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When Tom Steever talks, farmers listen. Whether he’s right here in the Midwest, in South America or over in Asia, reporting on what there is to learn from those exotic ports, Tom most enjoys talking to farmers one-on-one, and in their own environment.
Born and raised on his South Dakota family farm, which he and his family still own, and recently serving as President of the NAFB, Tom literally knows agriculture from the roots up. As a Brownfield broadcaster, Tom’s very thorough and accurate reporting of the daily farm news gives the agricultural community the tools they need to better understand everything from crop insurance to environmental regulations.
Tom Steever earned his degree in broadcast journalism from South Dakota State University and began his farm broadcast career at KSOO Radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After nearly two decades on the air with KSOO, Steever became executive director of the Sioux Falls Stockyards, which included twice daily reports on the Sioux Falls CBS affiliate, KELO Television, as well as on dozens of Upper Midwest radio stations. In early 1997, Tom moved to Chicago to anchor Channel Earth on DirecTV. After the agricultural television venture left the air, Steever served the American Farm Bureau Federation public relations team at their Park Ridge, Illinois headquarters. When the AFBF moved to Washington, D.C. in 2003, Tom accepted the invitation to be part of the Brownfield broadcast team in Jefferson City, Missouri.
He’s covered farm stories in thirteen foreign countries, as well as in most of the United States. Tom has served many offices in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, including its president in 2012.
Tom and his wife Lori enjoy spending time with their son and daughter-in-law in Kansas City. They have a cat, who generously allows them to share its home.
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