“Defending Policy. Making Progress.” was the slogan for the 73rd annual North Dakota Farm Bureau Convention held in Fargo on Nov. 13-15, 2015, with members from all but two counties in attendance.
A unanimous ballot elected Daryl Lies of Douglas to lead the organization as the new president. He succeeds Doyle Johannes of Underwood who had served for the past four years and decided not to run again.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor to be elected to serve as your next president of North Dakota Farm Bureau – the greatest organization that advocates for our constitutional rights, our property rights,” Lies said following his election. “I will lead with the best interests of our beliefs and philosophical principals into the future.”
Lies had been a state director before deciding to run for the presidency. He and his wife, Kim, have two children. They have a farrow-to-finish hog operation, raise market lambs and meat-breed goats. He was originally from Garrison, became an auctioneer and was a staffer for Rep. Kevin Cramer for the past three years which gives him a good background on people and politics. His big concern at this time is the increasing over-reach of government, especially the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in agriculture.
Chris Brossart of Wolford was re-elected as vice president. He was also elected to a third, three-year term as a state director. He and his wife, Jennie, have two children and raise spring and winter wheat, canola, barley, soybeans and pinto beans.
The banquet speaker was Gary Sides, PhD, who is a beef and feedlot nutritionist with Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) and lives in Colorado. “For years, Americans have been told to decrease red meat consumption but we should do just the opposite. That’s because what we have been told is wrong and the science proves it, if people would just look for it. Essential amino acids means your body can’t make it. You have to get it in your diet. And plants don’t have the essential amino acids, but animals do.” Sides said half of American women are iron deficient, and beef is an important source of natural iron. Sides also said the essential B vitamins, specifically B12, only come from animal proteins. He also said research shows that “fat in beef is heart healthy.” Americans are dependent on technology, but they don’t understand the importance of that technology when it comes to our food. Sides said it is technological advancements in agriculture that have allowed our culture to prosper. “There is no culture without agriculture,” he said. “We have a vibrant agricultural system, where less than 1 percent of us can feed everyone else so folks with other talents can express those talents where they’re not having to farm for a living,” he concluded.
Delegates from Hettinger County were Carson and Kelly Kouba and Marlene Kouba, all of Regent.
North Dakota Farm Bureau is the most effective general farm and ranch organization in the state of North Dakota, with 27,000 members and 50 organized county Farm Bureaus.