Janet Adkison, a Houston native and president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, received honors Saturday in front of hundreds of Missouri producers and agribusiness leaders during the 44th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in Kansas City.

During the awards banquet Saturday evening, Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri’s Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce recognized her with Missouri’s Agricultural Journalist of the Year honors.

“The men and women sharing agriculture’s story with the public are essential to the continued success of the industry,” said Fordyce. “It is key that we recognize those who serve as a strong voice for the successes and challenges facing agriculture, here in Missouri and throughout the country.”

As Missouri’s Agricultural Journalist of the Year, Adkison of Rural Media Group, the parent company of RFDTV, was recognized for her outstanding coverage of Missouri agriculture, as well as for her leadership within Missouri’s agriculture industry.  She has served as a mentor for her fellow agricultural communicators, as well as for aspiring agricultural journalists during Missouri’s State FFA Convention last spring.  She broadcasts ag news and market reports on Rural Radio and during Rural TV’s Market Day Report.

Adkison served as the farm director for KMZU radio of Carrollton and worked for Brownfield Ag News before taking the national role with Rural Media Group.  She is a graduate of Missouri State University.

Missouri’s Agricultural Journalist of the Year was recognized alongside the AgriMissouri Member of the Year and the Agriculture Educator of the Year at the 2014 Missouri’ Governor’s Conference on Agriculture closing banquet.

She is the daughter of Polly Adkison.

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