SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 122nd Anniversary Convention, the organization awarded Bill Zortman of radio station KELO-AM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the 2024 Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism.

Zortman is the host of It’s Your Business, covering business issues for the Sioux Falls community with a strong focus on agriculture.

Zortman’s radio program regularly includes a long-running segment featuring South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke, NFU President Rob Larew, NFU Vice President Jeff Kippley and other Farmers Union leaders.

“Bill is committed to informing South Dakotans about timely issues that impact their lives and livelihoods, and it’s an honor to present him with this award,” said NFU President Rob Larew. “Rural radio networks are a lifeline for farming and ranching communities and Bill’s content is a perfect example of AM radio programming that is as innovative and relevant today as it was a century ago.”

NFU presents the Milt Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism to reporters or news outlets that demonstrate exceptional coverage of agricultural issues. The award is named in honor of Milton D. Hakel, a highly respected Farmers Union communicator.


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