AgriTalk is a live, two-hour syndicated talk radio program for rural America, providing information that connects producers with consumers. The first hour of AgriTalk was launched in 1994, and currently airs on more than 100 affiliate stations across the country. The program can be heard live every Monday through Friday from 10:06 – 11:00 a.m. (central time).
The second hour of AgriTalk launched in 2014 and focuses on the business of farming and helping producers make better marketing decisions. The program can be heard live Monday through Friday from 2:06 to 3:00 p.m. (central time) on more than 70 stations across the country.
Both hours of AgriTalk can be heard live each weekday on the AgriTalk App and replays of both hours are available 24/7/365 on the app. Also, the first hour of AgriTalk can be heard in a delayed broadcast on RuralRadio, Sirius 147.
Issues in the morning; markets in the afternoon; two hours of must-know information. That best describes AgriTalk.
Chip is your host for both hours of AgriTalk. He joined Farm Journal’s Pro Farmer as a floor reporter for Futures World News in January 1988 after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Ag Journalism. He spent three years reporting from the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as Bureau Chief for FWN.
Chip moved to the Pro Farmer headquarters in 1991 where he started as Electronic Services Editor. With Pro Farmer, he has been senior market analyst, general manager, editor of the company’s flagship newsletter, editorial director and is now editor emeritus.
Chip was editor of Pro Farmer Newsletter from 1997 until 2014. It was that time that prepared him to for two hours of live conversation with newsmakers and decision-makers from across the country.
Growing up on a farm in the east-central Iowa community of Oxford Junction, Chip was very active in 4-H, an interest that he passed on to his kids, Emily and Thomas. Chip and his wife, Sue, currently live in Denver (not the mile-high...the mile-wide Denver just north of Waterloo, Iowa).
Davis Michaelsen is the news director and co-host of AgriTalk Radio, in addition to serving Pro Farmer as the editor of LandOwner and the Inputs Monitor. Davis spent eight years in the trenches of rural America as a blacksmith before moving on to working in academia for a time, arriving at Pro Farmer in 2012.
As a Pro Farmer editor, Davis is uniquely positioned to deliver news and commentary on the issues most important to American agriculture, while adding doses of humor and perspective to keep the radio listening audience informed and entertained.
Ashley Davenport is the producer of AgriTalk. She joined the Farm Journal Broadcast team in 2016 after graduating from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. Before coming to Farm Journal, she worked at the ABC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.
Growing up on her family’s corn and soybean farm in Marshall County, Indiana, she was an active member in 4-H, and raised her own show pigs (Durocs and Polands) for several years. Ashley serves on the Marshall County Swine Committee, which she considers an extension of her family.
In May 2019, Ashley graduated with her Master’s in Communication from Purdue University. She strives to take her passion for agriculture and her education to make a better end product for the AgriTalk audience. Aside from the privilege of working with Chip and Davis, she loves connecting and interacting with AgriTalk listeners.
When she’s not trying to keep Chip and Davis under control (or joining in on the nonsense), Ashley frequently goes back to her family’s farm to spend time with her grandpa, who often puts her to work as the driver of the chuck wagon and/or rock picker-upper. She also enjoys spending time with the rest of her family—including her younger brother—and her parrot, Jeffrey.