July 12, 2012
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AUSTIN, Minn.— KSMQ-TV was honored at a statewide conference last night for its production of local television programs that focus on agricultural issues. KSMQ Production Manager Chuck Czech accepted the “Ag and Industry Award” from the Minnesota Association of Ag Educators (MAAE) during the group‟s state conference in Morton on July 11. The award cited Czech “for his professionalism, quality work and diligent efforts to educate the KSMQ audience about Minnesota agriculture.” The award came about through Czech‟s work as producer and director of the KSMQ-TV program “Farm Connections.”

“We here at KSMQ know how hard Chuck works on making the best television productions possible, including the „Farm Connections‟ program,” said Eric Olson, KSMQ President and CEO. “It is a much-deserved honor for Chuck that he receive an endorsement from an organization like MAAE.”

The Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators is an organization of casino online teachers of agriculture at the high school, post-secondary, and adult levels who seek to advance agricultural education in Minnesota. The MAAE strives to provide leadership opportunities, service, and advocacy for its members. MAAE works cooperatively with the National Association of Agricultural Educators as professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy, and service.

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Photo: Chuck Czech (left) and Dan Hoffman (host of KSMQ’s “Farm Connections”)

Based in Austin, Minn., KSMQ-TV is the PBS television network affiliate serving southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. Through its FCC broadcast license, KSMQ-TV provides high quality local and national programming commercial-free to the residents of many regional communities including Austin, Albert Lea, Rochester, Owatonna, Mason City, Mankato and Winona. KSMQ-TV produces a variety of topical local television programs, provides three additional broadcast channels of unique content, maintains a regional program website,, and operates several other multimedia portals.