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Senator Johanns receives NCGA President's Award

National Corn Growers Association President Bob Dickey presented the President's Award to Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) during NCGA's Corn Congress events in Washington, D.C. The President's Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.

"When deciding who should receive this award, Senator Johanns came to mind right away," Dickey said. "Mike Johanns has shown continued leadership and support for the agriculture industry during his years as governor of Nebraska and as secretary of agriculture. He now represents the state of Nebraska as a U.S. senator and we look forward to working with him and his staff on issues important to our members."

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this award from such an important industry, especially as a representative of the Cornhusker State," Senator Johanns said. "Our corn growers are at the heart of American agriculture and play an integral part in feeding the country and the world. I grew up on a farm and have long appreciated the hard work and contributions of American farmers, and I will continue to promote and protect your interests as Senator."

Johanns served as Nebraska's 38th governor from 1999 to 2005. As governor, he promoted an agenda of tax relief, less government, building the economy, protecting families, and ensuring the health, safety, and success of Nebraska's children.

Johanns was sworn in as the 28th secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2005. During his time at USDA, he worked to expand foreign market access for U.S. producers, promoted the growth of the renewable fuels industry and advanced cooperative conservation.

Additionally, Johanns developed an in-depth farm bill proposal based on the 52 farm bill forums held in 48 states.

Johanns grew up on a farm where he learned a work ethic that has been put to use serving the people of Nebraska and this country. The values he developed

while growing up in the Midwest serve as the foundation for his commitment to public service.

"Senator Johanns has been an advocate for agriculture throughout his public careeer and NCGA greatly appreciate his efforts," Dickey said. "We are honored to call Senator Johanns a friend of corn and look forward to his accomplishments in the Senate."

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