Every year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association recognizes an outstanding commercial producer that continually goes above and beyond and “gives their all” to make the beef industry the best it can be. This year, ICA is proud to recognize Larry Johnson of Maquoketa, Iowa. Larry and his wife Mary Lou run a diversified operation focusing on cow-calf and finishing cattle, as well as maintaining around 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture ground.
Larry’s love for cattle and the beef industry began at a very young age, growing up on his family’s farm. In high school, Larry began his own operation by renting his first farm and purchasing hogs and cattle. It was in 1986 after Larry and Mary Lou were married that they purchased a farm of their own right down the road from Larry’s parents. Since then, the farm has grown immensely as Larry finishes over 7,000 head of cattle per year and maintains a 450 head cow herd. The addition of two confinement barns and application of practices such as artificial insemination and rotational grazing help Larry to stay on the cutting edge of the cattle industry, and run a successful operation.
Larry has served as a board member and vice-president of the Jackson County Cattlemen and as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. He has won several awards and hosted legislators from Washington, DC on his farm, as well.
Nowadays Larry can be seen instilling his love of the cattle and passion for agriculture in his two boys, Joe and James, and his daughter, Janell; as well as his four grandsons, Carter, Caden, Ty, and Lane. All four grandchildren love their time at the farm, whether it be spent in the tractor or in the pastures, making the future of Johnson Family Farms look very bright.
Source: Iowa Cattlemen's Association