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

Brownfield Rolls Out in Michigan & Minnesota

Chuck Zimmerman

Brownfield Ag News continues to grow as it rolls out networks of radio station affiliates in Michigan and Minnesota today. In Minnesota Farm Broadcaster Mark Dorenkamp has joined the Brownfield team. He takes over the helm as Anchor/Reporter of Minnesota Brownfield. Brownfield Minnesota replaces former Minnesota Farm Network programming. The network has 23 affiliated radio station in the state. Nicole …

Brownfield, Media

The AgWatch Network

Chuck Zimmerman

Let’s learn together what the AgWatch Network is all about in this week’s ZimmCast. During the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show I met Network General Manager Terry Simmons seen here talking with show attendees from their booth. The AgWatch Network is about seven years old and was founded by now U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford from Arkansas. That puts them right …

Audio, Cotton, Media, ZimmCast

New Holland FinOvation Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

Last night Farm Industry News presented their annual FinOvation Awards. Our National Farm Machinery Show sponsor, New Holland, received two of them. Thanks to Dawn Pelon at New Holland for the picture. The products winning for New Holland include their Genesis T8 SmartTrax tractor and their Class 10 CR Combine line. Here’s how the awards come about via Farm Industry …

Award, Media, National Farm Machinery Show, New Holland, Tractor