USFRA Sponsors Brownfield Cab Convos

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is sponsoring a second season of Cab Conversations with Brownfield Ag News. Each week, three U.S. farmers meet on Google+ Hangout from the cab of their tractors to share insights, challenges and tips relating to the planting season with host Meghan Grebner, Anchor/Reporter for Brownfield Ag News. “Brownfield’s Cab Conversations utilizes an innovative …

Farming, Media, Social Media, Social Networking, USFRA

AAEA Announces 2015 Legacy Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

During the Agricultural Media Summit this July the American Agricultural Editors Association will present legacy awards to two outstanding individuals. The AAEA Legacy Committee has selected Rolland “Pig” Paul as its 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient and Len Richardson, 1983-84 AAEA president, its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “These two gentlemen reflect the best of American agriculture,” committee chairman Larry Dreiling …

AAEA, Media

Nuts & Bolts of Ag Communication

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Agricultural Editors Association and the Livestock Publications Council are holding their Midwest Regional Workshop today. The title is, “The Nuts and Bolts of Communication.” DTN/The Progressive Farmer is supplying a livestream of the workshop today. On the screen when I tuned in is Jim Patrico, Senior Editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer. The topics today include how to Rock …

AAEA, LPC, Media

New Award for Agricultural Reporting

Chuck Zimmerman

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is introducing a new annual award for excellence in global food security reporting. This is part of the cooperation agreement between the two organizations. The IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting will be exclusively for IFAJ members. One entry from each national …

IFAJ, International, Media

First Doan Award Presented

Cindy Zimmerman

The very first Doan award honoring Excellence in Reporting Agriculture was presented at Washington Watch this week to Michelle Rook, managing farm director at WNAX in Yankton, SD. The Doan is named after Stewart Doan, a farm broadcaster and senior editor at Agri-Pulse, who passed away suddenly in May 2012. He was known for his passion for politics and determination …

Agri-Pulse, Audio, Media, NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch

Hoard’s Dairyman’s Acquisition of Hay & Forage Grower

Chuck Zimmerman

A company with a long history of innovating in the dairy world is taking over a publication that covers a wide variety of feed for cattle, especially in the dairy realm. Hoard’s Dairyman magazine recently bought Hay & Forage Grower, including the publication’s database. I met with Gary Vorpahl, Vice President at Hoard’s, during the Agri-Marketing Conference to talk about …

Audio, Dairy, Forage, Hay, Media, NAMA

RFD Radio Network Moves Frazer to Director Position

John Davis

Illinois-based RFD Radio Network (RFDRN) moves Rita Frazer to Director of Network and Audio Services, as the company gets ready to say goodbye to a retiring Alan Jarand. This news release posted on says Frazer will oversee all RFDRN operations, including programming and affiliate relations for the network and digital platforms that include its mobile app, daily e-newsletter, …

Agribusiness, Media

AAEA/LPC Midwest Regional Workshop

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s that time. Registration time if you’re interested in a little journalistic professional development. 2015 Midwest Regional Workshop Register by April 27 for the joint AAEA / Livestock Publications Council workshop in Omaha, Neb., May 4-5, 2015 ($80 for members, $100 for nonmembers). Hotel reservation deadline is April 10 at the Embassy Suites Omaha-Downtown/Old Market ($129/night). The workshop starts with …

AAEA, LPC, Media

Agri-Pulse’s Wyant Named a Top Woman in Media

Cindy Zimmerman

Congratulations to our good friend Agri-Pulse founder and President Sara Wyant who has been named to the annual Folio: “Top Women in Media” recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She will be recognized at a June awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Wyant was the only agricultural media professional included in this year’s awards, which also honored …

Agri-Pulse, Media