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FARM PROGRESS ANNOUNCES THREE NEW EDITORIAL STAFF MEMBERS
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St. Charles, IL - The importance of covering American agriculture to help farmers keep up with what is a fast-changing business is a key focus for Farm Progress brands. Two of those brands have new leadership for 2021, and the oldest company brand welcomes a new field editor.

"You go years without a change in a position, then it seems all at once a lot can happen," says Mindy Ward, senior content director, Farm Progress, and editor of Missouri Ruralist. "I'm excited to welcome new editors to Dakota Farmer and Kansas Farmer."

Sarah McNaughton is the new editor of Dakota Farmer. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor's degree in agriculture communications, along with minors in animal science and Extension education and completing her master's degree in Extension education and youth development, also at NDSU. Sarah spent time in radio as a farm and ranch reporter covering agriculture and agribusiness news for North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Most recently she was a 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D., teaching, coordinating, and facilitating youth programming in various project areas. Originally from Grand Forks, N.D., she currently resides in Fargo.

"Sarah brings a diverse media background to her new role at Farm Progress, and our expanding work in digital media will benefit from her expertise," Ward adds.

Kansans will recognize the new editor of Kansas Farmer - Jennifer Latzke. A graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science, Latzke has been working as an associate editor for High Plains Journal, reporting on Kansas agriculture and rural life. Latzke is active in agriculture both professionally and personally.

She was a member of the Kansas Ag and Rural Leadership Program, Class X and Livestock Publications Council. Jennifer has spent 20 years as an active member of The Ag Communicator's Network, formerly the American Agricultural Editors' Association, earning the title of Master Writer. During her downtime she volunteers with Kansas 4-H at the county fair as a public speaking judge and livestock show announcer. She resides in Dodge City, Kan.

"The experience Jennifer brings to Kansas Farmer is suited for the future of that brand as a thought leader in the state," adds Ward.

The third new face at Farm Progress will dive in to cover Illinois agriculture. "We're excited to bring on board an Illinois farm girl who's ready to share the stories of Illinois agriculture state," says Holly Spangler, senior content director, Farm Progress and editor of Prairie Farmer.

Sierra Day is a cattlewoman whose education took her from Illinois to Kansas and back again. A graduate of Lake Land College and Kansas State University, she earned bachelor's degrees in agricultural communications and journalism, and in animal sciences and industry. Sierra grew up on a farm near Cerro Gordo, Ill., was active in 4-H and FFA and currently manages her own herd of Angus cattle. Sierra joins the editorial staff of the 180-year-old Prairie Farmer as their newest field editor, and she'll be reporting on Illinois agriculture from her family's farm.

"We have strong brands that cover all of agriculture," says Willie Vogt, executive director of content and user engagement, Farm Progress. "The team of knowledgeable editors we have on tap know the local conditions in the regions they cover, which is the secret sauce of what makes Farm Progress the nation's leading agriculture information company. I'm excited to welcome Sarah, Jennifer and Sierra to the team."


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