Friday, March 13, 2009

National Farmers Union elects new president

St. Paul (March 13, 2009) – Minnesota Farmers Union delegates elected Roger Johnson, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, as the new National Farmers Union President at the 107th National Farmers Union Convention in Washington, D.C.

“Roger grew up in the Farmers Union family,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President, “so it is fitting that he was elected as our National President. I look forward to working with him in promoting the Farmers Union agenda, and pushing for policies that better family farmers and rural America.”

"I grew up in Farmers Union and believe strongly in the positions NFU advocates," Johnson said. "I look forward to working with Farmers Union members, those both inside and outside of agriculture, and policy makers on both sides of the aisle to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and raise their families in rural America."

Johnson said the economy is the overriding issue affecting those in agriculture today. "Today's economic climate underscores the importance of having policies in place that allow farmers and ranchers to survive during tough times," Johnson said.

Johnson grew up in Farmers Union, participating in the organization's youth programs, serving as a county president and chairman of the board of a local Farmers Union cooperative. A third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., Johnson was elected North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner and recently served as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, playing a key role in the crafting of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Minnesota Farmers Union ( is a nonprofit membership-based organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers, as well as rural communities.

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