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Published July 16 2010

Singles in ag meet in ND

Single. Interested in agriculture. Likes to be social.

Those are the only qualifications people need to attend a singles event in Casselton, N.D., this weekend.

About 100 single men and women involved in agriculture are here from across the country, participating in Singles in Agriculture’s “Summer Bonanza.”

The annual summer event is sponsored by the national group as a social and educational opportunity for singles with agriculture backgrounds or occupations.

“It’s just to get together and have a good time,” said Nancy Rotramel, event coordinator for the Northern Great Plains chapter, which includes North Dakota and Minnesota. “There are a surprising number of things to do around the Casselton area that would appeal to our folks.”

Singles in Agriculture, an Illinois-based organization, has about 500 members in 41 states and 11 state chapters.

The singles, who range in age from 50 to 70, will do everything from touring livestock barns at North Dakota State University to checking out West Fargo’s Bonanzaville this weekend.

Dinners and dancing the two-step are also included.

“We do something that’s a little different than what you’d do on your own,” said Joel Porter of Grandin, N.D., who’s been attending events with the organization since 1997. “It just gives you a chance to get out.”

The 48-year-old farmer said the group’s events allow members to make new friends in their industry.

An offshoot called Singles No More has formed, but Rotramel said they aren’t there to match-make.

“I’m not going to say people don’t find each other,” she said. “But that’s not our purpose.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515