NEW EDITOR FOR WESTERN FARM PRESS NAMED
Jan. 23, 2013
Source: Penton Media news release
Cary Blake, a veteran farm editor and broadcaster with deep roots in agriculture, has been named editor of Western Farm Press.
Blake, who was born and raised on a Christmas tree farm near Jackson, Miss., has been associate editor of Western Farm Press since 2006. His promotion was announced by Greg Frey, vice president at Penton Media, which publishes Western Farm Press.
"Cary has become a widely respected voice for western agriculture, which is no small feat given the tremendous diversity of crops in the Far West," said Frey. "He will carry on our rich tradition of providing timely, reliable information for western growers."
Blake succeeds long-time Western Farm Press editor Harry Cline. Cline will continue contributing commentaries and blogs. He also will work on the Farm Press/Penton Media online continuing education platform (pentonag.com) and other custom online properties, including electronic newsletters GrapeLine and Tree Nut Farm Press until he retires on Jan. 1, 2014.
As editor, Blake will oversee the editorial content for both the print edition of Western Farm Press and the westernfarmpress.com website and Western Farm Press Daily, an e-newsletter that provides frequent updates of news events in California and Arizona.
During his career, Blake has seen a seismic shift in the technology of production agriculture. As a child, he picked cotton by hand on his uncle's cotton farm located on the Blake family farm. In more recent years, he's written about precision agriculture systems that use light sensors to measure cotton flowing into mechanical pickers.
Blake attended Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1977. After college, Blake moved to Michigan where he joined the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB). Blake produced daily and weekly agricultural radio programs reports which aired on the statewide Michigan Farm Radio Network and WJR, the top radio station in Detroit. He launched MFB's television operation in 1983.
Blake joined the Indiana Farm Bureau in Indianapolis in 1995. He produced video news releases which aired nationwide on the U.S. syndicated television program U.S. Farm Report. Some videos aired internationally.
In 2003, Blake headed west to Phoenix, Ariz. where he joined the staff of the Arizona Farm Bureau. As public relations director, Blake served as editor of the statewide newspaper Arizona Agriculture focusing on crop and livestock issues in the Grand Canyon State.
In Fall 2006, Blake joined Western Farm Press as associate editor. He has covered production agricultural issues in California and Arizona. He also wrote editorial for Southwest Farm Press on farm issues in New Mexico and West Texas.
Blake has won more than 20 state and national awards for his work, including a handful of highly acclaimed Telly television awards.
Blake loves nature, especially his family's beloved Mississippi centennial tree farm. He is an avid hiker, world traveler, church member, music connoisseur, and blood donor.
About Western Farm Press
Western Farm Press provides growers and agribusiness with in-depth coverage of the region's major crops plus the legislative, environmental and regulatory issues that affect their businesses. Editorial includes marketing, research and technology updates, along with features on area farmers and agribusiness news. For information visit www.westernfarmpress.com
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