AIC Election Profile: Sam Knipp

Greetings from the Southern High Plains! Many NAFB veterans have a working knowledge of my background as I have been involved since 1976.  As a voting NAFB member at radio stations KWNS (now KWLS), KFEQ and WIBW, I enjoyed broadcasting the farm story to listeners throughout the High Plains and Midwest.

The desire for a career in agricultural journalism is grounded in my roots.

Raised on a western Kansas farm and ranch, I understand the impact agriculture has on everyone’s lives.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Journalism from Kansas State University with a minor in Agricultural Economics and a Master’s of Science degree in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University.

In addition to my work as a professional broadcaster, I have held positions as news director, magazine editor and broadcast service director for Kansas Farm Bureau.   During my current tenure at Oklahoma Farm Bureau, I have directed the efforts of the corporate communications/public relations division, writing, taking photographs, producing radio and TV programs, and media relations.  My work has garnered numerous national communications awards.

Foreign career highlights include working on a broadcast network in Ukraine, journalism exchange program in Mali, West Africa and a trade mission to Cuba.

I currently serve on the Kansas State University Dean’s Advisory Council for Agricultural Communications and assist with teaching the Animal Ag Advocacy and Policy capstone class at Oklahoma State University.  I am also a mentor for the OSU African Entrepreneur Fellowship grant program focused on fostering food security and independence.

On a personal level, I have volunteered many hours of service in my local community and church parish.

My broad background includes strong industry connections that could greatly benefit the efforts of the Allied Industry Council.  I look forward to your support as I pursue a position representing the AIC on the NAFB board of directors.