Charlene Finck

Charlene Finck is President of Farm Journal, a position she has held since April 1, 2020. As President, Finck leads the crop and livestock divisions of the company, as well as the data, digital and human resources functions of the company.

Finck’s 31-year career with the company began in 1989 as Machinery Editor of Farm Journal magazine, eventually becoming only the ninth Editor of the publication in 2006. From there, she was promoted to leadership roles over editorial content for the company, named President of the Farm Journal Foundation in 2011 and, most recently, named Division President, Producer Media.

Her tenure includes numerous awards and accomplishments, including two career-defining and transformational service journalism efforts for both Farm Journal and the agriculture industry — the Farm Journal Test Plots, which began in 1991, and the Farm Journal Legacy Project, launched in 2008.

Finck was the driving force behind the start of Farm Journal planting its own test plots, a one-of-a-kind program that provides independent third-party results to help farmers in their own operations. Annual test plot results are provided to farmers on multiple Farm Journal media platforms.

Her role in the creation of the Farm Journal Legacy Project has helped thousands of farming and ranching families successfully transition one generation of farming to the next generation. The Legacy Project won the 2011 Grand Neal Award, which is often seen as the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in business-to-business media, as the year’s best service journalism effort. These long-term programs are unprecedented in terms of service journalism to help farmers, ranchers and growers succeed.