NAFB Foundation Update

Ken Root, 2014 NAFB
Foundation President

NAFB Foundation President, Ken Root (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Dyersville, IA/WGFA, Watseka, IL) is busy drafting the entry and judging qualifications for the new Doan Award that will be presented to NAFB members who attain a high-level of journalistic excellence as recognized by their peers. Announcement of the criteria will be made at the NAFB Convention in November. The first winners will be recognized at Washington Watch 2015.

When not doing NAFB Foundation work, Ken has been a busy agricultural journalist for 36 years. Currently, he writes a weekly column called The Root Zone for the High Plains Journal and does ag programming for WGFA and the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network. He has experience as a broadcaster in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Early in his career, he worked with Russell Pierson (retired, WKY, Oklahoma City, OK). Ken reports that he called Russell in late May and learned that he is okay and “sharper than we will be at 102!” Russell was NAFB President in 1973.  Ken was NAFB President in 1986.