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Volume 7, Issue 2  -  May, 2001


AAM entered into an agreement in November of 2000 with the National Farm Broadcasters (NFB) and Larry DeSha to broadcast a 3-minute radio program weekly over the NFB’s system.

According to a recent survey conducted by the NFB media service, the following radio stations are carrying the AAM national report:

  • KGNC, 710 am Amarillo, TX
  • Capital Agribusiness Network (25 stations) Raleigh, NC
  • KBXB, 97.9 fm Sikeston, MO
  • KFRM, 550 am Clay Center, KS
  • WASK, 1450 am Lafayette, IN
  • American Ag Network (23 stations) Fargo, ND
  • KASM, 1150 am Albany, MN
  • VSA Radio Networks (Texas-Arkansas) 57 stations
  • Western Agri-Radio Yuma, AZ
  • WUSK-WBOG,96.1/94.5 fm Tomah, WI
  • KSIR 1010 am Ft. Morgan, CO
  • Oklahoma Agrinet, (42 stations) Oklahoma City, OK
  • WSGW 790 am Saginaw, MI
  • Ag Radio Network (62 stations) Utica NY
  • Arkansas Radio Network (45 Station) Little Rock, AR

We are very pleased with the response of the many stations carrying our report. If you are hearing the AAM Report call your station and thank them, and encourage them to continue. However, if you are not hearing the AAM Report on your local station, call them and ask the station program director or farm director why they are not carrying AAM’s report. We know there are stations that are not members of the National Farm Broadcaster Network. If that be the case, contact V.B. Morris with the stations information. Larry DeSha will provide them with a tape of the program.

Together we can make a difference, if everyone will do just a little, the total of all our effort will add up to a lot. Feel free to call any officer if you have questions or ideas.

Farmers Start Radio Talk Show

Two South plains Texas farmers have started a one hour talk show in the Lubbock, TX area. The area is right in the middle of Congressman Larry Combest’s district. The show was started as a result of a Combest speech given to the graduating ag-econ class a Texas Tech University.

The Avalanche Journal reported on the speech in the April 10th issue. They stated among other things that Combest said farmers were dumb and needed to be moved off the land, that it was not governments job to provide farmers a place or living just because that is the way things have always been done. All in all the Congressman’s comments were not well taken in the Lubbock area.

Rick Clem and Benny Pope both supporters of the AGRICULTURE ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 1933, had just finished a very successful meeting in Lubbock on the very day Combest was making his speech at the University. The same reporter reported on both events and both stories ended up on the same page of the paper. The two gentlemen took to the airwaves to protest Combest’s statements and the success of the program just went wild.

The program can be picked up on the Internet and any and all persons are asked to call in and give comments and ask questions. I am told that the Combest D.C. staff listens to the program via their computer each week. The show called “The Cotton Picken Truth” can be accessed through the Internet (www.krfeam580.com). If you are on AOL, I am told you must use upper case letters. Call 806-745-5800 or 800-687-5860. It airs each Friday at 1:30 p.m. ct and lasts for one hour.

All of us need to take time to thank Rick and Ben for taking the time out of their busy schedules to host this very important program. Larry Combest represents all of us on ag issues. We need to hold him accountable.

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