Ambassador Johnson praised as "leader in agriculture and the soybean industry"
WASHINGTON - Ambassador Allen Johnson, USTR's Chief Agricultural Negotiator, received the American Soybean Association's Special Meritorious Award last week for his leadership on agriculture and trade and for his efforts to promote Trade Promotion Authority.
"I am very honored to receive this award from the American Soybean Association," said Johnson. "It is nice to be recognized for my years working with U.S. soybean farmers."
He added, "Because of President Bush's and Ambassador Zoellick's leadership in putting agriculture at the top of the U.S. trade agenda, my current position allows me to continue working for U.S. farmers, who are the best in the world. We at USTR will aggressively promote American agriculture by lowering barriers to U.S. agricultural products."
Presented at the Sixth Annual Commodity Classic held by the ASA and the National Corn Growers Association on Thursday, February 21 in Nashville, Tennessee, the Special Meritorious Award recognizes "an individual that clearly demonstrates service in the interest of the U.S. Soybean industry, over and above standard activities."
In presenting the award to Johnson, the ASA declared, "For nearly two decades, Allen Johnson has been a leader in agriculture and the soybean industry. Mr. Johnson is the primary representative to conduct trade negotiations and to enforce trade agreements relative to the U.S. agricultural products and services. Mr. Johnson has been a strong proponent of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the legislation that will provide greater access to international markets and expanded authority for the President to negotiate good trade agreements abroad."
In addition to serving as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Johnson served as the President and Executive Vice President of the National Oilseed Processors Association. Prior to that he had worked with soybean farmers as the Executive Director, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, and also served as the Agriculture, Environment and Trade Legislative Assistant to Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. Ambassador Johnson grew up working on soybean, corn, cattle, hog and chicken farms, and for several agribusinesses in rural Iowa, where his parents currently live.