New AAEA President – Mike Wilson

Chuck Zimmerman

The new President of the American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) is Penton Farm Progress executive editor Mike Wilson, also one of the newly named Fellows of the AAEA. Here in this photo, Mike is mentoring students during the Ag Media Summit along with JoAnn Alumbaugh. I spoke with Mike at the conclusion of this year’s AMS to find out what …

AAEA, Audio, Media, ZimmCast

ZimmCast With #AgMedia Steering Committee Chair

Chuck Zimmerman

The head of the organizing committee for this year’s Ag Media Summit is Molly Schoen, Editor, Charolais Journal. We got a chance to talk about the process of putting together an AMS which starts in the fall. One of the first orders of business is to determine location and start working with the hotel and venue. Sponsors are very important …

Ag Media Summit, Audio, Media, ZimmCast

LPC Elects New Leadership

Jamie Johansen

Livestock Publications Council (LPC) members gathered for the 2016 Ag Media Summit and one item of business was electing new leadership. Congratulations to new LCP president, Scarlett Hagins, and her new team. 2016-2017 LPC Officers: President – Scarlett Hagins, Kansas Stockman 1st Vice President – Cindy Cunningham, National Pork Board 2nd Vice President – Carey Brown, Cow Country Secretary-Treasurer – …

Ag Group, Ag Media Summit, Livestock, LPC, Media, Publication

ZimmCast with Owen Roberts, new IFAJ President

Chuck Zimmerman

The Urban Cowboy himself is the newly elected President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. He’s Owen Roberts, Director, Research Communications at University of Guelph. Owen (l) is seen being congratulated by past IFAJ President Marcus Rediger after the election during the IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany. During the closing banquet festivities of the Congress Owen and I talked …

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Larry Lee Joins Brownfield Ag News

Joanna Schroeder

Larry Lee has joined the Brownfield Ag News team as a reporter and anchor for Wisconsin. With the exception of a decade running his family’s media transportation business, Lee has been on the air in Wisconsin since 1984. He has served as News Director and Program Director with several radio stations in the state, most recently as News Director for …

Agribusiness, Brownfield, Media

#IFAJ2016 Awards Excellence

Cindy Zimmerman

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists honored the best in print, broadcast, photography, and global food reporting at the 60th annual IFAJ Congress this week in Germany. Among the awards presented at the Congress was a new one – the IFAJ-FAO Prize for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting which went to Laura Rance of Canada. Rance’s article, “Africa’s hunger …

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The #IFAJ2016 Learns About Rhineland Farming

Chuck Zimmerman

The keynote speaker for the welcoming banquet of this year’s IFAJ Congress was Bernhard Conzen, President of the Rhineland Agricultural Association, Chairman of the Board, Rheinischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag GmbH. Sugar beets are a very important and historical crop in this area and Bernhard talks about it in his remarks which includes a very complete description of the region. I didn’t know …

Audio, IFAJ, International, Media

An #IFAJ2016 Welcome

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2016 IFAJ Congress officially kicked off with the annual welcome dinner. Greeting us was Gerd Sonnleitner, Honorary President, German Farmers Association UN Goodwill Ambassador, 2014 International Year of Family Farming. Gerd told us that we would getting some great insight into German agriculture. For the welcome dinner he suggested having some great discussion rather than a focus on politics …

Audio, IFAJ, Media

The #IFAJ2016 is Ready to Start

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello from Bonn, Germany and the 2016 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. I came in early to visit with the Master Class and Young Leaders. You can see photos of them in the photo album below. Tomorrow is the main arrival day for attendees. We’ll have a program during the day and welcome dinner in the evening. I want …

IFAJ, Media

IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Ready for 2016 Boot Camp

Chuck Zimmerman

It is almost time for the 2016 IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany. I’m making final preparations for the trip thanks to our sponsor, Bayer. In advance of the Congress there are some pre-tours as well as some additional activities that include the journalism Master Class sponsored by Dupont and the Boot Camp. The Boot Camp participants are winner of the …

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