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Three Generations Strong – Yost Cattle

Three Generations Strong – Yost Cattle

Thriving amid a global pandemic takes hard work, commitment, thinking outside the box, and having marketing options in place. That’s according to Gary and Parker Yost, who have a cattle feeding operation in Wheaton, Minnesota. The Yosts operate a 600 head finishing operation on land that has been in Gary’s wife’s family since…

Aggie Greats – Supporting the future of agriculture

Aggie Greats – Supporting the future of agriculture

Committed to supporting and encouraging farm kids to pursue ag careers, National Farmers awarded three $1,000 scholarships this year. Taryn Goss, Justyne Frisle, and Carlee Mae Long are our 2022 Farm Kids for College Scholarship recipients.

Senior National Farmers Board Member Schultz Passes

Senior National Farmers Board Member Schultz Passes

Illinois National Farmers Member and State Leader, Ron Schultz passed away June 6. He was a member of the National Farmers Organization since 1962, holding the office of a national board director for Illinois since 1991. Schultz was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer, retiring in 2018. He became a Burrus seed dealer in…

Farmer-Focused Former National Farmers Staff Member Lorenz Passes Away

Farmer-Focused Former National Farmers Staff Member Lorenz Passes Away

Four-decade-long former National Farmers staff member Pete Lorenz, Beloit, Kansas, passed away May 1. He was 76. Lorenz was known for his farmer-focused approach and promoted the need for farmers to group market to receive more income from the marketplace. “Pete was a dedicated professional and helped thousands of…

Depere, Wisconsin, Marketing Center Manager Starchaska Passes

Depere, Wisconsin, Marketing Center Manager Starchaska Passes

Gene A. Starchaska, age 88 of Manawa, Wisconsin died unexpectedly while fishing with his son in Minnesota on May 22. He served National Farmers in DePere, Wisconsin, at National Farmers Ledgeview Marketing Center for more than 30 years. He is responsible for Ledgeview Marketing Center’s growth in cattle numbers through…

Former National Farmers Director, Caledonia, Minnesota Marketing Center Head Passes

Former National Farmers Director, Caledonia, Minnesota Marketing Center Head Passes

Dedication. Commitment. Fun. Those words exemplify John Petersen, a former National Farmers national director who passed away May 5, in Caledonia, Minnesota. He was best known for growing and managing the National Farmers Caledonia Marketing Center that handled both hogs and cattle. He was 88. “I remember running hogs with…

National Farmers Supports COOL Reinstatement

National Farmers Supports COOL Reinstatement

National Farmers Organization’s ongoing support of mandatory Country of Origin Labeling continues with recent U.S. House legislation. Congressmen Lance Gooden (R-Texas) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced a bill for MCOOL in late March, which would help consumers differentiate beef produced domestically from the nearly 3 billion…

Vice President’s Message

Vice President’s Message

One thing that unites us all is the fickleness of the weather. It seems that spring always brings either too much moisture when we need it in the field or not enough once the crops are in the ground.
During May and June, I had the pleasure of calling National Farmers members across the country to tell them…

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

In spite of all the challenges we have faced, our dairy program continues to grow. I can’t tell you how proud I am of each and every one of you, staff and members alike, who have worked so hard to make this growth possible. We all want to continue down this positive road. When I think of growth, I think of three important…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

A Purdue University-CME Ag Economy Barometer survey recently reported producers are very concerned about their farm’s 2022 performance because of escalating production costs. Namely, input prices.
Most don’t believe now is the time to buy equipment or make big investments in their operations.

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

Conventional and organic grain markets have experienced unprecedented volatility in the past few months. In fact, it is near record levels for both conventional and organic producers. Fueled by weather, unprecedented activity by fund traders, expanded trade limits at the CBOT, the war in Ukraine, and delayed plantings; supply and…

Hayes’ Hands-On Acres

Hayes’ Hands-On Acres

Wisconsin has been a leading producer of all things dairy since the late 19th century. At that time, the state transitioned away from being part of America’s breadbasket, growing wheat and became the dairy state.
According to the USDA, Wisconsin is the second largest milk-producing state, accommodating one-fourth…

South Dakota Organic Producer Follows In Elder’s Footsteps

South Dakota Organic Producer Follows In Elder’s Footsteps

Aaron Johnson says organic farming is all he has ever known. Thankful to be continuing the organic farming traditions that began in Madison, South Dakota, with his mom and dad, aunt and uncle, Johnson, and his wife Kristin, are raising their three children, Anika, 10, Anthony, 8, and Leah, 4, on the same land and in the same house where…

Organic Farmers Pooling Bushels, Earning Fair Prices

Organic Farmers Pooling Bushels, Earning Fair Prices

Collective grain marketing is alive and well in today’s organic grain market. And so is market price discovery in both the organic and conventional grain markets.
It’s often been said that either you’re at the bargaining table or you are on the menu, but I don’t agree completely with…

President’s Message

President’s Message

In recognition of June Dairy Month, I would like to dedicate this issue of the National Farmers Magazine to the dairy industry and especially our own dairy department and all of our producers and staff that are devoted to producing and marketing excellent quality milk to help fill the needs of the consuming public.

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

Another year, another gloomy dairy report from the USDA. The number of licensed dairy farms in the United States is now officially below 30,000.
Think about that. I, like many of you, can remember back to a time in which some individual states had more…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

Many cattle marketing analysts have been wondering what the next Black Swan event could be. On February 24, as the first missiles launched over Ukraine, we had our answer.
I believe COVID-19 has had a long tail affecting cattle markets. But now, the Russia-Ukraine war is impacting…

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

Most U.S. farmers are busy getting equipment and fields ready for planting, if they haven’t started already. They have been planning since last harvest what crops to grow, which varieties to plant, and all the other details that go into the next successful harvest. Sure, plans change, but I don’t know of any farmer that waits until…

National Farmers Organization Favors COOL Re-instatement

National Farmers Organization Favors COOL Re-instatement

May 9, 2022 AMES, Iowa— National Farmers Organization’s ongoing support of mandatory Country of Origin Labeling continues with recent U.S. House legislation. Congressmen Lance Gooden (R-Tex.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), introduced a bill for MCOOL in late March which would…

Halls, Holstein Heroes

Halls, Holstein Heroes

Profit margin drives the decision for Chris Halls and his parents, Mark and Michelle, to finish Holsteins on their Brooten, Minnesota operation, in the rolling hills of the west central part of the state. “We’ve always been able to make more money feeding Holsteins than colored cattle…

Member Policy Planks Guide

Member Policy Planks Guide

Re-establish non-recourse loans as a price support instead of marketing loans, and that loan rates be set at $5.00 per bushel on corn, $7.50 per bushel on wheat, and $12.00 per bushel on soybeans. Re-enact a farmer-owned grain reserve program with the fallowing provisions: The reserve…

National Farmers Former North Dakota Board Member Passes Away

National Farmers Former North Dakota Board Member Passes Away

A long-time advocate for National Farmers Organization passed away Dec. 11. Kelly Shockman, Grand Rapids, N.D., was past president of the North Dakota National Farmers Organization, and served on the organization’s national board of directors. He was active in farm politics at both…

The Five Ds of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The Five Ds of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

There are many factors to consider when selecting your workers’ compensation insurance. Here are some terms – five Ds – you may have heard and the affect they have on the cost of your coverage. Dividends. Dividends are a way to share in the good performance of your operation. If you…

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