Mandan News

Gustin honored for excellence in communications

Roger Johnson, Elwood Barth, Al Gustin

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson (left) and North Dakota Farmers Union President Elwood “Woody” Barth (right), present the Milton D. Hakel Award to Al Gustin, who recently retired from farm broadcasting after 45 years in the business. Submitted photo

During National Farmers Union’s 111th Anniversary Convention, Al Gustin, of rural Mandan, was honored with the Milton D. Hakel Award for Excellence in Agricultural Communications.

Gustin retired from farm broadcasting on Nov. 30, 2012, after 45 years in the business. Through the years, he became a familiar face and trusted voice in farm homes across North Dakota and the local region.

“Al Gustin is among the best in the farm broadcasting business,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Al was not only a farm broadcaster and journalist, but also a farmer. He commanded the respect and attention of his audiences by truly relating to family farmers.”

“With commitment and integrity, the programs Gustin developed have made him a familiar face and trusted voice in farm communities across the region,” said North Dakota Farmers Union President Woody Barth. “In addition to his broadcasts, he also wrote a monthly magazine column and has spoken to countless farm groups.”

The award is presented to reporters or news outlets that demonstrate exceptional reporting of agricultural issues in honor of longtime Farmers Union communicator Milton D. Hakel.