Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong bring WGN Radio 720 listeners comprehensive news on current financial and agricultural trends. From up-to-the-minute market reports and coverage of trading action to agricultural developments at local, state, national and global levels, Orion and Max deliver the information Chicagoland and the Heartland want and need.
Orion Samuelson is heard on WGN Radio, where he has served as Agribusiness Director since 1960. His life-long commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agri-business. In May of 2001, Orion was named a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and received the Lincoln Medal, the highest award bestowed by the state of Illinois. A week later the University of Illinois presented Orion with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. In January of 1998, the American Farm Bureau Federation honored Orion and Bob Dole with the AFBF Distinguished Service Award. At the 1997 Illinois State Fair, Governor Jim Edgar changed the name of the Junior Livestock Building to the Orion Samuelson Junior Livestock Building as a tribute to Orion’s nearly 4 decades of service to the agricultural youth of Illinois. In October of 1994, Orion was honored as “Man of the Year” by Heifer Project International on its 50th anniversary. He has received the National 4-H Alumni Award and the Honorary FFA American Farmer Degree and is an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the agriculture fraternity.
Max Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded agriculture journalists in America. His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers and consumers for nearly 30 years. He has twice been awarded The Oscar In Agriculture presented for excellence in agriculture journalism. In addition to being recognized as Agriculture Communicator Of The Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association, Max was also presented the Master Writer recognition by the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2001, he was given the Farm Broadcaster Of The Year Award by the National Association Of Farm Broadcasters. And in 2003 he was recognized with the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of Indiana, the Sagamore Of The Wabash Award. A graduate of Purdue University, Max was in honored in 2005 in the school’s Old Masters program. A year later he was presented the Honorary Master Farmer Award by Indiana Prairie Farmer Magazine, the first journalist so honored by the publication.
Orion discusses how things have changed between the stock and commodity markets in his 50 years of covering them both. Max Armstrong and Orion talk to Rich Nelson from Allendale Inc. about wholesale beef prices, the economic concerns for … […]
Orion looks at the farmland values report and talks to Jerry Gulke of The Gulke Group about planting progress. Max Armstrong gets a different look at the Markets from Jacquie Voeks of Stewart-Peterson. … […]