Rita has been director of network and audio services for the RFD Radio Network and the Illinois Farm Bureau since January 2015. Prior to her present position Rita served as network anchor/broadcast editor joining the RFD team in December of 2011. As director, she is responsible for the management and administration of the RFD Radio Network. Rita is also a full-time farm broadcaster, joining DeLoss Jahnke in producing and distributing more than a dozen programs each weekday used by more than 80 Illinois radio stations.

A farm boy, a farm broadcast listener first, farmer, land owner, Banker, and then finally found out what I wanted to do when I grew up.  After a life changing event, retiring from farming and a long term banking career, I found my passion in farm broadcast.  My daily heart and passion is giving the farmer and non farmer the information that is important to the ag industry. 

I'm running for this position because I believe in agricultural journalism. We're currently in a moment in time where critical coverage can be easily dismissed as "fake news," and I want the American public to know that there's a group of journalists out there dedicated to getting the story right. I believe this organization is well-positioned to serve the group of people reporting on the day-to-day business of agriculture, and I want to make sure that reporting continues to be trusted and respected by the public and those we cover.

As the Vice President of Northern Ag Network, I manage the sales and marketing teams to serve our clients and support the agriculture industry. I have been involved in NAFB to some degree since I was 6 years old and I believe strongly in the role that Agriculture broadcasters play in informing and educating producers and helping keep a strong and thriving rural America.

I have been in radio for almost 20 years. I have a passion to help people grow their business and to share that passion with other colleagues. I remain teachable to the ag and radio community. I feel that I bring a solid dedication to the industry as a whole. I bring the experience of working with multi layers of personalities and issues.