Recruiting young people for agriculture broadcasting

Mar 25, 2014

Dave Williams

Dave Williams, an agriculture broadcaster who reaches more than two million listeners weekly, spoke with DelVal media and communications students about career opportunities in his field March 19.

There is a lot of talk about farmers aging, without enough young people to fill their shoes, but according to Dave Williams, a national agriculture broadcaster who reaches more than 2 million listeners per week, agriculture journalism is facing a similar issue. He visited Delaware Valley College Wednesday, March 19 to share his passion for his field and to inspire current students to get involved.

Williams spoke with DelVal media and communications students in the College's Life Sciences Building auditorium about the history of agriculture and the media, his career, and current internship opportunities for students who want to learn the business. Williams is a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and a host for American Farm Country Radio and PA Farm Country Radio.

Williams urged DelVal students to consider going into agriculture broadcasting and said that there are a lot of high paying jobs in the field for those who are willing to learn it. He said students don't need an agriculture background to get into the field, they just need a willingness to learn, the right personality and the right skills.

He offered to help connect students with people in the field and gave business cards out to anyone who was interested in learning more about upcoming internships.

Williams recently interviewed Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Russell Redding about agriculture programs offered at Delaware Valley College. Listen to the interview with Dean Redding.