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11 November 2017 - A Year of Achievement

Nearly every organization in agriculture has an annual meeting where they look back at the year ending and look ahead to the changes they can make in the future to guide the organization.

Corn growers, pork producers, cattlemen, dairy farmers, farm policy organizations, agricultural communication groups and more are involved in that activity annually. It is also a time that these organizations pay tribute and honor individuals who have made the organization stronger and better throughout the year.

The organization for my profession is the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and we concluded our annual convention in Kansas City this past week. The association was formed in the mid-1950's in Chicago and was held in conjunction with the International Livestock Exposition at the Union Stock Yards and National 4-H Congress at the Hilton Hotel.

At our meeting this year I joined Roddy Peeples who served his listeners in Texas and Evan Slack who broadcast daily from KOA radio in Denver by receiving our 61 year membership certificates. Add up the three numbers and you get 183 years of farm broadcasting by just these three broadcasters. That is a lot of informing and educating the public about agriculture. When you add to that the time on the air by all of the other NAFB members, I think the agricultural producers of the U. S. are well-served by the broadcasting industry.

Using one of Paul Harvey’s favorite quotes - ‘Partly personal, please’, I want to pay special tribute to my radio/television partner, Max Armstrong, who concluded his year as President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and provided outstanding leadership. This Indiana farm boy has not only been an great communicator but a close, personal friend for 40 years.

Finally, a tribute to all of the farm broadcasters and our sponsors who make it possible to provide information to not only agricultural producers but urban consumers as well. To those of you in our audience, thank you for listening and watching us when you have so many other sources of information.

Now we go on to our daily job covering your conventions throughout the year and reporting your accomplishments. As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded of how blessed we truly are because of you.

My thoughts on Samuelson Sez.