Mike Adams grew up working on a grain and livestock farm in central Illinois. He was a farm broadcaster at WLDS radio in Jacksonville, Illinois for 27 years before becoming the host of the nationally syndicated radio program AgriTalk in 2001. He has covered agricultural events across the country at well as internationally receiving awards from several ag groups including the FFA, Farm Bureau and the United Soybean Board. Adams is a past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and a past recipient of the National Farm Broadcaster of the Year award. His travels have taken him to 11 countries and he has met 5 U.S. presidents, Pope John Paul and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Adams also served as a lay pastor for a rural United Methodist Church. As a broadcaster, speaker and emcee Adams promotes agriculture and rural America and helps educate consumers about how their food is produced while providing farmers and ranchers with the information they need to better manage their operations.