Western Farm Press has a new associate editor, Cary Blake, who will be located in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.

“We're pleased to have Cary's experience and broad knowledge of agriculture as we enhance our coverage of the nation's most dynamic agriculture sector,” said Hembree Brandon, Farm Press editorial director.

“For more than a quarter-century, Western Farm Press has been a leader in providing timely, in-depth information for producers in this key market.”

Blake will work with Western Farm Press Editor Harry Cline and other editorial staff members to develop information pertinent to producers in California and Arizona.

Most recently, Blake was public relations director for the Arizona Farm Bureau. Prior to that, he spent 17 years with the Michigan Farm Bureau where his radio programs aired statewide and nationally. He also launched the organization's television operation.

In 1995, he joined the Indiana Farm Bureau, where he produced a monthly Farm Bureau video program for county and state Farm Bureau leaders. He also initiated a nationwide video news release service for television media. His work aired regularly on Direct TV's RFD-TV channel and on the nationally syndicated programs U.S. Farm Report and Ag Day.

Tired of shoveling snow, he headed to Arizona in 2003, where he joined the Arizona Farm Bureau staff as communications manager. In his first year, he revamped the organization's communications efforts to more effectively and efficiently deliver agricultural information to farmers, ranchers, and the general public. He served as managing editor of the statewide Farm Bureau newspaper, Arizona Agriculture.

In January 2006, he was promoted to public relations director, serving as the editor of Arizona Agriculture and the associate member publication Choices, and supervised the public relations staff.

The recipient of many print, radio, television, and public relations awards, Blake is a Mississippi State University graduate. The father of five grown children, he has three grandchildren.