Illinois youth receives Ag Youth Award

A Lanark, Ill., youth received a 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Award from partner radio affiliate WCCI 100.3 FM.

Skyler Barncord, son of Lisa Sherman and John Barncord, received the Ag Youth Award belt buckle during the 4-H Livestock Auction at the Carroll County (Illinois) Fair.

Skyler is a basketball player and 2014 graduate of Eastland High School. He plans to immediately go to work on the family farm and eventually wants to manage day-to-day operations. He credits what he has learned in the classroom and on the farm with making him a more well-rounded person.

Listen to an exclusive interview with Skyler about farming, agriculture and receiving the award.

AUDIO: Skyler Barncord (:56 mp3)

Two teens receive Ag Youth Awards at Dixon County, Nebraska, fair

Brownfield Ag Youth Awards

Two talented young women received Brownfield Ag Youth Awards at the Dixon County Fair in Nebraska.

Heather Burcham, 16, and Hannah Borg, 17, received awards from KK93. The radio station partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Heather attends Cedar Catholic High School in Harrington, Neb. She enjoys sports, music and baking.

Hannah Borg is a senior at Wakefield Public School in Wakefield, Neb. She is a nine-year member of 4-H and is Vice President of the Allen FFA Chapter, in which she has been for three years. Hannah is President of the Pinto Youth Association. Her top hobby is showing horses at Paint and Pinto shows.

Congratulations to two young women who are part of the future of agriculture!

Photo: Scott Kooistra from KK93 interviews the Ag Youth Award winners.

Youth receive awards at Knox County Fair in Nebraska

Ag Youth Award Winners in Knox County, Nebraska

KK93 presented Brownfield Ag Youth Awards to two outstanding youth in Nebraska.

McGuire Mackegprang of Bloomfield, and Abbey Steffen of Crofton, received Youth Award belt buckles at the Knox County Fair in Bloomfield, Neb.

McGuire, son to Christy and Curt Mackegrang, is president of the Northwest Feeders 4-H Club and is a member of FFA. Abbey, who serves as FFA president, is daughter to Christy and Curt Steffen.

The award was sponsored through a partnership with KK93 and Brownfield Ag News.

Congratulations, McGuire and Abbey!

Two Iowa youths receive Ag Youth Awards

Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt Two Sioux County 4-H participants received 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Awards from KSOU-FM in Iowa.

KSOU-FM partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Recipients Edan Lambert of Orange City, Iowa, and Mitchal Punt of Maurice, Iowa, were nominated for outstanding 4-H work.

Lambert shows livestock and participates in communication events. The 2013 Fair Queen is also active in the Holland Windmills Club and Sioux county Youth Council. Lambert wants to be a large animal veterinarian.

Punt shows sheep, dogs and poultry, and was involved in mechanical engineering projects, with a special interest in trucks. He is a member and past officer of the Sioux Stockmen 4-H Club. He plans to attend the Diesel Mechanics program at Northwest Iowa Community College and eventually wants to own a trucking business.

Congratulations Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt!

Photo: Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt

Apply online for National DHIA scholarship

College students associated with the National Dairy Herd Information Association may be eligible for one of several $750 scholarships available this year.

Full-time incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges/universities are eligible to apply.

Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, leadership, community activities and work experience. Knowledge of DHIA and response to application questions are also considered.

Applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA. (Arizona DHIA, Dairy Lab Services, Dairy One Cooperative Inc., DHI Cooperative Inc., Idaho DHIA, Indiana State Dairy Association, Lancaster DHIA, Minnesota DHIA, NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services, Puerto Rico DHIA, Rocky Mountain DHIA, Tennessee DHIA, Texas DHIA, United Federation of DHIAs, Vermont DHIA and Washington State DHIA are National DHIA members.)

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014. To apply, download and complete the application at

Need more details? Contact:

  • Holly Thompson, National DHIA scholarship committee chair, at, or 507-534-4347
  • JoDee Sattler, National DHIA communications and events manager, 608-848-6455, ext. 112, or

Panel discusses ag news coverage

Ron Nixon, veteran reporter with the New York Times discussed agriculture news coverage on a panel with Brownfield's Tom Steever Wednesday at the American Farm Bureau SPARC meeting in Kansas City. Will Rodger (background) with the AFBF moderated.

Ron Nixon, veteran reporter with the New York Times discussed agriculture news coverage on a panel with Brownfield’s Tom Steever Wednesday at the American Farm Bureau SPARC meeting in Kansas City. Will Rodger (background) with the AFBF moderated.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Show Notes, Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 7

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns for the 7th episode of Get Growing. Joining Indiana Farm Director Meghan Grebner today are:

  • Judi Graff of Middleton, Illinois
  • Adam Casner of Carrollton, Missouri
  • Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Nebraska
  • David Lowe of Dunkirk, Indiana
  • Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio

During the show, guests gave a brief update about planting and weather. They also discussed signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), side-dressing, and bugs.

Cab Conversations Image Map


The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Zach Hunnicut talks about progress around the corn belt.
  • Judy Graff gives her perspective from central Illinois.
  • David Lowe shares the impact of “extremely wet” conditions in east central Indiana.
  • Allen Ett has an update from central Ohio.
  • Adam Casner in western Missouri talks about the positive progress he’s seeing with corn.
  • The group responds to the question of whether a lack of rain now will be a concern down the road, for those who missed the recent downpours.
  • Zach shares how the dry winter made up for a wet fall.
  • The group talks about the potential need for switching maturities and replanting.
  • The group discusses pest issues and what they’re seeing in their fields.
  • Discussion of improvements to waterways under WRRDA
  • Reaction to water system legislation that passed
  • What is basis?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Allen asks Zach about the impact of the previous week’s hail storms.
  • Zach asks the group how many days without rain makes them start to worry.
  • Dave asks the group about population goals.
  • Allen asks the group about the row width they plant.
  • Adam asks what the others are using to top while side dressing.

Highlight Reel: Get Growing springs into action

Check out these highlights from our latest episode of Get Growing, the spring series of Cab Conversations on Brownfield Ag News.

Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 4

Show Notes: Cab Conversations, Get Growing No. 4

Brownfield’s spring series of Cab Conversations returns with host and Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner, who is joined by Judi Graff of Middleton, Ill., Adam Casner of Carrollton, Mo., Zach Hunnicutt of Aurora Neb., Keith Alverson of Chester, S.D., David Lowe of Dunkirk, Ind., and Allen Ett of Ashville, Ohio for the fourth segment of Get Growing. Check out the map below to see where our particpants live in the Midwest.

During the show, guests gave a brief update about each of their operations and their planting statuses. Guests also discussed current problems each are facing during this spring planting season.

Cab Conversations Image Map

The Conversation:

Weather and Planting Progress

  • Adam, in Carrollton, the western part of Missouri, how are things going in your area?
  • Allen in Ohio, how are things in your area?
  • Dave what about your progress in Indiana?
  • Zach how are things in the western part of the Corn Belt?
  • Allen and Dave for you two specifically, as we look at the delays that you guys are seeing in planting, how much does that affect everything else that needs to be done on the farm when it comes to controlling weeds or managing pests?
  • Keith, how are things going in South Dakota?
  • Adam, as you guys are working ground and trying to get finished up, are your concerns changing from week to week?
  • How does the delay in the planting season affect you in South Dakota, Keith?
  • Zach, what about you in Nebraska?
  • Judi, how are things going in Illinois?
  • What are the big bug and insect concerns do you all have? Allen what are your concerns?
  • Dave, what about you in Indiana?
  • Adam, what about you guys?
  • Judi, what are some of the things you’re scouting for right now?
  • Keith, what are you watching for in South Dakota as the crop advances?
  • Zach what about in Nebraska?
  • For you all who are active in policy and active in your organizations, how does this next step with the passing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act mean for you?
  • Most of you that aren’t active in organizations, what does this mean when you see this from the farmer’s side?

Farmer-to-Farmer Questions

  • Adam asks if anyone has had any frost issues.
  • Allen asks how things are on Meghan’s farm.

Enjoying the Alice in Dairyland finals

Brownfield Ag News at Alice in Dairyland 2014

Broadcaster Bob Meyer and former Alice in Dairyland Jill Makovec represented Brownfield Ag News at the Alice in Dairyland finals Saturday night.

They were part of a capacity crowd of 325 for the finale banquet.

Zoey Brooks was selected as the 67th annual Alice in Dairyland at the final ceremony in Clark County. Next year, finals will be in Manitowoc County.

Here, Bob poses with Zoey after the ceremony:

bob with alice 2014

Other Alice in Dairylands were also at the banquet. Below, Jill poses with them for a photo:

alice alumni final