Inching toward retirement, Jim Webster sells his influential agricultural letter to Agri-Pulse.Jim Webster Webster, town (1990 pop. 16,196), Worcester co., S Mass., near the Conn. line; settled c.1713, set off from Dudley and Oxford and inc. 1832. The chief manufactures are footwear, fabrics, and textiles. could be describing himself with the title of his highly popular section in The Webster Agricultural Letter, "Farm Hands on the Potomac." He's been a "farm hand on the Potomac" since the 1970s when he served on the staff of Senator George McGovern George Stanley McGovern, (born July 19, 1922) is a former United States Representative, Senator, and Democratic presidential nominee. McGovern lost the 1972 presidential election in a landslide to incumbent Richard Nixon. and the Senate Agriculture Committee and then as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Government & Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. during the Carter administration Noun 1. Carter administration - the executive under President Carter
executive - persons who administer the law . ("That was the best job I ever had. I had a car and a driver to take me to evening cocktail parties.")
He started in the newsletter business in 1981 after leaving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He now tells us, "After acquiring or launching 7 newsletters--all in food and agriculture--and disposing of or selling some, I consolidated 2 into The Webster Agriculture Letter [apparently reflecting his solid name recognition among the agriculture community] in January 1994.
"So I kept at it for 13 years and 3 months until this opportunity came along," Webster says. That "opportunity" is the recent purchase of his newsletter by the Illinois-based Agri-Pulse Communications, a leader in reporting and analysis on agricultural policy Agricultural policy describes a set of laws relating to domestic agriculture and imports of foreign agricultural products. Governments usually implement agricultural policies with the goal of achieving a specific outcome in the domestic agricultural product markets. , trade, and economics.
Agri-Pulse president Sara Wyant says of Jim Webster, "He is extremely well connected and brings decades of experience to our reporting team. This will allow us to provide unmatched coverage of the leading issues affecting agriculture and rural America, especially as debate heats up on the 2007 Farm Bill."
More time now reporting and less time on operations
Webster adds, "I have always had great respect for the job Sara has done with Agri-Pulse and her wide diversity of contacts. As I evaluated my eventual retirement, I felt this was the best home for my long-time and loyal subscribers. I look forward to spending more time covering Washington and less time on the day-to-day business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets of the newsletter."
It would seem that the internationally distributed Webster Agricultural Letter and Agri-Pulse are in direct competition with the Kent, England-based Agra Informa LTD LTD 1 Laron-type dwarfism 2 Leukotriene D 3 Long-term depression, see there 4. Long-term disability , but Jim tells us, "In addition to writing for Agri-Pulse, I'll continue contributing to U.K.-based Agra Informa letters." Agra Informa publishes about 50 newsletters covering the world food market with titles as diverse as AgraFood Asia, AgraFood Biotech bi·o·tech
short for biotechnology
Noun 1. , Potato Markets Weekly, WorldFish Report, Livestock and Meat, Milk Products, World Drinks Report, and World Food Law.
Sara Wyant is also, like the proverbial pro·ver·bi·al
1. Of the nature of a proverb.
2. Expressed in a proverb.
3. Widely referred to, as if the subject of a proverb; famous. farmer, "outstanding in her field." With more than 25 years of experience covering agriculture and related fields, she is a past president of the American Agricultural Editors' Association. In 2000, she received the Oscar in Agriculture for excellence in agricultural reporting, the industry's top award.
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