When it comes to the family business led by Jeff Nalley (Cromwell Ag Radio Network, Utica, KY). That’s what Jeff does in his spare time when he’s taking a break from farm broadcasting. “I grew up on a farm that fell in the 80’s crisis. That led me to radio. I wanted the kids to have some ‘hands-on’ experience with growing crops and marketing. We started with both mums and strawberries. Now we’re down to just mums. The weather isn’t favorable for a commercial strawberry business with our soil type and location. We started with just 250 mums. We’re well over that mark now.” Hot weather in June killed about 10 percent of their early plants.

“What a tremendous honor it was for me to receive the 2014 Farm Broadcaster of the Year Award,” Ken Anderson (Brownfield Network, Lincoln, NE) said after the November convention in Kansas City. “I attended my first NAFB Convention in 1977, at the ripe old age of 22, and have watched many great farm broadcasters receive this prestigious award over the years.”

Sarah HeinrichSarah Heinrich is featured in a Women in Ag series written by the Pinke Post, and posted November 2. Katie Pinke (Wishek, ND) writes the blog.

Convention speakers, The Beekman Boys, are in the middle of their 24-hour YouTube live event, A Very Mercantile Christmas. 2015 NAFB President, Susan Littlefield, called in during their event.

Susan Littlefield, 2015 NAFB President

As I drove home Sunday after convention, a song kept playing over and over in my head, You've Got a Friend In Me. I overheard a student conversation about how we all work so well together, sharing audio and equipment. One student said you wouldn't see that in any other media group, they are right. What we do as Farm Broadcasters is so unique, yet we are willing to go the extra mile to help out someone who will air the same story we just worked on.