One Big Conversation

January 25, 2013 08:12 PM

National talk show joins Farm Journal Media family

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As the only nationally syndicated long-format radio program fully dedicated to agriculture, "AgriTalk" gives voice to important issues impacting farmers and rural America. Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, is a frequent guest on the live
daily talk show hosted by Mike Adams, right.

Every weekday "AgriTalk" shares live, on-air conversations— and sparks many more across farm country. Host Mike Adams makes it his mission to cover the most important issues facing agriculture and rural America on the nationally syndicated talk show. Working with producer John Herath, Adams interviews guests and moderates lively conversation with the audience.

The popular show, which has been on air since 1994, recently became a part of the Farm Journal Media family through an acquisition completed in December. With the ownership transition, the show continues to air on the 70 affiliate stations in the Midwest and starts its expansion into other markets.

"We’re the only talk show devoted entirely to agriculture, and many of our shows are done on location across the country," says Adams, who has been hosting the show since 2001. "Listeners can call, text or e-mail questions in for our guests."

Adams is no stranger to agriculture or to radio. He grew up working on a grain and livestock farm in central Illinois. He served west-central Illinois on WLDS radio in Jacksonville as farm director and has served as president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

His strong farm background and understanding of the issues important to the agriculture industry make it easy for Adams to ask tough, insightful questions that probe for perspective and understanding. The show also strives to connect farmers and ranchers with consumers.

"We cover a variety of topics on each show and offer something for almost everyone," says Adams, who travels more than 100 days a year to host the remote broadcasts.

Throughout the years, Adams has covered state and national agricultural events in 11 countries, met Pope John Paul II, Fidel Castro, five U.S. presidents and every U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for three decades.

Affiliate stations airing "AgriTalk" are in 13 states, primarily in the Midwest. The show airs live from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central. The shows are also archived for on-demand listening at

If you have suggestions for guests or topics for Adams to include on future "AgriTalk" shows, shoot him an e-mail at

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If "AgriTalk" isn’t available on your local radio station, you can listen to the show as it is streamed live at The shows are also archived, so you can listen to them on-demand.

"AgriTalk" airs on 70 affiliate stations in the Midwest, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central or on demand at

For a list of affiliate stations by state, visit

You can e-mail Charlene Finck at

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