November 18, 2023

President re-elected, new vice president

Topic: Leadership

The 81st NDFB Annual Meeting, held in Fargo at the Holiday Inn, witnessed the re-election of Daryl Lies from Douglas as the NDFB President for a two-year term. Val Wagner from Monango secured the position of vice president for a similar term.

The NDFB Board of Directors is comprised of the president, elected at large, and individuals elected from each of the nine NDFB Districts, the Promotion and Education Committee chair and the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee chair. 

Lies was elected as the NDFB District 6 Director in 2013 and as NDFB President in 2015. Lies operates a diversified farm with an emphasis in show animals alongside his wife, Kim. Their ventures include hogs, sheep, and goats, and Lies is also associated with Full Flavor Farms and Daryl's Racing Pigs. In addition, he serves as a radio host on KFYR radio. Daryl and Kim are parents to two daughters, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Wagner and her husband, Mark run a Red Angus/Simmental commercial livestock ranch. They also raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and cover crops. Wagner was elected to the District 3 NDFB Board of Directors position in 2020. Wagner is also a past member of the state and national Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee and the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee. The Wagners are proud parents of four boys.

Elected to a three-year term representing District 9 is Chris Reindel of Dickinson. Reindel and his wife Rebecca raise beef cattle, sheep, and hay. He also has a small electrical business. The Reindel’s have two daughters, a son, a granddaughter, and a grandson. 

Elected as Young Farmer and Rancher Committee Chairman is Chance Kitzman of Upham. Chance and his wife Nicole have a cow/calf operation and raise corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, and rye. They became involved in Farm Bureau because they feel it is getting more and more important to keep a strong voice out there for young farmers and "Farm Bureau is the strongest of those voices." Kitzman is set to serve a one-year term in his new role.