ZimmCast 626 – Meet the new Executive Director of the LPC

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s program let’s meet Lindsay Graber Runft, Executive Director, Livestock Publications Council, pictured on the left with the LPC Board at the 2019 Ag Media Summit. Lindsay started with LPC in July this year and I met her at the AMS. Lindsay has a solid background in livestock production and association management. As an example, she served as director …

Ag Media Summit, Audio, LPC, Media, ZimmCast

Ag Media Summit Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

Ag Media Summit is the annual awards extravaganza for LPC and AAEA. AAEA, The Agricultural Communicators Network, handed out communications awards for writing, design, mar-com, photography, digital and social media, in addition to the Lifetime Achievement and Andy Markwart Horizon awards. Jim Patrico and Jo Ann Alumbaugh were honored for their career achievements, and Cassie Yontz with Charleston-Orwig received the …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, LPC

ZimmCast 623 – From Ag Media Summit

Chuck Zimmerman

They partied like it was 1999 in the Purple Rain at the 2019 IFAJ Congress and Agricultural Media Summit in Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota last week. It was a milestone year for many at the event, including Diane “Lady Di” Johnson, who served her last year as Executive Director of the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) and manager of the Ag Media Summit. …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, Audio, LPC, Media, ZimmCast

2019 Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress Underway

Chuck Zimmerman

This year the Ag Media Summit is combined with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis, MN. This brings about 150 international ag journalists to the Ag Media Summit. The programs overlap with attendees being able to register for just one or the other events or the full meal deal. During the IFAJ business meeting the Livestock Publications …

AAEA, IFAJ, LPC, Media

ZimmCast 621 – Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress Preview

Chuck Zimmerman

This week we have a preview of the upcoming 2019 Ag Media Summit and International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota. This is the largest gathering of agriculture’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and communication specialists in the U.S. This year’s dates are July 26-31 for the Congress with AMS overlapping on July 27-31. The last time the …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, LPC, Media, ZimmCast

Livestock Publications Council Hires New Executive Director

Chuck Zimmerman

Lindsay Graber Runft begins serving as the new Executive Director for the Livestock Publications Council on July 15, 2019. The LPC Board approved the agreement after a 5-month search and selection process that generated 39 letters of interest and 12 applications. The search was facilitated by Steve Drake, president of SCD Group Inc. Runft replaces Diane Johnson who retires August …

LPC, Media

2019 IFAJ and Ag Media Summit Registration Open

Chuck Zimmerman

Registration is now open for the 2019 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. This year the theme is “Global Connections in America’s Heartland.” The location is Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota and the dates are July 27-31. You can find information and register here. Once again the international event will overlap the annual Agricultural Media Summit in the same location and hotel venue. …

AAEA, IFAJ, LPC, Media

AAEA and LPC Presidents Pass the Gavel

Cindy Zimmerman

Ag Media Summit serves as the annual business meeting for both the Livestock Publications Council and AAEA the Ag Communicators Network, and where each transition to new presidents. Julie Deering, Issues Ink, served as president for AAEA the past twelve months during a pivotal time in the organization’s history. The name change to the Agricultural Communicators Network was instituted to …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, Audio, Livestock, LPC, Pork Checkoff

Scholarships Awarded at Ag Media Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Several talented and motivated young ladies were awarded scholarships this week at the Ag Media Summit to help them with their future careers in the industry The Livestock Publications Council and Alltech recognized four students as Forrest Bassford award finalists. Pictured left to right are Jenn Norrie with Alltech; Madison Hokanson, SDSU; Alexa Nordwald, MU; Sarah Moyer, K-State; and Kiera …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, Audio, LPC

2018 Ag Media Summit Bigger than Usual

Cindy Zimmerman

There are nearly 800 agricultural communications professionals and students attending the 20th annual Ag Media Summit this week in Scottsdale, AZ, which is bigger than normal because a new organization is part of the event this year. The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences has joined with the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, …

AAEA, ACT, Ag Media Summit, Audio, LPC