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ISU’s newest agronomist

By Staff | May 25, 2013

By LARRY KERSHNER

kersh@farm-news.com

ANKENY – Mark Johnson has been in the Iowa State University Extension agronomy fold since April 15 and will assume the nine-county duties being left behind by retiring field agronomist John Holmes on June 1.

Johnson said his agronomy career has been in seed sales, tech support and fee-based crop consulting.

He said he enjoys the Extension side of imparting information to farmers.

“I have nothing to sell,” he said, “so I can be impartial.”

Johnson said he’s handled agronomy claims for 40 states. “So I’ve seen a lot of crops.”

Johnson will be ISU’s go-to agronomist for the four counties in Region 8 – Webster, Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright – plus the counties of Worth, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hardin and Calhoun. He will work out of Ankeny.

“I get to rely to research-based information,” he said. “I have no axes to grind.”

He said former clients have told him that he’s reliable, something for which he strives.

“If my integrity is lost, I’ve lost everything.”

He said he’s looking forward to meeting and getting to know farmers and ag businesses in the nine-county area.

Johnson earned graduate and post-graduate degrees in ag education and agronomuy, respectively, from ISU.

He can be reached at (515) 979-9578 or by email at markjohn@iowastate.edu.

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