September President's Update

I want you to stop for just a moment and remember what it was like to be in high school or a recent college graduate. Who did you look up to? Who was the one person that took the time to sit down with you, talk about their career choice and help send you on the path you are on today?

Now that we are all a bit older, do we take the time to be that? During the past couple of weeks, we have all been on the road at different farm shows and state fairs. From the pictures shared on social media, many of us are taking that moment to reach out and talk to the future broadcasters.  


NAFB President's Update

During this past year's convention I spoke with several members and the one topic mentioned several times was centered on what NAFB means to them and how it's an unique organization. The conversations were brought to the board as we developed our 2015 committees.

2015 NAFB Convention

Mark your calendars for the 72nd NAFB Convention, November 11-13 at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO. Please plan to come early, and stay through the Friday night for the President's Banquet. Convention learning sessions this year range from crisis communications, sales, news writing and retirement strategies.

Farmers Talk Radio Listening Habits

As current research proves, farm radio is a daily, valuable source of information for farmers and ranchers. We sat down with several producers to discuss their radio listening habits. Erik Younggren from Hallock, Minnesota sits down with NAFB and discusses the importance of farm radio for his operation. Videos are available on the NAFB YouTube Channel.

Marketing and Promotion Update

Summer months are key planning periods for advertising agencies, and the NAFB Planner is helping connect interested advertisers with NAFB stations and networks. 

News from the National Association of Broadcasters

Legislation promoting new performance royalties for FM and AM radio is currently being considered in Congress, and the National Association of Broadcasters is on the offensive pushing back against new fees and royalties for radio broadcasters. The Local Radio Freedom Act is a bipartisan resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.

New York Agribusiness Luncheon

This summer the NAFB Board of Directors will be hosting a New York Agribusiness Luncheon, featuring guest speaker, Chris Fesko. Chris is an award winning educator, farmer, and is the creator of the On The Farm video series. The luncheon will connect NAFB with associations, companies and dignitaries in the agriculture industry, throughout the state, including the New York Governor's office. The luncheon is July 23, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at The Olde Tater Barn, Central Bridge, New York. For more information, please contact Kim Holland.

New NAFB Members

Please Welcome the Following New NAFB Members

Broadcast Council 
•   Joshua McGill, Farm Broadcaster, Southeast AgNet Radio Network
•   Davis Michaelsen, Editor, Farm Journal Media    

Allied Industry Council 
•    Jerry Haack, President, it's all marketing, inc.
•    Tracey Mershon, Partner, Mershon & McDonald LLC
•    Kirstin Grantham, Communications, AgriBank Farm Credit Bank
•    Amanda J. Spoo, Communications Specialist, U.S. Wheat Associates

Make This The Year To Attend Washington Watch

Washington Watch is just around the corner. Make this the year to attend. It's an unbelievable experience, giving you a greater knowledge of how Washington D.C. works and introduces you to high-ranking members of the officials throughout the U.S. government. I attended my first Washington Watch last year (2014). I had no idea what to expect or how to cover the event, but with other veteran broadcasters in attendance it didn't take long to learn. 

Welcome New NAFB Members

Please help us welcome the following members to NAFB. 

New Emeritus member, Denny Banister
New Honorary members; Jack Farmakis and Mike Johanns

Broadcast Council