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NDSU Club Selects Ag of the Year


A husband and wife team receive one of the highest honors in the Agriculture Industry.
For nearly 90 years the largest organization on the NDSU campus has been recognizing farmers and ranchers from across the state who excel in the agriculture industry.
This year the Saddle and Sirloin club is awarding a husband and wife team who raise cattle and sheep with the 2014 Agriculturist of the Year award.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to Tuttle for the story.

These cows and sheep aren't just a business for this farm couple, but a way of life.
(Burdell Johnson / Ag of the Year Recipient) "Livestock is just a great profession where else can you get the rewards of watching little calves in the sunshine on green grass in the spring or lambs going in circles in a bright sunshiny spring day. That's life. That is what life is about." 
Since 1975 Burdell and Theo Johnson have been farming and ranching on these acres north of Tuttle.
Raising cattle, sheep and children has been their focus.
As well as helping the helping the Ag industry move forward by starting with next generation. 
(Burdell Johnson / Ag of the Year Recipient) "Agriculture and education are my passion and we both have teaching degrees. We both enjoy agriculture, so we have combined the two and made it kinda of our mission." 
(Theo Johnson / Ag of the Year Recipient) "I'm out here 100% of the time and even when I was teaching, as soon as I got home I was outside with him." 
These sheep have taken them across the globe.
(Burdell Johnson / Ag of the Year Recipient) "Because of what we have been involved with, we have traveled to 8 or 9 different countries, I've spoke in those countries about agriculture. I have testified before the Senate Ag Committee in Washington D.C. I've testified before the Federal Crop Insurance Board, I've also testified before the EPA In Washington D.C. It's just been a lot of fun. I can't call it work because I have enjoyed doing it." 
But the Johnson's are quick to push the credit back to the students.
Burdell and Theo say this award isn't about them, but what the students at NDSU are achieving and learning along the way.
(Levi Helmuth / Little I Manager) "This year the members of the club not only debated the qualifications of Burdell and our other nominees but we really had a good debate about what we look for in the Ag of the year, I guess the production side was a reoccurring theme."
(Burdell Johnson / Ag of the Year Recipient) "We actually told them not to spend a lot of time because we didn't feel that we had done enough to even be considered but we appreciated the honor of being just nominated."

Burdell and Theo will be recognized this Friday at the 2014 Little International Banquet at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. 


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