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Allan Johnson To Receive NDSU's 2011 Agribusiness Award

Allan Johnson To Receive NDSU's 2011 Agribusiness Award

Former Dakota Farmer salesman and Almont, N.D., native went on to become publisher of Farm Progress Companies to and USDA undersecretary of rural development.

NDSU Allan Johnson, former publisher of Dakota Farmer, USDA undersecretary for rural development and Almont, N.D., native will receive 2011 Agribusiness Award during the 38th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University.

This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond.

Johnson graduated from NDSU in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. After graduating from NDSU, he joined Dakota Farmer Magazine, where he eventually became advertising manager. He then joined the Midwest Unit Farm Publications of Hartsdale, N.Y., as eastern manager.

In 1981, he was promoted to national sales manager of Farm Progress Cos. and eventually became president.

In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Johnson USDA Rural Development legislative and public affairs director. Two years later, he was appointed deputy undersecretary for Rural Development. His task was to carry out Rural Development's mission to support economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in rural America. He retired from the USDA in 2009.

Johnson also held numerous leadership positions, including chair of the Farm Foundation board of trustees, president of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute Suppliers Council, chair of the FFA Foundation Sponsors Board, president of the Agricultural Publishers Association and grand president of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

He was named Ag Communicator of the Year by the National AgriMarketing Association. In addition, the National FFA Organization presented him with an Honorary American Farm Degree and Distinguished Service Citation. Ed Schafer, former agriculture secretary, awarded Johnson the Group Honor Award for Excellence to recognize him for his leadership in producing the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. The conference was the largest renewable energy conference in history and attracted official delegations from more than 100 countries.

The 38th annual Harvest Bowl festivities begin Friday, Oct. 28, at the Fargo Ramada Plaza and Suites with a dinner and awards ceremony. On Saturday, honorees will participate in educational sessions on the NDSU campus and attend the Harvest Bowl football game.

For tickets and information on Harvest Bowl activities, visit the NDSU Alumni Association website at, call the NDSU alumni office toll-free at (800) 279-8971 or locally at (701) 231-6800, or e-mail

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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