Grainnet, IL 01-19-07 North Dakota Grain Dealers Association Elects Officers, Directors at Annual Convention Fargo, ND -- Clyde Krebs, of Glen Ullin, ND was re-elected President of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association at its convention held January 14-16 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND. Other officers re-elected include First Vice President Myron Uttermark of Harlow, ND and Second Vice President was Dan DeRouchey of Berthold, ND. Roger Wagner, Manager of Grafton Farmers Co-op Grain Co., Grafton, ND and Paul Lautenschlager, Manager of Beach Coop Grain Co., Beach, ND were elected to the 9-man Board. Todd Vogel, Manager of Plains Grain & Agronomy, LLC, Marion, ND was reelected to another three-year term. Directors Phil Meyer of Overly, ND, Mike McNamee of Beulah, ND and Jim Kolle of Gwinner, ND retired from the Board. Program topics included biofuels, rail service, insurance needs and employee training. Dr. David Swenson of Iowa State University told Grain Dealers some of the assumptions being made about the benefits of ethanol production are overly optimistic and that negative offsets must be considered. An example is excessive job creation predictions. Officials of the major railroads operating in North Dakota spoke to the group about past performance and what they expect in 2007. The Association took a position in favor of the $900,000 in the ND Public Service commission budget for a railroad rate and service complaint fund. Almost 1,000 people attended the convention, which included a trade show of over 80 firms. The January 2008 convention will again be held in Fargo, ND. Association Officers, Directors and staff are: - Clyde Krebs, Glen Ullin, President - Myron Uttermark, Harlow, 1st Vice President - Dan DeRouchey, Berthold, 2nd Vice President - Tony Johannesen, Edgeley, Director - Todd Vogel, Marion, Director - Pete Peterson, Dahlen, Director - Dave Rosscup, Cavalier, Director Roger Wagner, Grafton, Director - Paul Lautenschlager, Beach, Director - Steve Strege, Fargo, Executive Vice President - Cheryal Welle, Fargo, Executive Assistant - Stu Letcher, Hatton, Safety & Health Director - Hal Grieve, Buffalo, Safety Specialist - Sue Benson, Fargo, Office Assistant For more information, call Steve Strege at 1-800-342-4778.