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Written by Laurie Johns   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:40

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – June 4, 2012 – Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) members have lost a valued member of the family, as they mark the passing of longtime WHO Radio farm news announcer Mark Pearson.  Pearson, long appreciated by Iowa farmers as a tireless advocate of agriculture, was appreciated for his intelligence, his humor and his passion for farming and Iowa.

“Mark was so well-versed on the issues and people of Iowa and was so proud to be a Farm Bureau member, that it was like he was a member of the family,” said IFBF President Craig Hill, a Milo crop and livestock farmer.  “Doing an interview with Mark was always like talking to an old friend and he had such quick wit that you never knew what we was going to say, but either way, he was going to make you smile,” said Hill.

Pearson, 54, passed away early Sunday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his Madison County farm home.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family.  He left this world too soon and there truly will be no one else like him.  He will be greatly missed,” said Hill.


About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the People, Progress and Pride of Iowa.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve farm and rural prosperity.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media room at

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