Airing on the Side of Agriculture

International Assignment for NAFB Board Member

Pat Morrow, communications manager at BASF Corporation, has been appointed to an assignment as senior communications manager, BASF Japan. In this role, she will lead communications for the agricultural division of BASF in Japan including branding, marketing communications, and public relations. 

NAFB Welcomes New Events & Service Manager

PLATTE CITY, Missouri (September 15, 2014) – Kim Holland has joined the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) as the Events & Service Manager. She comes to the NAFB from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Westin and Sheraton Hotels, Crown Center, where she most recently served as a Meeting and Event Manager. Kim is no stranger to the NAFB, and the annual convention, held at the Westin every November. During the course of her 18 years at the Westin Crown Center, Kim has been involved at various different levels with planning and implementation of the NAFB convention.

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting Purchases Office Building

Platte City, MO (September 5, 2014) – The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) has purchased the current headquarters professional office building in Platte City, Mo. The purchase was made after a lengthy discovery phase starting last December by the NAFB Executive Board, Executive Director, association advisors and an Exploratory Committee. The Board of Directors approved the purchase decision during the Summer Board Meeting, July 24, 2014.

From Seed Company Communicator to FFA Advisor

DeAnna J. Thomas, Allied Industry member from LG Seeds has changed positions.  She’s begun her new role as Midwest Central Agriculture Education teacher and FFA Advisor in Manito, IL.  She’ll miss telling the LG Seeds story and working with NAFB, but in her new role, she will be using her skills to teach an agricultural communications course. 

New Web Site Launched

Bill and Lisa Ray, owners and operators of AGRINET® NEWS have launched a new website,, including news, bios, history, photos, and more.   “Like all good things, it's a work in progress,” Lisa said.


From Farm Broadcasting to Travel Ambassador

Retired farm broadcaster Roddy Peeples is turning his people skills sharpened by years of farm broadcasting toward welcoming travelers arriving at Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport (DFW). Even though Roddy sold the Voice of Southwest Agriculture (VSA) Radio Network in Texas in 1995 to Clear Channel Communications, he continued broadcasting for the network several times a month until about six years ago. Roddy and wife, Bettimae, moved to Dallas from San Angelo, TX, in 1997, and in 1999 Roddy joined the then fledgling DFW Airport Ambassador program as a volunteer. 

Follow Up to August Intern Grant Feature

Madison (Madi) Moore interviews Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig and operates the video camera for Dave Williams’ interview with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett at the Pennsylvania Ag Progress Days held in August.

KKOW Summer Intern Update

Completing her second summer as a recipient of a NAFB Foundation Internship Grant at KKOW (Pittsburg, KS), Anissa Zagonel was born and raised in southeast Kansas. She graduated from Girard High School in 2013, where she was involved in FFA. Currently, a sophomore at Kansas State University, she is majoring in agricultural communications and journalism, with a minor in agronomy. 

George Gatley Retires after 57 years in Broadcasting

Congratulations George! After 57 years in broadcasting, George Gatley (Western Agri-Radio Networks, Inc., Yuma, AZ) retired at the end of August. The son of a Boy Scout executive who was raised in Wisconsin, George grew up working on a family friend’s farm where he learned about the hard work of farming. Initially, there were no tractors. Two Belgian horses did the wagon-pulling and hay field work.

The Future of Water in California

Patrick Cavanaugh, owner of the California Ag Today Radio Network, participated in a southern California hour-and-a-half forum on August 21, entitled, “The Future of Water in California,” hosted by KPCC, a public radio station in Pasadena, California. Panelists included Los Angeles public water leaders and consultants, as well as the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.