The Doan


The NAFB Foundation presents The Doan award, sponsored by Agri-Pulse. The Doan recognizes and encourages excellence in reporting agriculture. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in reporting skill, thoroughness, and attention to audience interest. Entries should describe the approach used to develop the reporting and coverage of that issue. The entry also should include enough examples of the program(s) to illustrate the scope of the work. All work submitted must have aired between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023.

When submitting entries, broadcasters should consider submitting entries that:

• Relate broadly to food, agriculture, natural resources, rural affairs, and related matters of vital public interest;
• Have the necessary components to potentially cause or encourage positive changes, or neutralize negative issues impacting agriculture;
• Encourage a call to action by listeners to improve themselves, their industry, or the communities in which they live.

Be mindful that these are guidelines, not prerequisites, for your submission. Ultimately, it will be your broadcast, your topic, and your professionalism in presenting that topic. All entries will receive a critique of their work from the judging panel at the completion of the contest.

To enter the 2024 competition, NAFB member farm broadcasters may enter here. Entries must be received by Friday, May 31, 2024. The Doan is presented during the NAFB Convention Night of Honors each November.


Stewart Doan, of which The Doan is named in honor, began his career as a farm broadcaster in Jonesboro, Arkansas, after graduating from the University of Kentucky. Stewart spent more than 30 years covering agriculture news and policy on television, radio, and the internet. His ability to conduct interviews with policy leaders and decision makers was admired by all who knew him. Stewart served as president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting in 1998, was recognized by his peers in 2006 as Farm Broadcaster of the Year, and was inducted into the NAFB Hall of Fame in 2012. Stewart passed away suddenly in May 2012. His passion for agriculture and reporting on the issues affecting farmers and consumers is missed by the entire agriculture community.



2023 – Kellan Heavican
Brownfield Ag News
Jefferson City, Missouri

Fighting the Blaze: Producing Navigating the Challenges of Wildfires  

2022 – Tyne Morgan
Farm Journal Broadcasting
Lenexa, Kansas


Remarkable Rescue: Five Farmers Save Father
and 6-Year Old Son

2021 – David Geiger
Agribusiness Association of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa


Iowa Crops Devastated by Derecho

2020 – Ben Nuelle and Spencer Chase
Agri-Pulse Communications
Washington, D.C.


Milk Check (a five-part series)


2019 – Steve Bridge
WFMB Radio
Springfield, Illinois


Exploring and Understanding Agriculture in China

2018 – Tyne Morgan
Farm Journal Broadcasting
South Bend, Indiana


Tariff Tiff with China:  Trade War or Not?

2017 – Dustin Hoffman
KLGR Radio
Redwood Falls, MN


Yearly Cattle Vaccinations in Southwest Minnesota


2016 – Ben Nuelle
​Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
Des Moines, IA

Buried To The Neck

2015 – Michelle Rook
WNAX Radio
Yankton, SD


Rail Crisis Costs Northwestern Corn Belt Farmers