NFU President Roger Johnson Re-elected to Two-Year Term
National Farmers Union delegates voted unanimously today to re-elect President Roger Johnson and Vice President Claudia Svarstad to their respective offices during the organization’s 110th Anniversary Convention at La Vista, Neb., a suburb of Omaha. Elections for president and vice president are held every two years.
“I greatly appreciate the trust placed in me by Farmers Union delegates and am truly humbled by the opportunity to continue leading this fantastic organization,” said Johnson. “This is such a critical time for not only Farmers Union but also agriculture in general. It really will take all of us, working together, to ensure that rural America thrives.”
Johnson was first elected NFU president in March 2009. Svarstad was first elected vice president during NFU’s convention in 2008.
“Our work has only just begun,” said Johnson. “We are in the midst of writing the 2012 Farm Bill and will have less money to work with than we have in the past. We are strongly advocating for the Market-Driven Inventory System (MDIS), which will provide farmers with the income protection they are used to at a significantly lower cost to taxpayers. Agriculture is at a crossroads, and it is the job of Farmers Union to ensure that family farmers and ranchers have a voice in the discussions about the future of this industry. It is long past time that stakeholders from across the agriculture industry and legislators from both sides of the aisle come together to write a farm bill that will ensure a bright future for agriculture and rural America. Thank you to Farmers Union members for giving me the opportunity to represent them during such an important time.”