The National Association of Farm Broadcasting has selected veteran agricultural broadcaster Tom Brand to serve as its executive director.
NAFB president Tom Steever said Brand's extensive experience in farm broadcasting and agriculture afford NAFB members the opportunity to have a seasoned leader. "Tom has a wealth of knowledge of the many facets of the very broad and diverse agricultural industry," Steever said. "He knows the challenges and opportunities this industry faces and he knows how to tell the story of American agriculture. Above all, he is a passionate leader who sincerely cares about the future of farm broadcasting; its' viability to station and network management; and the direct connection to the association's allied industry members."
Brand, grew up on a diversified family livestock and grain operation in northwest Missouri's Nodaway County. Brand is currently the farm director at KFEQ located in St. Joseph. He began his farm-broadcasting career at the Brownfield Network in 1993. Subsequently, Brand served as the assistant farm director for KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa. He served as NAFB president in 2003.
Brand said he can't remember a time in his life that he hasn't been surrounded by agriculture and said he is privileged to have the opportunity to serve the only national association dedicated to farm broadcasting.
"I'm excited about opportunities available for farm broadcasters. While we will always serve rural America and those directly involved in production agriculture, we also have opportunities to reach a broader audience who may not understand the role farmers and ranchers play to providing food and fiber to the world," said Brand. "NAFB has a rich history and a bright future. Although farm broadcasting has evolved, the organization is still made up of passionate individuals who are dedicated to serving U.S. agriculture."
According to Steever, the selection of Brand as NAFB executive director is the result of a process that began months ago. He said a thorough search was conducted, followed by a series of interviews of selected candidates. The NAFB board of directors served as the selection committee. Brand will begin his new role on Aug. 1, in NAFB's new headquarters located in Platte City.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting