National Grange Executive Committee Member Duane Scott, Fort Atkinson, Wisc., presented Johnson with the award during the NAITC conference on June 28.
Scott said he was happy to represent the National Grange, who has sponsored the award for several years, and its more than 160,000 members across the country to honor this “amazing and inspiring agriculture volunteer and advocate.”
“For more than 30 years, Sonya has advocated for agriculture by bringing ag ed into the classroom. It is inspiring to see a program that began in her childrens’ classrooms, grow to benefit other children in her school district, throughout the state of Nevada and across the nation,” Scott said.
Johnson, who would take cows from their family farm to the elementary school where her five daughters attended, has led workshops for agriculture educators throughout Nevada and created posters showing commodity crops that have been requested for use by classrooms across the country and the USDA Agriculture in the Classroom division.
She has volunteered to teach rural and urban children about agriculture, and recently began working to bring agriculture to the classrooms of Native American students living on a reservation in Central Nevada.
“It is important to recognize these volunteer educators for their service to the next generation of farmers and consumers,” Scott said.