Mike Perrine: Media Award Recipient

Lindsay Mitchell

Nov 23, 2021  |  Today's News |  ICGA

The Illinois Corn Growers Association’s 2021 Excellence in Media Award was given to Mike Perrine, MP Ag Radio of Troy, IL, at the ICGA Annual Meeting today (11/23/21 in Bloomington, Illinois.  The award is given each year to an individual who promotes Illinois agriculture and, specifically, Illinois corn and corn farmers, through their coverage in traditional media or through their engagement on social media.


“Mike is one of the true heroes of the Illinois ag media. He’s been through it all, covered it all with accuracy and excellence, and set an example that other ag media attempt to live up to. No one does radio broadcasting like Mike,” said Randy DeSutter, President of the ICGA and a farmer from Woodhull, IL.

Mike Perrine has a long career in Illinois ag broadcasting, beginning about 40 years ago, becoming the voice of agriculture at WKAN in Kankakee, growing into a position with Agri-Talk, and cultivating stories at MP Ag Radio, a company he owns.


Previously, Perrine has been named the Farm Broadcaster of the Year for the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Eastern Region, Top Ag Communicator at the Illinois Commodity Conference, and Illinois Soybean Association Communicator of the Year.


“I have had the pleasure of working with Mike throughout my entire career in agriculture. He interviewed me as an FFA State Officer in 1976-77, and he’s still interviewing me today as I’m serving as IL Corn Growers Association President. He never tires of sharing the story of Illinois agriculture and that commitment is what we’re celebrating today,” said DeSutter.