Editor's Notebook: A Hybrid Ready to Work for You

October 24, 2015 02:19 AM

When I got the email asking if I would apply to be the 10th editor of Farm Journal, I thought I’d been mistaken for someone else. I loved the idea, but I’ve worked with lots of smart people in agriculture with dirtier boots than mine.

I grew up with one foot in the city (St. Louis) and one in the country, a generation removed from my family’s farming roots in King City, Mo., and Virginia, Ill. The professionals behind this magazine and Farm Journal Media bring years of firsthand experience growing up on farms or running them today. What could a hybrid like me have to offer?

I thought about the summers I spent pulling a hay wagon over the 360 acres my mother owned. Her family was made up of farmers, and she wanted my big brother, Tom, and me to know hard work.

As a journalist, I carried that work ethic forward—reporting on everything from business to law to general news for TV, newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Eastern Europe and Australia. Most importantly, it all 
focused on service journalism: a commitment to putting the needs of readers, viewers and listeners first. 

Those are the same values that have built Farm Journal since 1877; the same values that all who fill these pages put into practice every day. We appreciate our advertisers, but they don’t influence our articles—ever. And we judge our success based on our value to you, the farmers we serve.

So, I felt quietly proud when I realized I indeed have specific strengths to offer this historic magazine, which I can picture sitting on my family’s coffee tables all those years ago. My parents and brother are all in Heaven now, so I have a cheering section I hope to make proud. 

I also hope to make you proud. Shoot me a letter, email or Tweet, and tell me how we’re doing. Because however hard we work, we know full well your job is much harder.

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