The Minnesota National Farmers Organization held its annual convention on Saturday, December 3rd in Olivia. 

Members heard about remarkable volume growth in the sale of milk for member farmers. 

Brad Rach of the National Farmers said milk sales growth was phenomenal for the organization, even during the pandemic. While he said there were 19 dairy cooperatives across the country that either lost volume or had minor growth up to 2 percent, National Farmers Organization dairy volume grew by 20 percent. A processor in Dalhart, Texas, needs milk from 150,000 cows to keep full. Another plant needs three times the volume of milk that National Farmers markets. 

Rach credited the growth to the organization’s staff who make every effort to make things better for farmers. 

Bob Arndt of Echo was elected as an alternate national director to replace Ryan Christensen of Battle Lake, who resigned the position earlier this year. Arndt’s term will run until March 8 at the National Convention in Bettendorf, Iowa. 

State President Joe Neaton of Watertown was elected a permanent national director for the term starting March 8. 

State Secretary James Minten of Perham will be Neaton’s Alternate.