The state’s largest farm organization will kick off its 92nd annual state convention in Bismarck on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Bismarck Event Center. Highlighting the mix of educational speakers, entertainment and policy debate will be the unveiling of a Family Farms chopper and formal introduction of Our Family Farm, a children’s book commissioned by North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU).
NDFU President Mark Watne said consumer education has always been a high priority for Farmers Union. “We created the chopper and book as educational tools to grab consumers’ attention and help broaden their understanding of family farm agriculture. We know there is value in what we do as farmers and ranchers. We want them to understand that, too.”
A conversation between Watne and Paul Teutul, Jr., who designed the bike, will be featured in 2019 on an episode of “American Chopper,” a Discovery Channel television show, along with footage from the convention where the bike will be revealed for the first time. The author of the children’s book, Dana Sullivan, will be sharing his creation with convention-goers, as well.
Dr. Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist, and Dr. Frayne Olson, crop economist at NDSU, will be hosting seminars at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday morning, respectively. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson will be addressing NDFU members Saturday afternoon. Policy debate, election of officers, Farmers Union Insurance’s annual meeting, live and silent auctions, the Torchbearer Award ceremony honoring youth, and entertainment by Two Old Two Stand and the Johnny Holm Band round out the two-day celebration.
The convention is open to the public. A $70 registration fee is required. To see a complete agenda or to register, go to ndfu.org or call 1-800-366-8331.