Sechrest joined NAFB at WVLN Radio in 1961 then continued his broadcast career at Illinois Farm Bureau and WJBC Radio. Art was noted for his professionalism, kindness, and solid presence reporting on the air. He served as NAFB President in 1984, was named 1991 Farm Broadcaster of the Year, and was inducted in the NAFB Hall of Fame in 2000. Additionally, Art won two Oscars in Agriculture (1975 and 1986), and served as NAFB Historian nine years.
Art suffered a stroke in 1994 but kept connected with NAFB members through the years; he most recently attended the 75th Anniversary NAFB Convention in 2018, connecting with friends from the past in-person.
Sechrest is pictured here with 2017 NAFB President Max Armstrong and 1999 NAFB President Mike Adams at Sechrest’s home in Normal. Both Armstrong and Adams presented their respective NAFB President’s Award to Art.