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DuPont Pioneer NAFB Grant Program Supports Hands-On Experience to Future Newscasters

Grant provides funds for internships at 10 NAFB member stations and networks

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 17, 2013 - Nearly a dozen future newscasters throughout the U.S. are gaining valuable experience in farm broadcasting this summer as part of the DuPont Pioneer NAFB (National Association of Farm Broadcasting) Foundation Internship Program. 

The program assists 10 NAFB member stations and networks with $1,000 grants from Pioneer to provide interns on-the-job agricultural broadcasting experience - from news production to live reporting.

"This program complements the Pioneer commitment to providing expanded opportunities to young people who want to enter agriculture as a career," says Jerry Harrington, DuPont Pioneer sales and marketing public relations manager. "This also reflects the company's support for farm broadcasters and the valuable service they provide agriculture."

Working with NAFB, Pioneer doubled the number of grants for 2013 compared to prior years. The support expands station and network involvement and allows more interns to experience farm broadcasting.

To obtain grants, stations and networks applied to the NAFB Foundation. Interns and grant recipient stations and networks are:

  • Lacey Koontz, Brownfield Ag News (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  • Janet Seay, DairyLine Radio/ DairyBusiness Communication (Bowling Greene, Ky.)
  • Anissa Zagonel, KKOW AM-AM1 Radio Group (Girard, Kan.)
  • Brad Kubat, Linder Farm Network (Owatonna, Minn.)
  • Stacie Sager, Ohio Ag Net (Minster, Ohio)
  • Liz Koehler, RFD Radio Network (Sparland, Ill.)
  • Rachel Hoeft, WJBC Radio (Bloomington, Ill.)
  • Leslie McGhee, WDKZ-WHVO Radio Station (Guthrie, Ky.)
  • Elizabeth Stayton, WLDS (Waverly, Ill.)
  • Tanna Petersak, WYXY Classic (Westville, Ill.)
  • Jesse Nosbaum, WYXY Classic (Champaign, Ill.)

For additional information on the DuPont Pioneer NAFB Foundation Internship Program, visit nafbfoundation.com.

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

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