Heitkamp taps N.D. agriculture leader as policy adviser

Heidi Heitkamp

FARGO – A notable name in North Dakota agriculture is joining Democrat Heidi Heitkamp‘s Senate campaign as a senior policy adviser.

Robert Carlson will be advising Heitkamp on agricultural policy, as he continues serving as president of the World Farmers Organisation in Rome, Italy, Heitkamp’s campaign announced today.

Before joining the WFO in 2011, Carlson served as president of the North Dakota Farmer’s Union for 14 years and vice president for 10 years prior to that. The Jamestown-based farmer’s union serves 40,000 member families, making it the largest general farm organization in North Dakota.

Aside from his position with the WFO, Carlson also currently serves as director for international relations for the National Farmers Union. Through the years, he’s held various leadership roles in agriculture, including participating in several World Trade Organization talks around the globe.

“I’ve known Robert a long time, and he brings with him decades of experience in the agricultural community, and a depth and breadth of knowledge on agricultural issues that is second to none,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to have Robert’s advice and counsel on all issues related to agriculture and trade, especially as Congress struggles to get a Farm Bill passed.”