Following Don Lilleboe's retirement at the end of the summer, Mike Spieker takes over as just the third editor of 'The Sugarbeet Grower' since 1963!
You may have read that we initially thought Jake Chisholm would be the new editor, but a last-minute complication precluded Jake from taking on that role. However, Jake will be contributing to 'The Sugarbeet Grower' in a free-lance writing capacity.
A Little About The Editor:
With Don retiring at the end of the summer, that granted an opportunity for a young guy like myself to come in and continue the illustrious legacy of such a valued publication. The majority of my background in agriculture comes from four years at North Dakota State University where I received a B.S. degree in December of 2015, majoring in Crop & Weed Science and minoring in Agribusiness. While in school I was engaged in four internships, ranging from warehouse management to research agronomy, to crop scouting. Besides working with sugarbeets for two of those four years, I also established a background in wheat, soybeans, canola, sunflowers, corn and dry beans.
One of my biggest passions is dirt track racing. Going to the local dirt tracks up and down the Red River Valley since I was able to walk led me to getting my first taste of writing. In 2012 I got the job as the reporter for the race track in Ada, Minn. At the time I just thought it was a good way for a 19 year old kid to get into the races for free and maybe get a little gas money at the end of the night, too. Little did I know it would lead to me writing for three additional race tracks in the area, a public relations service for individual race teams, and a photography business as well. It’s turned out to be a nice little “side job”. Looking back now, however, it was the perfect way to cut my teeth into journalism.
I believe there will be many similarities in the way I write at the race track as I will here in ‘The Sugarbeet Grower’. I share the same passion for dirt track racing as I do for agriculture, and more specially sugarbeets. In my first few weeks I’ve already met dozens of amazing people within the sugarbeet industry, which excites me even more about the future.
What’s To Come:
We will continue to provide accurate and timely stories covering all angles of the sugarbeet industry just as Don did for so many years. You can look for design updates within the magazine in upcoming issues, as well as much more content online and on social media. Be sure to check out the all new SugarPub.com, the home of past and present online issues, sugarbeet news from around the world not found in the magazine, and much more with new content added daily!
We are also ramping up our social media team to connect with our readers beyond the pages of the magazine. To go along with Facebook and Twitter, we are now on Instagram so we can share all of those stunning shots from the field. Additionally, we have added a YouTube channel where we will feature special videos throughout the year.
Moving forward, we will be engaging with our subscribers much more. We have added the “Photos from the Field” section to the publication, which will highlight photos submitted from our growers. We’ve already received several of photo submissions and we invite everyone to send us your photos throughout the year, whether you’re in the field, shop, or factory! We will also be inaugurating another new section for recipes, which will mostly consist of you, the reader’s, favorite dishes and desserts. Submit your recipes and “Photos from the Field” to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobility & Accessibility:
Another feature we have just launched is the automatic delivery of our digital issues. You can now receive the latest issue via text message by texting “SUGAR” to 72727 or via email by logging onto SugarPub.com and clicking the “Sign Up” tab on the upper right of the screen.
As you can see we’ve got a lot of big things going on here at ‘The Sugarbeet Grower’! We are excited to embark on a new era, while keeping our tradition and roots at the forefront.
Editor & General Manager of The Sugarbeet Grower