Mrs. Pam Johnson
Past President
National Corn Growers Association

Portrait of Pam JohnsonPam Johnson grew up on a farm where she developed a deep love of agriculture. She is a sixth- generation farmer who has been working for 43 years in partnership with her husband Maurice. They farm together with their two sons and young families growing corn and soybeans in northern Iowa. The Johnsons also manage a seed business.

Pam has served as a volunteer in many commodity groups through the years and has become a strong advocate for agriculture and rural economic development issues on a local, state, national and international level. Elected by her peers, she served as president of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington DC. She has worked on farm policy issues including passage of the 2014 farm bill and is an advocate for public and private support of agricultural research. As chair of the NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team, she worked in partnership with the USDA and the National Science Foundation to map the corn genome and get improved traits into the hands of farmers. Currently, she serves as the second vice president of Maizall, the international maize alliance of the corn grower associations of Argentina and Brazil, the National Corn Growers Association of the U.S. and the U.S. Grains Council. Pam is Secretary of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and a director of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research.

In her home state, she is former chairwoman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and a past director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.  She also served as president of Iowa Corn Opportunities and is a former member of the U.S. Grains Council Biotech and Trade Policy A-Teams.

Before farming full-time, Pam worked as a registered nurse. She graduated from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

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