Get LIVE coverage on RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO throughout the rest of the week (Oct 19th-21st)! Over the last few days, FFA Today has met with important FFA specialists to get an inside look on the exciting things to look forward to throughout the convention.
Hear about all things FFA related on our weekly broadcast, “FFA Today”. The show airs on Saturdays at 7:30am ET and again on Sundays at 5pm ET. Tune in LIVE, online, or via the Sirius XM app to Channel 147.
Cindy Hefner, program manager for the National Officer Management Team at the National FFA Organization joins us on “FFA Today.” Each year, everyone looks forward to the grand reveal of convention’s theme song to set the energy and tone in the arena for the next four days. This year’s song is based on the convention’s theme, “Transform,” decided by the officers, who had to describe what that word meant to them in the context of developing agriculture.
“FFA Today” correspondent Micheal Clements catches up with Keisto Lucero, Education Specialist for National FFA, who gives a behind-the-scenes look into the officer selection process during the National Convention. A selection committee is created through nominations of current National FFA participants, followed by a series of interviews and practice speeches.
That’s where the Canadian and U.S. borders meet. With one of the largest bilateral trading relationships in the world, these two north American neighbors enjoy $47 billion worth of agricultural trade annually. But what do these similarities and differences in both countries mean to modern day farmers and ranchers?
Introducing “RealAg Radio,” the new show that explores both sides of the 49th parallel, highlighting the Canadian and American ag industries to demonstrate how they are directly linked through trade agreements, waterways, and integrated value chains and how current ag issues affect farmers and ranchers in both countries.
Produced by RealAgriculture.com, “RealAg Radio” offers ag enthusiasts everywhere an opportunity to learn about and experience an inside look at North American agriculture. Hosted by ag experts Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner of RealAgriculture.com, the new series will feature the latest headlines from around the world of ag and include discussions on current events, markets, agronomy, machinery, farm management, and cover real time issues impacting broadacre farmers, beef and dairy producers, and agriculture in general. The series will feature agriculture experts, weekly topical segments, and special guest interviews to bring listeners a deep dive view of the agriculture news they need to run their daily operations.
“Since 2013, RURAL RADIO Channel 147 has been providing excellent rural programming to SiriusXM subscribers. Canadian agriculture is a critical part of the North American market and “RealAg Radio” will share that story,” said Haney. “We’re excited to connect RURAL RADIO listeners.”
“RFD-TV and RURAL RADIO are always looking to expand our Canadian content and “RealAg Radio” is a huge step forward to help fill the demand from millions of our viewers and listeners who want more information,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group, Inc. “We look forward to working with Shaun to not only better serve our large, and growing, television and radio audience in both Canada and the U.S., but just as important, to increase the variety of crops being covered while providing exposure for other market perspectives as we strive to report on worldwide agricultural conditions.”
“RealAg Radio” segments will mirror what readers and listeners of RealAgriculture.com have come to expect, from dynamic coverage of world-class conferences, to in-depth agronomic know-how, and on to insight and commentary into current events shaping the global agriculture industry.
“I find that whether you are in Carrot River, Saskatchewan, or Franklin, Tennessee, you are faced by many of the same issues as a farmer or rancher. Market conglomeration, access to credit, and volatile commodity prices are faced by all growers no matter where they farm or ranch.” – Shaun Haney, founder RealAgriculture.com.
Catch “RealAg Radio” weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM. For more information, go to RealAgRadio.com or RealAgriculture.com. To get the full schedule visit RURALRADO147.com.
Weekly Segments Featured on “RealAg Radio”
Wheat Pete’s Word
Get timely agronomic advice through a weekly call-in segment called “Wheat Pete’s Word.” Whether you grow corn, soybeans, wheat, canola or pulses, this agronomy feature will provide you with sound advice and practical tips for your operation. Hosted by nationally recognized, self- proclaimed “Wild Man” — Peter Johnson, you’ll get the latest insight applicable to wheat, corn, and soy agronomy to growers in North America.
Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko
With more than 30 years’ experience, Anne Wasko brings you the latest in the North American cattle markets, providing key analysis of cattle data, statistics, and insight on how these two tight-knit borders navigate frequent shipments of cattle and boxed beef within the guidelines of mutually beneficial trade deals like NAFTA.
Mind Your Farm Business
Hosted by a variety of agricultural experts, this weekly segment will feature the latest farm management practices ensuring that listeners have very practical advice to improve their bottom line. Guest will include Jolene Brown, David Kohl, Robert Saik, and more.
Farmers across North America love to
drive, view, and talk machinery. Hosted by Saskatchewan grain farmer Jim Hale, this weekly segment will feature special guests as they discuss the latest in machinery news, trends, and issues impacting farmers across North America.
The RealAgriculture field team brings you the latest coverage from the top agriculture conferences and trade shows. Coverage will include events such as the National Farm Machinery Show, Farm Progress Show, the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, and the World Dairy Expo. Field editors include Bernard Tobin, Lyndsey Smith,
Debra Murphy. Listeners will also hear from regular expert guests, such as Owen Roberts, Andrew Campbell, and other ag experts featured regularly on RealAgriculture.com.
Hosts of “RealAg Radio”
Founder of RealAgriculture.com, Shaun Haney manages one of the leading industry digital sites for Canadian farmers and ranchers across the country. In just over eight years Haney has grown RealAgriculture.com to be a digital ag news leader in Canada serving farmers across the country covering the latest agriculture, agronomics, current events and farm show news. Shaun was raised on a seed farm just outside of Picture Butte and continues to work with the family business, Haney Farms, a venerable company established in 1927.
Kelvin Heppner is a seasoned agriculture broadcaster and field editor for RealAgriculture.com. Heppner started working in radio when he was 16 and has now been in the world of radio and online media for over a decade, focusing primarily on Canadian agriculture. Heppner has an agribusiness degree from the University of Manitoba, was named the Broadcaster’s Association of Manitoba “Broadcaster of Tomorrow” in 2011, and has been recognized for his ag reporting and writing by the Canadian Farm Writers Federation. When he’s not busy breaking the latest ag news, Kelvin is raising a growing family near Altona, Manitoba, where he also farms with his dad, growing grain and running a broiler breeder chicken operation.
Last week on “Outside the Barrel,” host Flint Rasmussen had the wonderful opportunity to hang out and chat with Highway 101 lead singer, Paulette Carlson. Throughout their career, Highway 101 recorded four No. 1 singles, 10 Top Ten Hits, and was nominated for two Grammy awards for “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Single”.
Ever since she was a little girl, Paulette knew she would grow up to marry a cowboy and become a singer/songwriter. She grew up in Minnesota but decided that if she really wanted to make it big, she’d have to commit herself and move to Nashville.
After having great success in the music industry, Paulette took some time off from her music career to be a mother and wife but tells Flint she never stopped loving music. “This is who I am, in my world, I am a singer/songwriter”.
The family has been living in Montana, but Paulette recently returned to Nashville where she has acquired a manager and a PR firm and plans to begin touring again. On her first concert back, Paulette said it was like she never missed a beat – she just loved performing for people, no matter where or when.
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Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen airs on Fridays at 5pm ET and Sundays at 1pm ET on Sirius XM Radio Channel 147.
Get Access to America’s First and Only National Rural Radio Channel
(NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aug 24, 2016) RURAL RADIO Channel 147 is proud to partner with SiriusXM for their free listening period. Starting Wednesday, Aug 24th and through Sept 6th, SiriusXM will be turning on all inactive radios for a 14 day free trial as part of a free listening preview. SiriusXM radio owners can reactivate their devices simply by turning on their radio. Enjoy 60-plus channels of SiriusXM with no strings attached! The free listening period means listeners can tune into it from anywhere at any time, whether users are in their cars, pickups, tractors or combines throughout North America. (Note some older Sirius satellite radios may not be capable of receiving the free listening preview channels).
During the free trial, listeners can enjoy live rodeo coverage of the PRCA and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) events, highlights on “Western Sports Round-Up” and “Outside the Barrel” with Flint Rasmussen, agricultural news, equine programming, and fan favorites such as “FFA Today”, “Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World” and “Ag PhD Radio”.
RURAL RADIO has a strong programming line-up of rural content providing five hours of live agribusiness news on the award-winning “Market Day Report,” plus agricultural programs such as “Commodity Wrap” with Marlin Bohling, “AgPhD Radio,” and “AgriTalk,” giving farmers and ranchers up to the minute news, when they need it most.
For information about Rural Radio and its programs please go to ruralradio147.com.
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Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks (RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet, and Rural Radio) are distributed into more than 100-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
Found exclusively on channel 147 on SiriusXM, is the agribusiness and western lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO’s program schedule revolves around original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, western sports, and living the country life in small towns and ranches. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Roundup, and reports from CME on Commodity Wrap. RURAL RADIO also carries live western sports including PBR bull-riding and PRCA rodeo events every weekend.
For more information, visit rfdtv.com, familynet.com, and ruralradio147.com.
America’s First and Only National Rural and Agriculture
Radio Channel Celebrates Milestone
(NASHVILLE, TN — JULY 14, 2016) Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM is excited to have reached its three-year anniversary as a 24/7, year-round channel devoted to providing a wide variety of programming for and about rural American life, the western lifestyle, and agribusiness interests. Over the past year, Rural Radio continues to give listeners all over America an unprecedented connection to the rural community with daily market updates, industry recaps, agriculture and rural news, rural lifestyle programming, and LIVE and delayed western sports events.
Celebration coverage will include live reports from the Rural Radio studios on “Market Day Report” and “Commodity Wrap” with anchor Marlin Bohling, as well as other programming honoring the milestone including “Ag PhD,” “Western Sports Round-Up,” and “Western Sports Weekly.” Additional news packages will be produced and aired on the “Rural Evening News.”
“Rural Radio was launched for the same reasons that we launched RFD-TV. We recognized there was a void in America for programming focused on agriculture, equine, and traditional family entertainment. We successfully filled that void in TV, so radio was not a big leap,” said Patrick Gottsch, founder of RFD-TV and Rural Radio. “At the time there was no other channel like Rural Radio Channel 147 on the SiriusXM lineup of 200+ channels. It’s difficult to stay in the house all day and watch TV. Rural Radio provided an opportunity for people to stay with RFD-TV throughout the day. It was also an opportunity to expand our programming. We expanded “Ag PhD” into an hour format where farmers and ranchers could call in with questions. Creating a daily show like “Western Sports Round-Up” and broadcasting the live rodeo programs on the weekends … we couldn’t do these things on TV, but we could do them on radio. It has worked out well. I’m extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made over the past three years, to have grown, and to have a channel devoted to rural America. And at the same time, SiriusXM has grown. We’re glad to be a part of that. They’re extremely thankful for our programming and we’re extremely pleased with them. We’ve just signed a new contract. We’re really looking forward to the next three years with SiriusXM.”
Rural Radio was launched on July 15, 2013 to give SiriusXM listeners all over America an unprecedented connection to the rural community. SiriusXM’s coast-to-coast coverage allows Rural Radio the ability to reach listeners nationwide who can tune in anywhere at any time – in a tractor cab, on the combine, or city commuter traffic – and get the latest news on the go. Rural Radio is the No. 1 single source broadcaster and No. 2 radio broadcast source for agriculture. Rural Radio has grown tremendously with SiriusXM Radio over the past three years. SiriusXM now has 30.1 million subscribers and 38% of farmers and ranchers tune in weekly, which is a growth of 150% year over year. As the nation’s first and only rural and agriculture focused radio station, Rural Radio announced its third year of program operations and lined up a day full of events to commemorate the anniversary.
The original kick-off celebration was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013 and featured an all-day celebration at the finish line with food, music, and a classic tractor exhibition. In addition, the Rural Radio team set a Guinness World Record for the largest parade of pickups. The event was sanctioned and qualified against strict requirements specified by the Guinness World Records rules and featured a grand total of 386 pickup trucks from 31 different states circling the track.
“We’ve done a lot of things and been a lot of places with Rural Radio. When you launch something like that and make it grow, you have an opportunity to reach more people,” said long-time rodeo pro and host of “Western Sports Round-Up,” Steve Kenyon. “Rural Radio has created a unique opportunity both through our programming and live rodeo broadcasts to reach an audience that’s always wanted more coverage of Western sports. We are helping to create a new avenue for those events to get coverage and for the fans of those events to be able to see and hear their favorite events like never before.”
For information about Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM Channel and its programs, visit ruralradio147.com.
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About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG):
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. With a mission of reconnecting “city with country,” RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100 million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, this is the agribusiness and Western-lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO’s program schedule revolves around original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, Western sports, and living the country life in small towns around rural America. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including “MARKET DAY REPORT,” “RURAL EVENING NEWS,” “RURAL AMERICA LIVE,” and “WESTERN SPORTS ROUND-UP.” RURAL RADIO also carries live broadcasts of Western sports such as the PBR, PRCA rodeos, and WPCA Chuckwagon races.
America’s First and Only National Rural Radio Network Celebrates Station Founding
(NASHVILLE, TN — JULY 20, 2015) RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM Channel 80 celebrated its two-year anniversary Wednesday at the Nashville offices on Music Row in Nashville, TN and at corporate headquarters in Gretna, NB. As the nations first and only rural and agriculture focused radio station, RURAL RADIO announced its second year of program operations and lined up a day full of events to commemorate the anniversary.
RURAL RADIO has experienced steady growth for the past two years with a large audience of farmers and ranchers and reaching more than 55 million listeners weekly. In 2014 RURAL RADIO solidified a major international broadcast partnership with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Pro Tour. In addition, the programming lineup has expanded to include coverage of PBR and PRCA events, Marty Stuart’s American Odyssey and Marty Stuart’s American Odyssey The Marty Stuart Show, Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
The day’s activities included live reports from the RURAL RADIO studios on MARKET DAY REPORT and Commodity Wrap with anchor Marlin Bohling, as well as other station programming honoring the milestone including Ag PhD, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, Western Sports Roundup with Steve Kenyon, and WESTERN SPORTS WEEKLY. Additional news packages were produced and aired on the RURAL EVENING NEWS. Employees and RURAL RADIO talent celebrated in both offices enjoying cake, food trucks, RURAL RADIO giveaways, and a grand finale commencement speech.
“It’s been a great two years. We’re so proud to have partnered with SiriusXM Radio for RURAL RADIO,” stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder & President of Rural Media Group. “Rural is a way of life, and RURAL RADIO means listeners can tune into it from anywhere at any time. SiriusXM’s unparalleled programming and easy-to-use technology has been embraced by rural consumers in their cars, pickups, tractors and combines throughout North America.”
Two years ago, RURAL RADIO was launched as a 24/7 channel devoted to providing a wide variety of programming for and about rural American life, the western lifestyle, and agribusiness interests. The original kickoff celebration included a hosted a kick-off party at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in of 2013 and featured an all-day celebration at the finish line with food, music, a classic tractor exhibition, and wrapped up by setting a Guinness World Record pickup parade. The event was sanctioned and qualified against the strict requirements and parade standards specified by the Guinness World Records rules and featured a grand total of 386 pickup trucks circling the track.
“We’ve done a lot of things and been a lot of places with RURAL RADIO. When you launch something like that and make it grow, you have an opportunity to reach more people,” said long time rodeo pro and host of Western Sports Roundup host Steve Kenyon. “RURAL RADIO has created a unique opportunity both through Western Sports Roundup and our live rodeo broadcasts to reach an audience that’s always wanted more coverage of Western sports. We are helping to create a new avenue for those events to get coverage and for the fans of those events to be able to see and hear their favorite events like never before.”
For information about RURAL RADIO and its programs please go to ruralradio80.com.