Farm Bureau Elects New President

The Iowa Farm Bureau has elected a northwest Iowa farmer and business owner as its next president. According to a news release from the organization, Brent Johnson raises corn, soybeans and cattle on a Calhoun County farm near Manson. He also operates a precision farming company that does soil sampling, deploys drones and offers data management. Johnson replaces 64-year-old Craig Hill of Ackworth who is retiring after a decade as the organization’s president.

Hill says soon after he became Iowa Farm Bureau president in 2012, he was part of a group that greeted Xi Jinping (SHEE jin-PING) in Des Moines, just before Xi became president of China.

Hill says he’s proud the Farm Bureau was successful in scuttling rules that could have made more Iowa waterways subject to federal regulation.

Hill says the greatest frustration during the past decade has been the federal waivers that have exempted oil refineries from ethanol blending obligations.

Johnson, Hill’s successor, was elected president yesterday (Wednesday) at the Iowa Farm Bureau’s annual meeting.