Monte James

Host Monte James grew up on a ranch on the northern borders of the sprawling Sandhills of Nebraska. His family raised cattle and farmed the Niobrara River Valley in Keya Paha County.

His radio career started at a small station in O’Neill, Nebraska doing everything from hosting the Polka Show to local news and markets. Monte’s “tour of duty” included stops at KSCJ in Sioux City Iowa, where he served as morning-show host and farm director. He then went on to the legendary WHO in Des Moines as part of the Marconi Award winning air-staff, as well as a lengthy stint at WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota. During his time behind the mic and in the fields, Monte had the opportunity to work under the direction of farm broadcasting greats like Lee Kline, Keith Kirkpatrick and Col. Jon Phillips, just to name a few. In 2004, he launched the groundbreaking Territorial Rodeo Update heard weekly on stations from the Rockies to the Great Plains and large and loyal following abroad on the internet. He also served as a Territory Manager for Sioux Steel Company from 2005 to 2015, building territories and selling livestock equipment across the Midwest.

Monte still enjoys working and hunting on the family ranch with his son Parker and nephews Shaylor and Shayce. He believes in country values and strives to promote rural communities and agriculture in America while at the same time providing fun and informative reports on Your Ag Network.

Delaney Howell

Delaney grew up on a family farm in Southeast Iowa and has been involved in agriculture from a very young age. Her father and oldest brother run a finish feedlot cattle operation, farm corn and soybeans, and her mom has a hobby chicken farm. Delaney holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and minors in Broadcasting and International Studies from Northwest Missouri State University and wrapping up her Master’s in Agricultural Communications at a distance through Texas Tech University. During college, her passion for agriculture exploded as she traveled the world, now totaling 20 countries; interned for Iowa Public Television’s, Market to Market; and, found her voice in the industry. 

As her passion has continued to grow for the industry she has started her own small business, AgCulture Media LLC, which specializes in video production for technologically savvy agricultural companies and co-launched a daily agriculture news podcast, Ag News Daily (www.agnewsdaily.com) and co-launched the Global Ag Network (www.globalagnetwork.com)– an aggregate of agriculturally focused and like minded podcasts, vlogs, and more. Most recently, she made a big career moved and stepped in as the first female to start hosting one of the most iconic agribusiness TV shows “Market to Market” which just started its 44th season (www.iptv.org/mtom). 

She is also a freelance reporter for “This Week in Agribusiness” (https://www.farmfutures.com/week-agribusiness), one of the voices you hear daily on Your Ag Network, and is a member of various organizations including the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, one of 28 members part of the 2017 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program (YCLP), Young Professionals in Agriculture, and the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) organization. 

You can interact with Delaney on Twitter @delaneyhowell07

Brian Hoops

Brian Hoops is President and Senior Market Analyst of Midwest Market Solutions, Inc. Brian can frequently be heard on radio stations across the country including KAYL, KKIA, Ag News 890, Red River Farm Network, Your Ag Network, WHO Big Show, Commodity Wrap on Sirus XM radio and the Ag News Daily podcast. Brian can also be heard daily on the DTN doing his own market commentary program, seen as a frequent guest on RFD TV and heard on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange marketing hotline. Brian also writes several newsletters that are published throughout the Plains and the Midwest, covering the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Idaho. Brian has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and Dow Jones newswires and U.S. Farm Report.

Brian started his career in the banking industry and was a Vice President of a Northwest Iowa bank and also worked for American General Finance. Brian grew up on a grain farm in Northwest Iowa.