DeLoss Jahnke: Media Award Recipient

Katie Smith

Nov 30, 2020  |  Today's News |  ICGA

DeLoss Jahnke: Media Award Recipient

The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s 2020 Excellence in Media Award was given to DeLoss Jahnke, Network & Audio Services Anchor/Editor at RFD Illinois, at the virtual ICGA Annual Meeting today.  The award is given each year to an individual who promotes Illinois agriculture and, specifically, Illinois corn and corn farmers, through their coverage in traditional media or through their engagement on social media.


“DeLoss is an important and valuable member of the Illinois ag media community,” said Bill Leigh, ICGA President and Minonk, IL farmer.  “We appreciate the opportunity to work with him to share the work we’re doing for corn farmers in Illinois as well as opportunities for them to get more involved in the effort to support farm families.”


Jahnke holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Butler University.  He has worked in the ag media field since 1997, including time at the National FFA Organization and at WMBD/WIRL prior to his RFD employment.


He grew up on a five-generation crop and livestock farm and shares his passion and love for farmers and farming in every broadcast.


“I feel comfortable when DeLoss interviews me.  I know he’s a friend of agriculture and he will portray our issues with insight and professionalism.  He has a quiet, confident presence that makes conversations flow and calms listeners.  DeLoss is an asset to our industry and I’m very happy to honor his work with this award,” said Leigh.


Watch DeLoss Accept the Award