Orion Samuelson at Angus Field Day north of Decorah Sunday
Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:46 AM
The Minnesota/Wisconsin/Angus Field Day starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Larry, Margaret and Chris Miller's Viewlawn Angus in rural Mabel, Minn.
The featured star for the day is Orion Samuelson, who is heard six days a week on WGN Radio in Chicago, where he has served as agribusiness director since 1960.
Samuelson presents 18 agricultural reports daily on the station and is also heard daily on radio stations with his syndicated National Farm Report and syndicated Samuelson Sez commentary programs. In addition, Samuelson and Max Armstrong host the one-hour Saturday Morning show on WGN Radio and are seen weekly on RFD-TV as co-hosts of This Week in Agri-Business.
Samuelson's life-long commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agribusiness. In 1998, the American Farm Bureau Federation honored him with the AFBF Distinguished Service Award.
In 1997, Illinois Governor Jim Edgar renamed the State Fair Junior Livestock Building the Orion Samuelson Junior Livestock Building as a tribute to Samuelson's four decades of service to the agricultural youth of Illinois. In 2001, the University of Illinois conferred Samuelson with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. In 2003, Samuelson received the highest award in the radio industry when he became the first agribusiness broadcaster to be inducted into the National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Hall of Famer Paul Harvey presented the award to Samuelson on the national radio broadcast hosted by Larry King.
Samuelson is also in the Illinois Broadcaster Hall of Fame, the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the National 4-H Hall of Fame, the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Samuelson became an author last year with the launch of his autobiography, "You Can't Dream Big Enough."
1 p.m. - Viewing of sale cattle
2 p.m. - Floats made with Spring Grove pop
2:30 p.m. - Jon Janssen from Genex, beef procurement manager
3 p.m. - Angus sale
4 p.m. - Orion Samuelson
5 p.m. - Sweet corn feed
There is no charge for this event. The entire afternoon is free, compliments of Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa Angus breeders. Miller's Viewlaw Angus is located at 10029 381st Ave., Mabel, Minn. 55954 (located one mile south of Highway 52 N or one mile west of Highway 52 S) on Aug. 18 starting at 1 p.m.