Farming is a way of life in Cavalier County, and the family farm is a sacred endeavor. Across the state, one thing many of the farming communities have in common is the Farmers Union Co-op offering gas and other services to travelers and locals alike. Another service that the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) offers is the teaching and advancement of North Dakota youth in learning leadership skills.
The 83rd Annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colorado, was held in June. The event encourages young adults to explore their leadership potential, discuss current events and important issues, learn more about the power of cooperatives, and identify ways to cause positive change in their communities.
“Farmers Union is based on 3 primary pillars: education, cooperation and legislation. We have a very unique camp and youth program because we teach extensively about the cooperative business model and incorporate our own camper-run co-op store at camp,” Brie Sorensen, education director at North Dakota Farmers Union, said. ”At camp we use unplugged education in a fun environment. We teach about other things such as legislative issues and community. All of our education is based around our AFNR Ag STEM curriculum.”