Johannes elected NDFB President


Doyle Johannes of Underwood was unanimously elected North Dakota Farm Bureau President during the organization’s 69thannual meeting at the Grand International in Minot, Nov. 18-19.

Johannes, who served as vice president under outgoing president Eric Aasmundstad, also served as District 6 Director until his election to the presidency. The NDFB President serves at large and is elected for a two-year term. He was elected to the District 6 position in 2004.

Johannes and his wife, Patsy, have a diversified small grain and row crop farm near Underwood. They also operate a custom backgrounding feedlot.

Johannes is a past county Farm Bureau board member and president in McLean County. The Johanneses have three children.

Chris Brossart of Wolford, was elected to serve a two-year term as vice president of the organization. Brossart was elected to represent District 4 on the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2009. As District 4 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Benson, Eddy, Pierce, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties.

Chris and his wife, Jennie, raise spring wheat, winter wheat, canola, barley, soybeans and pinto beans. Jennie also works in Rugby as an insurance specialist at the hospital there. Chris is involved on the St. Mary’s Church Council, and is an active member of Pierce County Farm Bureau. The Brossarts have two children.

Elected to a three-year term as District 3 Director is Tom Christensen of Verona. As the District 3 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties. Christensen fills the vacancy left by Dan Delahoyde of Cogswell, who chose not to run again. Christensen and his wife, Nancy, have a fourth-generation farm and raise corn and soybeans. They have four children.

Elected for a two-year term as District 6 Director is David Larson of Willow City. Larson will fill the vacancy left when Doyle Johannes became president. As the District 6 Director, Larson represents members in Bottineau, McHenry, McLean, Renville, Sheridan and Ward counties. Larson and his wife, Marilyn, raise durum, spring wheat, sunflower and barley. They have two children.

Re-elected to a three-year term to the District 7 position is Wes Klein of Hazen. As the District 7 Director, Klein represents members in Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Emmons and Burleigh counties. Klein and his wife, MaryAnn, have a horse training and cow-calf operation. They have nine children.

Re-elected to a three-year term to the District 9 position is Carson Kouba of Regent. As the District 9 Director, Kouba represents Farm Bureau members in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties. Kouba and his wife, Kelly, raise durum, winter and spring wheat, canola and buckwheat. They have two children.

Kimberly Lemieux of Rolette was re-elected as chairman of the Promotion and Education Committee. As chairman, she represents the committee on the NDFB Board of Directors. Lemieux and her husband, Doug, raise barley, canola, wheat and sunflowers. They have four children.

Steven and Katie Heger of Underwood were elected as co-chairs of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Steven will represent the YF&R Committee on the NDFB Board of Directors.

Other board members are: District 1 Director Nathan Green of Glasston; District 2 Director John McConnell of Casselton; District 5 District Chad Weckerly of Hursdfield; and District 8 Director Tom Tarnavsky of Sidney, Mont.

Source: NDFB