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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Rob Larew

NFU President Rob Larew was elected National Farmers Union’s 15th president during the organization’s 118th anniversary convention in 2020. He previously serviced as NFU’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications, and prior to his employment with NFU, served over 22 years in Congress and USDA. Larew was raised on a dairy farm in Greenville, West Virginia. He graduated fromVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science and completed graduate work in Agronomy at Pennsylvania State University.

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 Patty Edelburg.

Harold Green 
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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Walter Schweitzer
Montana

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John K. Hansen
Nebraska

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Roger Noonan
New England

Mark-Watne

Mark Watne
North Dakota

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Joe Logan
Ohio

Scott Blubaugh
Oklahoma

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Heidi Secord
Pennsylvania

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Dale McCall
Rocky Mountain

Doug Sombke
South Dakota

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Wes Sims
Texas

Mark Gibbons
Utah

Sarah Red-Laird
Northwest

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Darin Von Ruden
Wisconsin