February 4, 2005
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February 2, 2005
NORTH DAKOTA SHEEPMAN ELECTED
ASI VICE PRESIDENT
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DENVER, Colo. ? Burdell Johnson of Tuttle, N.D., was elected vice president of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) at the 2005 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association convention in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 29, 2005.
Johnson, a fourth-generation sheep producer and his wife, Theo, raise Columbia and Hampshire ewes, and feed sheep through the family business, Diamond J Livestock. He also raises cattle and grows several crops, including corn, wheat, barley, oat and sunflowers.
He is the former secretary/treasurer for ASI and served as the Executive Board Region IV representative, which is comprised of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Johnson has also served on ASI?s Legislative Action Council and numerous other committees, including Resolutions, Predator Management, Nominating, Strategic Planning, 2002 and Goat.
Johnson has been recognized for his involvement in agriculture, for which he has earned three awards ? the 1996 North Dakota State University Outstanding Agriculturist Award, the 1999 State Friend of Extension and the 1999 Conservation Farm Award. He is a past chairman of the North Dakota Ag Coalition and currently serves on the North Dakota State Board of Ag Research and Extension.
?I feel honored being selected to represent the producers of the American sheep industry. We are currently experiencing a very positive cycle in the industry, hopefully by working together, we can keep it going in that direction and expand it further,? says Johnson.
Other officers elected to the ASI Executive Board at the convention were Paul Frischknecht of Manti, Utah, to the office of president and Glen Fisher of Sonora, Texas, to the office of secretary/treasurer.
ASI is a national organization supported by 42 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of nearly 67,000 sheep producers.