Gen. Wesley Clark will be the keynote speaker at the North Dakota Farmer's Union State Convention in Minot on Nov. 19-20.

"Gen. Wesley Clark is a strong advocate of Farmers Union policies as he works to create green-collar jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand ethanol use in gasoline and decrease our dependence on foreign oil," said North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson in a press release. "Gen. Clark will offer insight to NDFU's members regarding what needs to be done to achieve energy independence and how our organization can help make that happen."

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Clark currently serves as co-chair of Growth Energy which supports the expansion of ethanol usage in fuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Clark is a retired four star general after 38 years in the U.S. Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Other special guest speakers will include Gov. John Hoeven and Director of Agricultural Policy Analysis Center's Dr. Daryll Ray.

Annual reports from Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and North Dakota Farmers Union will be reviewed as well as financial information and bylaws for the organization.

Entertainment will include a musical variety show by the Mouse River Players on Friday evening and 32 Below on Saturday night. The $40 registration fee includes two lunches, two dinners and one continental breakfast. A one-day ticket is also available for $20. Children ages 16 and under without day care or youth activities is $10 per day. Daycare for smaller children is also available. This service is provided free of charge for all registered delegates or members.