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 Unites States. 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.
Prior to his career in the wind industry, Jim spent 10 years as a Project Manager in the aviation industry as an A&P licensed mechanic. Jim has been an active participant in various American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) working groups over the years.