Farm Broadcaster Max Armstrong will be our honorary Grand Marshall for the 2011 Show-Me Tractor Cruise. Max, who was raised on Farmall and International Tractors in Southern Indiana, highlights tractors from across the nation during his Max's Tractor Shed segment on RFD-TV's This Week in AgriBusiness. Max is also the host of The Midwest Digest on radio stations across the Midwest.
Max has originated broadcasts from every state in America and at least 30 nations. His work has earned dozens of honors from agriculture groups, trade associations, professional organizations and fraternities.
He has twice been awarded The Oscar In Agriculture presented for excellence in agriculture journalism. In addition to being recognized as Agriculture Communicator Of The Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association, Max was also presented the Master Writer recognition by the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2001, he was given the Farm Broadcaster Of The Year Award by the National Association Of Farm Broadcasters, and he was recently recognized with the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of Indiana, the Sagamore Of The Wabash Award, presented by the late Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon.
A graduate of Purdue University, Max is proud of his Indiana roots. He has maintained close ties with agriculture and proudly displays at parades, fairs and festivals the 1953 Farmall Super H tractor on which he learned to drive as a boy. Max and his dad's old tractor have been featured on calendars, videos, playing cards and collectible farm toys. Many of those items were donated or sold to benefit the 4H and FFA youth organizations.
Since 1990 Max has contributed his time as a Fire Commissioner in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. In that role he hires and promotes firefighters and paramedics for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, one of the highest rated fire districts in the United States.
Max and his wife, Linda have two daughters.