Bud Johnson, co-owner of MinnTex Citrus, Inc., of Monticello, is one of six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation on Nov. 30 at the NAAE annual convention in Atlanta.
MinnTex Citrus, Inc., has been a family owned and operated business for 30 years, specializing in fruit, cheese, and sausage fundraising. The company has helped numerous FFA chapters in the Midwestern United States raise funds for a variety of trips and experiences. The company offers a variety of products, including Texas and Florida citrus, California navel oranges, Washington apples and pears, cheese, sausage, and three different assortments of nuts.
Since 1983, more than 13 million dollars has been raised through MinnTex FFA fruit sales to support agricultural education programs. The company also provides financial support for agricultural education in Iowa, including the Iowa FFA Teacher Summer Conference, the Iowa State Agricultural Education and Studies Departmental Banquet, and various regional meetings. MinnTex sponsors two FFA proficiency awards, the Experience in Action contest, and the Agri-Science award at the annual Iowa FFA Leadership Conference. The company was also a “Sharing with Pride” executive partner in the construction of the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa.
Johnson is a long-time supporter of the FFA. He is currently a member of the Iowa FFA Alumni Chapter. Teachers use him as a resource in their classrooms as well. Johnson uses his small business background to help students understand citrus production, sales, and money management from a real-life standpoint.
Each of the six regional Outstanding Cooperation Award winners received a plaque. NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”
The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Ky.