For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018
Contact: Brita Moore, (651) 308-2435 or

MFU President Wertish named to World Farmers’ Organisation livestock working group

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish returned from Moscow, Russia, this week after attending a general assembly gathering of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO). He was appointed to chair the group’s newly formed livestock working group by members of the assembly.

“Farmers from every corner of the globe experience similar struggles as farmers in the United States do,” President Wertish said. “I am honored to lead this livestock working group and hope to inspire creative solutions to livestock farming issues.”

Based in Rome, WFO is an international organization of farmers, who work to bring together producers and cooperative organizations to develop policies that favor and support farmer causes in developed and developing countries around the world.

Also representing the U.S. in Russia were Dave Velde, National Farmers Union general counsel, and North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne.

Velde, who practices law in Alexandria, said farmers from all over the world discussed weather-generated damage to crops, buildings and livestock. “Whether you believe in climate change or not, the fact is, catastrophic weather events are on the rise,” he said.

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