Iowa Journalist Wins Doan Award

Iowa Journalist Wins Doan Award

Pictured L to R:  Greg Akagi, WIBW & The Kansas Ag Network, Topeka, Ks; Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness Network Farm Broadcaster and recipient of the 2016 Doan Award; Senator Pat Roberts, Ag Committee Chairman, R-Ks Pictured L to R: Greg Akagi, WIBW & The Kansas Ag Network, Topeka, Ks; Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness Network Farm Broadcaster and recipient of the 2016 Doan Award; Senator Pat Roberts, Ag Committee Chairman, R-Ks

March 17, 2016

As part of National Ag Week, RFD-TV wants to highlight the relationship between farmers and farm broadcasters.  The news often covers farm tragedies and one near-tragedy has led to a journalistic award.  It's also given the survivor another opportunity to share his story.

On behalf of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts presented the Doan award which honors excellence in reporting agriculture.

"His entry for the Doan does provide a first person's perspective on surviving a horrific grain bin entrapment," said Roberts. "Every farmer, all of us, know the danger of becoming entrapped in grain and very few survive to tell it."

The recognition was given to Ben Nuelle with the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.  His story, called "Buried to the Neck" tells the story of Dennis Schneider, a Corder, Missouri farmer who survived a grain bin accident late last year. Read an excerpt below.

"Schneider knew hopping into a running grain bin wasn't a good idea and had a plan in place if something bad happened.

"'...went for a while and then I did get in trouble and got down in the bottom of the cone and got caught.  I reached for my cell phone, and the super plan I had in place.  And as I got ready to speed dial him, I had a marketing text that came through and I had to clear the text.'

"This was a 10-inch auger taking about 60 pounds a second, causing Schneider to become buried up to his neck almost instantly." 

Listen to the complete story here.

Quick action by his son and first responders means Schneider lived to share his experience with an Iowa farm broadcaster, allowing them both to carry the story and prevent it from happening again.

The NAFB's Doan award was named after the late Stewart Doan, a veteran farm broadcaster who passed away suddenly in 2012.  The Kentucky native was a past president of the NAFB and a past winner of the Farm Broadcaster of the Year honor. The Doan award was presented during the Agri-Pulse Ag Day event in Washington, D.C.

Photo courtesy of AgWired.com

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