AgFax Media partners, Owen Taylor and Debra Ferguson, were recently recognized with an award for their service as agricultural journalists at the 57th Annual Tri-State Soybean Forum held in Stoneville, Mississippi. The annual meeting is attended by farmers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Larry Heatherly (on right in photo), Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board Research and Technical Transfer Coordinator, presented the AgFax editors with a plaque in appreciation for their “service to the agricultural industry.”
Both Taylor and Ferguson are native Mississippians. Taylor was born and raised in Rosedale where he spent summers helping in his parents’ aerial application business. Ferguson grew up just outside of Skene on her family’s soybean and rice farm. They have been ag journalists during much of the last 38 years.
Taylor’s byline has appeared in mainline farm publications, and he was a regional contributing editor for Soybean Digest for 18 years. Before moving into full-time ag journalism, he worked as a newspaper editor, reporter and political writer at newspapers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Ferguson is mainly known for her photography with an emphasis on agriculture and rural lifestyles. Her images have appeared in agricultural publications, advertising and consumer trade. In 2007, she was recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters photography award for her fine art collection, “Vanishing Delta.”
In 1993, the two started their first weekly crop newsletter, a fax report covering California cotton. Since then, their enterprise has grown to 8 weekly email crop newsletters covering cotton, rice, soybeans, corn, peanuts and almonds, plus the year-round AgUpdates, a weekly review of agricultural news appearing on Agfax.com.
The newsletters were the beginning of their electronic publishing company, AgFax Media, which now includes a 24/7 ag news website, agfax.com. AgFax Media consults extensively on social media topics and how this new form of communications fits in agriculture.