DTN/Progressive Farmer Earns NAAJ, Neal Awards Honors

Awards Spotlight Wide Range of Editorial Excellence

Continuing the tradition of the most awarded newsroom in agriculture, the DTN/Progressive Farmer (DTN/PF) staff recently earned several awards for its coverage and insights on the agriculture industry. The team was recently recognized as part of the North American Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) annual awards contest and the Jesse H. Neal Awards.

“Our entire organization is honored to have our team’s work recognized by our industry and journalistic peers,” said Matt Herman, Publisher of DTN/Progressive Farmer. “Our talented team takes our editorial commitment very seriously, providing our producer and agribusiness audiences the best content, design and photography in agriculture.”

NAAJ Awards

The team earned several first place awards and swept the blogs category at the NAAJ annual awards contest during the NAAJ awards banquet held April 8 in Washington, D.C. In total, DTN/Progressive Farmer received 11 awards in the contest, which annually recognizes the best writing from the previous year.

Honors included first-place awards in the Spot News, Editorial, and Best Blog categories. DTN/Progressive Farmer writers had a strong showing particularly in the Best Blog category, winning all three awards, as well as an honorable mention.

This year’s DTN/Progressive Farmer winners at NAAJ were:

First Place:

Spot News – Digital Yield Tour 2018, by Greg Horstmeier, Katie Dehlinger, Emily Unglesbee, Pamela Smith

Editorial – An Urban’s Rural View, by Urban Lehner

  • Want Irony With Those Burritos?
  • The Farm Program No One Should Oppose
  • An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Latest E. Coli Attack

Best Blog – Minding Ag’s Business, by Katie Dehlinger

  • Is it a Scam? An Offer of Quick Cash for Farmland Raises Concerns
  • Failing at Free Trade: Why Economists Haven’t Won the Debate
  • Iowa Land Values Dip, But are Still 63 Percent Higher than 10 Years Ago
Second Place:

Best Blog – An Urban’s Rural View, by Urban Lehner

  • Taking Inflation Seriously
  • Want Meat With That Burger? Real Meat?
  • The U.S. and China Near the Brink

Special Projects – Pandora’s Pill Bottle: Opioids in Rural America, by Todd Neeley, Elaine Shein

Third Place:

Best Blog – DTN Production Blog, by Pamela Smith

  • Brace Yourself
  • The Neighborly Thing
  • Poetry on the Prairie

News – The Future of Food, by Des Keller

Honorable Mention:

Series – Changing Your Tax Mindset, by Elizabeth Williams, Katie Dehlinger

Editorial – DTN Editors’ Notebook, by Greg Horstmeier

  • Blinded by the Light
  • Not the Enemy
  • Dicamba Countdown

Best Blog – Machinery Chatter, by Russ Quinn

  • Innovative Products on Display at NFMS
  • New UNL Research Advancing Tractor Testing Procedures
  • Farm Safety Event Brings Missouri Community Together

Special Projects – Master Your Margins, by Gregg Hillyer, Elizabeth Williams, Katie Dehlinger, Barb Baylor Anderson, Des Keller, Chris Clayton

In addition to receiving the NAAJ awards, DTN Staff Reporter Todd Neeley was elected as NAAJ president for the next year, and Progressive Farmer‘s Vicki Myers was elected as Southeast regional vice president.

Jesse H. Neal Awards

In addition to the NAAJ awards, the DTN/Progressive Farmer team also won the Best Instructional Content category for its revenue class in the 65th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards. In total, the team was named a finalist seven times across five different categories. The Neal Awards, supervised by Connectiv’s Editorial & Content Committee, were presented during a March 29 awards luncheon at Pier 59 in New York City.

The awards, named for Connectiv’s first managing editor and long-time business media advocate, are held annually to honor editorial excellence across all platforms, including print, digital media, events, video, mobile, social media and online applications. The awards highlight the best in business-to-business (B2B) editorial content, and are commonly known as the “Pulitzer Prize of business media” because they are the most prestigious editorial honors in the field of specialized journalism.

Neal Award finalists were selected from content published between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. This year’s DTN/Progressive Farmer winner and finalists were:

Winner (in its revenue class):

Best Instructional Content – Handy Devices, by Dan Miller.


Best Instructional Content – Rack It, by Dan Miller

Best Subject-Related Package – Mid-February Issue: Spray Smart, by DTN Team

Best Subject-Related Package – Mid-November Issue: Master Your Margins, by DTN Team

Best Technical Content – Dicamba Details, by Pamela Smith, Emily Unglesbee

Best Use of Social Media, by DTN Team

Best Commentary/Blog – An Urban’s Rural View, by Urban Lehner


To learn more about DTN/Progressive Farmer and follow our award winners, visit www.dtnpf.com.