Roger Johnson is president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), a grassroots organization that represents more than 200,000 family farmers, ranchers, fisherman and rural communities across the United States.
Johnson was elected to lead the family farm organization at NFU’s 107th-anniversary convention in 2009. He has since expanded the education department by providing more programs for beginning, college-aged and women farmers, increased the number of Farmers Union state divisions, and developed a strategic plan for the organization. Johnson has also overseen a number of important policy initiatives important to family farmers including: passage of the 2014 Farm Bill; maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and Country-of-Origin Labeling, promoting policies that allow farmers to address the growing threat of climate change; and renewing the nation’s focus on eliminating an overwhelming trade deficit that results in lost jobs and prosperity for rural America.
Prior to leading National Farmers Union, Johnson, a third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, N.D., served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 1996. While Agriculture Commissioner, Johnson served on the State Industrial Commission, the North Dakota Trade Office Advisory Board, and the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, among many other boards and commissions.
From 2007-2008, Johnson served as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). He is a past president of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA), past president of the Food Export Association of the Midwest and a former chairman of the Interstate Pest Control Compact.
Johnson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics. Johnson and his wife, Anita, are the proud parents of a daughter and two sons and have three grandchildren.