ZimmCast 714 – Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal

Cindy Zimmerman

In this episode of the ZimmCast we are featuring an interview with AgWired’s first intern. Margy Eckelkamp was Margy Fischer and a senior at the University of Missouri when she and Mary Irelan were chosen by Monsanto to be the student bloggers for the 2006 Commodity Classic – the first time it had ever been done and this new media …

Audio, Farm Journal, Journalism, Media, Podcasts, ZimmCast

Margy Eckelkamp Promoted at Farm Journal

Cindy Zimmerman

Congratulations to the highly-talented Margy Eckelkamp, who has been named leader of Farm Journal’s Top Producer brand. Her new role will include directing editorial content for Top Producer in print and online and developing the program for Top Producer Summit, the industry’s top educational event for large-scale farmers and ranchers. “I look forward to stewarding these outstanding brands as they …

Journalism, Media

MACA Honors Margy Eckelkamp

Cindy Zimmerman

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) honored one of our favorite agricultural journalists at its recent virtual annual meeting. The Ruth White Media Award is presented to an individual who’s demonstrated an evidence of consistent, objective, and accurate reporting on American agriculture and the myriad of issues involved in modern agriculture, including the CropLife industry. This year’s winner is Margy …


Election of IFAJ Presidium 2020-2022

Cindy Zimmerman

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has elected its first woman president, and first Presidium member from South America. Lena Johansson from Sweden, IFAJ vice-president since 2016, was unanimously elected as president, succeeding Owen Roberts of Canada who stepped down at the end of the two-term limit. Johansson has been an agricultural journalist for 30 years and is currently …

IFAJ, Journalism

IFAJ-Alltech Ag Journalism Leadership Award Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

Congratulations to Joseph Opoku Gakpo of Ghana who is the recipient of the second IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. The award was presented virtually today during the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience by Alltech CEO Mark Lyons and IFAJ president Owen Roberts. Opoku Gakpo, a radio, TV and online journalist, was selected from nominations submitted by IFAJ guilds …

Alltech, Audio, IFAJ, Journalism

IFAJ Congress Hears from Reporters Without Borders

Cindy Zimmerman

Here in the United States we tend to take freedom of the press for granted, since it is specifically guaranteed in the First Amendment. But it’s not so free in many other countries. The 2019 IFAJ Congress last week featured a presentation from Daphne Pellegrino with Reporters Without Borders, more properly known internationally as Reporters Sans Frontieres or RSF, which …

Ag Media Summit, Audio, IFAJ, Journalism

IFAJ-Alltech Agricultural Journalism Award Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech are proud to announce a new award that recognizes excellence and leadership by young journalists. The IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism will be presented during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19), held May 19–21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. The award marks a long tradition of celebrating journalistic …

AgWired Animal, Alltech, IFAJ, Journalism

Industry Mourns Loss of Respected Ag Journalist

Cindy Zimmerman

DTN/The Progressive Farmer was saddened to report that Executive Editor Marcia Zarley Taylor passed away Feb. 19 after a brief illness. Most of us in the business have known and worked with Marcia over the years. She was a former president of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and would have become North American Agricultural Journalists Association’s new president this spring. …

AAEA, Journalism

Harrington Writes Book about Iowa Journalist

Cindy Zimmerman

Longtime agribusiness PR and marketing man Jerry Harrington is now a published author. Harrington, who retired in 2014 after 16 years as marketing public relations manager for DuPont Pioneer, has written a book about a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor in the 1930s. “Crusading Iowa Journalist Verne Marshall: Exposing Graft and the 1936 Pulitzer Prize,” is now available from The History …


Brownfield Rolls Out Great Lakes Ag Report

Kelly Marshall

The Great Lakes region is home to agriculture products like tart cherries, blueberries, dry beans, cucumbers, asparagus, blackberries, floriculture products, nursery and landscape production, vineyards, orchards and well over 300 other specialty crops. While field crops and livestock provide the greatest economic impact on the area, the specialty produce market is still an important factor. That’s why Brownfield Ag News, …