Last updated on September 27th, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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- Overall, we rate AGWeb Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2000, AgWeb is one of the Farm Journal’s many media outlets such as Pro Farmer, AgDay, U.S. Farm Report, and Top Producer. Farm Journal was launched in 1877 by Wilmer Atkinson in Philadelphia. In 1935, the Pew family acquired the Farm Journal. In 1994, The Tribune Company purchased the Farm Journal. Then in 1998, the Farm Journal acquired Pro Farmer and AgDay TV which is a syndicated daily TV program presented in magazine format. Finally, in 2010, the Farm Journal established the non-profit, Farm Journal Foundation. The Chief Executive Officer of Farm Journal Corp. is Andrew J. Weber, Jr. AgWeb describes itself as “the farmer’s source for agriculture news online.” AgWeb focuses on delivering the latest articles on farming, and agribusiness.
Funded by / Ownership
The Farm Journal Corporation is the holding company and is the owner of AgWeb and other Farm Journal media outlets. Veteran journalist and poet Stanford Erickson is the owner and Chairman of Farm Journal Corp. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, AGWeb publishes news and information related to the Agriculture industry. Articles and headlines contain minimally emotional headlines such as “And another thing; dietary guidelines committee gets an earful”. Further, they publish interviews from the Food Industry such as “Beth Ford On Food Production in The Post Pandemic World” and “Life After COVID-19: Radical Becomes Mainstream.” AgWeb also republishes stories from Reuters such as this “Trump Administration to Unveil $15.5 Bln Coronavirus Farm Aid”. When it comes to sourcing, AgWeb utilizes credible sources such as Regulations.gov, USDA’s Economic Research, and the Washington Post.
Editorially, AGWeb reports political news as it relates to agriculture with minimal bias. Further, they take pro-science positions regarding GMO safety and Climate Change. In general, they report news factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate AGWeb Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/28/2020)