John Hansen has served as the elected President of the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) since 1990. In his 14th two-year elected term, Hansen serves as Secretary for the NeFU Foundation and NeFU PAC, NEBFARMPAC.
At the national level, Hansen serves as Treasurer for the National Farmers Union (NFU), as well as a member of the NFU Executive Committee, NFU Service Association, NFU PAC, NFU Foundation, and Vice Chair of the NFU Legislative Committee. He is the longest serving president of Nebraska Farmers Union, and the longest serving current Board member of the National Farmers Union.
Hansen has served as Co-Chair of the Nebraska Wind Working Group that organizes and sponsors the annual Wind and Solar Power Conference since 2008. In 2014, John received the Dierks/Preister Pioneers of Wind award. In 2011 the Nebraska Wind Working Group won the national Outstanding Wind Working Group award from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory/U.S. D.O.E.
Hansen currently serves on USDA’s Nebraska State Technical Committee of USDA; the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Farm Crisis Council; the Coalition for a Prosperous America, and Vice President of the Organization for Competitive Markets.
In 2008, John received the Wind Powering America Midwest Regional Advocacy Award, Nebraska Grange’s Distinguished Service Award and the Nebraska Sierra Clubs’ Outstanding Conservation Award. He has also received the National Outstanding Conservation Award from the Soil Conservation Society of America, the American Corn Growers Association award for Distinguished Service, and the Extraordinary Service Award from the Center for Rural Affairs.
At age 23, John was elected to the Board of Directors of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District where he served for 15 years. He was a founding member of the Nebraska Public Radio Board where he served for 20 years. Hansen served under three U.S. Presidents as an appointed agricultural trade advisor to USDA and USTR for 15 years from 1994 to 2009.
John is a sixth generation family farmer from Newman Grove, Nebraska whose Great-great-great grandparents Ole and Anna homesteaded several miles from his homestead. His nephew Ed is the fifth generation to live in their family farm house and to farm their land where he raises corn and soybeans.