The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Pam Johnson

Farmer, Iowa Corn, Maizall

Pam Johnson grew up on a farm where she developed a deep love of agriculture. She is a sixth- generation farmer who works with her husband, their two sons, and their young families to produce corn and soybeans in northern Iowa. Johnson currently serves as a Director of MAIZALL, the International Maize Alliance, a coalition of maize farmer associations from Argentina, Brazil and the United States who are working together to share expertise and to address trade barriers to agricultural innovation. She is a founding member and served as President of MAIZALL in 2017/18. In 2012/2013, Johnson served as president of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association. she focused on the passage of the 2014 farm bill and advocacy 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 facilitate the final mapping of the corn genome, a breakthrough that will lead to improved traits in plants for farmers. Johnson served as chair of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and was a delegate to the U.S. Grains Council’s Biotech and Trade Policy A-Teams. Before farming full-time, Pam worked as a registered nurse.

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