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Forum staff reports, Published November 24 2013

North Dakota Farmers Union elects new president

JAMESTOWN – The North Dakota Farmers Union elected a new president at its state convention this weekend.

Mark Watne of Jamestown takes over for Elwood “Woody” Barth, who has served the NDFU since 2011. Bob Kuylen was re-elected as the vice president.

“I’m looking forward to working with the membership, staff and board to make NDFU the best farm organization in the state,” Watne said.

He worked at the NDFU state office as the staff executive director, agricultural strategist and development specialist for 15 years. He also served on the board of directors for six years, starting in 1990, including as state treasurer.

Watne volunteered as a board chairman for the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University and is currently a board member for First Community Credit Union of Jamestown.

He is a self-employed farmer in the Velva, N.D., area, but lives in Jamestown.