National Farmers Union Convention delegates have elected North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson as president. He will replace outgoing NFU president Tom Buis.

A third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., Johnson 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. 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.

"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.

Source: NFU.