March 6, 2017

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
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SAN DIEGO – With the majority of the American population becoming further removed from the farm, agriculture communicators play a vital role in telling the story of American family farmers and rural residents. Each year, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes one of those communicators for outstanding reporting of agriculture and rural issues.

Mike Dain, broadcaster for radio networks First Oklahoma Ag, Voice of Southwest Agriculture, and Yancey Ag Network, received the Milton D. Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Communications today at the NFU 115th Anniversary Convention.

“Agriculture communicators are increasingly important to providing a link between urban and rural communities, as well as the agriculture industry and the general public. Mike’s insight into the viewpoints of family farmers, ranchers and rural citizens is what makes him an excellent communicator for the agricultural community and deserving of this award,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

The Milton D. Hakel Award is presented to reporters or news outlets that demonstrate exceptional reporting of agricultural issues. The award was named in honor of Milton D. Hakel, a well-respected Farmers Union communicator. A list of past recipients of the award can be viewed here.

Raised on a small farm near Newton, Kansas, Dain is no stranger to agriculture. He has been reporting on farm and rural issues for more than 35 years in both the radio and television industries. His contributions to the industry have received accolades, including awards from the Oklahoma Farmers Union, American Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma Cattlewomen’s Association, and the Oklahoma Pork Council.

“Mike is a journalist who understands agriculture and rural life. I appreciate his dedication to the industry and respect his fair and accurate reporting of the issues important to farmers and ranchers,” Johnson concluded.


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