Reaping the rewards of success

Johnson discovers opportunities galore through online fame

Johnson (middle) welcomes his Brazilian pen pals Raphael (right) and Guilherme left) to his farm in April 2017. Johnson remains in contact with his foreign friends today. (Contributed)

Johnson (middle) welcomes his Brazilian pen pals Raphael (right) and Guilherme left) to his farm in April 2017. Johnson remains in contact with his foreign friends today. (Contributed)

Zach Johnson stands on the side of the tractor he used to film his viral "Combine Karaoke" video. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

Zach Johnson stands on the side of the tractor he used to film his viral "Combine Karaoke" video. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

Zach Johnson (left) and former Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway (right) pose in front of a tractor in the middle of shooting a video for Johnson's YouTube channel. (Contributed)

Zach Johnson (left) and former Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway (right) pose in front of a tractor in the middle of shooting a video for Johnson's YouTube channel. (Contributed)

(Ed. note: This is the last of a two-part series on Zach Johnson. The initial story ran in Wednesday's Echo Press.)

Zach Johnson was ready to go to work on his fields last September when he received a phone call. A plant manager in Benson, where Johnson sells 90 percent of his corn, was tasked with finding farmers who were comfortable speaking in front of a camera. The "MN Millennial Farmer," with over 215,000 YouTube subscribers, was the first guy on the list.

The Lowry farmer has made a name for himself nationwide with his educational and comical farming videos on YouTube. His channel has been active for almost three years and is growing by the thousands each week.

The call was about setting farmers up with a camera crew to speak about the work they do and why they do it for a television feature for Grey Duck Vodka, owned by former Minnesota Viking linebacker Chad Greenway.

"They just took video of me talking about what I do with my family farm," Johnson said. "It was the MN Millennial Farmer selling his corn to Chad Greenway. When we were done I asked them if they wanted to do anything more with it. I wanted to make connections."

Johnson's efforts paid off once again when he received another phone call two weeks later asking if he would like to shoot a video with Greenway for Johnson's channel.

"Umm, yeah. Duh," Johnson said with enthusiasm. "He flew up here and we did what we did. He's a really genuine, down-to-earth guy."

Greenway, linebacker selection to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013, still helps out on his mother's farm in South Dakota. 

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