Duane Murley poses for a photo inside the radio station

Photo Credit: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

Murley Awarded Iowa Soybean Association’s Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer

January 25, 2021

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Duane Murley of Rockwell City was presented the Friend of the Iowa Soybean Farmer Award by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) on Monday.

Sponsored by Cargill, this award recognizes an elected leader, reporter or other ISA partner who has shown a deep understanding of agricultural issues and supported Iowa soybean farmers through their actions.

Murley serves as a dedicated and recognizable voice for farmers. A 40-year veteran of farm broadcasting, listeners can tune in weekdays to hear Murley provide market updates, news and commentary as farm director for KWMT, AM 540 in Fort Dodge.

“I want to thank the Iowa Soybean Association for the honor,” said Murley. “To be recognized for something you do every day and that you’re passionate about is a true gift.”

Throughout the years, Murley has been a trusted advocate for Iowa farmers, serving as a valuable resource to ISA and all of Iowa agriculture. He keeps farm issues top of mind with every newscast and leans on ISA and other ag organizations to accurately share the important messages farmers need to know.

“I really view my broadcasting as part of farmers’ livelihoods,” said Murley. “They rely on me for quick, accurate information and I enjoy sharing it with them. It’s a joy to put my heart and soul into agriculture.”

Away from the studio, Murley helps farmers become more effective communicators. He has presented to the ISA Communications Squad, where nearly every soybean farmer had spoken to him before and were eager to hear him share words of advice for their communications efforts.

Murley says if he weren’t a farm broadcaster, his dream job would be farming. His passion for Iowa agriculture shows through his role in broadcasting and beyond the airwaves through his efforts to continually improve the industry.