BA 1975, Communication
Director of Broadcasting, Farm Progress
Max Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded agriculture journalists in America. His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers and consumers for more than 30 years.
As Director of Broadcasting for Farm Progress Companies, the largest agricultural media company in America, Max is responsible for the daily radio programming and the television specials produced by Farm Progress.
He is also co-host of "This Week In AgriBusiness,” one of the popular shows on the RFD-TV rural programming channel, and Max continues co-hosting on Saturdays a weekly hour-long agriculture program on Chicago broadcast powerhouse WGN Radio, where he has been heard every week for over 30 years.
In pursuit of the news of agriculture, Max has originated broadcasts from every state in America and at least 30 different nations. His work has earned dozens of honors from agriculture groups, trade associations and professional organizations.
Max was honored as a 2005 Purdue “Old Master,” and named a "Noted Alumnus" in Purdue's 2009 Facts at Your Fingertips. He also received an Alum Certificate of Distinction from the College of Agriculture and a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor given by the Governor of Indiana. He is proud of his Indiana roots, having grown up on a farm near the town of Owensville in Southwestern Indiana and has maintained close ties with the agriculture community.
Since 1990 Max has contributed his time as an appointed Fire Commissioner in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. Serving on a three-member board, he hires and promotes full-time firefighters and paramedics for one of the highest-rated fire service organizations in the United States, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District.