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Barth elected president of farmers union

NDFU President Woody Barth with former Senator Byron Dorgan. Submitted photo


Elwood “Woody” Barth, of Solen, was reelected the president of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Barth was elected to the position during the union’s annual convention, which was held Nov. 16 and 17 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The convention featured speakers and workshops that explored key agricultural issues. Barth said, “The convention really showcased the importance of agriculture. Our members voted on important policies that will direct our activities for the next year. We must continue to work together to continue our mission of providing enough food, fiber and fuel to the world.”

Several special orders of business were passed by the delegates, dealing with the farm bill, crop insurance, state budget and the statute on animal rights.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan, from Regent, was the keynote speaker. Dorgan served as a congressman and senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011.

In his opening address, Dorgan outlined his extensive background with Farmers Union and reflected on future challenges.

He said, “This country must be prepared to put America on a better path. We need to do better. It is important for all of us to keep an eye on the future. We all understand the ability to do things together. It’s more powerful than what we do alone. That’s cooperative spirit.”

He credited his hometown for teaching him business, how to fix things, the importance of education and helping neighbors. “These are lessons that you carry with you throughout your life,” Dorgan said.