As has been announced earlier this week and trickled through the grapevine, this weekend marks my last as farm director of Ag 1280 KDKD. While I am saddened to be departing, I am pleased to have had the opportunity to help establish and launch the Farm Voice of the Golden Valley. Thank you to everyone who had tuned in and made 1280 your source for ag headlines and market updates the past 28 months.

It has been a great source of pride getting to know many of the producers and agribusinesses in the area, and telling your stories. Missouri’s largest industry has a wide variety of interests, as evidenced the figures in this month’s release of the Census of Agriculture, and I enjoyed the chance to see how Henry and surrounding counties contribute to that. I also appreciated the chance to visit with area FFA chapters and outstanding 4-H members, as they begin their careers in agriculture or related fields.

I am especially appreciative of everyone past and present at Radford Media Group and Alpha Media USA for making possible this opportunity to bring Ag 1280 online. My thanks in particular to previous station manager Mike Fell for setting out the concept of a farm station just as I happened to become available, and current station owners Clay & Brittany Radford for maintaining the focus on local coverage. I’m also thankful to my colleagues on Old 13 for their camaraderie and support when needed: Eric, Steve, D.Lee, Dr Dave, PJ, Sheri, Bev, Larry, David, Jen, Sarah, Alli, and Jesse. Particular thanks to “Uncle Dan” at Hawthorn Bank, Doug and Kaylene at Farmers Elevator, and the many advertisers who invested in our service to the region’s farmers.

I’m also appreciative of the support of my colleagues at our one-time sister station KRES in Moberly, who will continue to carry my reports for the foreseeable future. A thank you to Les, Brad, Bob, JB, Eric, Scott, Ben, Corey, Stephanie, Elvina, Julie, Glenn, Howard, Richie, Rose, Courtney, Kaylee, and everyone up there for keeping me on board despite the distance, and for maintaining the tradition first broadcast in June 1950 of serving the many communities that make rural Missouri a wonderful place to call home.

This Monday, Ag 1280 will begin carrying Brownfield Ag News. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside many of their reporters in the field, and have no doubt that West Central Missouri’s producers will be well served by their content. It’s possible I might be back in the future, but until then, I sign off with another thank you to everyone for listening.

From the Farm Desk, I’m Kyle Hill.