People are what make us strong
Since 1938, Michigan farmers have trusted the staff of Michigan Farm News to deliver credible news and information. We strive to help each farmer excel in his or her operation. When farmers succeed, we know our mission is complete.
Dennis Rudat, News Director and Editor – [email protected]
Long-time Farm Bureau veteran Dennis Rudat has served as publisher and director since 1991. A fraternal twin, Dennis grew up on his family’s dairy farm near New Era. Dennis is still actively engaged in the dairy industry today, raising replacement dairy heifers near Fowler. Dennis has a wealth of agricultural experience and knowledge and is highly respected among our farmer members. Under Dennis’s leadership Michigan Farm Bureau has earned countless public relations and communications awards.
Mitch Galloway, Associate Editor – [email protected]
Mitch Galloway started working as the associate editor of the Michigan Farm News in 2018. Galloway has written about agriculture for five years, covering everything from harness racing to farm bankruptcy. Although not raised on a farm, the Coldwater native loves telling the story that’s not being told in ag, such as a farmer’s succession plan or his or her troubles with hosting barn weddings. Prior to the Michigan Farm News, he wrote for MiBiz, the Ludington Daily News, and the Battle Creek Enquirer. Galloway graduated from Olivet College in 2016 with a major in journalism and mass communications and a minor in English.
Tim Rogers, Manager, Farm News Media – [email protected]
Raised on a purebred Hereford cattle farm near Mason, Michigan, Tim Rogers serves the organization as the publications manager, overseeing the day-to-day business operations of Michigan Farm News. He began his career at Michigan Farm Bureau in 2003 as the advertising sales representative. Along with his cattle background, Tim has a strong understanding of production agriculture having also worked for both dairy and cash-crop farmers. Tim is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications.
Jeremy C. Nagel, Member Communications Specialist – [email protected]
Ludington native Jeremy C. Nagel came to Michigan Farm Bureau in 2003 after six years reporting and editing for several small mid-Michigan newspapers. His background in geography, diverse skill set, consumer insight and experience working with farmers inform his work in media and public relations in support of Michigan agriculture.Rodger Meschke, Video Producer –[email protected]
Rodger Meschke grew up riding the tractor with grandpa on the family fruit operation in St. Joseph. After moving to Portage he worked in the greenhouses and on a blueberry operation. After four years at Central Michigan University he made stops in Chicago, Denver and Battle Creek before landing in Lansing where he worked as a program director, sports reporter and promotions director at mid-Michigan radio and TV outlets. In 1994 Rodger joined Michigan Farm Bureau as Manager of Video Services and has produced segments on all areas of agriculture in all areas of the state.
Janelle Brose, Farm News Five Host –[email protected]
Janelle Brose is an ag-industry veteran. Her voice was heard on dozens of radio stations affiliated with the Michigan Farm Radio Network for nearly a decade. She's also worked in sales, helping to connect producers and key players in the farm supply chain in Michigan and throughout the country with vital web content. Now, she hosts Michigan Farm Bureau’s Farm News Five, a weekly online news program.
Brose is a past winner of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Horizon Award and Michigan Farm Bureau’s Communicator of the year. In 2007, she was granted an Honorary FFA Degree and more recently, has served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources – earning her ANR Communication’s degree in 2002. When she isn’t talking about the latest trends in Michigan agriculture, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Steve Paradiso, Media Relations Specialist –[email protected]
With Michigan Farm Bureau since 1995, Steve Paradiso serves our organization as a video producer. Steve's responsible for producing a variety of informative and educational videos for Farm Bureau members, agriculturally-related organizations, and the general public. He has over 25 years of experience in the video production field.
Fowler native Aaron Boak earned his degree in media technology from Lansing Community College. His expertise in videography and digital communication has made him an asset to the MFB Family of Companies since his hire in 2004. Aaron lives in Howell with his wife Cassie and their children.
Sarah Paquet, Manager, Print & Digital Graphic Design
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Born and raised in Grand Ledge, Sarah earned her Bachelor's Degree in Advertising, and specializations in design and public relations from Michigan State University in 2014. A year later, she joined the Farm Bureau Design Services team, where she creates a wide variety of marketing and promotional materials for the company and outside clients. She's passionate about helping our members tell their stories in a way that's both aesthetically pleasing and strategic