AgriTalk host Mike Adams was raised in a small farming community in central Illinois and grew up working on a grain and livestock farm. He served west-central Illinois on WLDS Radio in Jacksonville for 27 years primarily as Farm Director. Over the years Mike has covered state, national and international events including broadcasts from 10 countries while meeting four U.S. presidents, Pope John Paul II and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Mike took over as host of the nationally syndicated talk show, AgriTalk, in July of 2001. He facilitates a discussion about issues and ideas important to rural America, traveling over 100 days a year for remote broadcasts across the country. As host of AgriTalk, Adams conducts an annual ethanol pump tour as part of an ongoing promotion of renewable fuels and a hometown tour promoting the rich history and attributes of communities in rural America.
Adams is a voting member and past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and was selected by his peers in 1995 as National Farm Broadcaster of the Year.
Adams has received numerous awards from agricultulture and civic organizations including the Illinois Friend of 4-H award, the National FFA Honorary American Farmer Degree, the United Soybean Board’s Communications award and the Illinois commodities groups Friend of Agriculture award.
Adams served 20 years as a certified lay speaker including 16 years as a lay pastor for a rural Illinois United Methodist church.
Mike and his wife Patty have two grown children and currently reside in O’ Fallon, Mo.