Airing on the Side of Agriculture

Iowa's Clay County Fair Returns

George Bower (KICD, Spencer, Iowa) is gearing up for the return of the world-famous Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. It returns this year after being canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020; it was only the second cancellation in more than 100 years, the first being a five-year suspension during World War II. The 2021 Clay County Fair this year runs September 11-19.

Bakken Returns to Local Radio Roots

Leif Bakken decided the next step in his career would take him east after working in the west for the Northern Ag Network in Billings, Montana, for nearly three years. Bakken decided it was time to get back to his roots in local radio. This was fitting because this summer he celebrated 10 years in radio with a career that started at his local radio station, KBJM (Lemmon, South Dakota).

A Career Choice: Weather or Not

Dennis Michelsen’s career in the ag industry began as a meteorologist doing ag weather reports for the Tribune Radio Network as part of his duties at a private weather forecasting firm in the early 1980s.

The 5,000-Mile Texas Traveler

When travel restrictions were relaxed earlier this year, Carey Martin (Texas Farm Bureau Radio Network, Waco, Texas) took advantage of the opportunity and kicked off a summer road trip to visit network affiliate stations and see rural Texas.

NRRA Sweeps Broadcasting Awards

“You could call it a sweep,” said Farm Director Susan Littlefield (KRVN Rural Radio Network, Surprise, Nebraska). The Nebraska Rural Radio Association’s (NRRA) farm team took gold, silver, and bronze in the Service to Agriculture category during the Nebraska Broadcasters Association annual meeting. 

Emeritus Member Loves Tractors

Roddy Peeples was elected NAFB President in 1982. He was chosen Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 1992, and he was inducted into NAFB’s Hall of Fame in 2001. He has been an NAFB member for more than 50 years; but, there is something you may not know about Peeples.

HAT Network Hits the Road Again

On-location coverage has been the hallmark of Hoosier Ag Today (HAT) for the past 15 years. 

Knipp Reflects on His Career

Newly named as honorary member by NAFB, Sam Knipp retired July 2, 2021, from his final agricultural communications position.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Samuelson, Armstrong Continue Weekly TVcasts

“We are in the 16th season for the television show that Orion and I started: This Week In AgriBusiness,” Max Armstrong said. “While Orion wrapped up his daily involvement on WGN Radio in Chicago at the end of 2020, he continues to do his weekly ‘Samuelson Says’ commentaries on TV."

Heemstra Wins Tom Brokaw Award

Jody Heemstra (DRG Media Group, Pierre, South Dakota) was named the 2021 recipient of the Tom Brokaw Award from the South Dakota Broadcasters Association (SDBA).

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