N.D. resident named U.N. Farming ambassador
July 18, 2014
Robert L. Carlson, former president of the North Dakota Farmers Union and the Rome-based World Farmers' Organization (WFO), has been appointed United Nations special ambassador of the International Year of Family Farming.
His appointment was announced today by U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva in Rome.Carlson accepted the appointment during a special video conference, the North Dakota Farmers Union said in a news release. Participants in the ceremony included Graziano da Silva, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies in Rome David Lane, Canadian Ambassador to Italy Peter McGovern and other FAO officials.
Carlson has represented family farming issues at world food summits as well as international agricultural conferences on climate change and food security. He has participated in United Nations high-level meetings, World Trade Organization talks and the World Economic Forum.
He served as president of North Dakota Farmers Union from 1997 to 2012, and as the organization's vice-president from 1987 to 1997 and has also been active in the National Farmers Union. He continues to live in Jamestown, N.D. F