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Minnesotan to campaign for president of National Farmers Organization

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MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mark Rohr, Bluffton, will seek the office of president of the National Farmers Organization. He discussed his plans at the annual state convention of Minnesota National Farmers Saturday in Olivia.

The election will be Feb. 10-12 during the National Convention at the Hilton Mall of America, Bloomington.

State convention attendance was hampered by weather, but attendees discussed ideas to improve commodity prices, such as working with other farm organizations to develop a

united program for supply management of farm production, both in dairy and grain production. Another proposal involves creating a national grain reserve for corn to be held back and stored by farmers, or a nationwide bargaining block that could be used by the organization to negotiate a better price.

Reed Christensen, Battle Lake, was re-elected national director. His alternate, also re-elected, is Don Koep, Clitheral. Bob Arndt of Echo was re-elected a trustee.

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Paul Sobocinski of Wabasso, representing the Land Stewardship Project, noted some stark facts: The 2018 median farm income for U.S. farm households was a negative $1,533. For six years, more than half of farmers and ranchers have lost money on their crops or herds. Also, 70% of the total income of farm families comes from off-farm sources.

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