Your Conscience

Agriculture.com Staff 11/04/2009 @ 2:45pm

Spotting her photo in this column, loyal readers of Cheryl Tevis are probably thinking it is about time she was given this kind of attention. And I am delighted to share insight regarding the respect of people outside of farming for her leadership and reporting.

As farm issues editor, Cheryl covers a number of topic areas for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture Online. She oversees the Family section and produces columns and stories on farm business and farm family relationship topics.

Cheryl's true passion as a journalist, however, is in keeping farm families informed about health and safety. She writes the Healthy Manager pages and produces a steady flow of stories on how to keep you and your family healthier and safer. She, perhaps more than any other editor on the SF staff, acts as your conscience. Her articles confront you with the need to do estate and transition planning, to nurture family relationships, and to keep yourself healthy and your farm operation safe.

Cheryl is also active with her husband, Stan Lingren, in their farming operation and is generous with her volunteer time. She has served on the board of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, was president of her local school board, and is active in Iowa Women in Agriculture.

You can understand why it was a joy for me in September to see Cheryl awarded as the 2009 Stueland Scholar by the National Farm Medicine Center. The award is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions in the areas of emergency, agricultural, or alcohol and drug abuse medicine. Cheryl is the first Stueland honoree who is not a physician or a scientist.

Honors are not new to Cheryl. In 2007 she received the Hall of Fame Award by Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety. She also was chosen as a National Press Foundation Fellow for special study of health care issues. She was the only ag journalist among 18 representatives from such news organizations as the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, and the Associated Press.

Spotting her photo in this column, loyal readers of Cheryl Tevis are probably thinking it is about time she was given this kind of attention. And I am delighted to share insight regarding the respect of people outside of farming for her leadership and reporting.

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