Host Chip Flory
Chip joined 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 3 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 Sr. Market Analyst, General Manager, Editor of the company’s flagship newsletter and is now Editorial Director.
Chip is also host of Farm Journal Media’s two daily radio shows, AgriTalk and AgriTalk After the Bell. AgriTalk After the Bell's goal is to be the go-to radio program for farmers and ranchers that are looking to dig deeper into the markets each afternoon.
Chip was Editor of Pro Farmer Newsletter from 1997 until 2014. As Editorial Director, he continues to play a role in gathering and delivering the news, information and perspective to help the 10,000-plus Members of Pro Farmer make smart business, farm policy and risk-management decisions.
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 joined Pro Farmer in July, 2012, as a reporter for the Inputs Monitor. Davis comes to us from a broad background of experiences, joining the Pro Farmer team from an academic position at a local college, quickly moving his way up to the position of Inputs Monitor Editor.
Raised on a Grundy County, Iowa, sheep and grain farm, Davis was active in his local 4-H club and later served the equine community throughout central Iowa as a professional horseshoer and blacksmith. Traveling around the countryside shoeing horses gave Michaelsen a unique perspective on the lives and concerns of farmers and ranchers.
At Pro Farmer, Davis combines the horse sense of a blacksmith with extensive teaching and research experience to analyse fertilizer market activity and to help growers make sense of price swings in the fuel and fertilizer markets.
In addition to his responsibilities to help farmers make smart input-purchasing decisions through Pro Farmer’s Inputs Monitor, Davis also lends his talents to the AgriTalk After the Bell audience as the show's newsman and "sidekick" to host Chip Flory.
Davis is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and still lives in Grundy County, Iowa, not far from the farm where he grew up.