Meet the Board of Directors
Doyle Johannes was elected president of North Dakota Farm Bureau at the 2011 annual meeting. He has served as the organization's vice president since 2008..
He was elected to the District 6 position on the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors 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. He is a township supervisor and treasurer, is on the church board and the local school board.
The Johanneses have three children: Matthew, Katelyn and Melissa.
NDFB Vice President
Wolford farmer Chris Brossart was as vice president of NDFB at the 2011 annual meeting.
He 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.
District 1 Director
Glasston-area farmer Nathan Green was elected as the District 1 director for the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2010. As the District 1 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Cavalier, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks counties.
Nathan and his wife, Melissa, raise sugbeets, hard red spring wheat, navy beans and soybeans on their farm. The Greens have two children.
In addition to his involvement in Farm Bureau, Nathan is a member of the St. Thomas Booster Club and the St. Thomas Fire Department.
District 2 Director
Casselton farmer John McConnell was elected to the District 2 Board of Directors position in 2006 and re-elected to a second three-year term in 2009. He is a past Cass County Farm Bureau board president and said he became involved in Farm Bureau because, "I wanted to be involved in a quality organization."
As the District 2 Director, McConnell represents Farm Bureau members in Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Steele and Traill counties.
He and his wife, VaLois, raise wheat, soybean and corn on their farm. The McConnells have three children.
District 3 Director
Verona farmer Tom Christensen was elected to the District 3 North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors position in 2011. As the District 3 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties.
He is also past president of LaMoure County County Farm Bureau.
Christensen and his wife, Nancy, have a fourth-generation farm where they raise corn and soybeans. They have three children.
District 5 Director
Hurdsfield farmer Chad Weckerly was elected as the District 5 director for the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2010. As the District 5 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Wells, Foster, Kidder, Stutsman, Logan and McIntosh counties.
Chad and his wife, Tessa, raise wheat, barley, soybeans, pinto beans, corn and sunflowers on their farm. The Weckerlys have two children.
Prior to his service on the state board, Chad served on the executive committee for the NDFB PAC. He is also a member of the Hurdsfield Community Club.
District 6 Director
Willow City farmer David Larson was elected to the District 6 Director position in 2011 to fill the vacancy left when Doyle Johannes became NDFB President.
He and his wife, Marilyn, raise durum, spring wheat, sunflowers and barley on their farm. He is a past Bottineau County Commissioner, and a member of Bottineau County Farm Bureau board.
The Larsons have two children.
District 7 Director
Hazen-area rancher Wes Klein was elected to the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2008. As the District 7 Director, Klein will represent Farm Bureau members in Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Emmons and Burleigh Counties.
Wes is a long-time 4-H leader and has been active on the Mercer County Farm Bureau Board, serving as vice president and secretary.
Wes and his wife, MaryAnn, have a cow-calf herd, train horses and sell alfalfa. The Kleins have nine children: Justin, KaSondra, Kayla, Kimberly, Kelsey, Shiloh, Kaylene, Jacob and Shenise.
District 8 Director
Kirk Olson of Arnegard was elected to the District 8 position on the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2012. As the District 8 director, he represents Farm Bureau members in Burke, Divide McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties.
Olson and his wife, Heidi, raise small grains and pulse crops on their farm. They have two children.
Olson is a township supervisor, on the Arnegard Township zoning board, and the state Ag in the Classroom board. He also is an ABC farm safety instructor and serves as the McKenzie County Farm Bureau president.
District 9 Director
Regent-area farmer Carson Kouba was elected to the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2008. As the District 9 Director, Kouba represents Farm Bureau members in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties.
Kouba is the Hettinger County Farm Bureau President and is a Blackbutte township director. He is also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Kouba and his wife, Kelly raise durum, winter and spring wheat, canola and buckwheat. They have two children.
Val Wagner was elected to the Promotion and Education Committee chairmanship in 2012. As the P&E Chair, she represents that committee on the NDFB Board of Directors.
Wagner and her husband, Mark, raise Simmental and Red Angus cattle as well as corn, soybeans, wehat and alfalfa hay. They have four children.
Wagner is on the N.D. Dairy Coaltion board and the Dickey County Fair Board.
Rachel Bina and her husband, Spencer, were elected co-chairs of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee in 2012. Rachel will represent YF&R on the NDFB Board of Directors.
The Binas raise wheat, barley, canola, soybeans, edible beans corn and sunflowers on their farm near Park River. They have two children.
Bina is an American Farm Bureau Federation PAL participant and an AFBF Discussion Meet winner. She is also a Walsh County Farm Bureau Board member.