North Dakota Grain Growers withdrawing from national group

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is withdrawing from the National Association of Wheat Growers, saying it can find better uses for its money.
“Considering North Dakota consistently paid some of the highest dues out of all the states represented by NAWG, we believe we’re no longer seeing an adequate return on investment and have decided not to renew our contract,” Grain Growers President Jeff Mertz said.
The state group has seen a decline in national group support for issues specifically affecting North Dakota, according to Mertz. Money that had been used for NAWG dues will now be used to fund efforts at the state level, he said. NAWG dues are based on the number of bushels sold in each state.
The vote by the state group’s board to sever ties with the national group was unanimous, The Bismarck Tribune reported. When the contract expires June 30, it will end a 42-year relationship.
NAWG “did everything possible” to address the state group’s concerns, President Ben Scholz said.
“It is unfortunate that a major wheat-producing state, who provided unique insight into national policy and influenced others in the industry, won’t be moving forward with NAWG,” he said.
North Dakota leads the nation in the production of both spring wheat and durum wheat.