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DTN, Omaha, NE, acquires The Progressive Farmer magazine.

Established in 1886, the magazine offers a blend of practical lifestyle and agricultural information to meet the needs of people who own land and live in rural America. DTN will maintain the magazine's current focus, while enhancing its current product and service offerings to further meet the needs of rural America. The publication and staff will continue to be based in Birmingham, AL.

RFD-TV announces it will begin producing breaking rural and agricultural news, commodity market coverage, extensive weather reports and forecasts that will be aired "live" throughout its 24-hour program schedule on RFD-TV.

Veteran rural newscaster Mike Miller will anchor the broadcasts, and will also assume the role of news director for this major programming expansion on the nation's popular rural television network.

Jason Meeker recently joined the staff of Successful
Farming magazine's Agriculture Online Web site, assuming the new position of Interactive Media Producer. Meeker previously was employed as Television and Multimedia Producer at The Ohio State University.

Burt Rutherford joins BEEF magazine as Sr Editor. In his new position, Rutherford will oversee the magazine's coverage of the U.S. cattle feeding industry, as well as coverage of the general industry. Rutherford will be located in Amarillo, TX.

He most recently served as Comms Dir for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He has also worked with Western Livestock Journal and the North American Limousin Foundation.

Peter Phillips retires from his position of publisher at Annex Publishing & Printing. He began his career in
publishing representing Western Producer, La Terre de Chez Nous, Ontario Milk Producer, Farm and Power Equipment, Western Ontario Farmer and Canada Poultryman from 1969 to 1971. He then worked for British Farmer & Stockbreeder, Poultry World and Poultry Industry magazines in London, U.K.

He joined Agri-book Publishing Co, Hensall, ON, in 1977 as Publisher, then purchased the publishing business of that company with Peter Darbishire in 1981. They established Top Crop Manager in 1989, acquiring Canadian Rental Service in 1984 and starting Glass Canada in 1989. The business was purchased by Annex Publishing & Printing in 2004.

Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor of Meister Media Worldwide's CropLife Media Group expands his role to also include editorial leadership of the Cotton Media Group.

Jim Steadman joins Meister's Cotton Media Group, as Acc't Mgr. He most recently worked in a public relations capacity where his list of clients included the National Cotton Council and Dow AgroSciences.

Eric Sfiligoj is promoted to Editor, CropLife, CropLife IRON and PrecisionAg. He most recently served as Sr Editor in the CropLife Media Group.

Scott Lucas is promoted to Editor, Farm Chemicals International, and Sr Editor, Cotton International. He most recently served as Sr Editor, Farm Chemicals International.

Farm World, Knightstown, IN, hires Bock & Associates as its national sales representative.

Brownfield adds a new midday state specific program to its Monday through Friday program offerings. The new program will be available in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Brownfield already features a Midday Agribusiness News report in Indiana.

"We are adding the Midday Agribusiness News to our Brownfield program offering because several affiliate radio stations requested another state-specific news program," said Brownfield Farm Director Cyndi Young. "The program will feature state news, markets and weather information relevant to farmers and agribusiness listeners."

Ed Slusarczyk, 84, founder and Pres of Ag Radio Network Inc., Utica, NY, died from a brain tumor.

He graduated from Holland Patent Central School in 1940, and with World War II already underway, he volunteered for the Army. He survived the D-Day invasion but his left leg was shattered in the Battle of St. Lo. Snipers also shot him on both sides of his body, shattering ribs.

He received his bachelor's degree at Cornell University in three years, majoring in agricultural economics and graduating in 1949. He lost a 1960 Congressional election and wrote agricultural speeches for John F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign and while he was in office. He also worked extensively with the Polish Solidarity movement to help bring democracy to Poland.

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