Coming up in a little less than a month, I’m going to reach a career milestone: Seven years as a farm broadcaster at KGNC.
Those of you who care to know anything about me, already know that I have had a pretty varied career. All of my adult life has been spent in the field of communications. But, in terms of a specific job within communications, that’s where the variety comes in. I’ve been a radio newsman, a talk show host, a television reporter, a newspaper editor – and I even did communications work for two elected officials.
All of those jobs have provided their own unique rewards. And all of them benefited me greatly in helping enrich my range of life experiences. But, bar none, I have enjoyed being a farm broadcaster above all else.
Well, of course, I have to start with the people. Whether they’re farmers or ranchers or seed dealers or crop insurance agents or irrigation engineers or anything else you can think of, people who make a living in agriculture are the most polite and considerate folks I’ve ever known.
Another reason why I’m so happy covering agriculture: The diversity of subject matter. Agriculture news involves politics, science, economics, and even sociology to a certain degree. With such a broad spectrum of journalistic opportunity, I’m never bored and I’m always learning.
But here’s a real big motivator for keeping me dedicated to ag news.
The breakfasts, lunches, and dinners I have at agribusiness news events put the culinary fare of all other news events to shame. I don’t ever have to worry that the meal I’m going to get at an ag news event will be some sort of cold tuna and pimento cheese thing on a tray.
The chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuit,and blackberry cobbler I consumed at the irrigation conference last week is indicative of every meal I eat out on the ag news trail.
Ag people know how to fix the fixin’s.
And there’s always seconds.