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Lessiter Publications announces it will launch Rural Lifestyle Dealer as a supplement to Farm Equipment magazine.

The publication is designed to help equipment dealers better serve the unique needs of the rural lifestyle or "hobby farmer."

It will also announce the winner of the first annual "Rural Lifestyle Dealer of the Year" Award in the premier edition.

Scheduled to launch in October, Rural Lifestyle Dealer will reach an audience of 10,000 equipment dealers, 750 wholesalers/distributors and 400 manufacturer representatives of farm equipment. The circulation is comprised of corporate and operating management, sales marketing and parts/service management personnel.

The Red River Farm Network announces the addition of Randy Koenen to its farm broadcast team. Koenen currently serves as the president-elect of NAFB and was with the Nebraska Rural Radio Association in West Point, NE. Prior to that, Koenen was a farm broadcaster at KDJS in Willmar, MN.

The Progressive Farmer editorial and sales offices have changed. Main editorial contact information is:
2204 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 415, Birmingham, AL 35209; 205/414-4731, Fax: 205/414-4746 ; contact: Jack Odle, Editor in Chief; e-mail:

For the information about its other offices, go to www.progressivefarmer.

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas C. Dorr announces the publication of new proposed rules designed to facilitate the further deployment of broadband services to rural communities nationwide.

Dorr noted that significant progress has been made in facilitating rural broadband deployment since the program began. Over 70 loans have been made totaling $1.2 billion for broadband deployment projects headquartered in 36 states. Through these loans, more than half a million households in more than 1,000 rural communities will receive broadband service. Over 60% of these communities had little or no broadband service at the time.

Farm Progress announces it has added a country music event to the annual Farm Progress Show to be held this year in Decatur, IL. Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd will perform August 29. The show is sponsored by Grinnell Mutual.

American Business Media has named new board members and selected the 2007-2008 board of directors. Executive Committee members include: Chmn Frank Anton, CEO, Hanley Wood LLC; Vice Chmn Gary Fitzgerald, Chmn/CEO, Meister Media Worldwide; Secretary Bob Carrigan, Pres, IDG Communications ; Treasurer Peggy Walker, Pres/COO, Vance Publishing Corp.

Executives with agriculturally-oriented publications elected to the board include John French, CEO, Penton Media and Jeff Lapin, Pres, Farm Progress Companies.

Layne Beaty, 93, the third president of NAFB died May 11.

His radio career began in 1939 when WKY, Oklahoma City, invited him to write and air a 30-minute weekly program. He later worked in radio and TV in Texas.

In 1954, he became chief, radio and television for the USDA. He was heard weekly on NBC's "National Farm and Home Hour." He also voiced "Agriculture USA" for the Clear Channel Broadcasters Association, and hosted "Across the Fence," a national television program.

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