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Will Wise, Oregon Beef Council CEO; Julie Hoffman, Oregon Beef Council Associate Director; Allan Hanselman, ODFA Board Vice-President; and Phil Ward, MC of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Convention.

Salem, Ore. – (April 2, 2019) – The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association presented awards during their Annual Convention on March 4-5 to honor contributions made to Oregon’s Dairy Industry. During the Awards Luncheon, ODFA presented awards to recognize very deserving recipients for their contributions to Oregon’s dairy industry. Tom Johnson was honored with the Community Service Award and Will Wise and Julie Hoffman with the Oregon Beef Council received the Distinguished Service Award.

Tom Johnson is a native Oregonian, born in North Bend and raised on the dairy that had been in the family for all but eight years since 1904. With his brother, Al, he jointly took the reins of the family dairy. As the farm gained its footing, Tom recognized the need to be involved, and the need for the dairy industry to collaborate. With that, he joined the board of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission, where he later served as chairman. In that role, he guided the organization through some challenging times, but always with a respectful firmness, and a collaborative spirit. His guidance helped create a new direction for the Commission’s initiatives, which are still in effect today.

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