Airing on the Side of Agriculture

Reflections by Russ Parker

We invited Russ Parker (J.L.Farmakis, Inc., Lovilia, Iowa) to write his reflections on being chosen to receive the 2019 Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award. 

Yokley Wins 2019 Horizon Award

Shannon Yokley (Brownfield Ag News, Jefferson City, Missouri) was named the 2019 recipient of the NAFB Horizon Award, which honors high-achieving farm broadcasters early in their careers. The Jefferson City native had not realized that her degree in science and agricultural journalism would lead her right back from where she came. 

We Will Miss "Tall Paul" Alexander

“Tall Paul” has retired after more than 45 years greeting guests coming to the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Many Job Hats Led Schwab to Broadcasting

Andy Schwab (Northern Ag Network, Billings, Montana) grew up in Powell, Wyoming, on a small farm that produced race horses. He learned to ride horses, hunt, fish, and take pack trips to the backcountry at a very young age. He has yet to lose the passion. Through his high school years at Powell, he competed in sports and FFA, and he started his own farrow-to-finish hog business. He would add many hats to wear after graduation as he jumped right into the work force, oftentimes holding two to three jobs at a time.

WJBC Broadcaster Joins NAFB

Marc Strauss is the host of the Ag Hour on WJBC Radio in Bloomington, Illinois. The show airs weekdays from Noon to 1 p.m. Strauss delivers the latest ag news, commodity reports, and live interviews covering everything from ag tech to segments about McLean County ag history.

Riley's Road to Farm Broadcasting

Despite working in communications, Kaitlyn Riley’s (WI Farm Report Radio Network, La Crosse, Wisconsin) road to farm broadcasting was better described by the shoes on her feet than with words.

Tom Riter Honored by South Dakota Stockgrowers

WNAX (Yankton, South Dakota) farm broadcaster Tom Riter was presented the Media Friend Award at the 128th Annual Stockgrowers Convention and Trade Show, October 31-November 1, 2019, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Kelly Lenz Trades Mic for Fishing Rod

Kelly Lenz (WIBW and the Kansas Ag Network, Topeka, Kansas) retired from farm broadcasting in August after eight years in Illinois and 41 in Kansas.


Red River Farm Network farm broadcaster Carah Hart met fiancé and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train conductor Nick Wold during a co-ed softball league game in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

NAFB WEDDING BELLS: Ternquist-Overby

The love story of Megan Ternquist (Red River Farm Network, Grand Forks, North Dakota) and her fiancé Tanner Overby started in the streets of Binford, North Dakota.