Rita Frazer, who grew up on a small diversified farm in Jersey County, always had the makings to be a farm broadcaster. In addition to her experience raising corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle, hogs and chickens, Rita said she just loved everything about agriculture.
“I always had a love for agriculture and for farmers, in addition to a natural curiosity about everything, which, it turns out, is just what you need to be a farm broadcaster,” Rita said.
Today, Rita servers as the main anchor and reporter for the RFD Radio Network, including news, weather, market and talk show programming.
“My job is to provide coverage of Farm Bureau activities, people, farm news, events, and commodity group activities for distribution on radio stations serving Illinois,” Rita said. “I also feel a great responsibility to be a proponent for agriculture, and to help share agriculture’s story with the general public and consumers.”
Though Rita is no longer on the farm, she still tries to keep herself and her family connected to agriculture in any way she can. She currently lives with her husband, daughter and her husband’s grandmother just outside of Clinton, Ill., in DeWitt County, where her daughter just joined the local 4-H club in hopes that she can learn and grow and always have an agriculture connection in her life.
For her, the best part about her job is talking to farmers and helping them stay current on all the topics they need to be successful in the field and the barn.
“I believe an important part of my job is helping farmers stay current on agronomic research, legislative, economic and technological news that helps them be more efficient and effective as food providers,” Rita said. “I am proud to be able to tell consumers that U.S. farmers produce the safest food in the world. Farmers trust the food they produce enough to put it in their own mouths and to feed it to their own families.”
Don’t forget to check out all the awesome blogs happening this month over at Prairie Farmer.
For the full Faces Behind Your Food Series, check out the links below:
- Intro: 30 Days
- Day 1: Managing…everything
- Day 2: Building Relationships
- Day 3: 50/50
- Day 4: Irons in the Fire
- Day 5: Loaded Up and Trucking
- Day 6: Variety is the Spice of Life
- Day 7: Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.
- Day 8: You have got to start somewhere.
- Day 9: The earth that calls me.
- Day 10: Teaching changes the way I look at things at home.
- Day 11: A Family Affair
- Day 12: Diversification.
- Day 13: Bigger is Better
- Day 14: Working for the Weekend
- Day 15: Three Generations of Pauling Brothers
- Day 16: “Quality and consistency is what makes us great.”
- Day 17: Community Supported Agriculture
- Day 18: “We wouldn’t sell something to our customers that we wouldn’t eat ourselves.”
- Day 19: The kitchen table is still the board room.
- Day 20: It all starts with a seed.
- Day 21: 24/7
- Day 22: Heart and Soul
- Day 23: More than Food, Feed and Fuel
- Day 24: “Farmers are technologically advanced.”
- Day 25: Thank God for the farmer.
- Day 26: Farm Business Farm Management
- Day 27: 70 Years of Dairy
- Day 28: Farmers are consumers, too.