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, ranchers, and consumers for nearly 30 years. Max is currently the Director of Broadcasting for Farm Progress Companies.
Co-host and co-founder of the national farm television show This Week in AgriBusiness, Max has been seen weekly on nearly 200 local television stations coast-to-coast. Some of his broadcasts are carried almost every day on the RFD-TV satellite channel available in 28 million homes via DirecTV and DishNetwork. His Farming America syndicated radio reports are carried each Saturday morning on WGN radio.
In pursuit of the news of agriculture, Max has originated broadcasts from every state in America and at least 30 nations. His work has earned dozens of honors from agriculture groups, trade associations, professional organizations, and fraternities.
He has been honored four times in the Oscar in Agriculture program 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 Broadcast of the Year award by the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. A year later he was recognized with the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, presented by the late Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon. Max is also an honorary member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity and was recently presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association.
A graduate of Purdue, Max is proud of his Indiana roots, having grown up on a farm in Southern Indiana. He has maintained close ties with agriculture and often displays at parades, fairs and festivals in the 1953 Farmall Super H tractor on which he learned to drive as a boy. Max and his dad’s old tractor have been featured on calendars, videos, playing cards, and collectible farm toys. Many of those items were donated or sold to benefit the 4H and FFA youth organizations.