North Dakota's Biggest Farm Groups Elect New Leaders

North Dakota's Biggest Farm Groups Elect New Leaders

Farmers Union and Farm Bureau presidents step down; vice-presidents take reins.

The North Dakota Farm Bureau and North Dakota Farmers Union both have new leaders.

Doyle Johannes, Underwood, was unanimously elected NDFB president at the group's recent annual meeting. Eric Aasmundstad didn't seek re-election, saying that he believed the president should be a fulltime farmer. Aasmundstad's status changed this summer as more of his farm was flooded by Devils Lake water and he moved from his farm headquarters.

Johannes had been serving as vice-president. He and his wife, Patsy, have a diversified small grain and row crop farm near Underwood. They also operate a custom backgrounding feedlot.

Farmers Union

Woody Barth

Elwood "Woody" Barth was elected president of the North Dakota Farmers Union at the organization's recent annual meeting. Robert Carlson, who had been president for the past 15 years, decided not to seek re-election. Carlson was recently elected president of the World Farmers Organization, an organization that represents the united voice of world farmers and cooperatives. As the first WFO president, Carlson will lead the activities of the international group, and help select staff members following the board's adoption of a budget and bylaws.

Doyle Johannes

Barth has served as NDFU vice president since December of 2008. He was first elected to the State Board of Directors in 2003 as the District 5 Director and served two terms as state secretary. He is a member of NDFU's legislative team and represents NDFU on the board of directors for North Dakota Natural Beef and the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board. This year, he was appointed to the USDA agricultural technical advisory committee for trade in animals and animal products. He is an active community volunteer in Flasher, N.D. Woody, his wife, Carmell, and daughter Rachel, farm south of Mandan where they raise cattle and grow corn.

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