This past month has been about building across North Dakota Farmers Union. Many programs are finally starting to come together, after a year of hard work. I know in retrospect it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got a long way to go, but after a good year it feels like we’re making some great progress. The WILD program proved to be incredibly fruitful, Rhonda has decided to join TAG. She will be an incredible asset to the team. Brick by brick it will all fall into place, it is going to take a lot more time, a few more roadblocks and some bumps, but I think we can build it. It’s the members along the way and young leaders that you meet that make it all worth it.
On Feb. 15th Judi and Jeff Hintz had a shop talk near Tappen. What a crew! They were all very sharp and on their feet, and well informed. Great discussion about concerns regarding Measure 2, zoning and various other subjects led me to stay an extra hour than I typically do. Time flies when you are having great disucssion. Plus let’s face it I could talk about those things all the time.
Also this shop talk was a first time in another way. I had two people join the organization that evening. I owe that in a large part to Judi who spoke about why she joined the organization and became involved. Nothing is more honest then hearing someone you trust give their testimony.
The most rewarding part was one of the people that joined the organization that evening ended up coming on the TAG getaway retreat on Sat. Feb. 18th in Fargo. Judi and Jeff came too. We had 30 growers and ranchers from across North Dakota come for a one day getaway. They got a chance to tour IAP in Casselton with Scott Sinner, hear a marketing seminar from NDSU Marketing Specialist Frayne Olson and then enjoyed dinner and a comedy show. The best part for me was to see the members enjoying the trip and building new friendships. The connections are what counts and they were started that night. It was also a fun time to see all of my friends! I got a chance to hang out with the many incredible people I have met along this farmers union journey, it’s the members that make this job so worthwhile. Working for the family farmers and ranchers in rural communities, who I think maintain a very unique and special way of life in this country. Thanks for all that you do!
Here’s to you! I look forward to working with all of you in the future.
See you on the road!!