President / Farm Journal
Accomplished agricultural leader Charlene Finck is the President of Farm Journal. In that role, she has overarching responsibility for all franchises including magazines, websites, mobile messaging and other digital offerings, events, nationally broadcast television and radio programs as well as data and human resources functions of the company. Finck, who is a member of the executive leadership team at Farm Journal, has extensive experience in product development, innovation and team management.
As a part of her award-winning career as a business-to-business journalist, Finck served a decade as the 9th Editor of Farm Journal magazine before moving into the company’s executive team. She founded the Farm Journal Test Plots program, which independently tests production practices, equipment and technology on U.S. farms. Under her leadership, the company launched the Farm Journal Legacy Project, an advocacy effort helping farm families transfer wealth and leadership to the next generation. Today, she devotes her stewardship knowledge and advocacy experience to Farm Journal’s Trust In Food™ platform.
Finck joined Farm Journal in 1989 as Machinery Editor after serving on the staff of Successful Farming magazine. An agricultural journalism graduate of the University of Missouri, Finck grew up on a Missouri crop and livestock farm, which is still active as a family operation today.
Her contributions to agriculture and media have been recognized as the American Agricultural Editors’ Association “Writer of the Year”, Farm Journal winning two Grand Neal Awards under her leadership, the prestigious Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri Alumni Association and being honored as a corporate visionary by the FOLIO Top Women in Media.
Finck serves as President of the Farm Journal Foundation, is a member of the AEM Sustainability Council, Farm Foundation Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.