Kriss Nelson, of Otho, has been named Farm News news editor, Jane Curtis, Farm News managering editor announced. She will replace Larry Kershner, who is retiring from full-time journalism.
"Nelson has been a staff writer for Farm News for more than 20 years," said Kershner. "She knows our processes and our annual flow of work.
"Assisting her husband on a grain production operation south of Fort Dodge, Nelson also knows the ebb and flow of agriculture, speaks the language and understands the issues."
Nelson is a 1991 graduate of Gowrie High School. She studied agribusiness at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, graduating in 1993. She worked internships at Hobarton elevator in 1991, Pioneer Hybrids in Hawaii in 1992 and Farmers Cooperative in Gowrie in 1993.
Nelson started reporting for Farm News in March 1995.
Kershner's final day with Farm News will be April 7, completing a 36-year reporting career. He assumed the editor's chair for Farm News in May 2008.
He majored in journalism at San Diego State University with a minor in natural sciences.
"In college, my goal was to write for a science magazine," Kershner said. "Although my career has been with newspapers, my science studies makes agriculture a good fit for me."
Kershner reported for newspapers in St. Charles and Sleepy Eye, both in Minnesota; edited the Press-News in Osage for 20 years, and then edited three years at Mount Pleasant before accepting the Farm News job.
"Being able to report full time on agriculture was a dream job," Kershner said. "I will miss the other writers of Farm News, and the many contacts I've made among farmers and commodity organizations."