By Chris Clayton
DTN Ag Policy Editor
SAVANNAH, Georgia (DTN) â€” Delegates at the National Farmers Union annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Monday for Rob Larew to take over as the organizationâ€™s new president.
Larew was elected to a two-year term replacing Roger Johnson who officially retired as NFU president at the annual meeting after leading the organization since 2009. NFU is holding its 118th annual meeting this week in Savannah, Georgia.
Larew grew up on West Virginia dairy farm, but has spent most of his career in Washington working on agricultural issues. He served more than 22 years as a staffer in Congress, mostly serving on the House Agriculture Committee, and also worked at USDA. Larew was most recently staff director for the Agriculture Committee before becoming NFUâ€™s senior vice president of Public Policy and Communications in fall 2016.
Larew, 52, told NFU members at the convention in some brief comments after the election that one of his main goals is to grow NFU membership as president.