AAEC leader Phillip Johnson tapped for TACC Distinguished Service Award
A longtime professor and administrator with Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics has been presented a Distinguished Service Award by the Austin-based Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC). Phillip Johnson, department chairman and director of the Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute, was recognized on Mar. 13 at a special ceremony in Frisco.
Johnson's award was presented in recognition of his meritorious and exceptional accomplishments in the field of cooperative endeavor, said Tommy Engelke, TACC's Executive Vice President. "For many years, Dr. Phillip Johnson has given generously of his time and talents to foster and promote the development of the agricultural cooperative endeavor," he said.
Johnson, an expert in agricultural finance, natural resource economics and farm management, was named department chairman in 2013. Over the years he has focused his research on economic evaluation of water conservation polices and integrated production systems, and financial viability of cotton gins under risk.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty in 1994, Johnson was the owner-operator of a Parmer County farm and worked as an extension economist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Ft. Stockton. He has served on the board of directors of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council and was selected vice-chairman of the Services Division and served on the Education and Member Services Committee. In addition, he has been the coordinator of the annual Bankers Agricultural Credit Conference.
Johnson, who also holds the university's Charles C. Thompson Endowed Chair in Agricultural Finance, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics from Texas Tech. His doctorate in agricultural economics is also from Texas Tech. Awards for Johnson include the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture's Teaching Award of Merit (2008); President's Excellence in Academic Advising Award (2008); President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2008); and the CASNR Service/Outreach Award (2009). He was inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy in 2002.
According to program officials, the TACC's mission is to promote, support and advance the interests, understanding, and viability of agricultural, utility and credit cooperatives and their members through legislative and regulatory efforts, education and public relations. In Texas, there are more than 200 agricultural, electric, farm credit and telephone cooperatives operating within the state. Most of these organizations have memberships in the 100-400 person range, but some have as many as 28,000 members.
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