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THE PASSING OF JACK CROWNER
National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) reports:

Jack Crowner was a veteran of over 45 years in Farm Broadcasting, owning and operating the FARM SERVICE RADIO NETWORK, serving radio stations in Kentucky, Indiana, and other states, providing farm news and information daily over local rural radio stations that provide necessary farm and market information to their listeners.

Jack served as Farm Director for WAVE stations in Louisville, WMT stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and television stations in Evansville, Indiana and Lexington, Kentucky for over 30 years. He also served as the Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Beef Cattle Association from 1977 to 1981. Jack was also Senior Farm Director for WHAS-Radio and for the Kentucky News Network.

Raised on a dairy and hog farm in DeWitt, Michigan, he graduated from Michigan State University in 1955 with a degree in broadcasting. He was an early participant in the International Farm Youth Exchange, living and working on farms in New Zealand during 1953 and 1954.

After college, he received a U.S. Air Force commission and served on active duty in the Alaskan territory. He was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, and past President of the National Guard Association of Kentucky.

In 1970, Jack served as President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters; he was the 1990 Farm Broadcaster of the Year and in 2004, Jack was inducted into the NAFB Hall of Fame in Kansas City. He was a four-time winner of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Communications Award.

In 1985, Jack returned to New Zealand and Australia for a look at farming overseas, and in 1986, he was invited to travel to Russia with the first team of farm journalists to visit many of the farming regions and see Russian farming first-hand.

He also toured farming areas in Japan, Brazil, Argentina with farmers, and in 1990, he returned to Russia with another group of farmers and journalists to examine the changes in Russian agriculture after the fall of Communism.

Jack served as announcer for the National Farm Machinery Show, Kentucky State Fair, North American International Livestock Expo and was the only auctioneer of the Grand Champion country ham at the Kentucky State Fair since the auction's beginning in 1964.

Jack served for 20 years as a Director for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company and also served as the Public Director of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, including the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sue, three children and five grandchildren.


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