About Corn College TV
In the summer of 2010, the Corn College team also started filming Corn College TV. The program launches Sept. 1 on the RFD-TV network.
This new, national 30-minute weekly program focusing on agronomics and the skills farmers must develop to grow stronger, healthier and better-yielding crops.
Corn College TV will feature Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer. This show will give farmers more access to Ken and Missy and their agronomics insights.
The program will deliver practical, hands-on advice and information covering key elements of crop production: fertility, soils, machinery, diseases, insects, chemistry and herbicides.
To be broadcast weekly on RFD-TV, Corn College TV will air at 7:30 a.m. CST each Wednesday, immediately following "AgDay," and at 10 a.m. CST each Saturday, following "U.S. Farm Report."
Corn College TV Talent
Ken Ferrie: Farm Journal Field Agronomist
Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Test Plot program and leads the curriculum for Corn College. Ferrie applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois.
A graduate of Illinois State University, Ferrie credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ken had learned in books and "brought it to life." A native of northeast Iowa, Ferrie has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, maintenance manager over three elevators, coop manager and company agronomist.
Ferrie is one of only a few completely independent agronomists in the United States. He is not an employee of any agribusiness company (including Farm Journal), and he doesn't sell anything, accept any commissions or have any hidden agendas.
Missy Bauer: Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist
Farm Journal associate field agronomist Missy Bauer joined the Farm Journal Test Plots in January 2010. She has been a presenter and key educator at Corn College since its first year in 2008. Bauer has worked closely with Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie for almost ten years.
Bauer is a graduate of Purdue University with a master’s in agronomy and has a bachelor’s degree in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University. Her independent crop consulting business is based in Coldwater, Mich., and she closely works with farmers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana overseeing the Farm Journal Test Plots in the eastern Corn Belt.
Bauer is also one of only a few completely independent agronomists in the United States. She is not an employee of any agribusiness company (including Farm Journal), and she doesn't sell anything, accept any commissions or have any hidden agendas.
Clinton Griffiths: Host
Clinton Griffiths joined "AgDay" as anchor and managing editor in July 2010, and he serves as host for "Corn College TV". Raised in Deming, New Mexico on his family’s ranch, he grew up showing cattle and was actively involved in FFA and 4-H. His time in the show-ring helped pay his way to Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in ag communications. He later completed his master’s in business administration from Wichita State University.
Griffiths was first a reporter/anchor for KBSH-TV in Hays, Kan., and then KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kan. He has also served as host and executive producer of "SUNUP," a weekly agricultural television program produced by Oklahoma State University.
Margy Fischer: Field Reporter
Margy Fischer helps coordinate the Farm Journal Test Plots and the series of Corn College events. She reports on machinery for Farm Journal, Implement & Tractor, and MyMachinery.com. She regularly appears on AgDay’s Machinery Minute segment and provides commentary about farm equipment and technology on the Machinery Journal blog on AgWeb.com.
Fischer joined the Farm Journal editorial team after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her degree in agricultural journalism with a minor in agricultural economics. Fischer returned to her mid-Missouri roots after living in South Carolina.