NAFB Foundation Grant Recipient Hannah Borg

This summer, KRVN/Rural Radio Network (Lexington, NE) hosted Hannah Borg as farm broadcasting intern with the assistance of an NAFB Foundation Grant. Hannah is a junior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying agricultural communications. She grew up on a diversified row crop farm with a feedlot. Also, Borg has shown horses for 10 years with the American Paint Horse Association in all-around events. Her favorite classes are Showmanship and Hunter Under Saddle. She is active with the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council (NAYC). It is a program hosted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, which has a goal of promoting agriculture to Nebraska youth. It is achieved in part through two major events, one being the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute, which is a weeklong program for high school juniors and seniors to discover the career opportunities within agriculture. Hannah assists in facilitating students that week. The second NAYC program is conducted through elementary classroom visits and farm tours. She serves as the urban youth outreach committee chair and is responsible for planning classroom visits, creating educational content and organizing farm tours.

Hannah Borg interviews Steve Wallers, UNL
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
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Also, Hannah has fully embraced communicating agriculture through new technologies. She co-runs FastAg through AgGrad’s Snapchat account. They provide three top agriculture news stories and one fun fact to the followers every Thursday. FastAg receives around 2,500 views. Borg also assists in maintaining the KRVN Twitter account. Hannah held a previous internship in the communications department with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. There she drafted letters and statements, monitored daily news coverage and created graphics for National Ag Week tours. At KRVN/Rural Radio Network, Borg was tasked with several duties. First, she read copy and performed interviews. She learned how to read markets and to give live updates by the end of her internship. Hannah assisted in social media management. She also produced and edited videos for the station. "I always knew I would be a 'voice' for agriculture, but I never imagined I would be using my own voice. The internship at KRVN taught me so many things, but I really learned how much farmers and rural America depend on farm broadcasters. Hannah concludes, “I want to thank everyone at KRVN/Rural Radio Network for welcoming me and teaching me all about being a farm broadcaster." At the end of July, Borg was named the recipient of the NAFB George Logan Scholarship. She looks forward to attending the annual convention in November. Her mentors at KRVN were Joe Gangwish and Jesse Harding. About Hannah, Jesse said, “It was very apparent that Hannah's passion for sharing the story of agriculture made her a great addition to our team. She wanted to learn everything about broadcasting. With her knowledge in new technologies, she brought that to her work and elevated aspects of our 'traditional' broadcasting."