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Rural Media Group, Inc., Omaha, NE, announces the launch of its second 24-hour network-RFD HD the nation's first high-definition television channel which will expand on the family-oriented rural programming format.

RFD HD will be broadcast on many of the same satellite and cable systems currently carrying RFD-TV, which include DIRECTV, DISH Network, Mediacom, Charter, Suddenlink, Bresnan, NRTC, and numerous NCTC independent operators in all 50 states.

Jon Miducki joins Farm Journal Media as Nat'l Acc'ts Mgr for its Database Strategies unit. He had been with Meister Media Worldwide.

NAFB Directors unanimously approve a five-year Strategic Plan whose goals include:

Generate additional revenue, business, and employment opportunities in the agricultural and rural lifestyle broadcasting industry.

Increase of 50% by 2012 in all member categories.

Capitalize on professional improvement to add value to agricultural and rural lifestyle broadcasting.

Partner and collaborate with allied industry.

Organizations to promote business opportunities and enhance the ability for NAFB to represent and promote the agricultural and rural lifestyle broadcasting industry.

The Progressive Farmer announces it will upgrade its paper stock effective with the August 2007 issue. It also announces a ratebase increase from 630,000 to 650,000 and that it is slated to release a number of enhancements to its www.ProgressiveFarmer.com Web site in the fourth quarter.

The Sonja Hillgren Foundation selects five legends of agricultural reporting as winners of the revived AAEA Lifetime Achievement Awards. The new Heritage Award, honors three deceased members of AAEA and their contributions to the industry, are part of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. All five recipients this year are AAEA past presidents.

The 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Wilson Carnes, National FFA Magazine and Bob Rupp, The Farmer.

AAEA 2007 Heritage Award recipients are Charlie Scruggs, Progressive Farmer; Cordell Tindall, Missouri Ruralist; and Jim Thomson, Prairie Farmer.

Farm Progress hires Jeff Jackson as Nat'l Acc't Mgr. He had been with Quick Farm.

Monica Hightower rejoins Farm Progress as a Regl Sls Mgr and replaces Jerry Lucht who retires after nearly three decades of service with the company.

Successful Farming adds Sarah Miller to its Chicago office.as Sls Exec.

She most recently was with Bank of the West in Omaha, NE. Prior to that, she has worked for Syngenta Seeds and Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Learfield announces that all sales on Waitt Agribusiness will be represented in-house by the Learfield sales team.

Farm Business Communications (FBC), Winnipeg, MB, appoints Deborah Wilson as Nat'l Sls Rep of Canadian
Cattlemen-The Beef Magazine.

Prior to joining FBC, Wilson was with Farm Press Ltd. and WAMCO Ltd of Norquay, SK.

Dr. Ray Hoyum is named VP, Information Services for AgriStar Global Networks, Ltd.

Hoyum will oversee a broad range of premium educational and management programs for Agristar's agricultural customers throughout the U.S. He also will direct similar programs in other major agricultural countries when Agristar expands beyond the U.S. in early 2008.

Prior to joining AgriStar, Hoyum was with The Mosaic Company.

North American Equipment Dealers Assoc. names Ed Rahe as Sls Mgr its publications. He previously was with Waterways Journal.


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