Journalist, broadcaster, and media expert
Andy began his career in farm media as a college intern at ABN Radio in Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, he became one of the youngest farm broadcasters in the country when he was named Farm Director at WRFD-AM. Andy was part of the team that launched the Buckeye Ag Radio Network, and was lead anchor at ABN Radio for several years prior to joining Feedstuffs. In 2010, Andy made the transition to print media when he joined the staff of the nation’s leading weekly agribusiness journal, Feedstuffs, as a contributor and blogger. Today, in addition to his writing, broadcasting and speaking, Andy designs multi-platform campaigns for advertisers reaching an agricultural audience via Feedstuffs, National Hog Farmer, and BEEF Magazine.
Andy has served the food and agricultural industry in many capacities, beginning with his term as an Ohio FFA Association state officer as a young adult. Since then, he has served on the boards of directors for the National AgriMarketing Association, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio FFA Foundation. In addition to earning the Horizon Award from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, he was named the 2010 Excellence in Agriculture honoree by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and was recognized as one of 10 national finalists by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Ohio State Buckeye
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Andy is an avid Buckeye fan. Amid his blog posts on food, agriculture, and consumer issue perspectives, he also enjoys writing about Ohio State football, the university, and most Buckeye-related topics.
Suburban family guy
Andy lives outside Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and daughter. His suburban digs are a change from the family farm where he spent his childhood, but the change of scenery has provided him with an incredible depth of understanding on the varied and constantly-varying perspectives of consumers. A closet “foodie,” Andy keeps one eye on the current trends in food marketing and the culinary landscape. Yes, he shops at Whole Foods…from time to time…and he joined a CSA.