Delegates to the 73rd North Dakota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting elected Daryl Lies of Douglas to a two-year term as the organization’s president. The annual meeting was held at Nov. 13 to 15 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.
“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 was elected to the NDFB Board of Directors in 2013 representing District 6. He and his wife, Kim, have two children and raise hogs, sheep and goats with an emphasis in show animals. Until his election as president, Lies also served as the agricultural liaison for Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
Nathan Fegley of Berthold was elected to fill out Lies’s unexpired term on the NDFB board. Fegley and his wife, Katie, have three children, raise small grains and operate Fegley Grain Cleaning Inc.
Chris Brossart of Wolford was re-elected as vice president. He was also elected to a third, three-year term representing District 4 on the NDFB Board. Brossart and his wife, Jennie, have two children and raise spring and winter wheat, canola, barley, soybeans and pinto beans.
In other election news, Dana Kaldor of Hillsboro was elected to a three-year term as the District 2 representative on the NDFB Board of Directors. Dana and his wife, Dawn, have three children. They raise soybeans, corn and wheat. Kaldor replaces John McConnell of Casselton who was ineligible to run for another term.
Kirk Olson of Arnegard was re-elected to his second three-year term representing District 8 on the board. Kirk and his wife, Heidi, have two children and raise small grains and pulse crops.
Val Wagner of Monango was re-elected as Promotion and Education Committee chairman. The committee chairman holds a position on the NDFB Board of Directors. Val and her husband, Mark, have a Simmental and Red Angus commercial beef farm and raise corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay. The Wagners have four children.
Elected as Young Farmer and Rancher Committee chairman is Craig Vaughn of Cavalier. The chair of the YF&R Committee holds a position on the NDFB Board of Directors. Craig and his wife, Kelly, farm in partnership with Craig’s father and brother, raising corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and purebred registered Limousin cattle. The Vaughns have one child.
Other NDFB Directors are Nathan Green of Glasston, representing District 1; Tom Christenson of Verona representing District 3, Chad Weckerly of Hurdsfield representing District 5; Wes Klein of Hazen representing District 7, and Weston Dvorak of Manning representing District 9.
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.