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SANTA FE, N.M. (March 10, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) honored Stan Brown, Don Davis and Dallas Tonsager with the award for Meritorious Service to Farmers Union and American Agriculture during its 112th Anniversary Convention this week.

“The three gentlemen honored this year exhibit sincere dedication to Farmers Union and family agriculture in this country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

“Stan Brown dedicated 43 years of his career to Farmers Union insurance, including 14 years as general manager of the Midwest Agency,” said Johnson. “Under his leadership, we saw great business success and built invaluable relationships. We are truly grateful for his loyalty to our organization.”

“Don Davis has held numerous leadership positions with several Farmers Union organizations, most recently returning as CEO of Farmers Union Industries. Under Don’s leadership Farmers Union Industries has grown from $49 million in sales to $185 million in sales,” said Johnson. “Through Don’s leadership, the ability of five state farmers union organizations to secure a strong and consistent financial base has been achieved. He has consistently demonstrated his knowledge and commitment to empowering farmers in ways that improve producer income and be engaged in a competitive marketplace.”

“Dallas Tonsager has 35 years of agricultural, business, cooperative and financial experience through his work as a farmer, businessman and community, state and national leader,” said Johnson. “He served two terms as South Dakota Farmers Union president, held several leadership positions in the industry, and retired after holding the position of U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development. Tonsager committed his tenure as under secretary to making the Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP) a nationwide program instead of being concentrated in the Midwest.”

Meritorious Service Awards honor those who have made particularly noteworthy contributions to agriculture, humanity and Farmers Union. This honor is the highest award the NFU Board of Directors can bestow upon an individual.

For more information about the NFU convention, visit, or follow @nfudc and #NFU2014 on Twitter.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


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