Brownfield Livestock Market Reporter to Retire

Cindy Zimmerman

Veteran farm broadcaster Jerry Passer is retiring – for real this time. Jerry already retired once after almost 20 years at WMT Radio and TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but he came out of retirement in 2002, signing a six month agreement to cover livestock markets for Brownfield Ag News that turned into almost 15 years. “For almost 35 years …

AgWired Animal, Brownfield, Livestock, Media

DairyBusiness Moves to Digital Only Magazine

Jamie Johansen

Beginning June 2017, the DairyBusiness magazine will exclusively be published digitally. This change will expand circulation to at least 50,000 and frequency increased to two issues each month, says Editor and Publisher Joel Hastings. “Dairy producers and their suppliers have moved to the web. With their mobile devices online, producers monitor herd performance, operate farm equipment, check markets and of …

Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Dairy, Media

Ag Media Summit on the Summit

Chuck Zimmerman

The Summit is on the ZimmComm Schedule. Is it on yours? It will be the 19th annual Agricultural Media Summit—the largest gathering of crop and livestock media professionals in the U.S. at Snowbird Resort outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. If you’re looking for the best place to promote your company or organization’s products and services, then you’ll want to …

Ag Media Summit, Media

2018 IFAJ Congress is off to Netherlands

Chuck Zimmerman

In the traditional flag ceremony, the country hosting the next International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress now has the flag. Thanks to Facebook for the information. Notice the hashtags #IFAJ flag has been handed over from 2017ifajsa to #DutchRoots. Countdown and preregistration have begun on our website: dutchroots.info. Looking forward to presenting you #bucketsfullofstories #ifaj2018. Dutch Roots focuses on future …

IFAJ, Media

Farm and Rural Ag Network Launches Podcast

Kelly Marshall

Podcasts are becoming more and more the thing, especially for agriculture when they’re targeted, downloadable and mobile. That’s what lead to the creation of The Farm and Rural Ag Network, a home for ag related podcasts featuring Shark Farmer Podcast, Ontario AgCast, Future of Agriculture Podcast, Farmer & The City Girl Podcast, and Grow Smart with BASF, with more expected …

Media, Podcasting

Media Scrum Sighted at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

I have to admit to never having heard the word “scrum” – meaning an impromptu press conference – until yesterday. According to Wikipedia, the word comes from a rugby term where players from both teams cluster around the ball competing for possession. “Analogously, in a media scrum reporters cluster around a public figure competing for his or her attention.” So …

Audio, Ethanol, Media, RFA

Illinois Ag Media Platform Adds New Digital News Manager

Jamie Johansen

Jeff Brown has been named Digital News Manager for the Illinois-based FarmWeekNow.com, FarmWeek and RFD Radio Network. Brown will help lead a team of eight journalists providing content across some of Illinois’ leading platforms, providing news and information to Illinois farmers and other rural Illinoisans. Brown previously worked for St. Louis-based Osborn Barr, where he managed content-marketing platforms for agricultural …

Agribusiness, Marketing, Media

RealAg Radio Debuting on SiriusXM Rural Radio Ch. 147

Chuck Zimmerman

Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM will launch a new radio series called “RealAg Radio.” This new program is produced by RealAgriculture.com and hosted by my friend Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner. The series debuts as Canada’s only daily, one hour ag show, broadcast across the country featuring the latest headlines from around the world of Canadian agriculture with discussions …

Audio, International, Media, ZimmCast

Role of Freelancers at #CFWF16

Chuck Zimmerman

In today’s media there is a great opportunity for freelancers. The Canadian Farm Writers Federation invited a panel to discuss this topic. On the panel were Leeann Minogue, Editor, Grainews (pictured); Allison Finnamore, FCC Express & FCC Agribusiness, Agri-Food Weekly and Tamara Leigh, Principal at Shiny Bird Communications. I visited with Leann after the session and asked her for some …

Audio, CFWF, Media

#CFWF16 Farm Tours

Chuck Zimmerman

During the first full day of the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference attendees had a choice of several tours. As a biker, I chose the Science & Cycling Tour. It is way better than sitting on a bus! Here’s my group in a shot after our last tour stop on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. …

CFWF, International, Media