RFD-TV Lobbies for Media Merger

John Davis

RFD-TV executives are lobbying government officials in Washington, D.C., to approve a merger that will see the network on more cable providers. In this news release, RFD-TV points out that Charter Communications, which has a pending merger with Time Warner and Brighthouse cable networks, has a proven track record of supporting rural, independent programming, and the rural network now enjoys …

Media

IFAJ in Good Hands

Chuck Zimmerman

Recently the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists retained the services of Qu’Anglo Communications & Consulting for global office management services. During the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting I spoke with Hugh Maynard, President, Qu’Anglo. Hugh talked about some of the activities of the IFAJ including the upcoming meeting in New Zealand where he says they will be amending their …

Audio, CFWF, IFAJ, International, Media, ZimmCast

Alberta Farm Writers Get Together

Chuck Zimmerman

This week’s program comes to you from Calgary, Alberta where I have been attending the 2015 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Conference. Alberta is new territory for me and on Friday we started out with a day of farm tours. I’ve got videos from each of my tour stops to share this coming week. Things got down to business on …

Audio, CFWF, Media, ZimmCast

#FarmProgressShow Preview

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of the 2015 Farm Progress Show. It’s a beautiful morning in Farm Progress City, Illinois. To get a preview I spoke with Show Manager Matt Jungemann. One of the things that’s very exciting this year are the field demos. That’s because the last two years have been cool and wet making the crops unavailable …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, Media

Farm Broadcaster Wins Ethanol Media Award

Cindy Zimmerman

Tom Riter of WNAX in Yankton, SD was awarded this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Excellence in Media award at last week’s annual meeting in Omaha. Riter is pictured here receiving the award from ACE Director of Communications Chuck Beck. Riter is a veteran farm broadcaster and a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa. He is a regular contributor to …

ACE, Ethanol, Media, NAFB

Viewpoints from @USFRA Food Dialogues

Lizzy Schultz

On Tuesday night, the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis was filled with conversation about agriculture at the fifth annual Food Dialogue, hosted by the US Farmers and Rachers Alliance(USFRA). The event featured seven very diverse panelists, highlighting the diverse ranges of expertise that exist within food production. Bill Gordon, fourth generation soybean farmer; Jen Haugen, a registered dietician formerly …

Agribusiness, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Farming, Food, Media, Nutrition, Social Media, USFRA

Passing of the AAEA Gavel

Cindy Zimmerman

It was out with the old and in with the new president for the American Agricultural Editors’ Association at the Ag Media Summit last week. Kurt Lawton, Corn and Soybean Digest editor, retired his gavel and Elaine Shein, Associate managing editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer, picked it up. “It’s been an amazing year,” said Lawton. “We set out to really …

AAEA, Ag Media Summit, Audio, Media

Alltech invests in #AgMedia

Lizzy Schultz

It seems that the minds behind Alltech are under the belief that the leaders of tomorrow are worth investing in today, as they celebrated their third consecutive sponsorship of the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Forrest Bassford Student Award at the 2015 Ag Media Summit. The Forrest Bassford award honors excellence, professionalism and leadership among students. Each year, following a competitive …

Ag Media Summit, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Communications, Internship, Journalism, Media, University

Excellence Awards for Precision Agriculture

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2015 PrecisionAg Magazine Awards of Excellence were presented this week at the InfoAg Conference by Paul Schrimpf, Executive Editor. First up on stage was Dave Scheiderer, founder, Integrated Ag Services. He has been named the Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award Winner. I have captured each winner’s introduction by Paul along with their comments for you. Listen to Dave here: The next …

Audio, Info Ag, Media