Hello, friend! I’m DeAnna, a fourth generation farm wife, who loves all things agriculture, photography, interior design, good food and, according to friends and family, could be classified as a shopaholic. My husband, Braden, and I live and farm in the Illinois River bottoms near Manito, raising corn, soybeans, green beans, peas, popcorn and our two labs, Crockett and Mae. We don’t raise livestock, but during the growing season, we have 23 irrigations (I like to refer to them as irritations) to maintain, and that’s enough to keep us busy!
My blog will be a unique one to say the least. You see, I am not a writer by trade. In fact, when I attended the University of Illinois and majored in Agriculture Communications, writing was the LAST thing I wanted to do. Instead, I chose to focus on advertising and broadcast journalism, which isn’t a surprise for anyone who knows me. In fact, they’ll tell you I never stop talking! It’s a curse and a blessing.
I was bit by the farm broadcasting bug at the early age of 15. I had a tremendous opportunity to work with and learn from one of the best farm broadcasters in the business, Colleen Callahan. She was never afraid to challenge me to do my best and always encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone; she liked to call it baptism by fire. I truly would not be where I am today if it weren’t for her guidance.
In June of 2011, I became the AgriBusiness Director at 1470 WMBD and ClassicCountry 1290 WIRL (now Good Time Oldies 1290 and 102.7 WIRL) in Peoria, and hit the ground running, following in Colleen’s footsteps. From visiting with future generations of agriculture at county fairs to discussing farm policy at the national level, I loved every minute of it. I even didn’t mind the 3:00 a.m. alarms Sunday – Thursday mornings (well, most of the time).
However times change and we must change with them. In August 2013, I had the opportunity to join the marketing team at LG Seeds. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into, but I knew this was another opportunity to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Learning how our company and products have helped farmers has been such a great experience so far. I learn something new each and every day.
Although I am not an official farm broadcaster anymore, I haven’t turned off the microphone or hung up the headphones. Podcasting has become a regular part of my job description and also an outlet for me to get my farm broadcaster fix. I hope to share with you some of those podcasts here on my blog!
My blog will be a hodge-podge of podcasts, photographs and lessons from our life on the levee of the Illinois River.
“Agriculture is more than food, feed and fuel – it is the foundation of our future.”