One year ago, things began to change to the information that Michigan farm families relied on from their local radio stations. On May 1, 2019, a new sound was heard on the Michigan Ag Information Network (MAIN). New ownership took over programming of the then three-year-old network launched by well-known farm broadcaster Pat Driscoll. A new team of farm broadcasters presented an information-rich program of timely news, markets, and weather, all designed to be relevant to Michigan agriculture.
Within a few weeks, the name was changed to Michigan Ag Today to reflect the new focus on breaking news and up-to-the-minute information. A nationwide search begin to find a farm broadcaster to be based in Michigan and, that summer, Ashley Davenport joined the network to anchor most programs from Portage. Program offerings were expanded to stations and on-location coverage around the state became a staple of network programs.
Veteran farm broadcaster Terry Henne, of WSGW in Saginaw, also contributes regularly to the programs. Over the past year, a number of special features have been added to the network, including a sugarbeet report. In 2020, Kim Stockment joined the team as Director of Sales and Marketing. She will work with Michigan businesses to help them reach their customers in the agricultural sector.
All 16 original stations have remained with the network, and many have expanded the number of programs they air each day. Arrangements are currently underway with several new stations to become part of Michigan Ag Today.
About Michigan Ag Today
Michigan Ag Today is owned by Hoosier Ag Today, LLC, a 13 year old company specializing agricultural network operation and information distribution. Michigan Ag Today is dedicated to serving the information needs of Michigan’s farm families and agricultural community. A member of the Michigan Broadcasting Association and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, MAT is represented nationally by J.L. Farmakis.