A Brownfield riddle

How many microphones does it take to sufficiently cover the Great Plains Equipment Media Day?

Julie Harker at Great Plains Media Day

Judging by what Julie Harker has in her hands, it takes two.

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.

Bacon Roses!

Bacon roses, Bacon Roses. . .(remember the song Paper Roses?)
Brownfield’s Julie Harker and Ken Anderson are in Des Moines, Iowa this week for World Pork Expo, or as we like to call it around here, “The Big Pig Gig.” 

bacon roses

Be sure to tune in to your local Brownfield radio station and check out coverage on the website!

It’s a girl!

We welcomed a new addition to the Brownfield Ag News family over the week-end!   Ohio Brownfield Farm Director Dave Russell became a first-time Grandpa when Sloane Kathleen arrived Sunday morning.  Grandpa Dave Russell with Sloane

I am certain the newly minted grandpa can pick up some advise from well seasoned grandparents on the Brownfield team:  Ken Anderson, Jerry Passer and Bob Meyer.  

Congratulations to Sloane’s parents Seth and Megan!

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

Photo bombing lobbyists

Brownfield’s Tom Steever spent part of his day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.  He shared this comment to go with the photo:

“Covering the Missouri legislative session was somewhat fun and relaxed this morning, as session comes to a close today.  Here’s a photo after my interview with Casey Guernsey at the State Capitol. The wavers in the background are the lobbyists for Missouri trial attorneys.”

Photo bomb

It’s sort of like the last day of school, isn’t it?

Intern joins Brownfield staff

Shannon Yokley

Hi! I’m Shannon Yokley, the new intern at Brownfield Ag News.

I’m a passionate, big-hearted aggie who hails from Jefferson City, Mo. I grew up living, breathing and loving every aspect of agriculture as I made my way from 4-H into FFA. Through these organizations, I developed a passion for the livestock industry and began my own herd of registered Angus cattle. Since the age of eight, I have been showing cattle at local, state and national levels.

While in high school, I discovered that I enjoyed writing and communicating when I became active in my high school’s journalism club. So, when it came down to selecting a major at the University of Missouri, my choice was simple. Science and Agricultural Journalism was the only choice– it combines both my passion of agriculture and my love of writing. Anytime I get a chance, I proudly state that I have “the best of both worlds.”

As a senior at MU, I try to stay as involved as I can on campus, as well as in the agriculture industry. I am a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Peer Career Coach, a member of the 2014 Mizzou Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team and I recently retired as president of the Alpha – Chi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. Organizations I am also an active member of on campus include Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Griffith’s Leadership Society for Women.

In my spare time I enjoy being outside, working on my photography skills and eating a nice, juicy steak. When I’m not working with my show cattle, I am playing with Princess – my German Shorthair bird dog.

Missouri State Fair entries open this week

MDA visit April 2014

 Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, and Brownfield’s Tom Steever posed for a picture following an interview at Brownfield Ag News studios in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Entries open this week for the 2014 Missouri State Fair!

Whose shoes?

Brownfield’s Dave Russell shared this photo he snapped earlier this week during the Ohio Pork Congress.  Dave said, “The scarlet and gray shoestrings must mean Chris Novak, CEO, National Pork Board is in Ohio speaking at the Ohio Pork Congress.”

Shoes on the feet of Chris Novak, National Pork Board CEO

Shoes on the feet of Chris Novak, National Pork Board CEO

Having fun with winter headwear

Dave Russell in winter hatWhat do YOU wear to keep your head warm when the temperatures drop?  The Brownfield Ag News crew knows the importance of keeping their heads covered when a polar vortex hits! 

Brownfield’s Dave Russell is headquartered in Ohio where the temperatures have been dipping below zero on a daily basis.  In addition to this fashionable winter stocking hat with ear flaps, he sports a scarf to keep his neck warm. 

Email a picture of yourself in your winter headwear or post it on our Brownfield Ag News Facebook page!  If it’s going to be this cold, we might as well have some fun!