Thursday evening at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention, the 2011 NAFB Hall of Fame Inductees were honored. This year’s inductees are Senator Conrad Burns and Colleen Callahan.
Senator Conrad Burns was names the first manager of the NOrthern International Livestock Expo in 1968, where he began his career in radio and television broadcasting. He reported on agricultural market news and establishing his reputation as the voice of Montana agriculture.
During his 18 years in the U.S. Senate as a strong advocate for small-market radio stations, and free, over-the-air radio and television braodcasting, Conrad become well-known.
Currently residing in Montant with his wife, Phyllis, Conrad was only the second Republican ever elected from the state of Montana and is the longest-serving Republican senaor in Montana history.
Colleen Callahan was the first female President of the NAFB and was Chairman of its Ethics Committee. She was also names Farm Broadcaster of the Year by her peers in 1999. Colleen was names State Director for USDA Rural Development in Illinois, beginning her duties in July 2009.
Colleen and her husband, Richard, raise purebred Angus cattle on their farm near Kickapoo, Illinois and own a farm in DeWitt County, Illinois. Due to her passion for agriculture, Colleen has traveled all over the world, including a journey to Afghanistan and Iraq, at the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Source: News from NAFB Annual Convention