The National Farmers Union Convention delegates will elect a new president Tuesday to replace Tom Buis who has stepped down to take a position with the biofuels group Growth Energy. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson and Pennsylvania Farmers Union President Larry Breech are seeking to replace Buis.
If elected Johnson says he’s looking forward to serving NFU members at a time when the group has a key role in Washington in regards to farm policy. Farm and commodity groups have been disappointed with the direction the Obama Administration has chosen to take in its budget; proposing to use gross receipts as a yard stick to measure the size or prosperity of a family farm. Johnson says that was a misstep by the new administration.
"Just because you grossed $100,000 dollars, that has nothing to say about how much money you made," Johnson said. "Farmers gross a lot, but if your expenses are higher than your income, you're going to end up with a negative at the bottom line. Using gross revenue is the wrong measurement. I think the balance that was struck by the Farm Bill is closer to where we ought to be really."