North Dakota Farmers Union connects farmers and ranchers across the state by providing a common voice and an active platform to benefit agriculture. Producers are fully engaged and represent the organization on county, state and national levels, including:
• Policy development determined at the state convention each year
• Election of delegates to state and national conventions
• State legislative activities and national fly-ins to Washington, D.C.
• County and cooperative board education and leadership
• Personal development and educational events, conferences, tours
• Social opportunities to meet other NDFU members
HOW TO GET INVOLVED AT NDFU
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
NDFU hosts many workshops and events each year like the Precision Ag conference in January and the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) gatherings. Check the online calendar for specific activities in your county and statewide or call us to get involved!
TAG stands for Tomorrow’s Ag Generation. It is a special program that encourages leadership of younger farmers and ranchers, allowing NDFU to educate and involve the next generation of advocates. TAG members have ownership over their events, and offer unique insights that help shape the future of NDFU. The organization currently has six members on the statewide TAG team. For more information, contact Jessica Haak at 800-366-8331 ext. 110 or email@example.com.
GROW TO LEAD
North Dakota Farmers Union hosted the first session of the Grow to Lead program in January 2015. New county officers are invited to participate in the two-year program that is designed to provide hands-on leadership experiences and hone skills. To be eligible for the program, participants must serve on a county board (0-5 years cumulatively). There is no age limit. For a fee of $100 per year, individuals commit to attending three events including an international trip. For more information, contact Amanda Martin at 800-366-8331 ext. 129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY STEWARDS PROGRAM
The Community Stewards Program encourages NDFU members to become active citizens within their community. The program allows participants to apply for a $500 donation to be made to a nonprofit organization within their community. Participants must host an event in conjunction with the donation of funds. For more information, contact Jessica Haak at 800-366-8331 ext. 110 or email@example.com.
ECL is an online learning site that provides education for youth and adults. Courses offered include:
- Correspondence Courses for youth unable to attend an EPIC event
- Cooperatives 101
- The Responsibilities of a County President
- The Responsibilities of a County Secretary
- The Responsibilities of a County Board Member
Go to ecl.ndfu.org to register for a course. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to validate your account. Once your account has been validated you will be able to access most of the courses. Make sure to check your spam folder for the email if you do not receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive the email within 24 hours, contact Jennifer Sundeen at 701-952-0107 or jsundeen @ndfu.org. Some courses are closed, which means you must contact Jennifer Sundeen to be enrolled in the course.