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Tailgate Talk: Meet Our New Editors

August 27, 2011

Remaining true to our rich history of serving our farmer readers, Farm Journal welcomes John Buckner and Ed Clark. The duo will tackle the stories that shape the future of agriculture.

JohnBuckner 2011As the executive editor of Farm Journal, John Buckner helps guide story planning and covers conservation, sustainability and stewardship issues. After graduating from the University of Missouri, John worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a land management biologist. He was responsible for sharecrop contracts with farmers on state land and helped establish a program that made allowances for wildlife habitat within cropping systems. His varied career also includes working as a marketer for McDonald’s restaurants and as publisher of a regional entertainment newspaper called the Little Dixie Weekender.

John now resides on the family farm near Mexico, Mo. You can reach him at

EdClarkEd Clark serves as business and issues editor, splitting his time among Top Producer, Farm Journal and AgWeb. He has spent his career working for numerous publications as an editor, writer and freelancer. Preparing him to dig to the heart of complex issues for readers were his journalism studies at Iowa State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Minnesota.

Ed grew up on a corn, soybean and cattle farm near Winterset, Iowa, and now resides in Minnesota. Contact him at


Stat Rack

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,
as of Aug. 1, 2011,
the Risk Management Agency has paid:


in crop insurance payments this year;


to livestock producers;


for emergency loans; and


to producers in 25 states
to assist with debris


was given to producers in the form of SURE payments in the past two years.


counties across the
country have been declared disaster areas this year.


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