Airing on the Side of Agriculture

New NAFB Member is RFD-TV Washington Bureau Chief

Farm Broadcaster Corryn La Rue is settling into her leadership role as the RFD-TV Washington, D.C., bureau chief. Just five months after joining the rural television network as a reporter, she shifted into the bureau chief role in October 2019. 

Irlbeck Named Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Dr. Erica Irlbeck was one of seven top faculty members presented 2020 research and teaching awards by Texas Tech University Chancellor Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell. Recipients received a $5,000 stipend and an engraved medallion.

Nordlund Wins Shepherd's Voice Award

Montana Farm Broadcaster Lane Nordlund, of the Evan Slack Network, recently was awarded the 2020 Shepherd’s Voice Award for broadcast media.

Speck is New NAFB Member

Sam Speck is a new member of NAFB, now in his first full year of working at the Mid-America Ag Network in Wichita, Kansas.

End of Agrishop Era

After more than 55 years of radio broadcasting and nearly 20 years of weely hosting the Agrishop Saturday morning live program (in post-retirement), Gene Millard announced that he was "hanging up the headphones" as of February 22, 2020.                   

LSU Pride

Check out this sports report from Don Molino (Voice of Louisiana Agriculture, Baton Rouge, Louisiana).

Patton Named Market Anchor of Rural Radio Network

Farm broadcaster Clay Patton has shifted into a new role with the Rural Radio Network. Patton will anchor the market desk, providing timely updates and interviews with commodity brokers.

Ketelsen Wins Soybean Award

Lynn Ketelsen (Linder Farm Network, Owatonna, Minnesota) received the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council’s 2019 Industry Leader of the Year award.

Sheperd Joins Radio Oklahoma Ag Network

KC Sheperd is from Canute, a town of about 400 people in western Oklahoma.

Root Retires

Ken Root (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Guttenberg, Iowa) has retired!

“I pulled the plug on my broadcasting career January 3, 2020. Since then I’ve received several emails; and my wife, Jane, put together a party and decorated one wall with letters from friends who wished me good things in retirement and often cited their memories of our interactions during my long and checkered career. I received 100 letters that Jane made into a wall of memories for me,” Root said.