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 should also include enough examples of the program(s) to illustrate the scope of the work. All work submitted must have aired between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

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 2020 competition, NAFB member farm broadcasters can enter here. Entries must be received by May 31, 2020. The Doan will be presented at the NAFB Convention in November.


Stewart Doan, whom The Doan is named in honor of, 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.


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


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