2017 Keynote Speaker
Pam Jahnke began her broadcast career in Madison, Wisconsin in 1990 on a stand alone AM station. Today, the “Fabulous Farm Babe” has expanded her reach connecting farmers with consumers to cover 23 radio stations statewide, and an additional following on WISC-TV in Madison. Jahnke is still actively involved in farming at her home operation in northeast Wisconsin, and is reminded constantly of the challenges farming faces. At her broadcast headquarters in Madison, she’s exposed to confusion and questions that many consumers have on a daily basis about where their food comes from and how it’s grown or processed. Professionally, Jahnke started her relationship with farm broadcasting while still in college at UW-River Falls. In 2009-10, she served as President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting – and was named “Farm Broadcaster of the Year” in 2013. Most recently Pam’s joined the Wisconsin Agrability Board, and accepted “Honorary Recognition” from the UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture. The honor is the highest recognition presented by the campus, and is ‘given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership, integrity and unselfish service, making significant contributions in the areas of agriculture, life sciences, natural resources and social science.’ Pam was also presented with the American FFA Degree in 2013. She’s appeared in several publications as a woman involved in farm broadcasting – including Wisconsin Woman Magazine; In Business; and the Wisconsin Agriculturist. Jahnke also lends her voice and hosting abilities with special projects through Discovery Media Works, Wisconsin Eye TV, and Wisconsin Public Television. She’s also fond of her Case 500 diesel tractor – and the Packers.