Top of the Morning, April 15, 2019

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2019

News-Gazette Media reporter Ben Zigterman does much more than just cover local businesses. He's also our go-to source when it comes to reporting on agriculture in East Central Illinois.

Good thing the city slicker — Zigterman grew up in the western Chicago suburbs and attended the University of Chicago — is a quick learner.

"I've learned a lot about farming, not growing up on a farm myself," he said. "I've learned about cover crops, how a grain elevator works and ridden in several combines."

On his arrival in 2016, Zigterman created the Friday on the Farm video series.

"Each week, I go out and interview a local farmer, or someone involved in the ag industry, about what they're working on," Zigterman said.

The 62nd episode in the series went live Friday afternoon, an interview with Riggs Beer manager Matt Riggs. What's on tap for Season 3?

"This season, we're trying to branch out more to people who might not be the traditional producer on the farm," Zigterman said. "For example, last week, I interviewed Matt Riggs, the manager of Riggs Beer Company, about how his brewery uses crops grown on the family farm."

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Sections (2):News, Local
Topics (1):Agriculture
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