NAFB Board of Directors Appoints Steever to VP

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Board of Directors has appointed Tom Steever to fill the term of National Vice President. He will fill this role through December 31, 2016. Steever previously served the association as President in 2011 and 2012, and was National Vice President in 2010. “Tom’s past leadership experience with NAFB was the key reason for …

Ag Group, NAFB

Shake Up on NAFB Board

Cindy Zimmerman

If you are a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), you probably received an email yesterday from the organization that there will be a special election at the annual convention next month to replace Tony St. James as 2017 NAFB president. According to the email, This action is the direct result of the NAFB Board of Directors’ …


NAFB Member Dies Tragically in Auto Accident

Kelly Marshall

Long-time member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Gary DiGiuseppe, died as a result of an automobile accident last week.  Mr. DiGiuseppe was on his way to work at KARN Radio when the accident occurred. Gary had been a broadcaster for more than 40 years, spending time at Michigan Farm Raido Network, Brownfield Network, KWMT Radio and the Arkansas …


Apply Today for NAFB Scholarships

Lizzy Schultz

The NAFB Foundation has announced that applications are now open for five $5,000 scholarship available to students studying careers in agriculture communications. Since 1975, the NAFB Foundation has been investing in the future of farm broadcasting by providing college scholarships to more than 100 college students. This year, the foundation is offering a total of $25,000 in scholarships to be …

Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Communications, NAFB, University

Passing of Sen. Conrad Burns

Cindy Zimmerman

Sad to hear the news that legendary farm broadcaster and U.S. Senator Conrad Burns has passed away at the age of 81. Conrad founded the Northern Ag Network and was inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Burns was born in Northwest Missouri, attended the University of Missouri, served in the US Marine Corps, …

Government, Media, NAFB

Passing of Farm Broadcaster Rex Messersmith

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting are sad to hear that former member Rex Messersmith, age 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away April 15. Rex joined NAFB in 1956 and enjoyed a career in radio broadcasting for 55 years. He started as a Nebraska Co-op Extension Service specialist, was farm director and manager of WNAX radio in Yankton, …


Agri-Pulse Presents 2016 Doan Award

Jamie Johansen

Yesterday during the Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics discussion and reception the annual Doan Award was presented to Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness Farm Network. The award is sponsored by Agri-Pulse and was presented by Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas and Greg Akagi current National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) president. The Doan recognizes and encourages excellence in reporting agriculture. The …

Ag Group, Agri-Pulse, Award, NAFB

Passing of Jack Farmakis

Chuck Zimmerman

We just learned that Jack Farmakis has passed away and are saddened to hear it. Once upon a time his company represented the first company that Cindy, Gary Cooper and I started in Florida. And his company now represents Gary’s Southeast AgNet and AgNet West. Jack was an active member of NAFB since 1974 and left his mark on the …

Media, NAFB

NAFB Emeritus Rankin Passes Away

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting announced this week that Emeritus NAFB member Charlie Rankin has passed away. Charlie was an NAFB member for 61 years. Rankin “retired” from broadcasting in 1990, but remained on the air for several years. In addition to broadcasting, Charlie was passionate about Texas A&M and rodeo and was a founding president of the National …