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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson

North Dakota ag commissioner announces candidacy for National Farmers Union

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BISMARCK - Roger Johnson, North Dakota's agriculture commissioner since 1996, said today he's a candidate for National Farmers Union president and, if elected next Tuesday, will resign his state office.

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He said it was a difficult decision and was reached last night in response to encouragement that he run to replace the national president who resigned last week.

"I was recruited, strongly encouraged," he said. "This is not a position I sought."

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