The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has decided to leave the National Association of Wheat Growers, effective July 1. The group sent a letter to NAWG and notified members Tuesday morning. President Jeff Mertz told the Red River Farm Network earlier this year the association is slow to move if an individual state has a challenge. The groups have been negotiating in the past two months. “NAWG came up to North Dakota, the executive team, and we sat down with a facilitator and reviewed things we thought needed to be done. They also had issues they brought to our attention,” explains Mertz. “One of our biggest reasons is representation.” It’s not a decision they’ve made lightly, according to Mertz. The NDGGA believes their investment could be better served by expanding lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. and farmer education in the state.
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