NFU Leadership

NFU's Leadership is comprised of an elected National President and Vice President, along with a Board of Directors made up of the Presidents from NFU's 24 state and regional divisions.

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Roger Johnson

NFU President Roger Johnson was elected National Farmers Union’s 14th president during the organization’s 107th anniversary convention in 2009. A third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., Johnson previously served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 1996. 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. As president, Roger is the chief executive and public spokesman for the organization.

Patty Edelburg

NFU Vice President Patty Edelburg Patty Edelburg was elected to serve as the Vice President of the National Farmers Union at the 116th Annual Convention. Edelburg, a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a dairy farmer in central Wisconsin, has served as the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director as well as on the FSA State Committee and played an instrumental role in the implementation of programs across Wisconsin as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. Patty has served on the Wisconsin Farmers Union Board of Directors for 12 years as well as being involved in numerous state and local agricultural organizations.

Board of Directors


NFU’s Board of Directors consists of the president of each state/regional organization, President Roger Johnson and Vice President Donn Teske.

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Robert Shumaker
Alaska

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David Coker
Arkansas

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Joaquin Contente
California

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Vincent Mina
Hawaii

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Norbert Brauer
Illinois

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James Benham
Indiana

Aaron Lehman
Iowa

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Donn Teske
Kansas

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Bob Thompson
Michigan

Gary Wertish
Minnesota

Tom Coudron
Missouri

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Alan Merrill
Montana

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John K. Hansen
Nebraska

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Roger Noonan
New England

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Mark Watne
North Dakota

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Joe Logan
Ohio

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Terry Detrick
Oklahoma

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Heidi Secord
Pennsylvania

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Dale McCall
Rocky Mountain

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Doug Sombke
South Dakota

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Wes Sims
Texas

Mark Gibbons
Utah

Charlotte Smith
Northwest

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Darin Von Ruden
Wisconsin