Airing on the Side of Agriculture

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. 

Market Rally Host Dedicated to Listeners

Market Rally host, Chip Flory, and Pro Farmer Editorial Director grew up on a typical 1980s-style diversified family farm in Oxford Junction in eastern Iowa. Chip was very active in 4-H.  He was an Iowa delegate to the National Congress, received the National Beef Award, served on the State 4-H Council and was a State Officer in 1982-83.  


John Harvey Hootenanny

Update from the John Harvey Hootenanny

I gave a number of radio and TV interviews at the John Harvey Hootenanny.  We had a long line of Classic Tractors, two from Maryland and others from throughout the Midwest.” He continued,  “Two men brought a New Holland self-propelled machine that we'd featured on the calendar, and they drove all night to get to the event.  One collector attended who had had major heart surgery a few days before.  They are a good, gritty breed; unpretentious goodness is spread all around.” 

WSGW Presents Homemaker of the Year at the Saginaw County Fair

Terry Henne (WSGW, Saginaw, MI) awarded "Homemaker of the Year" awards at the Saginaw County Fair on July 29. The contest is sponsored by WSGW Radio and Michigan Sugar Company. The Homemaker of the Year will go to the Michigan state finals next June. “Incidentally, the last two winners have gone to the state contest and won,” Terry said. 

Congratulations to NAFB Member Sarah Gustin

Congratulations to NAFB member Sarah Gustin and Richie Heinrich. Sarah and Richie were married June 27 in a small country church just three miles from the Gustin family farm near St. Anthony, ND.

Weather or Not?

Despite being in the news for its weather, North Carolina’s climatologist says the weather pattern is close to normal, reports Rhonda Garrison (Southern Farm Network, Raleigh, NC). 

Delaware Valley Students Learn About Farm Broadcasting Careers

Dave Williams (Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network, Honesdale, PA) spoke to media and communication students at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA, this spring about internship and career opportunities.

NAFB Members Selected as Illinoisans of the Day at State Fair

Gale Cunningham and Peggy Kaye Fish are two of this year’s honorees who will be recognized. The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation will spotlight individuals each day of the Illinois State Fair. The program honors individuals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics associated with Illinois – integrity, dependability, sense of community and strong ethics.  

Congratulations to Don Borgman

Congratulations to Don Borgman on his retirement from John Deere. Don is retiring as the Director, Agricultural Industry Relations for John Deere's North American operations.