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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ARS 50th Anniversary Celebration

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50th Anniversary

National Scientific Leadership Meeting and
Annual Recognition Program

Proud Past and Promising Future
January 21-23, 2004
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Paul Johnson



Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson and his family have owned and operated Oneota Slopes Farm near Decorah, Iowa since 1974. Their operation has involved dairy, corn, soybeans, hay, beef cattle, sheep, and Christmas trees.
Mr. Johnson served three terms in the Iowa State Legislature from 1984-1990, and was Chief of the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) at USDA from 1993-1997. He served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 1999-2000.

Mr. Johnson earned a BS (1966) and MS (1969) in Forestry from the University of Michigan and conducted doctoral research in tropical forest ecology in Costa Rica. He holds an honorary doctorate from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from 1962-1964. Mr. Johnson served two terms on the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture from 1988-1993 where he reviewed the NRC report on Alternative Agriculture and took part in the development of the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. Mr. Johnson served as an ex-officio member on the Committee on Long Range Soil and Water Conservation Policy from 1990-93 and helped implement many of its recommendations while Chief of NRCS.



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