Farm Broadcaster Mike Adams Retires

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm broadcaster Mike Adams, a powerful media voice for biofuel producers, hung up his headphones last week after nearly 50 years behind the microphone.

Adams has been a well-known face at national ethanol and biodiesel conferences over the past 20 years as host of daytime nationally syndicated agriculture talk shows. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper was proud to be invited as part of Adams’s final show, which aired December 23.

“Mike is a true professional who intimately knows his subject matter, and he always took an evenhanded and fair approach to reporting and analyzing the news of the day. He was never afraid to ask the tough questions, but always treated both his guests and his listeners with respect,” said Cooper. “Whether tuning in to his podcast, reading his insightful blog posts, or listening to his show live on their local station, listeners across the country have a better understanding of, and appreciation for, American agriculture and biofuels because of Mike Adams.”

Adams grew up on an Illinois grain and livestock farm abd started his radio career in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1974. He spent 27 years at the local station before becoming host of AgriTalk, a nationally syndicated program, in 2001. In 2018, Adams joined the American Ag Network to create a new syndicated program called Adams on Agriculture. Adams is a past recipient of the National Farm Broadcaster of the Year award, past NAFB President and a member of the NAFB Hall of Fame.

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