City Folks & Farmers Gather for Dinner in the Valley (Audio)


VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – The first Dinner in the Valley to educate the community about the importance of agriculture was held at the Sheyenne Riverbend Farm south of Valley City on September 11.

The inaugural dinner was created to be a fun and educational event for guests to have an opportunity to ask farmers, ranchers and others who work in the Ag industry about the important role of production agriculture.

Some people across the country believe that America doesn’t benefit greatly from the North American Free Trade Agreement called NAFTA. But area farmer Monte Peterson believes North Dakota farmers benefited greatly from the agreement.

Peterson made those comments to those attending the first annual Dinner in the Valley event on Monday, September 11.

Area farmer Greg Svenningsen who is also a commissioner with the North Dakota Wheat Commission talked about how foreign markets have helped wheat farmers.

Zac Browning owner of Browning’s Honey of Jamestown talked about some of the reasons why more bee colonies are dying off. He said one-fourth of the bees producing honey or pollinating crops in this country come from North Dakota bees.

In other news, farmers planted more than seven million acres of soybeans in North Dakota this year, that’s one million acres more than one year ago.

Nancy Johnson is the executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Council. She said that trend will continue with strong soybean prices. She said once the proposed soybean processing plant is operational near Spiritwood it will be a benefit for soybean farmers.

Johnson, Browning, Svenningsen and Peterson attended the first annual Dinner in the Valley event sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee on September 11 at the Sheyenne Riverbend farm south of Valley City.

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photo: Guests had an opportunity to taste test wine grown and made in North Dakota from Rodney Hogen’s Red Trail Vineyard near Buffalo, North Dakota. Photos by Steve Urness.

Stacey Lilja of Big Iron Sales and a member of the Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee addresses the audience attending the Dinner in the Valley.

Tom Lilja of Progressive Ag Marketing was the Master of Ceremonies during the Dinner in the Valley event south of Valley City on September 11. Photos by Steve Urness.

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