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Rod Swoboda
Editor, Wallaces Farmer

6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 609E
Urbandale, IA 50322-2838
Tel: 515-278-6693
Fax: 515-278-7796
rswoboda@farmprogress.com

Rod, who has been a member of the editorial staff of Wallaces Farmer magazine since 1976, was appointed editor of the magazine in April 2003. He is widely recognized around the state, especially for his articles on crop production and soil conservation topics, and has won several writing awards, in addition to honors from farm, commodity and conservation organizations.

"As only the tenth person to hold the position of Wallaces Farmer editor in the past 100 years, I take seriously my responsibility to provide readers with timely articles useful to them in their farming operations," Rod says.

Raised on a farm that is still owned and operated by his family, Rod enjoys writing and interviewing farmers and others involved in agriculture, as well as planning and editing the magazine. You can also find Rod at other Farm Progress Company activities where he has responsibilities associated with the magazine, including hosting the Farm Progress Show, Farm Progress Hay Expo and the Iowa Master Farmer program.

A University of Illinois grad with a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture (ag journalism major), Rod joined Wallaces Farmer after working several years in Washington D.C. as a writer for Farm Business Incorporated.

Rod has served on several committees in support of Des Moines Public Schools, is active in his church and with the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Board of Governors of Living History Farms for 15 years, and was active on the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council board for 8 years.

Contributing Editors for Wallaces Farmer :

Willie Vogt
Corporate Editorial Director
3864 Palisade Way
Eagan, MN 55122
Tel: 651-454-6994
Fax: 651-994-0661
wvogt@farmprogress.com

Frank Holdmeyer
Executive Editor
6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 609E
Urbandale, IA 50322
Tel: 515-278-7782
Fax: 515-278-7796 
fholdmeyer@farmprogress.com 

Janell Baum
E-Content Editor
Tel: 217-519-2892

jbaum@farmprogress.com
 

Jessica Lavicky
E-Content Managing Editor
Tel: 515-278-7787
jlavicky@farmprogress.com 

John Otte
Economics Editor
6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 609E
Urbandale, IA 50322
Tel: 515-278-7785
Fax: 515-278-7796
jotte@farmprogress.com

Alan Newport
Editor, Beef Producer
10200 N LaCann Road
Newkirk, OK 74647
Tel: 580-362-3483
Fax: 580-362-3483
anewport@farmprogress.com