Dialogue with Daryl
Twice a month, NDFB President Daryl Lies will voice the Dialogue with Daryl podcast. On the second Tuesday of the month, he will weigh in on important issues the organization is working on. On the fourth Tuesday of the month, he will highlight an NDFB program or service. Podcasts will run approximately 2-3 minutes.
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June 11, 2019: Grandstanding and foot-dragging are delaying ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
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Grandstanding and foot-dragging. Two things that Congress actually is good at. But it’s sad. It’s sad that we are grandstanding over ridiculous things when there are so many important things ahead of us that we can take advantage of – that we need to take advantage of – that move forward farming and ranching and other industry in our nation.
The foot dragging happens on the USMCA – The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – the renegotiation of NAFTA, so to speak. President Trump and his administration worked diligently to get an improved agreement, not only for agriculture, but for technology and other industry. And yet, we have the foot dragging happening in Congress to ratify the agreement.
These same folks are the ones that are claiming that things are being ruined by the renegotiation with China, and “We’re never gonna be whole again.” Those are the same folks – leader Nancy Pelosi, more specifically – that are dragging their feet on ratifying a new agreement between three neighboring countries right here in North America.
It’s not the president nor his administration dragging this out. It is the fact that it will not be brought to the floor for a vote. And people are pretty certain that if it would get brought to the floor, it would pass. But yet, the grandstanders do not want to have a win for the United States at the hand of President Trump.
That’s a sad state of affairs. When we can make things better for this country, we let politics get in the middle.
So maybe it’s time that we, at NDFB and all of our members, and everyone, actually, even if you’re not a member, start calling Congress. I think we’re pretty safe with our delegation from North Dakota. They support the USMCA and want it ratified. But maybe we need to flood the phones of leader Nancy Pelosi and tell her it’s time to get away from the grandstanding, and pick them feet up and take a vote and ratify the new important agreement for all of America.
May 14, 2019: NDFB President Daryl Lies spent a few days, recently with the new U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief, Matt Lohr.
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How important are relationships? To NDFB, relationships are extremely important, especially when we talk about political relationships.
Senator Kevin Cramer, when he spoke to our annual meeting last November stated his great appreciation for the relationship he has with NDFB. And we appreciate that relationship also.
But his statement was so important, because even beyond elected officials, having relationships with those who run the agencies, or are heads of departments, or even staffers in agencies become extremely important for our membership to be able to move forward on the policies which they implement each and every year.
On May 8 and 9, I had the opportunity to expand one of those relationships. NRCS Chief, Matt Lohr, was in North Dakota and South Dakota touring and meeting and discussing with farmers and ranchers the challenges having to do with water management, wetlands, productive soils and other issues important to all farmers and ranchers.
I have a great friendship and relationship for nearly 30 years with Chief Lohr. And being able to now groom that relationship as president of NDFB is something that I believe is a great opportunity for the members of NDFB.
You see, it doesn’t matter where the relationship starts. We have staff members at NDFB that bring those relationships in for the organization. We have other members that have tremendous relationships that help foster those relationships for NDFB. And those relationships prove to be positive. Because there’s no better way to get our message across of what our members and our organization stands for, than to be able to do it in a very calm and friendly discussion.
No, that does not mean that we ever give up on being firm in our beliefs and our principled policies, but it’s always easier to have a friendly conversation than to constantly be at odds with those we need to work with.
So it was a great opportunity to spend two days with the new chief of the NRCS, who has only been on the job for five months, and be able to share our input and what our members believe they need to keep their farms profitable, which makes them sustainable into the future.
April 23, 2019: House Bill 1388 has been signed by Governor Burgum. It's a win for family farms and the future of agriculture in North Dakota.
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It is signed! House Bill 1388 was signed by Governor Doug Burgum. House Bill 1388 was a simple bill to allow a slight adjustment in the corporate farming laws in North Dakota and is a positive change for all family farms in North Dakota.
House Bill 1388 simply allows up to second cousins to become a part of the family farm corporation. This may not seem like that big of a change, but it will have an immediate impact on several families who are looking for a way bring that next generation of farmers and ranchers into the family farming business.
Yes, it is important that we keep all tools in the toolbox operational and available for family farms in North Dakota to be prosperous and of course to allow the opportunity to be self-reliant. This is just another one of those things, a little bit of expansion of freedom, opportunity and self-reliance.
And one of the families who are immediately affected by this change is the Galegher family from Grand Forks County. They gave their testimony of the possibility of having to dissolve their current family farm as a result of second cousins wanting to become a part of that family farm.
This is a big win for all family farms in North Dakota, and is a big win for North Dakota agriculture to allow and assist future generations to make their living off the land, and to be great stewards of our God-given natural resources.
Here at NDFB, we’d like to thank the Legislature and Governor Burgum for doing the right thing and assisting additional family farms and their futures.
From left, David Hovet, Senator Randy Lemm, Hillsboro, Governor Doug Burgum, Representative Aaron McWilliams and Andrew Galegher.
April 9, 2019: House Bill 1388 passed the Senate in the N.D. Legislative Assembly, allowing for second cousins to farm in a corporate partnership.
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Many people in North Dakota do not realize that the state of North Dakota tells you who in your family you can do business with and who you can’t. But that’s only if you are a farmer and rancher.
We have a restriction in North Dakota on who can have a farming corporation. And the state of North Dakota says that a farming corporation can only be family members. But they tell you who your family is and who your family isn’t. Well that is now changing.
House Bill 1388 passed the Senate overwhelmingly last week. And what House Bill 1388 does, is it allows additional family members to be a part of that family farm corporation. Instead of having to be only first cousin relationships, now up to a second cousins are eligible to be part of that family farm and be a part of that farming corporation.
It’s ridiculous to think that the banker, the butcher, the barber, the grocery store owner, an elevator, a seed salesman, or any other legal business can have a corporate financial structure and have anyone in their family involved. But in North Dakota, we were told that if you weren’t at least first cousins, you are not family enough to be in that family farm corporation.
And if we truly want the future generations to come back to the family farms, then we must allow those family farms – which grandparents or great grandparents set up – to allow those grandsons and granddaughters to come back into that family farm no matter the relationship.
And we at NDFB thank the lawmakers for doing the right thing and making a small adjustment to allow more family membership to be a part and care for those God-given natural resources, to hopefully pass it to the next generation. Whether you’re a first cousin or now a second cousin, that can be a reality.
March 26, 2019: Randy Lemm, longtime Farm Bureau member and staunch supporter of our grassroots policy development process, will be sworn in as District 20 Senator.
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This week, District 20 will have a new senator sworn in to fill a vacancy left by Senator Osland because of medical reasons. First off, we ask that everyone keep Senator Osland in their prayers so that he has a full recovery from his medical issues.
But we are excited at NDFB, to have one of our very own, someone who has been very involved at all levels of Farm Bureau. Randy Lemm from Hillsboro, North Dakota, will be sworn in this week as the new District 20 Senator.
Randy has served as president in the county, he has served numerous terms on the county Farm Bureau board. He has served on statewide committees and he’s been extremely engaged in the policy development process, of which we pride ourselves on at NDFB, that very grassroots policy development organization that we are.
So we know Randy will understand what is important to farmers and ranchers as he engages in both farming and ranching in the eastern part of North Dakota, and will make sure that we are doing everything we can in the state of North Dakota to keep our number one industry – agriculture – at the top of the scale, and make sure farmers and ranchers, and all others in North Dakota, have an opportunity at success.
So, congratulations to Randy Lemm of Hillsboro, North Dakota, one of our great Farm Bureau members from Traill County, in his new position as state Senator for District 20.
March 12, 2019: SB 2315 is a private property rights -- not an anti-hunter -- bill
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Private property rights. A major focus for those of us who are members of NDFB. Property rights are the backbone and the foundation of basic freedom in the United States. On Thursday, March 14, the House Ag Committee will hear testimony regarding Senate Bill 2315, the private property rights bill.
Now this has been labelled by some as an anti-hunter bill. But it is quite the opposite. It’s a private property rights bill. It gives the ability for those landowners in North Dakota to more securely have and protect their private property and have true inherent private property rights.
It’s quite a bit different than what 2315 was when it was first introduced. In fact, if I take my private property rights hat off and put on my hunter – my sportsman’s – cap, which most of the landowners in the state of North Dakota are, and they want to see that tradition protected.
But if I take that cap and I put it on and look strictly from a sportsman’s point of view, this bill actually helps the sportsmen plan their outings and their hunts for the fall seasons. Yes, what I said is correct. I believe this bill assists and makes things easier when planning your hunting trips because of the database that it will create.
We encourage our House members to pass Senate Bill 2315 just as the Senate did right before crossover. And we hope that landowners from all across the state will call in and encourage its passing. And we hope that the sportsmen of the state understand that this is about private property rights, not about ending hunting like some people say it will. Quite to the contrary, I believe this is a compromise that will also enhance the opportunities to plan better for hunting trips across the state of North Dakota.
February 26, 2019: NDFB Week is coming March 10-16.
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The second week of March marks NDFB Week. During this week we educate, communicate and involve people in understanding what agriculture is about and where their food comes from. And one of the ways we do that is engaging the youth and how we can get young, up and coming future leaders of our communities, states and nation, even though when they are three and four generations removed from the farm in most cases, to understand where their food comes from.
We have counties across the state that do events during NDFB Week to provide that opportunity. To do that outreach. To see who the faces are of our leaders throughout the counties in this great state of North Dakota that are advocating on behalf of farmers and ranchers and who are members of NDFB.
We have a coloring contest. This year’s theme is to draw where the food on their plate comes from and what their interpretation is. It creates a critical thinking opportunity for fourth and fifth graders throughout the state.
And for this information you can go to ndfb.org/fbweek. The deadline to have the coloring contest pictures in, is March 6 and the winners will be announced during NDFB Week.
Yes, we have to start with the youth to help them build the connection of where their pork chop, that steak, that hamburger or that chicken nugget starts, and how it ends up to provide them with the food they eat each and every day.
So, help us celebrate. Whether it’s farming in the east to ranching in the west, this is how NDFB helps create an atmosphere of education, communication and understanding of how food ends up on the tables of families.
February 12, 2019: The Green New Deal pretty much calls for the elimination of everything that we need to live, not to mention cows.
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With every election there brings newly elected folks to office that put out some, well let’s just say it, crazy ideas from time to time.
And now we have a Congresswoman suggesting that cows are a major contributor and a big problem when it comes to greenhouse gases.
The Green New Deal pretty much eliminates the ability to do anything. Wants to eliminate fossil fuels, wants to eliminate cows because of flatulence, which let’s correct that right away, it’s not the cow farts that creates the methane gas, it’s the digesting that cows does and the belching that produces that methane gas. They don’t even know what they’re talking about when they begin to talk. But that’s commonplace amongst the extreme environmental community. Getting rid of planes, getting rid of natural gas, oil, diesel, gasoline, coal, cows, everything that is meaningful to making our world go around.
A lot of times agriculture gets a bad rap. However, less than 10 percent – about 9 percent of the greenhouse gases produced – come from agriculture. There is more produced from houses and businesses, which is 11 percent. So one could argue that urbanization is creating more greenhouse gases than we are.
And then you have industry. Twenty-two percent of greenhouse gases comes from industry. That’s the places where they take the raw goods and turn them into useable products, such as that cell phone that you are possibly listening to this podcast on. Transportation is the highest by far, but I’m not sure that there’s too many people willing to go back to a horse and buggy, or hoofing it everywhere you wanna go, and essentially eliminating world travel, unless you’re going to do it by a sailboat, because we won’t have any oil or gas and diesel to run the boats.
So when we hear these things coming from elected officials, I’m not even going to call them “elected leaders” anymore. I don’t consider someone a leader that wants to take us down a path of destruction for our country and our world.
And at NDFB, we believe that those of us in agriculture are doing a terrific job of producing more while using less, and we are actually contributing to the betterment of all of our natural resources and the air around us.
And our farmers and ranchers work hard every day because their future depends on having a great resource available for future generations.
January 29, 2019: Private property rights take center stage for NDFB at the 2019 Legislative Assembly.
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NDFB: the member’s organization for private property rights. At the very backbone of the founding of our organization, we believe that private property rights ensures our freedoms and opportunities. And last week, NDFB stood up in favor of private property rights asking for support from the Senate Agriculture Committee on Senate Bill 2315.
This is the bill that considers all land posted, which gives us the inherent private property right of knowing who, when and where people are accessing our private property, not just free-will roaming, which is allowed now under state law.
This is a private property rights bill. Some have tried to take it as a non-hunting bill. But as everyone knows, our members, farmers and ranchers, are some of the most active sportsman in the state of North Dakota. We enjoy our agricultural heritage along with our outdoor and hunting heritage. So, we don’t want to jeopardize any of that fantastic heritage that we have here in North Dakota. Rather, we want to ensure that private property is protected – inherently protected – just as our Constitution of the United States guaranteed that our private property was ours to do with as we feel we need to for the safety of our family and living for our family.
And at NDFB, we took that stand, along with hundreds in attendance that want to protect private property rights in North Dakota.
The committee has yet to act on it, so there’s time to contact the Senate Agriculture Committee and also your individual senator from your district in the state of North Dakota and ask them to please respectfully support Senate Bill 2315 because it’s about private property rights, the very founding of our great nation. And we at NDFB will stand up every day for those property rights.
January 8, 2019: From the 2019 Legislative Assembly to the AFBF Annual Meeting, the new year brings a flurry of activity to NDFB and North Dakota.
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Happy New Year from all of us at NDFB. As the new year kicks off, a lot of things are taking place. In North Dakota, the Legislative Session is off and running. Legislators are discussing new policy, talking about removing some policy and of course, looking at the ever-important budget to see what infrastructure needs can and will be met.
However, for us at NDFB, this marks another special time of the year. It’s the final leg in our grassroots policy development process as we head to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting and Convention. And this year is a special one – the 100th annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, being held down in New Orleans – the Big Easy – January 11th through the 15th.
We’ll attend seminars, there’ll be competitions, there’ll be awards given out, there’ll be a trade show, a lot of discussions, and meeting new friends and visiting with friends you only see at these kinds of events.
However, for those of us attending from NDFB, the main focus is the policy development. On the 15th we will have rigorous and vigorous debate of policies from all across the Farm Bureau network to set the path forward for American Farm Bureau Federation’s advocacy on the behalf of the American farmer and rancher.
And we at NDFB will be taking stands on policy on behalf of the beliefs, the principles and the policy set forth by our membership right here in North Dakota, and hopefully we can influence how the policy is put forth at the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Being affiliated with the largest ag organization in the world with nearly 6 million members has many benefits. We look forward to carrying the message of the farmers and ranchers from North Dakota to the American Farm Bureau process and implementing good policy for the great people involved in farming and ranching right here in North Dakota and across our great nation.
NO Dialogue issued on December 25 due to the Christmas holiday.
December 11, 2018: EPA invites AFBF and state Farm Bureaus to signing of proposed Waters of the U.S rules in Washington, D.C.
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The great policy process of the Farm Bureau network is in full display this week as I attend the American Farm Bureau Federation resolutions process; the initial steps of which state Farm Bureau presidents gather and have a rigorous and vigorous debate on policies that will be going forward to the American Farm Bureau Federation delegate session.
But a special opportunity arose this week. As we were making our travel plans to head to D.C., we got notice from AFBF President Zippy Duvall of an invitation to the EPA by Administrator Wheeler to attend the signing of the new proposed regulations and rules regarding Waters of the U.S. New rules for the Clean Water Act, which will replace the WOTUS that was put into place in 2015 by the Obama Administration.
This is a big step in turning back those very onerous regulations of the Obama Administration when it regards control of land by the federal government.
The biggest land grab in American history was WOTUS. The Farm Bureau network was very instrumental in fighting back against this onerous rule, this extreme government overreach, and I love what Mr. Wheeler, the interim administrator of the EPA had to say today. He said we want a rule that allows the landowner, the farmer and rancher, to step out onto his property and be able to look out across his property and determine whether it is a Waters of the U.S. nexus, or if it’s a local water issue.
That is a big improvement, because in the previous rule, almost every puddle was under the EPA and federal jurisdiction. And not knowing for sure whether we were violating the WOTUS rule, by plowing and not having a permit, by seeding a crop and not having a permit. He stressed the importance to be able to understand the rule and know what is and what isn’t a federal regulated navigable water.
It is something that we can be proud of in the Farm Bureau network for the work that all 50 state Farm Bureaus engaged in fighting back against extreme government overreach.
More information including a pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule
November 27, 2018: A big event is coming in January. American Farm Bureau Federation turns 100 years old!
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Having just finished up another successful year and our annual meeting and convention in Bismarck a couple week ago, we now focus on attending the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting and convention in New Orleans in January.
This is a landmark year for our national affiliate at American Farm Bureau as they celebrate the century mark – 100 years of advocating on behalf of farmers and ranchers. And it’s a great opportunity to be affiliated with the largest ag organization in the world, with nearly 6 million members across the United States and Puerto Rico.
There’s advantages to this network, as we have the opportunity to have discussions with people that are experts in all the various fields of agriculture. No matter what you farm or ranch there is the opportunity to reach out and gain the knowledge to help advocate on behalf of farming and ranching all across this nation.
And at NDFB, we tip our hat to the AFBF for 100 years of advocating for agriculture in our great country, the United States of America.
November 13, 2018: NDFB just finished another successful annual meeting, where delegates shared their most pressing concerns and determined organizational policy.
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Another great weekend was had this past weekend at the 76th Annual NDFB Convention. We had members from all across the state travel to Bismarck to make the decisions in that final leg of our policy development procedure, that grassroots policy development which is so important to our organization.
We celebrated some counties with growth. Nearly two dozen counties had growth in membership this year, giving our state a third year in a row of growth. This is tremendous in a time when we hear of a lot of organizations finding it harder and harder to gain members and gain volunteers. We consider this a success to be able to have three steady years of growth.
But back to the policy development. What really sets us apart from other organizations is that grassroots policy development, which starts at the county. It’s an idea of individuals bringing things to the county, which they take to the district where it gets debated again, and the final rigorous and vigorous debate on the house of delegates floor at our annual meeting.
And once again, it’s no surprise that our members – our delegates from each county from all across the state – told us that, through their policy development and through what they feel we should be focused on this coming year and that is private property rights.
Whether it’s the land, your home, your livestock your equipment, they told us loud and clear that private property should be our focus throughout this next year. And that is just an enhancement to what we already do and will always do, is protect private property and advocate for those policies which will, in turn, give us those protections.
That makes us at NDFB, the most prominent private property organization in the great state of North Dakota.
October 23, 2018: NDFB and On Your Table are telling the good news of modern agriculture through The Success Files with Rob Lowe.
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Food fears live in people’s minds, and is a reality to them. However, the misinformation which has guided them to have that fear is of great concern to farmers and ranchers and us at NDFB.
We have the great opportunity to have members of the NDFB in our state share factual information with Rob Lowe from the Success Files, which will be airing a five-minute segment over the next year on the Public Broadcasting system and reach upwards of 60 million households.
I say that because it’s extremely important that we in agriculture are the ones providing the information, because as farmers and ranchers we have the same concerns as the consumer. We want to know that our food is safe. We want to know that the way our food is grown is proper – and we know that, because it’s the same food that we consume for our families.
So why wouldn’t you want the information to come from those that grow it and give you the explanation of the reasons for the need the technology, the reasons for the applications of that technology and therefore the healthy food outcomes of using modern farming practices.
Along with this five-minute video, NDFB will also be airing a commercial which will be running over the next week and a half – until October 31st – on CNN, CNBC and MSNBC and the Fox networks. We have the opportunity to have this air approximately 50 times in the next nine or ten days, that’s going to direct people to our site, which is ndfb.org.
If you are interested in seeing the five minute video or seeing the commercial, and if you want more information of why farmers and ranchers do the things on the farm which they do to produce food, ask and we’ll get the answer, or the answer may exist On Your Table website, which we have created as an enhancement to our ndfb.org to put those food fears to rest.
October 9, 2018: NDFB President Daryl Lies explains NDFB's position on Country of Origin Labeling.
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Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed security. One of the very founding principle beliefs of NDFB.
For months now, there have been discussions going on about the trade, and the farm bill and everything connected to it. And one of the things that has come up most recently, again, is the discussion of Country of Origin Labeling.
At NDFB, we have a policy that falls in line with that philosophical belief I just read. Our policy states, and I quote, “We support labeling of U.S. beef through the channels of free enterprise and entrepreneurship rather than a government mandated Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL, program.” End quote.
You see, the government was set up to do those things which we cannot do for ourselves. However, labeling of our meat products is something that we can – and that people do – for themselves every day.
If you feel it is important to source beef, or pork or other meat products grown right here in the United States, maybe even right here in North Dakota, you can do that. And if you think it’s necessary to have a label for the beef you raise, the pork you raise or the other meat products you raise, you have the capability to do a private label, and label where that was grown. And THAT is self-reliance. And obtaining the opportunity guaranteed by our freedoms in this country.
What has been lost over the decades should be the question we ask ourselves. And how do we regain implementing and using our freedom, opportunity and self-reliance, and doing those things which we are perfectly capable to do as individuals, and not depending on the government to create an answer and a false security blanket for the issues we feel are important.
September 25, 2018: NDFB responds to the corporate farming judgment.
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NDFB and our legal representation have been studying the decision of the judge regarding our case against the state of North Dakota and the corporate farming laws that restrict the ability for farmers and ranchers to utilize a corporate financial structure that is available to any other legal business in the state.
As we look through this, we are shocked that the Attorney General and others are claiming a full victory. We have prevailed in many if not a majority of the motions contained within the decision. Time and time again, the judge ruled that the motions brought forth by the Farmers Union, DRC and the Attorney General were not in good standing. And we prevailed on those.
And we prevailed in the situation of where we felt that the Dormant Commerce Clause was violated in how non-resident, out-of-state interests were treated, and the judge ruled in our favor, that yes, that did violate the Dormant Commerce Clause.
Now, we did not prevail on everything. And we are looking through and studying thoroughly, along with our legal advisors, of what those next steps will be in this fight to provide freedom and opportunity, and the ability of self-reliance for farmers and ranchers in North Dakota.