The North Dakota Grain Growers Association has voted to end its affiliation with the National Association of Wheat Growers, both groups announced Tuesday.

NDGGA President Jeff Mertz cited “ a decline in support for issues specifically affecting North Dakota” in recent years and said despite having ”paid some of the highest dues out of all states represented by NAWG, we believe we’re no longer seeing an adequate return on investment.”

In a statement, NAWG President Ben Scholz said NDGGA “chose to put their own priorities ahead of the national organization, which is not how a national association can run effectively.” He said the state affiliate withheld half their dues in the last two years and “NAWG leadership and staff did everything possible to address NDGGA’s concerns.” Scholz said NAWG’s steps ranged “from private briefings to ramped up communications to our states to traveling to North Dakota with a third-party facilitator to address issues.”

The move will be official at the end of June when the affiliation contract expires.

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