Elwood “Woody” Barth accepted the gavel as the new president of North Dakota Farmers Union from Robert Carlson. Carlson has been president for the last 15 years and stepped down from the position this year.
“I look forward to working together with the board, staff and members so that we can continue to strengthen rural North Dakota and to keep farmers profitable,” said Barth. “We want to make the NDFU triangle of education, legislation and cooperation even stronger. I will serve our organization with pride and with a deep understanding of our heritage. We will be at the table and keep an eye on issues that affect the family farmer.”
Barth has served as vice president of the organization 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.
Ben Vig of Sharon, N.D. was also elected to the Board of Directors representing District VII, replacing Marcy Svenningsen who opted not to run for the position this year. Bob Kuylen was elected as the new vice president and that leaves District IV open for a new representative. A replacement will be determined later this year. Other board members include: Terry Borstad, district I; Jon Erickson, district II; Dennis Stromme, district III; Wes Neiderman, district V; and Ellen Linderman, secretary/district VI.
A total of 786 people registered for the state convention including 416 delegates and four alternates.