National President Election Profile: Max Armstrong

Max Armstrong
Penton Agriculture
(630) 524-4746

Years Experience:  41

Board Experience:  I have served on a variety of boards and committees during my career, the longest of which was 22 years of service as an appointed Fire Commissioner in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. In that role I was involved in the hiring, promotion and discipline of full-time union firefighters and paramedics for one of the highest-rated fire service agencies in America. Farther back in my career I served on the boards of a commodity exchange, a state 4-H foundation and a state dairy council, as well as on an advisory committee for a dean of agriculture.

Bio:  I have been blessed for more than 40 years to have my broadcasts viewed and heard by farmers, ranchers and millions of consumers across the U.S. After graduating from college in 1975 I worked for better than 2 years with the Illinois Farm Bureau alongside NAFB past-president Art Sechrest, before joining Chicago's legendary WGN Radio and WGN-TV, where I went to work with NAFB past-president Orion Samuelson. Orion and I continue our work together as partners of "This Week In AgriBusiness" seen each weekend on RFD-TV and a line-up of more than 100 local tv stations. I am also still on WGN Radio and have been heard on that station nearly every week for 39 years, including 31 years as a full-time employee. Working today with Penton Agriculture as Director Of Broadcast, I host Max Armstrong's Midwest Digest and Farm Progress America on radio, as well as "The Best Of The Farm Progress Show" on television.
      I feel fortunate to have been recognized for my work by a number of trade associations and farm organizations, including the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Pork Producers Council and National Agri-Marketing Association. I am most proud of being honored as NAFB Farm Broadcaster Of The Year. I have also received the Oscar In Agriculture for my work on both radio and television.
     A graduate of Purdue University, I was selected for the school's prestigious Old Masters program, and have been honored as well by the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association.
      I am a native of Southwestern Indiana, having grown up on a grain and livestock farm in the southern part of the state and have been fortunate to originate farm broadcasts from every state in America and from more than 30 different nations.