Tyne Morgan is doing what she calls her "dream job." She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her high school career. Her father is an agriculture teacher/FFA Advisory and was her biggest supporter/teacher. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling.
Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agriculture Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News, and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen, serving as the Ambassador for Missouri agriculture.
John was born in 1948 and raised on a six-generation farm in east-central Illinois. He graduated with honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1970 with a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a minor in economics.
The next five years were spent as a nuclear engineering officer aboard the USS Seahorse, a fast-attack submarine home-ported in Charleston, S.C. During this time, he married Jan Sonneveldt from Grand Rapids, Mich. They have two sons: Aaron, a mining engineer who returned to the farm in 2008; and Jack, a project director for US Cellular in Chicago.
John returned to his family's 600-acre farm in 1975. The farm now comprises 2,140 acres in Edgar County. At various times, he has sold computers and software to farmers, worked in a mortgage banking operation as a closing officer, and taught at the Danville Area Community College.
John's community activities include Lions Club, FmHA County Committee, Ag Extension Council, Republican Precinct Committeeman, and CPR Instructor. He is past president of the Edgar County Farm Bureau, past member of the Illinois Commission on Atomic Energy, a former director for Illini FS, president of the Edgar County Board of Health, and served on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and National Corn Congress. John is a 1988 graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. He is active in the United Methodist Church, serving as a certified lay speaker and choir director.
John writes humor and commentary, appearing regularly in Farm Journal and Top Producer magazines as a contributing editor. His work has also been published in Farm & Country in Canada, Produktion in Denmark and The American Enterprise. In 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2004 his works were selected for Best Humor; in 1995, 2000 and 2003, Best Regular Column; and in 2003, Best Editorial Opinion by the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2004, he was named Writer of the Year. He also appeared regularly on Weekend Marketplace as a commentator.
In 2005, he assumed the position of host of U.S. Farm Report, the nation’s longest-running TV show, stepping down from the position in 2014 to spend more time on the farm. Also in 2005, he began "Incoming," a unique weblog for those who farm and those who like farms. In conjunction with writing, John speaks often to farm and business groups.
Mike Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in 1981 and joined WNDU-TV following stints at WNEM-TV in Flint/Saginaw, Michigan, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and WSJV-TV in Elkhart, Indiana.
Hoffman, Valedictorian of his high school class, is an award-winning broadcaster and member of the American Meteorological Society. His weather reports have the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Mike's outside activities and hobbies include speaking to community organizations and working with church youth groups. He is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys playing basketball, softball, golf and tennis.
Mike and Cindy Hoffman have two children: Kara and Christopher. They are especially fond of camping trips and traveling to visit friends and family.
Baxter Black, described by the New York Times as '…probably the nation's most successful living poet,"…thinks it's an exaggeration.
This former large animal veterinarian can be followed nationwide through his column, National Public Radio, public appearances, television and also through his books, cd's, videos and commercial radio. Baxter lives in Benson, Arizona, between the Gila River and the Gila monster, the Mexican border and the Border Patrol and between the horse and the cow---where the action is.
He still doesn't own a television or a cell phone, and his idea of a modern convenience is Velcro chaps. Everything about Baxter is cowboy; his cartoonish mustache, his personality and his poetry. He makes a living shining a spotlight on the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life. He demonstrates that it is the truth in his humor that makes it funny.
So, in a nut shell (where some believe he may have evolved) there is considerably more to Baxter than just an entertainer. He is the real thing. Because, as he says, "It's hard to be what you aren't."
Learn more about Baxter at www.baxterblack.com.
Betsy Jibben, National Reporter
Betsy Jibben is a National Reporter for Farm Journal Media. She works on the TV side for two nationally syndicated shows, "AgDay" and "U.S. Farm Report." Betsy’s job is to cover news around the country between commodities, policy and feature stories. She says, “Everyone has a story. You just have to find it and let them tell it!”
She comes to the programs with lifelong roots in agriculture. Betsy is a South Dakota native who grew up on a livestock operation and grain farm her great-grandfather bought. She was involved in 4-H, Horse 4-H and spent her summers outdoors riding horses. She realized public speaking was a strength of hers after she joined the debate team in high school and took speech classes in college.
Betsy graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Go Jacks! Earlier in Betsy’s career, she worked for a local news station in South Dakota. She’s been an Indiana transplant since 2014.
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Andrew McCrea draws upon a wealth of experiences when he is crisscrossing the country to deliver his messages. As a farmer and rancher from northwest Missouri, Andrew knows what it is like to move herds of cattle and work 18-hour days harvesting a crop. Add to that, his experience as a five-time Oscar-winning radio broadcaster.
Andrew brings his insights from interviewing music stars, hall of fame athletes, Iditarod sled dog mushers and even the rooster crowing champion! His daily radio program, The American Countryside has won five Oscars in Agriculture. In addition, he also produces broadcasts heard nationally on the Westwood One radio network.
He truly cares about making a difference in the lives of those he meets. He is chairman of the Heartland Foundation, a leadership foundation empowering youth and adults in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. He also serves as a certified lay pastor and vice chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
Greg 'Machinery Pete' Peterson
Greg Peterson has over 25 years of experience in the machinery business. His website, MachineryPete.com, is the premier online destination for farmers and dealers, providing a comprehensive used farm equipment search experience with tens of thousands of farm equipment listings, searchable for free. The site also offers dealers innovative multimedia marketing solutions, including local market intelligence, targeted online advertising and site analytics. His auction pricing database (available with subscription) totals close to 500,000 auction sale prices on roughly 70 categories of equipment, making it the most comprehensive and complete of its kind.
On the air for more than three decades, U.S. Farm Report remains the longest-running syndicated program focusing on agriculture, rural issues and the country lifestyle. Hosted by Illinois farmer and Farm Journal Columnist John Phipps, a new edition of the program airs each weekend on stations coast-to-coast. The program can also be seen each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m EST/9:00 a.m. CST and again Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m EST/3:00 p.m. CST on RFD. Along with weekly perspective from Mr. Phipps, U.S. Farm Report includes weekly contributions from Meteorologist Mike Hoffman, AgriBusiness Director Al Pell and a stable of the nation's leading market analysts. U.S. Farm Report...The Spirit of the Countryside.
Luane Graber - Distribution Coordinator