JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) -- The North Dakota Farmers Union is bringing a delegation from Japan's largest farm organization to the state.

Eight people with the JA-ZENCHU organization met with Farmers Union leaders, and toured the state Capitol, Heritage Center and a ranch.

Farmers Union President Robert Carlson said the delegation's goal is to better understand how a farm organization operates in a two-party political system.

JA-ZENCHU is the leader of Japan's agricultural cooperative movement. It has 9 million members -- 4 million active farmers and 5 million consumers.

ODA seeking applicants for commodity commissions

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking applicants to serve on 23 of the state's 25 agricultural commodity commissions.

In all, 74 commissioner positions are open, including six public member positions.

Most appointments are for a three-year term beginning July 1.

Commissioners must be a citizen of the United States and an Oregon resident.

Information: www.oregon.gov/ODA

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