Airing on the Side of Agriculture

Stormy June Weather in Northern Iowa

STORMY WEATHER…Weather is always a popular topic of conversation in farming country, but it absolutely dominated the conversation in northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota in the past few weeks, reports Dan Skelton (KICD, Spencer, IA).

Neil Trobak Honored for Radio Career

ABOUT HIS 57-YEAR RADIO CAREER…Neil Trobak (KCIM-KKRL-KIKD, Carroll Broadcasting, Carroll, IA) said, “I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else.  It was fun!”  Neil officially retired on June 2 and was honored by about 150 of his station colleagues and local listeners on June 20.

Classic Farm Tractor Calendar Marks 25th Anniversary

A banquet celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the Classic Farm Tractor Calendar, along with a giant birthday cake, and an auction promise a fast start for this year’s Historic Farm Days in Penfield, IL, beginning on July 10 and sponsored by the I&I (Illinois and Indiana) Antique Engine and Tractor Club on their show grounds.  The banquet begins at 5:25 p.m. with Max Armstrong (WGN Radio, Chicago, IL) as emcee and is called the “John Harvey Hootenanny”— a roast and toast – to John Harvey.

Feeding Farmers in the Field 2014

The 2014 edition kicked off May 28 in Union County, OH, courtesy of Ohio Ag Net and AgriGold.  Lee Farms was this spring’s first farm to be selected. The 1,000-acre corn and soybean operation was provided lunch and joined by staff of the Ohio Ag Net and AgriGold Hybrids. Dale Minyo (Ohio Ag Net, Columbus, OH) did his midday broadcast from the farm.

May Rains Break West Texas Drought

West Texas has been stuck in a drought for 40-plus months, reports Tony St. James (KDDD, Dumas, TX and KFLP, Floydada, TX).  Any rain across the region is usually wiped out by high winds and hot temps.  “But now we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.”  Widespread rain the last week of May filled rain gauges for the first time in four years... 

Red River Farm Network is Home to Three Past NAFB Presidents

All three past presidents are currently on the air for Red River Farm Network (RRFN). They are Mike Hergert (2001), Don Wick (1997) and Randy Koenen (2008). In addition, Jody Heemstra is currently the NAFB West Region Vice President...

Kansas Native returns to Farm Broadcasting in Central Illinois

IN HIS FIRST YEAR IN PEORIA…AgriBusiness Director, DeLoss Jahnke WMBD/WIRL, Peoria, IL is enjoying being back in farm broadcasting. He has back on air since last August.

Reflecting on 40 years in Broadcasting

Ag News Director Craig Mead (Mid America Ag Network, Wichita, KS) began his radio career in 1974 at KNIC (Winfield, KS). “I well remember the ‘Stockman's Advisories’ issued by the weather service in those days.

NAFB Foundation Update

NAFB Foundation President, Ken Root (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Dyersville, IA/WGFA, Watseka, IL) is busy drafting the entry and judging qualifications for the new Doan Award that will be presented to NAFB members who attain a high-level of journalistic excellence as recognized by their peers. Announcement of the criteria will be made at the NAFB Convention in November. The first winners will be recognized at Washington Watch 2015

Tractor Drive From New Jersey to California

A former Pennsylvania farmer left Manasquan, NJ, last Saturday, April 26,to begin his cross country trek driving a 1948 John Deere, Johnny Popper, all the way to Crescent City, CA.  C. Ivan Stoltzfus is an auctioneer and real estate broker, as well as a retired farmer.

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