District 3: Bill Wagner, Neche, ND
North Dakota is divided into seven districts. These districts elect a member to serve producers on the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. William Wagner of Neche, ND represents those producers in District 3. District 3 is comprised of Williams, Divide, Burke, Mountrail, Ward, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Rolette, Pierce, Benson, Towner, Cavalier, Ramsey, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks Counties.
William is a third-generation farmer living in Pembina County. After graduating from Neche High School and Northwest Technical college with a degree in farm business management, he returned to farm with his father. William currently farms 2,000 acres with his wife, Kaysie, and his father where they grow corn, soybeans, seed oats, wheat, canola, and pinto beans. They have been working with no-till farming practices on land that is prone to spring flooding for nearly fifteen years, and made the decision to fully transition into no-till in the spring of 2017 after a very wet fall the previous year.
William and Kaysie have been married since 2007. “She is an important part in our farming operation. If she isn’t helping me by being in the seeder tractor, the combine, a truck or headed to town for parts, she’s in the garden getting produce ready to sell, in the kitchen baking or canning,” says William. “My wife, my mother, and I are also a vendor at the local farmer’s market throughout the summer and fall.” Kaysie also homeschools their nine-year-old son, Logan.
Logan is starting to help out around the farm more. He enjoys mowing lawn, helping at the farmer’s market, and playing with his dog, Sadie. He is in 4-H and enjoys playing baseball in the summer. He loves to sing and can’t wait to learn how to play drums. “I am looking forward to watching him cultivate more of an interest in the farm as he gets older and can become more involved in the day to day operation,” William shares.
The Wagners have four generations still residing on the farm today, in the same yard. “I would not be the person I am today without my parent’s and grandparent’s support,” says William.
“I decided to run for a seat on the NDCUC because I thought it would be an interesting and eye-opening experience, and it has. I like having the ability to be involved in helping to bring additional markets and opportunities to North Dakota. Increasing value and revenue for our corn industry, supporting our corn growers in the state, and educating our consumers on exciting uses for corn, such as ethanol, are all very important to me,” shared William. “I am thankful for the work the NDCUC does, and I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to be a part of the positive impact it has on our state.”
In addition to serving corn farmers in District 3 as a member of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC), William sits on his local township board, the North Star Co-op Board of Directors, and the Pembina County Crop Improvement Board. In his spare time, William enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, and remodeling the home he inherited from his grandparents. He also I enjoys spending time with his family.
The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) was created in 1991 and consists of seven members representing seven districts. NDCUC board members can serve 2 consecutive 4-year terms. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.
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