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Johnson honored by IPPS


Jim Johnson was presented with the prestigious Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society at their 2013 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Award of Merit is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Eastern Region IPPS member. The Award of Merit recipient is recognized for significant contributions to plant propagation or production in one or more of the following areas:
1) scientific discovery or application of facts to the propagation or production of plants,
2) development of new plant propagation or production practices or techniques,
3) services rendered to the science and practice of plant propagation or production, or
4) extraordinary service to the Society.
As an IPPS member since 1983, Johnson's service to the Society has indeed been extraordinary. He is a past president of the Eastern Region, has served on the region's board of directors and numerous committees including Program Committee chair for the 2002 meeting and Chair of the Local Site Committee for the 2005 meeting in New Jersey.  Jim has served as alternate director as well as director on the International IPPS Board representing the Eastern region.  His outstanding work on the International Board culminated with his election as president of the International Board in 2009-2010.  Johnson was awarded the IPPS Eastern Region Fellow Award in 2004.
Jim Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 and a Master's degree in 1976 in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts.  While in graduate school, Dr. John Havis introduced him to IPPS and Jim became inspired by the members in the society, forming long-time relationships with many.
With the exception of some time spent with the Peace Corps soon after he was married, Jim's career has been spent working for the Cooperative Extension Service, first with the University of New Hampshire until 1982 and following that with Cumberland County, New Jersey, with Rutgers University. Since 1999 he has served as the County Extension Department Head for Cumberland County, in addition to working with the nursery industry in southern New Jersey.
Johnson's work with the nursery industry is impressive and he has focused his efforts on maximizing productivity while enhancing environmental quality. He has conducted research on container stock nutrition, overwintering issues, pesticide safety, propagation and water quality, and conservation.  Jim has received over 90 grants to conduct this research throughout the years and he has published his work in refereed journals, in industry related publications and in the popular press. He is a much sought after presenter at local, regional, and national meetings.
Johnson is a member of many state and national associations and has held offices in many  including the Agricultural Agents Association of New Jersey, The National Association of Agricultural Agents, The New Jersey Nursery and the Landscape Association, to name a few. Over the past 35 years he has received 24 awards in recognition of his service with the university and the horticultural industry.
Jim is a devoted family man, married to Dee for 41 years. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.
The International Plant Propagators' Society is a non-profit organization of nearly 1100 members organized into eight separate regions around the world.  The membership is made up of those with a professional interest in plant propagation and production from businesses, colleges and universities, botanic gardens and arboreta.  The motto of this non-commercial organization is "To Seek and To Share" knowledge and experience in plant propagation and production.