                         third lowest in the nation. Presently, just $380 are        He served on the Pierce County Farmers Union
✔                                                            collected per capita.                                       board from 1943 to 1984. He served on the board
YES    Tobacco measure                                         North Dakota Farmers Union recommends a “No”
                                                             vote in opposition of this measure.
                                                                                                                         of directors for the Farmers Union Oil company
                                                                                                                         (1946-79) and Farmers Union Grain Elevator
  This measure appropriates new money from the                                                                           (1969-78). Cecil was president of Barton Farmers
tobacco settlement, called the Strategic Contribution
Fund, and creates a new fund that would be managed           ✔      Permanent Oil Tax                                    Union Local.

by a 9-member council. This council will use the funds        NO    Trust Fund Measure                                     He was born Jan. 26, 1914, to Henry and Helen
                                                                                                                         Paul near Rugby. He married Grace Rudolph
to create a comprehensive and effective program
                                                               This measure was passed during the last legislative       Feb. 25, 1943, in Rugby. She too was active in
to encourage youth not to begin smoking and also
to assist adults who want to quit smoking. Tobacco           session. If enacted, this measure will require all          Farmers Union. The Pauls hosted barn dances at
settlement payments are currently split between the          revenue from the oil extraction tax over the initial        their farm.
common schools trust fund, the water fund, and the           $100 million collected will be placed into a new
                                                             Permanent Oil Tax Trust Fund. During the biennium,            Cecil is survived by Grace; sons Tim of Hazen
health fund.                                                                                                             and RJay of Rugby; two grandchildren; four
                                                             lawmakers would be limited to using 20 percent of the
  At the time the tobacco lawsuit was tried, then            principal of this fund and only if the the action earns a   stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren;
Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp made a successful            75 percent majority in both the House and Senate.           two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
effort to secure an increased payment during the last
ten years of the settlement. It is from this increase that     North Dakota Farmers Union believes the existing
funds will be available to the new council.                  arrangement is working as intended. The current fund          Viola May Kopp, 92, Minot, and formerly of
                                                             allowed for property tax relief in the last Legislative     rural Des Lacs, died on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, in
  Tobacco use still remains North Dakota’s leading           session. The fund also provided for the Centers
preventable cause of death. Statistics show 874 North                                                                    an Edgeley nursing home.
                                                             of Excellence, the Lisbon Veteran’s Home and
Dakotans die each year from smoking. An estimated                                                                          In 1929, Viola wrote an essay entitled, “Why
                                                             improvements to the Dickinson Agriculture Research
11,000 North Dakota youth under the age of 18 are                                                                        Daddy Should Join Farmers Union,” when she
                                                             Center. The fund has an estimated balance of $137
projected to die prematurely from smoking. Almost                                                                        was just 14 years of age. The essay was published
                                                             million. If this measure is approved by voters, the
one-third of North Dakota’s high school seniors                                                                          in the Farmers Union Herald in 1929. Gladys
                                                             results will shut off a revenue source for property
smoke. Tobacco use in North Dakota also imposes                                                                          Talbott Edwards read the essay and used it as the
                                                             tax relief; and will limit the Legislature’s ability to
a staggering financial burden, with smoking-caused                                                                        foundation for a statewide essay contest. From this
direct-health care costs alone amounting to $247             consider legitimate requests for increasing funding
                                                             for education and for repairs to county roads and           initiative rose the North Dakota Farmers Union
million each year, and each North Dakota household
                                                             bridges.                                                    youth program. In 2005, Viola was honored at
paying $569 annually in hidden costs for smoking-
                                                                                                                         North Dakota Farmers Union’s convention which
caused expenditures.                                           There are many questions left unanswered by the
                                                                                                                         marked the 75th anniversary of the organization’s
  North Dakota Farmers Union policy has consistently         measure. Farmers Union opposes the measure as it
                                                                                                                         youth program.
asked for a portion of the tobacco settlement dollars        does not address the issues at hand; it only creates
to be used specifically for tobacco prevention and            more questions, such as:                                      Viola was born on Sept. 2, 1915, on the
control. For more information visit www.STPND.                                                                           family farm near Des Lacs to Horace and Nellie
                                                              Why does the measure require a change to the
com.                                                                                                                     (Groninger) Davy. She was raised on the family
                                                                                                                         farm and attended rural schools in that area prior
 NDFU recommends a “Yes” vote in favor of this                 Is this the right way to save money?                      to graduating from Des Lacs High School in 1933.
                                                               How will the state fund citizen priorities in the         She continued her education at the Trinity Hospital
                                                                                                                         School of Nursing in Minot and graduated as a
✔      Workers Safety and                                    future?
                                                               How quickly will the state be able to respond in
                                                                                                                         registered nurse in 1942. As a young adult she
YES    Insurance measure                                     times of crisis?
                                                                                                                         was employed at the Elbowoods Hospital.

  The initiative would place the North Dakota Governor                                                                     Viola married Othmar Kopp on Oct. 16, 1944, in
                                                               Why give power to a small minority due to the
in charge of hiring the director of Workforce Safety                                                                     Richardton. They made their home at Elbowwoods
                                                             “supermajority” vote of 75 percent to access the
and Insurance. Currently the director is appointed by                                                                    for three years, before moving to a farm near Des
a board of directors. WSI provides medical insurance,                                                                    Lacs in 1947. Viola was employed as a nurse for
lost wages and rehabilitation benefits for workers              Why would voters tie the hands of lawmakers from          several years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Minot.
who are injured on the job. Employees would have             reaching the decisions for which they were elected?         Othmar died on July 30, 1969.
civil service protection, and administrative law judges        This measure comes down to priorities. North                She especially enjoyed photography, gardening
would make final decisions in worker benefit appeals.          Dakota Farmers Union believes that a portion of the         and traveling.
WSI’s recent problems have been extensive and have           surplus money needs to be saved; however, some
drawn much media attention. North Dakota Farmers                                                                            Viola’s family includes: her children, Daniel
                                                             measure of revenue needs to be invested in restoring
Union policy calls for the Workforce Safety and                                                                          (Charlene) Kopp of Minneapolis, David (Ruth)
                                                             or upgrading roads, bridges and other critical
Insurance Agency to revert back to the Governor’s                                                                        Kopp of Burlington, Raymond (Katherine) Kopp
                                                             infrastructure of our state.
oversight.                                                                                                               of rural Des Lacs, Gary (Judy) Kopp of Charleston
                                                               North Dakota Farmers Union recommends a “No”              Ill., Janice (Steven) Moch of Edgeley, and Art
 NDFU recommends a “Yes” vote in favor of this               vote in opposition to this measure.
measure.                                                                                                                 (Teresa) Kopp of Bismarck; 18 grandchildren:
                                                                                                                         eight great-grandchildren; several nieces,
✔      Corporate and Individual                                                                                          nephews and cousins.
                                                                                                                           Viola was preceded in death by her parents;
 NO    Income Tax Measure                                                                                                husband; two infant grandchildren; and brothers,
  This measure would reduce individual income tax                                                                        John, Carl, Marvin and Bruce Davy.
by 50 percent and reduce corporate income tax by 15
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Biomass conference
set for Sept. 29
  Congress set a goal in the Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007 to annually produce 36 billion
gallons of renewable fuels by 2022 but implied that
as much as 21 billion gallons would be derived from
                                                           New farm bill. New acronyms.
sources such as cellulosic feedstock. The question
is how does the Northern Plains fit into this national      New opportunities.
                                                           We’ve got a new farm bill and new program acronyms. Learn how ACRE and SURE
  The answers may come to light at the “Northern
Plains Biomass Economy: What Makes Sense?”
                                                           can work for you. National Farmers Union President Tom Buis will explain the details
confrence set for Monday, Sept. 29, at the Ramada          of these programs and the latest news on implementation of the farm bill. Be sure
Plaza & Suites in Fargo.                                   to attend.
  The conference will examine issues related to the
production of fuels and materials from cellulosic
biomass and the potential impact on North Dakota
                                                                   Fargo         • September 24                • 8 a.m.         • Holiday Inn
and the surrounding region. Attendees will                                                                                        3803 13th Ave. S.
• Review the Federal mandate and              examine         Bismarck           • September 25                • 8 a.m.         • Doublewood Inn
  Congressional goals for bio-energy
                                                                                                                                  1400 E. Interchange Ave.
• Learn about the economic impact of corn and
  cellulose-based ethanol on U.S. agriculture                       Minot        • September 25                • 1:30 p.m. • Sleep Inn
• Acquire an understanding of the process technologies                                                                            2400 10th St. SW
  of the cellulosic industry, including pre-treatment
  technologies                                        • 800.366.NDFU
• Be updated on the ongoing research and development
  efforts of the NDSU/MBI Biomaterials initiative
  aimed at the commercialization of biobased
  nanofibers and biocomposites
• View exhibits of innovative ideas about opportunities
  in the bio-economy
• Consider the implications for agricultural
  producers, including the agronomics, harvesting,        Spanjer promoted                                        She is a native of Edgeley and a graduate of North
  transportation, storage and economics of producing                                Denise Spanjer has been     Dakota State University. She spends her leisure time
  cellulosic feedstock                                                           promoted to executive          playing golf, gardening, fishing and reading.
• Examine the community and regional socio-                                      director for the Center for      In 2004, she was recognized by the U.S. Small
  economic impacts of the bio-economy                                            Technology & Business          Business Administration as "North Dakota's
• Gain valuable insight in the financing, profitability                            (CTB). She takes on the        Outstanding Women's Business Advocate."
  and development of biofuel projects                                            leadership of CTB in its
                                                                                 10th year of providing           CTB serves as the U.S. Small Business
• Learn about the work of the EmpowerNorth Dakota                                                               Administration’s Women’s Business Center and
                                                                                 technology       education
  Commission                                                                                                    is funded by SBA and the ND Department of
                                                                                 and workforce training.
• Develop ideas to answer “What Makes Sense for                                  Spanjer formerly worked        Commerce.
  the Northern Plains?”                                                          as a business development        CTB provides practical community-based
• Enhance invaluable contacts for bioeconomy                                     specialist for the RE&T        technology curriculum to create jobs, enhance
  projects                                                Development Center of Mandan. In addition, she        workforce skills and expand business opportunities.
  For more information about the conference can           directed statewide education programs for North       The Center and local community trainers have
be found at               Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown for more than       provided computer training to more than 18,500
bioopportunities/conference/index.html.                   18 years.                                             rural adults in the state.

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The Popcorn Theories
Fact or Fabrication: What is really driving today’s food prices?
THE POPCORN THEORIES:                                     not corn. And a recent rationing of bulk rice sales at    improvements, accounting for an average 3-4 percent
                                                          Costco and Sam’s Club stores was blamed on ethanol,       increase per year.
LOOKING FOR A KERNEL OF TRUTH                             despite an ample amount of rice in the supply chain.
                                                                                                                    Other factors affecting corn production include
The rise in U.S. food costs over the past 18 months       The fact is U.S. production of corn, barley, wheat and    weather, market prices and input costs. Even with last
continues to impact every American. Many theories         rice has been, and continues to be, in excess of actual   year’s record-breaking production, it is projected that
have been put forth to explain why the retail food        food consumption and demand.                              8 percent fewer corn acres will be planted by U.S.
price inflation rate rose from 2.4 percent in 2006 to
4 percent in 2007, with the same increase expected        Consumers, who have been conditioned to always
for 2008. The most popular theory is that increasing      expect higher prices, need to ask themselves if the
biofuel production, specifically corn-based ethanol, is    theory being advanced by an industry is based on
responsible for the increase in food prices.              truth or profit margin, using a convenient scapegoat;
                                                          in this case, ethanol.
                                                          North Dakota Farmers Union’s goal in this publication
                                                          is to differentiate the facts from the fabrications –
                                                          fabrications being “The Popcorn Theories” – in the
                                                          discussion on what is driving today’s high food prices.
                                                          By accurately portraying the facts, we hope to educate
                                                          the media and public on food price increases.

                                                          ETHANOL & FOOD PRICES
                                                                                                                    farmers this year due to high input costs, such as
                                                          U.S. Corn Production                                      fuel and fertilizer, crop rotation considerations, and
                                                          Today’s most popular Popcorn Theory suggests              better prices for other crops that have a lower cost of
The theory’s premise suggests farmers are planting        high food prices are the result of ethanol production     production.
more acres to corn to take advantage of high              “stealing” acres from domestic production. The fact       Last year was a good illustration of how weather can
commodity prices, which subsequently takes acres          is, there is enough corn available in the U.S. to meet    create production shortfalls that at first glance seem to
out of production for other crops, thereby resulting      food and ethanol production needs. Both demand and        be tied to a shift in acreage to corn production.
in “shortages” that cause increased retail food prices.   production are increasing.
This thought permeates all sectors of the media and                                                                 Most major wheat growing regions in 2007
American economy, even the movie theater industry.        Yellow corn is the single largest crop grown in the       experienced weather-related production problems,
                                                          United States and is primarily used for animal feed and   including the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. In
By Pam Musland                                            ethanol production, not human consumption. It can         response, wheat prices reached record levels and U.S.
                                                          be argued that current supply and demand statistics       export demand skyrocketed as world wheat stocks
Communications Specialist                                 show the U.S. is using excess corn production to meet     reached new lows.
                                                          ethanol production demands without cutting into
Earlier this year, Kansas City-based AMC                                                                            While some have blamed U.S. farmers for shifting
                                                          domestic use supplies.
Entertainment Inc. announced it was increasing the                                                                  wheat acreage to corn, very little U.S. wheat acreage
price of popcorn at its movie theaters by 25 cents                                                                  is suitable for corn production. It takes more water to
due to a jump in corn prices. The fact is, to warrant a                                                             grow corn than wheat and most of the wheat acreage
25-cent increase in a one-gallon bag of popcorn, the                                                                that could be converted to higher value commodities,
price per bushel for unpopped corn would have to be                                                                 such as corn or soybeans, was converted long ago.
nearly $50. The current market price for a bushel of                                                                However, that didn’t negate the Popcorn Theorists
popcorn is about $7.28.                                                                                             from suggesting that high food prices were the result
Stated another way, if the price paid to farmers were                                                               of a shift in wheat acres to corn acres, rather than a
to double from roughly 2 to 4 cents for every tub of                                                                poor production year globally for wheat.
popcorn sold at $5 at the movies, the true financial
impact would be miniscule given the fact that $5                                                                    THE FARMER’S SHARE
worth of popcorn kernels already generates $1,250 in                                                                Obviously, planting decisions are based on multiple
movie theater sales.                                                                                                factors – production costs, distance to market, crop
While movie theaters and other businesses have every      In 2007, corn production in the United States             rotation for soil health, etc. – not just commodity prices.
right to absorb wholesale cost increases through          increased by 2.6 billion bushels (from 10.7 billion in    Farmers, however, do respond to the marketplace as
retail pricing, their justifications should not pass off   2006 to 13.3 billion in 2007), according to statistics    evidenced by increased corn production and have
a fabrication as fact.                                    from the United States Department of Agriculture          deservedly enjoyed the benefit of higher commodity
                                                          (USDA). The 13.3 billion mark set an all time record      prices. But farmers are not getting rich at the expense
The fact is, corn and other commodity prices have                                                                   of the American public, as another Popcorn Theory
                                                          for corn production in the U.S. Of the 2.6 billion
little to do with today’s rising cost of food. Many of                                                              suggests.
                                                          bushel increase, new ethanol demand only accounted
the explanations for why food prices are rising are as
                                                          for 600 million bushels or about 4 percent of the total   It would seem logical that if farmers are being paid
fluffy and fabricated as some of the most memorable
                                                          production. The remaining 2 billion bushels of new        more for what they produce, then food products that
characters to have ever graced the silver screen.
                                                          corn grown was used for feed, food and exports above      contain those commodities should increase as well.
For example, ethanol production was blamed for the        and beyond 2006 levels. There also were record high       That is certainly the case, but food cost increases
Mexican tortilla shortage last year, despite the fact     corn exports of 2.9 billion bushels.                      have never been proportionate to what farmers and
that tortillas are made from white corn, not yellow                                                                 ranchers receive. In fact, high commodity prices are
                                                          Contributing to this production increase has been
corn. The rising price of beer was also blamed on                                                                   the long-standing scapegoat for retailers and the food
                                                          higher yield output. Yields have risen dramatically
corn ethanol, even though rice and barley make beer,                                                                processing industry in justifying outrageous price
                                                          in the past 10 years, thanks to seed and fertilizer
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                                                                                                                              Corn prices affect only a segment of consumer foods
                                                                                                                              – primarily livestock, poultry and dairy – as corn is an
                                                                                                                              important ingredient for animal feed.
                                                                                                                              Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products account
                                                                                                                              for only a fifth of the CPI for food, which is only 15
                                                                                                                              percent of the overall CPI. So while it is tempting to
                                                                                                                              blame food price increases on high corn prices, most
                                                                                                                              of the increase in food prices occurred in foods not
                                                                                                                              impacted by corn.
                                                                                                                              U.S. household savings from ethanol production
                                                                                                                              Crop-based fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are
                                                                                                                              becoming a crucial component of our global energy
                                                                                                                              Global production of biofuels is rising annually by
                                                                                                                              the equivalent of about 300,000 barrels of oil a day.
          20¢                                                          80¢                                                    That goes a long way toward offsetting the growing
    Farmer’s Share                      Marketing, Processing, Wholesaling, Distribution & Retailing Share                    demand for oil, which last year rose by about 900,000
                                                                source of low cost, high quality food in the world.           barrels a day.
hikes, such as the 25-cent-a-bag increase in movie
theater popcorn cited earlier.                                  The percent of household spending on food and                 The fact is, without biofuels, oil prices would be
                                                                nonalcoholic beverages in the U.S. totaled 5.8 percent        even higher. According to Merrill Lynch commodity
Unlike other industries, farmers and ranchers do not
                                                                in 2006, according to the most recent statistics              strategist Francisco Blanch, oil and gasoline prices
set the price for the things they grow or raise. Food is
                                                                available from USDA’s Economic Research Service.              would be about 15 percent higher if biofuel producers
not an optional commodity like TVs or perfume. There
                                                                That compares to 9.3 percent spent on food in Canada,         weren’t increasing their output. That means the U.S.
will always be a demand for farmers and ranchers to
                                                                24.5 percent in Mexico, 27.8 percent in China, and            average price for regular unleaded gasoline would
provide food, feed, fiber, and now fuel for America.
                                                                51.6 percent in Azerbaijan (the highest of all nations        increase 50 cents a gallon without biofuels.
Unfortunately, farmers are “price takers.” Cargill and
other large corporations are “price makers.”                    polled).                                                      Specifically, the average U.S. household saved
                                                                                                                              between $100 and $510 from March 2007 to March
The fact is, farmers will remain at the mercy of the            ENERGY COSTS                                                  2008 due to increased ethanol production, according
marketplace due to the perishable nature of the things          Fuel & Transportation                                         to a study by the Renewable Fuels Association.
they grow and the multitude of uncontrollable variables
that impact their operations – everything from weather          The most significant factor driving high food costs            So at a time when oil companies are posting record
and world stocks to input costs, trade agreements and           today is oil at $140 per barrel (price as of early July       profits, we can be grateful biofuel production is
currency fluctuations.                                           2008). Without question, the price of oil has forced          lowering the cost of gasoline, improving America’s
                                                                the cost of food higher, as the average food item             energy independence, and revitalizing rural
It is also clear that producers have not been                   travels more than 1,500 miles before reaching the
compensated adequately from the marketplace.                                                                                  economies.
                                                                final consumer.
According to USDA, American farmers and ranchers                                                                              According to an LECG study (, more
receive only 20 cents of every food dollar that                                                                               than 228 million barrels of oil were displaced by
consumers spend on food at home or away from home.                                                                            the 6.5 billion gallons of ethanol produced in 2007.
Non-farm costs – marketing, processing, wholesaling,                                                                          While critics say our government is subsidizing and
distribution and retailing – account for 80 cents of                                                                          mandating the use of ethanol through a renewable
every food dollar spent in the United States.                                                                                 fuels standard, the subsidies pale in comparison to
                                                                                                                              the amount spent subsidizing oil companies through
The fact is, the farmer’s share of the consumer food                                                                          incentives and protecting shipping lanes to import oil
dollar has been shrinking for decades. In 1952,                                                                               from the most unstable region of the world.
farmers earned 47 cents of every dollar spent on food
compared to today’s 20 cents. In an 18 oz. box of corn                                                                        According to a 2005 Government Accountability
flakes selling for $4.95, the farmer’s share is just 14                                                                        Office report, the U.S. has spent more than $130
cents. Even if the price of corn doubled, the retail cost                                                                     billion subsidizing the oil industry over the past 32
per box should only increase an additional 14 cents.                                                                          years. This does not account for the billions spent
                                                                                                                              to protect our military interests in the Middle East.
Huge increases to the cost of inputs and fuel are                                                                             So the next time concern is voiced over the cost of
                                                                The fact is, studies have shown that energy costs
having a profound impact on food production,                                                                                  groceries, hold the cost of Mideast oil accountable
                                                                have twice the impact on the Consumer Price Index
including planting and harvesting, processing and                                                                             rather than American farmers.
                                                                (CPI) for food than the price of corn.
transportation. Farmers are paying 65 percent more
for fertilizer today than they did a year ago. Fuel has         Over the past seven years, gasoline prices have               THE WEAK DOLLAR
also increased 43 percent from last year’s already              increased 198 percent per gallon, diesel fuel prices
                                                                                                                              Export Demand
high prices. Seed has increased 30 percent and crop             have increased almost 250 percent per gallon and
chemicals, such as herbicides and insecticides, have            crude oil has increased 453 percent according to the          Corn, like other commodities, is in demand
increased 4 percent.                                            Energy Information Agency of the Department of                worldwide. This is due to rapidly growing economies
                                                                Energy.                                                       and a growing middle class in Asia, Latin America
It should also be noted that today’s corn prices would                                                                        and Africa. Demand there is high for meat and dairy
be considerably higher if parity were implemented.              A 33 percent increase in crude oil prices (about a $1         products as people now can afford an improved and
(Parity is the price farmers would receive if farm              per gallon increase in the price of regular gasoline)         balanced diet that includes protein.
prices had increased at the same rate as expenses,              results in a 0.6 to 0.9 percent increase in the CPI for
using 1910-1914 as a base period.) The current price            food, while an equivalent increase in corn prices ($1 a       At the same time, the value of the dollar, which has
for a bushel of corn is averaging $5.13. The parity price       bushel) would cause the index to rise only 0.3 percent,       fallen to a 30-year low, has made the price of U.S.
is $8.15. In real dollars, food is still cheaper now than if    according to a recent report by LECG, a global expert         commodities very competitive abroad. The result has
farmers were paid their full cost of production in relation     services company.                                             been record-breaking agricultural exports in terms
to other economic sectors.                                                                                                    of volume, despite record high market prices. Total
                                                                Petroleum and energy prices affect virtually all aspects of   agriculture exports in 2007 amounted to nearly $90
The fact is, Americans still enjoy the most abundant            agricultural transportation, processing and distribution.     billion, an increase of $20 billion over 2006.
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                                                         supply needs. Globally, world demand for corn is on
                                                         the rise and provides an economic opportunity for
                                                         American producers.
                                                         Market speculators
                                                         Accentuating today’s high commodity prices is the
                                                         impact of speculative investment in commodity
                                                         Commodities have long been viewed as a defensive
                                                         asset class, earning favorable returns in times of
                                                         inflation at a time when stocks and bonds generally
                                                         decline, according to the Agricultural and Food Policy
                                                         Center at Texas A&M University. But the recent flood
                                                         of speculative money out of the stock market and
                                                         into commodity markets is increasing price volatility
This market situation has lowered U.S. food stocks       and pushing the prices of raw commodities and food
which, in turn, has helped drive domestic food           products higher as investors chase paper profits.
prices higher. Once again, ethanol is absent from the    It is also creating a perilous situation in rural
equation.                                                America. With the billions of index fund dollars
                                                                                                                  calls on hedge contracts. These contracts have long
Interestingly, the current market situation is demand-   from pension and other investment houses pouring
                                                                                                                  been a financial tool for farmers and grain elevators to
based in nature, not supply-based, as Popcorn            into hot commodity markets, many bread-and-butter
                                                                                                                  manage the legitimate risk of marketing crops.
Theorists espouse. America is meeting its domestic       agriculture businesses are facing skyrocketing margin
                                                                                                                  But as margin calls increase, local cooperatives and
                                                                                                                  private grain elevators have hit their credit limits from
                                                                                                                  their lenders and are being forced out of the market.
                                                                                                                  If farmers can no longer afford to forward price their
                                                                                                                  commodities to lock in better commodity prices, a
                                                                                                                  real train wreck in the countryside seems imminent,
                                                                                                                  especially in light of skyrocketing input costs such as
                                                                                                                  fuel and fertilizer.
                                                                                                                  The Commodity Futures Trading Commission
                                                                                                                  recently responded by announcing several initiatives
                                                                                                                  to improve oversight of the futures markets and the
                                                                                                                  types of traders in the marketplace, including “large
                                                                                                                  index traders.”

                                                                                                                  Facts & Fabrications
                                                                                                                  Rising food prices are affecting every American
                                                                                                                  household; the primary culprit is high energy costs,
                                                                                                                  not ethanol production. The price of oil has forced the
                                                                                                                  cost of food higher, as the average food item travels
                                                                                                                  more than 1,500 miles before reaching the final
                                                                                                                  Many theories – Popcorn Theories – have been offered
                                                                                                                  by the media and others to explain what is driving
                                                                                                                  today’s high food prices. Their theories ring hollow.
                                                                                                                  They include everything from ethanol production
                                                                                                                  stealing acres from other crops, thereby creating
                                                                                                                  commodity shortages and driving food prices higher,
                                                                                                                  to farmers simply getting rich at the expense of the
                                                                                                                  American public.
                                                                                                                  An independent analysis reveals a multitude of factors
                                                                                                                  are driving food prices higher: the price of oil, weather-
                                                                                                                  related production shortages, the weak dollar, growing
                                                                                                                  export demand from developing world economies, and
                                                                                                                  market speculation, to name a few.
                                                                                                                  The fact is, ethanol production is lowering the cost of
                                                                                                                  gasoline. Each U.S. household saved between $100
                                                                                                                  and $510 from March 2007 to March 2008 due to
                                                                                                                  increased ethanol production.
                                                                                                                    High fuel and transportation costs will continue
                                                                                                                  to elevate food prices, even while today’s biofuel
                                                                                                                  production is lowering gasoline prices by about 50
                                                                                                                  cents a gallon (regular unleaded gasoline).
                                                                                                                    In the end, consumers must ask themselves who
                                                                                                                  profits from the production of imported oil and who
                                                                                                                  profits from the production of renewable fuel. The
                                                                                                                  answer is a choice between the Middle East and the
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                                                                                                                         Risk Management

Back to school tips                                                                                                    PRODUCTION LEADERS
                                                                                                                       FOR THE MONTH OF JULY
                                                                                                                       Farmers Union agents are on the job,
                                                                                                                       serving policyholders in communities
                                                                                                                       across North Dakota. They offer insurance
                                                                                                                       coverage for your family, your farm and
                                                                                                                       your business.
                                                                                                                         “No one knows more about the risk
                                                                                                                       management needs of farmers, ranchers,
                                                                                                                       residents of rural communities and big
                                                                                                                       cities, and cooperatives, than hometown
                                                                                                                       Farmers Union Insurance agents,” says
                                                                                                                       Gary Geiszler, marketing manager for
                                                                                                                       Farmers Union Insurance.
                                                                                                                       Policies are tailored for city or farm,
                                                                                                                       home, auto, life, long-term care, marine,
                                                                                                                       personal property, crop, small business or

School Bus                                                     move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as
                                                               possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if
• If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts,      the seat belts do not fit properly without it.
  make sure your child uses one at all times when in         • Remember that many crashes occur while novice
  the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have lap/       teen drivers are going to and from school. You
  shoulder belts, encourage the school to buy or lease         should limit the number of teen passengers to
  buses with lap/shoulder belts.                               prevent driver distraction; this is even required by           LIFE               ANNUITIES
• Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from          law in many states. Do not allow your teen to drive        Dwight Byron           Mike Nelson
  the curb.                                                    while eating, drinking, or talking on a cell phone.         Park River             Washburn
• Do not move around on the bus.
• Check to see that no other traffic is coming before
  crossing.                                                  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short
                                                               or long the ride.
• Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus
  driver.                                                    • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto
Car                                                          • Use appropriate hand signals.
                                                             • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
• All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an
                                                             • Wear bright color clothing to increase visibility.
  age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster                                                                  LONG TERM CARE       FUMI Comm. Lines
  seat.                                                      • Know the “rules of the road.”                             Dennie Stratton       Tom Sanders
• Your child should ride in a car safety seat with a                                                                        Mohall              Jamestown
  harness as long as possible and then ride in a belt-
                                                             Walking to School
  positioning booster seat. Your child is ready for a        • Make sure your child’s walk to a school is a safe
  booster seat when she has reached the top weight or          route with well-trained adult crossing guards at
  height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above         every intersection.
  the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the
                                                             • Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills.
  top of the seat.
                                                               Because small children are impulsive and less
• Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster         cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether
  seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly (usually     or not your child is ready to walk to school without
  when the child reaches about 4’ 9” in height and             adult supervision.
  is between 8 to 12 years of age). This means the           • Bright colored clothing will make your child more                       AUTO &
  shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and        visible to drivers.                                                  FUMI Pers. Lines
  shoulder, not the neck or throat; the lap belt
                                                                                                                                      Al Weigel
  is low and snug across the thighs, not the
  stomach; and the child is tall enough to sit
  against the vehicle seat back with her legs
  bent at the knees and feet hanging down.
• All children under 13 years of age should
  ride in the rear seat of vehicles. If you
  must drive more children than can fit in the
  rear seat (when carpooling, for example),

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Union Farmer               Other Voices

 Seed giant flexes muscle                                                                Predicting the future is hazardous:
 by Alan Guebert • The Farm and Food File                                               more so if half the facts are ignored
   In late March, Monsanto Co. sent a “Dear Valued Customer” letter to most             by Daryll E. Ray • University of Tennessee’s Ag Policy Center
 U.S. corn and soybean farmers. The reason, wrote Jim Zimmer, Monsanto’s
 vice president of U.S. branded business, was “to discuss… some current                   In times like these, it is good to do a reality check. We are being bombarded
 marketplace dynamics that will directly affect you in terms of increased prices        with prognostications that make major crop farmers smile and livestock farmers
 for Monsanto’s line of Roundup herbicides for 2008.”                                   cringe.
   Demand of glyphosate, Roundup’s generic counterpart, “is at an all time                The future that is being described is one of tight crop supplies and elevated
 high,” explained Zimmer. As such, “ …we have seen the demand for Roundup               prices. Crop agriculture, they tell us, is slated to finally move to the promised land
 brand herbicide increase more than our current ability to supply.”                     of lucrative market-generated incomes (plus $5 billion in direct payments).
   That’s a problem, he continued, because “We have a reliable supplier                   And, livestock farmers’ frowns are also projected to turn into smiles – eventually.
 commitment to farmers who choose to purchase Roundup Ready technology                  The current financial pain of livestock agriculture will fade as livestock numbers
 and who choose to purchase Roundup brand herbicide, that we will have                  are sufficiently adjusted so higher livestock prices will more than cover higher feed
 supply available.” The solution?                                                       costs.
   “Our competitive challenges have put our commitment at risk, forcing us to            This future is a very appealing place. So what is behind all this optimism?
 increase our price for Roundup herbicide.”                                             Basically it’s all about demand. Ethanol is, of course, part of the story.
   Golly, a farmer who telephoned me about the letter asked, “how much is                 Ethanol’s appetite for grain-based feedstock has been a primary force in corn
 their promise to me going to cost me?”                                                 demand growth over the last two years, no question about that. And as US land
   Globally, about $411 million, the amount Roundup net sales increased                 resources shifted to corn and away from soybeans and other crops, prices for other
 from March through May over the same three months in 2007, according to                crops increased markedly as well.
 Monsanto’s third quarter, Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange                So will ethanol sustain the long-term profitability of crop agriculture? Not
 Commission June 27. That’s a 54 percent increase.                                      really—and it is only one of several factors that have influenced crop markets in
   Additionally, the 10-Q reports, “Net sales of Roundup and other glyphosate-          the last two years. The ethanol effect will continue to be an influence on major crop
 based herbicides increased 63 percent “in the nine-month comparison” with              agriculture for a few years, but then demand for grain-based ethanol will level off,
 fiscal 2007’s first three quarters.                                                      no longer exceeding the growth in production.
   Remarkably, however, that $1.2 billion increase in Roundup sales, notes the            Most of the optimism about long-run agricultural demand is based on anticipated
 10-Q, was posted despite a seven percent sales volume drop in “Roundup and             changes on the international scene. One of these changes is the increase in incomes
 other glyphosate-based herbicides in third quarter 2008” and only an eight             in developing countries, especially China and India – a growing middle class.
 percent increase in global Roundup sales for the nine-month period ending                Another major anticipated change in the international arena is the successful
 in May.                                                                                completion of the Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations.
   Clearly, Roundup – mostly because Monsanto boosted its price – hit a home            With the possible exception of the EU, each and every country seems to think
 run. “Gross profit increased $927 million because of higher sales of Roundup            that its agriculture will benefit from a successful Doha round as long as all other
 and other glyphosate-based herbicides in the first nine months of 2008.”                countries hold up their end of deal.
   What Monsanto did for Roundup herbicide this spring, it promises to do for             This is particularly true for the U.S. With the guarantee of market access,
 Roundup seed corn next year, according to a July interview company officials            commodity groups, farm organizations, and the Administration are betting a large
 held with DTN and Progressive Farmer editors.                                          chunk of otherwise potential government payments that ever-increasing exports
   Indeed, wrote Marcia Taylor for DTN after the gathering, “Even the list              resulting from the growing Chinese and Indian middle classes will increase US
 price on seed corn will topple the $300 per bag barrier starting this fall, up         farm income and make those payments unnecessary.
 about $95 to $100 per bag, or 35 percent on average, according to Monsanto               In recent years, China and India’s incomes have been growing – often at double-
 officials…”                                                                             digit pace. In fact, that income growth is typically given as an important reason for
   Monsanto, “thinks it deserves some extra profit sharing,” offered Taylor              recent, as well as future, increases in commodity prices.
 because it “claims” its triple-stacked, genetically modified corn hybrids                 This winter – at a commodity outlook meeting near you – expect to see graphs
 deliver a 12 bu. yield advantage over competitors in a normal year and maybe           showing recent income growth in China and India and graphs of U.S. exports of
 as much as a 35 bu. increase in a dry year.                                            certain farm commodities to China.
   As such, the company – which estimates 76 percent of all its 2009 seed corn             Before turning to the long-run effect of China and India, let’s consider their recent
 sales will be triple stacked varieties – wants a hunk of that value. In short,         impact on US agricultural demand. While China and India have experienced rapid
 that’s why seed prices are set to soar.                                                income growth, trade data suggest that US agriculture has benefited relatively
   But, John Jansen, a Monsanto executive, told the editors, the company is             little.
 certain its seed is so hot that “We can pass the red-faced test from the Panhandle       China exports more corn than it imports, U.S. soybean exports to China have
 of Texas to McLean County, IL.”                                                        increased, but Brazil has captured the lion’s share of the growth in world soybean
   Well, maybe not your red-faced test; so you check out a competitor.                  exports, most of the U.S. poultry exports to China are chicken parts for which there
 Again, according to Monsanto’s most recent 10-Q: “In the first quarter 2008,            is no lucrative market in the U.S., and China continues to produce more of other
 Monsanto entered into an agreement on corn herbicide tolerance and insect              meats than it consumes.
 control technologies with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc… (whereby                   India as an importer of major agricultural commodities is currently a non-starter.
 Monsanto will receive) cumulative cash receipts of $725 million over an                Mentioning India in a discussion of factors positively affecting current-period U.S.
 eight-year period.” Drat. How about a soybean competitor?                              agriculture demand and prices is at best distracting.
   “In third quarter 2008, Monsanto and Syngenta entered into a Roundup
                                                                                          It would be wrong to think that the recent increases in incomes in China and
 Ready 2 Yield Soybean License Agreement… (under which) the minimum
                                                                                        India are a major cause of the U.S. demand and price increases of the last couple of
 obligation from Syngenta over this (nine-) year period is $81 million,” reports
                                                                                        years. But what about in the future? Well, it’s a maybe at best.
 the 10-Q.
                                                                                          “It is a maybe at best” because of what is missing in the unbridled optimism of
   Is Monsanto everywhere? Almost; according to its June SEC filing, it
                                                                                        agriculture’s future. As we said earlier, the optimism is all about demand. Virtually
 recently bought a vegetable seed company in Europe, a seed corn company in
                                                                                        without exception, discussions of what lies ahead for agriculture says nothing
 Guatemala, another in Brazil…
                                                                                                                                                         Food future: pg. 14
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                                                                                         for late model Case IH combine; misc.        FOR SALE: Gleaner L, 2 heads, very          FOR SALE: ’66 Chevy single axle
                                                                                         Case IH combine parts. Ph: 337-6865.         good cond., $2,500; 760 Massey hydro,       grain truck, 292 6 cyl. eng., 4x2 spd.,
                                                                                         Brooks Heer, Douglas.                        V-8, 2 heads, $1,500; dolly for semi        8.25 tires, steel box & hoist w/3 sets
                                                                                         FOR SALE: IH 1480 combine w/24’              trailer, 11x24.5, single tires, $500. Ph:   of wooden top boxes, good roll tarp,
                                                                                         810 straight head,lots of improvements,      862-3450. Bob Andes, Jr., Parshall.         plumbed for 2 drill fill augers, good
Farm Equipment                              Farm Equipment                               IH 914, red tip combine, Melroe pickup
                                                                                         head, both in good shape & field ready.
                                                                                                                                      FOR SALE: Letz 163 burr mill; steel         cond. Ph: 952-8973 or 489-3493 or 251-
                                                                                                                                                                                  1486. Glen Nagel, Jamestown.
                                                                                                                                      posts; 120 7’ U posts; used Schulte
FOR SALE: Canola roller for 30’             FOR SALE: IHC 820 flex header, 20’;           Ph: 843-8068. Randy Binstock.                RS hyd. rock picker; F10 Farmhand           FOR SALE: ’46 Cessna 140 airplane,
swather, $500 obo. Ph: 784-5987.            Richardton silage wagon. Ph: 269-3162.       FOR SALE: 2-100 JD 16’ chisel                w/weigh all Snoco bale loader; h.d.         112 hrs. on new cyl., pistons & bending
David Brossart, Lansford.                   Randy Land, Kulm.                            plows, 1 w/Herman harrow; 18 1/2’ IH         Russell Reliance grader, 10’; 10’ h.d.      mags, new prop & windshield, new
FOR SALE: Sovema V-rake 10 wheels           FOR SALE: 320 dual loader bucket             vibra shank; flex roller, fits under self      V packer; 5-bottom packer w/hitch; 8        battery, annual due Dec. 2008. Ph: 683-
w/2 additional wheels on kicker,            & grapple fork, $650; New Idea round         propelled swather; 7’ spiral packer, flex     steel grain bins, 1,000-12,400 bu. w/       5925. Robert Moellenkamp, Lisbon.
excellent shape, used on less than 300      baler, $525. Ph: 624-5207. Melvin            coil. Ph: 232-2694. Bill Meyer, Wilton.      steel floor; 12’ long utility poles; 6’      FOR SALE: ’89 Ford Bronco XLT,
acres, $6,500; Reese mower/swather          Heizelman, Sawyer.                           FOR SALE: ’78 IHC 1460 combine,              JD combine w/2 cyl. motor & ground          rebuilt eng. good tires, runs good,
tough machine, uses blades on drums to                                                   new tires, air foil sieve, chaff spreader,   driven reel, new & used 10:0020 truck       $1,800. Ph: 251-1121. Dan Gilbertson,
                                            FOR SALE: Tractor chains, 16.9x30,
cut, not bothered by moisture, wind or                                                   13’ 810 header w/378 Melroe pickup,          tires; IHC 2 row hyd. cult. for H or M;     Jamestown.
                                            $100. Ph: 943-2491 leave message,
mole hills, great cond. $6,000. Ph: 863-                                                 make offer. Ph: 547-2560. Skeet Ehni,        Peterson dual rims 18.4-34 to 23.1-30.
                                            Adam Hoff, Wing.                                                                                                                      FOR SALE: ’99 Mercury Grand
6882. Dale Orf, Grassy Butte.                                                            Fessenden.                                   Ph: 584-2025. Elmer Lemke, Bentley.
                                            FOR SALE: 4010 Concord air seeder,                                                                                                    Marquis LS, V-8 eng., auto trans,
FOR SALE: JD 800 self-propelled                                                          FOR SALE: 24’ Gleaner straight header        WANTED: Int. 3650 round baler for           gray color, 1 owner, always shedded,
                                            pull behind 2,000 tank-hyd. fan, NH3
21’ swather, good cond. Ph: 628-2879.                                                    to fit a M & M2 or L & L-2 variable spd.      parts. Ph: 728-6402. Martin & Donita        nice cond., $3,900 obo. Ph: 593-6397.
                                            vertical dams, hyd. winch, new bushings
Carolyn Feldman, Palermo.                                                                drive, good shape, shedded, 20 miles         Marquart, Glenburn.                         Dennis Erickson, Lankin.
                                            in shanks & packer wheel pivots, spare
FOR SALE: Rebuilt 5’ loader bucket          wheels & tires, misc. parts; 4840 MF         NW of Williston, $800 obo. Ph: 875-          WANTED: 1 or more 16” bottoms or            FOR SALE: ’90 Dodge van, runs well,
w/3 tine grapple fork, cyl. included,       4 wd. 7,470 hrs., lower end overhaul,        4280. Floyd Miller, Williston.               whole plow for a 66A JD. Ph: 853-2228.      recent rebuild on trans., needs main
to fit Farmhand F-11 loader, $350. Ph:       plumbed & wired for above air seeder,        FOR SALE: 2 - 18.4x26, $100 ea. &            Derald Bugner, Reeder.                      wiring harness replaced, $425 obo, van
647-2763. Keith Giesler, Kulm.              23.1x34 tires; 2 - 670 gal. fuel tanks on    4 - 24.5x32, $50 ea. tractor tires; 2 -      WANTED: Late model 30’ self-                will have a new battery in before sold;
                                            stand; trailer w/1,000 gal. water tank       12x16.5 Bobcat tires, $35 ea.; 2 - 103       propelled swather, bat wing mower           ’88 Dodge Dynasty, 4 dr. sedan, runs
FOR SALE: 2 WC AC tractors, both
                                            3” pump; JD 41’ 1610 chisel plow; JI         Melroe spray coupes for parts, $100.         10-20 ft., needs to be in good cond. Ph:    well, recent trans. rebuild, new alt.,new
have good tires & rims, both have add-
                                            Case 1070 tractor w/loader, only 4,000       Ph: 725-4975. Allen Brown, Des Lacs.         337-6865. Brooks Heer, Douglas.             tires in front, car will have new battery
on hyd., 1 w/3 pt. & loader, 1 w/front
                                            hrs. Ph: 339-139. Dennis Gullickson,                                                                                                  in it if sold, $600 obo. Ph: 459-2820.
mount Erskine snow blower, both are                                                      FOR SALE: ’72 Ford F600 truck, 2 ton,        WANTED: 1 or 2 dual rib front tractor
                                            Bowbells.                                                                                                                             Leroy Nelson, Sherwood.
narrow front, snow blower is driven off                                                  15’ box, hoist, excellent tires, $3,000;     tires, size 6.00x16, must be good cond.
pto & so is hyd. pump, used last winter.    FOR SALE: 20’ JD 220 disc w/Herman           Crown rock picker, $700. Ph: 839-6143        Ph: 252-4251. Clayton Scheaffer,            FOR SALE: Hardwood walking plow
Ph: 274-8966 between 8 & 10 p.m.            harrows; 4 wheel chopped hay feeder.         or 720-2637. Steve Axness, Minot.            Buchanan.                                   handles, $32 a pair, price includes
John Travis, Mooreton.                      Ph: 465-0233. Rodney Schatz, Drake.                                                                                                   shipping. Ph: 628-2583. Edwin
                                                                                         FOR SALE: ’51 IHC Farmall M wide             WANTED: Front grill pieces for E-3
                                                                                                                                                                                  Walhaug, Palermo.
FOR SALE: New 12 1/2 gauge barb             FOR SALE: No. 8 JD 7’ mower w/               front, 2-way hyd. off belly, pump tires,     Co-op or #30 Cockshutt tractor, will
wire, used & new T posts, Big Valley        sickle; canola roller for 30’ swather;       not the best, but has good tin; 8’ heavy     consider complete tractor for parts. Ph:    FOR SALE: 26’x30’ Coverall brand
auto head catch, calf puller, hoof          conventional rotor for 1688 combine,         duty tree cult. $1,500 obo for the 2. Ph:    235-2784. Rodney Keller, Fargo.             storage building, new in crate, set up
trimmer, etc.; 4230 IHC tractor, 4          good shape; 1,300 gal. fiberglass tank        852-5598. Jim Zaback, Minot.                                                             in a weekend, it’s wind & hail resistant;
                                                                                                                                      WANTED: 23.1x26 Diamond tread               10’x10’ roll up door. Ph: 206-0082.
wheel, cab, air 3 valve w/Allied loader,    on gooseneck trailer. Ph: 784-5987.                                                       implement tires, matched pair with/
                                                                                         FOR SALE: ’45 A Int. tractor, new                                                        Marcus Fischer, Bowman.
bucket w/grapple fork, snow scoop &         David Bossart, Lansford.                                                                  without rims, in very good cond., would
                                                                                         tires, good motor, good cond. Ph: 754-
heavy duty tine fork. Ph: 845-3004.         FOR SALE: ’87 Freightliner 13 spd.                                                        consider Firestone. Ph: 486-3354 or         FOR SALE: Pickup grill guard, extra
                                                                                         2472. Alvin Gross, Napoleon.
Robert Eggert, Valley City.                 new tires, good shape; ’78 Cornhusker                                                     e-mail David           heavy duty, like new, 1/2 price of new.
                                                                                         FOR SALE: Crary 4-row hyd. rotary                                                        Ph: 256-2406 leave message. Richard
FOR SALE: ’92 825 Belarus FWA               trailer, good tarp & tires; 8210 Case                                                     Deutscher, Medina.
                                                                                         bean cutter; Big-H 6 or 8-row hyd. bean                                                  Hamann, Langdon.
tractor w/690 Leon loader & grab fork,      IH 21’ pull type swather; 25’ of Lucke                                                    WANTED: 20’ JD 750 no-till drill,
                                                                                         rod weeder; JD #800 21’ swather for
3,600 hrs. $5,700. Ph: 843-7421. Pat        sunflower pans; 8” Wheatland hyd.                                                          must be in good shape. Ph: 225-6351.        FOR SALE: ’75 Ford Torino Elite, 2
                                                                                         parts; slant 6 eng. Ph: 326-4315. Ron
Erhardt, Almont.                            transfer auger. Ph: 748-6542. Larry                                                                                                   dr. Ph: 326-4315. Ron Haugen, Aneta.
                                                                                         Haugen, Aneta.                               Marilyn Wanner, Gladstone.
FOR SALE: Skidsteer equipment 60”           Berger, Hazen.                                                                                                                        FOR SALE: ’82 Lund 5.3 Tyee, 90
                                                                                         FOR SALE: Int. #210 swather, 14’                                                         hp. Evinrude, trailer, tarp, spare tire,
- 84” dirt buckets $550 - $800; 72” -       FOR SALE: 3288 tractor w/Farmhand
                                                                                         header, new tires, new canvases,                                                         Eagle Ultra depth finder, some peeling
96” high back material buckets, $650        235 loader & grapple, chloride in rear
                                                                                         shedded from new, runs like a top; JD                                                    paint & carpet in fair cond, otherwise
- $900; used bucket 74”, $400; used         tires, tires are 80%, heat & air work
                                                                                         40’ pickup sprayer, 8 hp. motor, works                                                   in good cond. Ph: 748-5369 or e-mail
JD loader bucket 108”, $350; fork lift      great, 3 pt. hitch, 2 sets of hydraulics,
                                                                                         good, always shedded, $500, choice or
$450 - $700; snow bucket trailer or golf    540 & 1,000 pto, only 5,000 hrs., starts
                                                                                         $900 for both. Ph: 597-3107. Bill Koch,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Goodwin, Hazen.
cart used $350; pickup box trailer $350,    & runs great. Ph: 206-0082. Marcus
includes sales tax, delivery available.     Fischer, Bowman.                             Raleigh.                                     FOR SALE: Ford pickup, club cab             FOR SALE: ’92 Corvette convertible,
Ph: 647-2825. Calvin McCullogh,             FOR SALE: AgShield canola pusher,            FOR SALE: 2 used 11.2 36” tractor            w/topper, F150. 2x4, less than 80,000       black w/black top & black leather
Kulm.                                       30’ w/transport trailer, $7,500; Beline      tires, 1 on IHC rim, 1 14.9 38”, 1 new       miles, 5 spd. trans., red & white, real     interior, LT1 300 hp. 350 V8, auto, 57K
FOR SALE: Vers. 580 sprayer, 500            granular app. complete w/hose &              8.25 20” truck tire; 1 pump jack, lots of    sharp. Ph: 647-2801. Donovan Feym,          miles, PS, PL, PW, PM, PA, AM/FM
gal. plastic tank, bottom fill, 10 gal. A.   monitor, $250; Raven 440 sprayer             new Haybuster rock picker parts; 1 new       Kulm.                                       Bose stereo w/CD & cassette, excellent
stainless steel tips, hyd. hypro pump, 3”   monitor, $700; JD 250 sprayer cart,          Draper rubber for Melroe pickup. Ph:         FOR SALE: 2 Freightliner trucks, one        cond., adult driven by a Corvette
boom sections, on/off switches, field        $750; 12 radial soybean cups for JD 7200     724-3623. Dennis Brezicka, Forman.                                                       enthusiast, no deferred maintenance, no
                                                                                                                                      ’98, 112 small sleeper, 205 WB-M-11
ready; JD 105 combine, long unloading       or 7300 planter, $1,000; 7 transitions for   FOR SALE: Mowers: 11’ bar, Herman                                                        issues, asking $14,700. Ph: 238-8611 or
                                                                                                                                      Cummings motor, nice truck, clean, 10-
auger, hopper ext., A/C, 23.01x26 tires,    full floor air & 1 elec. heater to fit 5 hp.   SCH noted for clean easy cutting, low                                                    e-mail Jim
                                                                                                                                      spd., $15,500 obo; 2000 Freightliner,
nice cond., shedded. Ph: 593-6397 or        Keho fans, $500; 2 - 75 gal. aux. fuel                                                                                                Jondahl, Fargo.
                                                                                         maintenance, new & used. Ph: 466-            120 230 WB, flat top sleeper, 13-spd.,
740-4174. Dennis Erickson, Lankin.          tanks for combines, $50 ea.; 300 gal.        2389. Ardon Herman, Minnewaukan.             12.7 Detroit motor, nice clean truck,       FOR SALE: Storage semi trailers,
FOR SALE: Kongkilde grain vacuum            overhead fuel tank w/steel stand $75;                                                     $18,500; ’86 Suzuki motorcycle touring      water trailers, syrup trailers for
                                                                                         FOR SALE: 410 MF combine, cab, air,
used very little, always shedded, like      1 set of Fargo drill markers w/hose &                                                     1400 cc, 36,000 miles, Cavalcade            livestock, flatbed trailer & curtain van
                                                                                         3 heads, 16’ straight, 9’ Sund, 4-row
new, all pipes & hoses included; 36’        control $1,800; rock shaft for JD 1000                                                    Series, looks like Honda Goldwing,          trailer, delivery available. Ph: 474-5780.
                                                                                         narrow corn, $1,500 obo; JD 38 chopper,
grain elev., heavy duty, always shedded,    series cult. $150. Ph: 247-3058 or 259-                                                   $3,400 obo. Ph: 628-2817 evenings,          Richard Rydell, Fairmount.
                                                                                         $900; 3800 $1,100; 3 heads: 36”, 2-row,
like new, includes 2 spouts, grain box &    2443. John Steffan, Michigan.                                                             8-10 p.m. or mornings, 7-9. Walter          FOR SALE: ’01 Ford Windstar SE,
                                                                                         $600; 30”, 2-row, $800; pickup grass,
gas motor, motor needs work. Ph: 824-       FOR SALE: W.D. AC tractor, good              $500; Richardton 12’ wagon, $1,800;          Western, Stanley.                           good cond., very clean, 85,000 miles,
2084. Simon Kuhn, Mott.                     rubber, runs nice. Ph: 225-3519. Ralph       Rowse 34’ rake, $1,600; JD 14’ trip          FOR SALE: ’04 Pontiac Grand Prix            $5,000. Ph: 349-4613. Arlena Heinrich,
FOR SALE: ’82 Farmhand 12’x24’              Roshau, Dickinson.                           rake, $325; 114 NH haybine, $1,800;          GT2 39,000 miles, 3,800 V-6, auto,          Ellendale.
chain stack mover, hyd. reverser,           FOR SALE: ’90 Case IH 6200 grain             14’x30’ Haybuster chain stack mover, 8       Am/Fm/ CD, traction control, heads-up       WANTED: 16’-18’ car trailer or other
walking tandems, radial 10-ply tires.       drills, 20’ w/IH markers, roll tarps, been   tires, $2,200; Gleaner combine C, $300       display chrome wheels, maroon w/gray        small tandem trailer. Ph: 752-4270
Ph: 794-8858. Robert or Ryan Schmidt,       shedded, very good cond., $2,000. Ph:        obo. Ph: 223-9525. James Silbernagel,        interior, very good cond. Ph: 485-3797.     before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., no Fri. night
Center.                                     265-8892. Lee Menzies, Cavalier.             Bismarck.                                    Jeff Klundt, Gackle.                        or Sat calls. Alvin Beck, Woodworth.

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Miscellaneous                                Miscellaneous                               Livestock                                  Late Ads                                    Late Ads
FOR SALE: Baldwin piano w/bench,             FOR SALE: Large coal room heater;           FOR SALE: Registered Hampshire             FOR SALE: ’73 Sprint Trailblazer 17’        FOR SALE: Pianola upright piano w/
very good, $250. Ph: 337-6122. Fred          horse collars & related items; 45 used      rams, yearling & spring-born ram lambs,    camper, tandem axle, propane stove &        player parts, to be restored, $400. Ph:
Yesenko, West Fargo.                         utility poles, 35 to 50’ long. Ph: 584-     selected for growth, conformation          fridge & electric, self-cont., good cond.   778-7831 after 7 p.m. or leave message.
FOR SALE: Orange canvas saddle               2025. Elmer Lemke, Bentley.                 and breed character, all have been         Ph: 846-7552. Ernest Skjelvik, Dodge.       Jerel Skattum, Adrian.
bag; Hunters brand rifle, scabbard, 222       FOR SALE: Old unpainted galvanized          tested for Bovis and DNA checked for
caliber w/scope; black 5th wheel end         tin wallcovering, brick pattern. Ph: 324-   scrapie resistance, performance records
gate from ’95 Ford, load binder, 24’ tow     2782. Kathy Alvershere, Harvey.             available on request. Ph: 388-7583.
chain. Ph: 663-5978. evenings, leave                                                     Nathan Robbins, Milnor.                      Food future: pg. 12
                                             FOR SALE: Log stain, natural color,
message. Harley Schaner, Mandan.                                                         FOR SALE: Appendix Certificate,
                                             25 gal.; Cascade clear ext. weather                                                      about future supply prospects. Focusing on demand growth
FOR SALE: 1972-2008 collection of            repellent, 15 gal. Ph: 862-3450. Bob        1 Golden Palomino mare, 1 yr. old,
ND Horizons magazine, excellent cond.,       Andes, Jr., Parshall.                       has Sun Doc Goldy & Longners Lady            and ignoring supply growth, makes for a very upbeat
2 issues from 1971 & special issue about                                                 Wens & Clarks Yellow Doc breeding; 1         presentation.
                                             GIVE AWAY: 17’x9’ fiberglass garage          Palomino stud colt, both mares & stud
Battle of Killdeer Mountains; complete
                                             dr. complete w/hardware; 2 combination      are papered on the mothers side it has         But what if – in a short few years – supply exceeds demand,
collection of Readers Digest Great           screen doors: 1-36”x80” metal, &
Biographies, 12 books, excellent cond.,                                                  Doc Bar, Jan Doc Bar & Mr. Sand Bar,         as we suspect it will?
                                             1-36”x80” wooden, all in good cond.         1 yr. old. Ph: 568-3816. Vernon Boline,
make offer. Ph: 863-6882. Doreen Orf,        Ph: 327-4291. Tappen.
Butte.                                                                                   Epping.                                        To us, the opportunities and motivations for increasing
                                             FOUND: Girls lt. olive green jacket,        FOR SALE: White Jenny (female)               worldwide supply have never been greater. Yes, even greater
FOR SALE: Lowrey organ w/bench,              left on bus returning to Bismarck from
has the rhythm band controls, $100.                                                      donkey, $400, very gentle & loves to be      now than in the go-go times during the high price period of the
                                             Burleigh Co. Jr. Camp on July 19.           around people. Ph: 465-3776. Bonnie or
Ph: 628-2879 or 629-0372. Carolyn            Please call to claim. Ph: 258-3447.                                                      early seventies when Japan invested money to speed Brazil’s
Feldman, Palermo.                                                                        Dennis Vollmer, Anamoose. WANTED:
                                             Mary Ludwig, Bismarck.                      Hobbles for milk cows, they have 2           soybean research along and when the EU and many other
FOR SALE: 8’x12’ garden shed on              WANTED: ’77 Hesston National Final          clamps for each back hock w/adjustable       countries stepped up yield-enhancing agricultural research
skids, $875. Ph: 952-2731. Don Wenaas,       Rodeo buckle. Ph: 824-2387. Caroline        chain so they don’t kick. Ph: 348-3036.
Jamestown.                                                                                                                            and solidified food self-sufficiency objectives. Farmers, who
                                             Steiner, Mott.                              Delbert Himmelspach, Glen Ullin.
FOR SALE: Wood & wrought iron                                                                                                         experienced that period, will never forget the ferociousness
                                             WANTED: WWII U.S., German &                 WANTED: Looking for Finn ewes. Ph:
queen size bed frame, like new, $200;        Japanese war uniforms, hats, helmets,       266-5357, David Lagein, Rocklake.            of the ensuing impacts on crop markets and farmers’ balance
2 matching Lazy Boy rocker recliners,        medals, daggers, swords, insignia,                                                       sheets during the 1980s.
wine colored, excellent cond., $75 ea.       leather flight jackets, flags, guns, etc.;
Ph: 852-2837. Leonard Fettig, Minot.         anything related to the WWII North                                                         The opportunities and motivations, several years in the
FOR SALE: Evergreens. Ph: 295-2357.          Dakota State Guard 164th Infantry                                                        future, for supply to outstrip demand, are greater than they
Wallace Akerlind, Souris.                    Regiment, uniforms, photos, patches,                                                     were even in the 70s. These include:
FOR SALE: China hutch, 52” wide,
                                             dog tags. Ph: 701-232-9329 evenings.        Feed & Seed
62” high, front glass doors, bottom half
                                             John Grindahl, Fargo.                                                                      The globalization of agricultural input suppliers. Most, to
                                                                                         FOR SALE: Good quality, large
wood doors, good cond., $200; high           WANTED: Prairie dog hunters to come
                                                                                         round mixed grass & alfalfa bales, $37       many countries now have access to the wares of Monsanto,
                                             & hunt on my land, make reservations
chair $20; oak drop leaf table & 4 chairs,                                               per bale. Ph: 252-4115. Gerald Ova,          Pioneer, John Deere, Cargill and similar multinational
beautiful, must see, $150. Ph: 232-1534.     now. Ph: 597-3730 or e-mail larrn@
                                    Larry Nagel, Shields.
                                                                                         Buchanan.                                    suppliers of agricultural inputs and services.
Neil Krumm, Fargo.
                                                                                         FOR SALE: ’06 & ’07 prairie hay, $15
FOR SALE: 8” ice auger, $100; ice            WANTED: Coal fired boiler w/stoker,                                                         These worldwide agricultural input supplies are conduits
                                             as removed from house, no broken or         a bale. Ph: 374-7721. Delane Henke,
house furnace, LP, $30; 2-220V Jacuzzi                                                   Ashley.                                      for advancing agricultural yields and productivity. New
                                             missing parts; tilt boat trailer for 16’
well pumps, used very little, $50 ea.;                                                                                                technologies are no longer limited to the domain of the US
                                             boat. Ph: 320-8144 after 6 pm. Paul
new 110V Jacuzzi well pump, $200;
electric soldering unit, up to 2” copper
                                             Trautman, Cleveland.                                                                     and other “developed” countries. Even after discounting
pipe, $50; hyd. jack, $5; Dial-a-Charge      Wanted: H manifold. Ph: 286-7383.                                                        some of the more optimistic yield projections, it is clear that
cylinder, $25; propane torch, $3; 2          Curt Hettich, Regan.                                                                     agriculture is in for continued impressive yield advances in
paper dispensers, $1 ea.; outdoor pole       WANTED: Snowmobiles, need not run,          Real Estate                                  the years ahead.
lamp, $2; 4 sump pumps, $10 ea.; 6           prefer 80s and older. Older snowmobile      FOR SALE: 80 acres, modern house,
elec. motors, $5; elec. motor, 1 hp., $25;   clothes or signs wanted. Also golf carts,   shop, hay barn, all fenced, some acres
                                                                                                                                         There is more agricultural land out there after all. For years,
water pump, $10; 14” Black & Decker          need not run. Ph: 435-2618. Duane                                                        it was popular to say that they are not making any more Iowas.
chop saw, $25; 4” cast iron pipe cutter,                                                 in alfalfa rest in pasture & farm land.
                                             Thoms, Courtenay.                           Ph: 701-475-2593, 701-400-8267 or            But now we find there are hundreds of millions of acres of
$25; 2” Ridgid copper pipe cutter, $25;
20”/24” new white lav., wall hung, $5; 2                                                 218-790-2539. Aileen or John Salter,         savannah land in South America and Africa that could be used
microwave ovens, $10 ea.; b&w TV, $3.                                                    Steele.
                                                                                                                                      to raise crops. All that is needed to open up this land is the
Ph: 352-3958. Henry Korczak, Grafton.                                                    FOR SALE: Ranch-style house to be
                                                                                         moved. Ph: 286-7383. Curt Hettich,
                                                                                                                                      equivalent of $5 to $7 corn.
FOR SALE: 3 phase power converted
from single phase, Ronk Rotorverter          Livestock                                   Regan.                                         The above provide the opportunities for exporters and
Model No. 70, will run 50 hp. of 3 phase
                                             FOR SALE: 2 quality AQHA mares,                                                          importers alike. The major motivation to increase output for
load from single phase, full load single                                                                                              exporters is profit and for importers it is food security.
                                             well bred, quiet under saddle, more info
phase amps = 225 amps, was working
                                             pics at Ph: 4697-
when pulled last yr., $1,200 obo; winch,
                                             3326. Bette Wold, Plaza.                                                                   Food security and food sovereignty are front-burner issues
Linkbelt Pull-Pak Model 50A 3-phase
                                             FOR SALE: Miniatures 8 yr. old Bay/
                                                                                         Late Ads                                     once again. But this time these issues are being fueled not
5 hp. Baldor, pull 6,000 lbs., $500 obo;                                                 FOR SALE: 1 set box rails to fit Ford
irrigation pump motor, 60 hp. U.S. elec.     White 29” stallion; 2 yr. old Sorrel 28”                                                 only by high commodity prices, and the riots they generate,
                                                                                         F150 XLT long box Super Cab; Chevy
motor high-thrust (hollow-shaft pump         stallion; Yearling Sorrel/White stallion;
                                                                                         6400 2 ton truck box & hoist; 7 IHC
                                                                                                                                      but also worries about how WTO might affect food security
motor); Fram 564tp, Type RU 240/480          2 weanlings, Bay/White stallions, pair                                                   and sovereignty in the future.
                                                                                         Farmall tractors, completely restored,
volt, new thrust bearings when stored,       of 5 yr. old Sorrel/White mares, 34”
                                                                                         paint and decals; JD 4020 gas tractor,
$1,650 obo; standard car hauler trailer,     (1 w/Sorrel/White filly at side) sold
                                                                                         h.d. wide front and cab; F11 Farmhand
                                                                                                                                        China is buying/renting agricultural land in Africa. Saudi
                                             as a pair; reg. size 3 yr. old Line Back
lockable stow-away ramps, brakes on                                                      hay basket w/steel teeth and pushoff; 1      Arabia is renting agricultural land in Thailand. Japan dutifully
both axles, bulldog 2” bumper pull, new      Buckskin filly, 16 hands; 5 yr. old white
                                             female donkey. Ph: 947-2590. Charles
                                                                                         set steel 8 ft. teeth for F11 or F10 w/      (no pun intended) imports rice from the US, stores it for a
Timken wheel bearings, bed in great                                                      clamps; 850 NH big round baler; other
shape, stake pockets, 1/2 the price of       Lewis, New Rockford.                                                                     while and then disposes of it in hog troughs.
                                                                                         smaller but useable cond. machinery;
new, $1,950 obo; 2 snow blowers for          FOR SALE: Bay mare reg. bred to reg.        one way, plows, discs, field cult., press       As we move through time, there may be many countries that
garden tractors, both are front mount, 1     Paint for 2009, easy to catch, trailer &    drills, McCormick side delivery rake,
fits Int. Cub tractors, used on 129 hydro,    halter broke, $6,500 obo. Ph: 223-9525.                                                  will be saying in effect: Regardless of WTO rules – and abide
                                                                                         lots of tractor parts for IHC A, B, C,
like new, $225, the other is JD, fits the     James Silbernagel, Bismarck.                H, M & W9; hand crank or elec. corn          by them we will try – but, when push comes to shove, nothing
300 series lawn tractors, good shape,        FOR SALE: 14 yr. old AQHA Chestnut          sheller; bale elevator & much more; set      trumps domestic sovereignty over our food.
$250, offers will be considered for each     mare, 14H, broke to ride, Poco Bueno,       of complete pass. & truck ND license
blower; Woods RM-48 3-pt. finishing           Lady Beaver, Doc’s Sug, Poco Digit; 5       plates from 1911 to present; Kimball           As we see it, when possible supply responses of export
mower, excellent cond., for compact          yr. old AQHA Bay mare, quiet, broke,        Swinger 500 electric organ, needs            competitors and import customers to high prices are considered
tractors, used this season, $550 obo. Ph:    Doc Bar, High Brow Hickory, Poco            cleaning; lots of neck yokes, single         – in addition to the demand considerations usually talked
274-8966 between 8 & 10 p.m. John            Feed, Kings Country Doc. Ph: 626-           trees, eveners, block & tackle. Ph: 878-
Travis, Mooreton.
                                                                                                                                      about – the range of possible price and income possibilities
                                             7693. Gary Schell, Velva.                   4940. Godfred Pfennig, Glen Ullin.

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                                                                                                                 Union Farmer
                                                                                                                  County Calendar

        A SHORT GET-AWAY OR                                                                                        County
                                                                                        • BOTTINEAU COUNTY
       HAS THE TRIP FOR YOU!                                                              October 23 – SE Bottineau County FU Local Annual meeting
                                                                                          7:30 p.m. • Willow City Community Hall
                                                                                          October 30 – County Convention • 6:30 p.m. supper
LADIES TRIP • DULUTH, MN                                                                  Bottineau Senior Center • election of officers
                                                                                        • DUNN COUNTY
September 8-10, 2008                                                                      October 19 – Annual meeting • 7 p.m. • Catholic Workman’s
Sponsored by Mercer & Morton Counties                                                     Hall • election of officers, selection of delegates to state
$235 per person/dbl. occupancy                                                            convention
Duluth City Tour • Glensheen Mansion                                                    • KIDDER COUNTY
Harbor Cruise with group lunch                                                            September 2 – Board meeting • 8 p.m. • Pettibone Fire Hall
                                                                                          plan county convention
Two Harbors Train Cruise • Gooseberry Falls
                                                                                        • RICHLAND COUNTY
Mississippi Belle Cruise with group lunch
                                                                                          October 12 – Fairmount Local annual meeting • 2 p.m.
Free time, shopping and much, much, more!                                                 Fairmount Fire District Hall • election of officers, selection of
Contact: Jane Opdahl, NDFU Field Staff                                                    delegates to state convention • potluck lunch
701-948-2432 (H) • 701-870-2432 (C) •                                    October 26 – County Convention • 4 p.m. • Immanuel Church,
                                                                                          Hankinson • potluck supper, with business meeting, election
                                                                                          & reports to follow
                          ANNUAL LADIES TOUR TO MINNESOTA                               • TOWNER COUNTY
                                         October 8-10, 2008                               October 28 – County Convention • Rock Lake School • social at
                                        $230 per person/dbl. occupancy                    5:30 p.m., supper at 6 p.m.
                                              Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Center        • WARD COUNTY
                                                             Creative Memories            October 5 – Spencer-Baden Local Annual meeting • 6 p.m.
                                                                                          meeting room at State Bank & Trust of Kenmare • election of
                                           St. John’s Benedictine Abbey Church            delegates
                                   Cold Spring Brewery • Albertville Outlet Mall
                                                                                        • WILLIAMS COUNTY
                                                  Plymouth Playhouse Theater–             September 8 – Board meeting • 8 p.m. • Jr. Camp banquet at
                                  Church Basement Ladies “A Second Helping”               UMM
                          Call Cathy Wangsness for reservations by Sept. 15               November 3 – Prairie Pioneer Local annual meeting • 7 p.m.
              800-366-8331 ext. 325 or 701-464-5876 •                 Gramma Sharon’s Restaurant, Williston

WOMEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE • ST. PAUL, MN                                             VIKINGS FOOTBALL • MINNEAPOLIS, MN
October 17-19, 2008                                                                                                  September 13 &14 ~ Vikings vs. Colts
Sponsored by Stutsman, LaMoure & Barnes Counties                                                                                $225 per person/double occupancy
$195 per person/dbl. occupancy                                                                                        November 1 & 2 ~ Vikings vs. Texans
• Albertville Outlet Mall                                                                                                       $225 per person/double occupancy
• Infinite Grace Conference
                                                                                                                     November 8 & 9 ~ Vikings vs. Packers
• Church Basement Ladies - “A Second Helping”                                                                                   $265 per person/double occupancy
  Plymouth Playhouse Theater
                                                                                                               Cost includes: Transportation • Lodging • Attractions
• Sunday Church Services                                                                                                 Complimentary breakfast • Mall of America
Contact: Nancy Buckeye, NDFU Field Staff
800-366-8331 ext. 316 •                                                                      For reservations call: 800-366-8331: ext. 108

                          December 20-21, 2008 View individual trip brochures at
                                            (Young producers, ages 21-50)
                                           $197 per person/dbl. occupancy
                                                                                     or call 800-366-8331, ext. 108 for reservations
                                    Dine at the Guthrie Restaurant, and enjoy the
                               Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and      SOUTHWEST STAMPEDE • January 12-29 • $1,800
                                   Christmas Yet to Come in “A Christmas Carol”      NFU CONVENTION – Washington, D.C. • March 1-14 • $1,232
                                   at the Guthrie Theater. The next day, watch the
                                       Vikings play the Falcons at the Metrodome!    MYSTERY TOURS • #1 May 4-7 • #2 May 11-14 • #3 May 18-21 • $420
                   Call Carla for reservations by Nov. 1 ~ 800-366-8331 ext. 108     NORTHWEST FALL FOLIAGE • September 28 - October 15 • $1,825
             (A $25 family membership fee is required for all trips.)                BRANSON CHRISTMAS • #1 Nov. 9-14 • #2 Nov. 30 - Dec. 5 • $695
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Union Farmer  You’re Never Alone

 Own Your Future

      Last month, Governor John Hoeven encouraged North Dakotans ages
      50-65 to get the facts about Medicare, Medicaid, and in-home health
           care to better plan financially for future long-term needs.
               Will you need to sell assets to cover future health care costs?
      You do have options. Ask the answers. Get the facts. Own your future.

   Rick Lebahn       Chuck Wolfgram   Ron Hamers         Rod Mittelsteadt
    West Fargo          Bismarck        Stanley             Grand Forks

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