Remembering Russell Pierson

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Farm broadcasting pioneer and former NAFB president Russell Pierson passed away last week at the age of 103 and he was remembered at an Oklahoma City funeral service Monday by many friends and fans. “He hired me in 1974 and trained me to be a farm broadcaster,” said another former NAFB president, Ken Root, who delivered a eulogy at the …


Farm Broadcasters Offer Scholarships

John Davis

To invest in the future of farm broadcasting, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation will award three scholarships of $5,000 each. NAFB will award the college scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture communications. The scholarships are named after farm broadcasting pioneers: Glenn Kummerow Memorial Scholarship. Glenn dedicated himself to the farm broadcasting industry, and was a respected authority …

Ag Group, NAFB

NAFB Mourns Loss of Hall of Fame Member

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) has lost another legend. Bill McReynolds, who spent 50 years on the airwaves at WOAI Radio in San Antonio, Texas has passed away. Bill was a 1997 inductee into the NAFB Hall of Fame. Bill is survived by his three sons Michael and wife Phyllis, Mark, and Don and wife Sharon, as well …


2015 Interest Rates for Rural America

Jamie Johansen

Brian O’Keane, Executive Vice President of AgriBank, spoke with our intern, Taylor Truckey, during Trade Talk at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. AgriBank is one of four banks in the Farm Credit system. Their main priority is accessing capital from Wall Street and making that available for borrowers in rural America. “If you look at the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Credit, Financial, NAFB

Ag Broadcasting Legend Trobak Passes

John Davis

A guy who was the golden voice filling the airways with information in Western Iowa has died unexpectedly. Neil Trobak, a 57-year broadcast veteran and member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), of Carroll, Iowa, was 82. His obituary and remembrance from Sharp Funeral Home is here. Neil Ivan was born on July 6, 1932 at Crooks, South …


ZimmComm Intern’s Agriblogging Adventures

Jamie Johansen

This fall the ZimmComm Team was honored to have Taylor Truckey travel with us learning the ropes of the agriblogging highway. The talented young lady didn’t miss a beat as she jumped right in to conducting interviews, snapping photos and joining the crazy banter. It was an honor to have her join our efforts in sharing the news of agriculture. …

FFA, Intern, Internship, NAFB, ZimmComm Announcement

Yamaha’s Commitment to Agriculture

Jamie Johansen

Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager, Steve Nessl, stood in front of their brand new 2015 Viking VI while chatting with Chuck during the recent Trade Talk at the 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s annual meeting. “It is the industry’s first true six passenger utility vehicle out there. Each person in the cabin has their own designated space. It’s not only …

Agribusiness, Audio, NAFB

GROWMARK Preparing for Next Season

Cindy Zimmerman

A farmer’s work is never done so now that the harvest is complete, it’s time to prepare for next season. “We’re getting done getting the ammonia on because of the cold weather,” said GROWMARK Regional Agronomy Business Director Nate Pierce during an interview at the NAFB convention last month. “We need to start making our plans and working with the …

Audio, Farming, Fertilizer, GROWMARK, NAFB

NRCS Official Discusses Programs at NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

Soils, climate change, pollinators, and the 2014 Farm Bill conservation programs were among the topics addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention by James Tillman, southeast regional conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Tillman says NRCS has been very active in protecting pollinators, and honeybees in particular. “NRCS is working with five states – South Dakota, …

Audio, Conservation, NAFB, pollinators, USDA

Alta Seeds Expands Sorghum Product Line

Jamie Johansen

Alta Seeds, the U.S. brand for exclusive genetics and forage and grain sorghum hybrids from Advanta, was present during NAFB’s Trade Talk in Kansas City, MO. Barry Lubbers is with Alta Seeds and shared more about the sorghum industry and the new products we will see from them in the coming year in an interview with Chuck. “In the sorghum …

Agribusiness, Audio, Forage, NAFB, Seed, sorghum