National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson this week delivered his final address to the organization before retirement and the election of a new leader. 

After 11 years, Johnson announced his plans to retire in 2020. 

Delegates Monday elected Rob Larew to succeed Johnson as the organization’s president. 

Patty Edelburg, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, was reelected to serve a second term as vice president. 

Larew and Edelburg’s two-year terms begin today and will conclude at NFU’s 120th Anniversary Convention in 2022, at which point both may seek reelection. 

Larew says, “I am so honored that the farmers and ranchers, rural Americans, and advocates who make National Farmers Union all that it is have entrusted me with this great responsibility.” 

Larew, who was raised on a West Virginia dairy farm, served as NFU’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications since fall 2016. 

Prior to his employment with NFU, Larew served more than 22 years in Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.