Tussing hired to write, edit for Tri-State Livestock News
Tri-State Livestock News is pleased to announce the addition of Maria Tussing to the editorial staff. The New Underwood, S.D., woman will bring extensive agricultural writing experience as well as a keen eye for word detail.
She brings fifteen years of journalism and photography experience to the copy editor position at Tri-State Livestock News. Tussing grew up on a ranch in Western Nebraska, carrying on a five-generation tradition of raising cattle and quarter horses She brings fifteen years of journalism and photography experience to the copy editor position at Tri-State Livestock News.
“I’m looking forward to working with ag producers again. I’m always humbled by the sense of community and pride in the ag industry, and being able to tell those stories and speak to the issues that affect producers has always been important to me,” Tussing says.
Tussing has a journalism degree from Chadron State College. “My college English professor said it is important to not only be able to write, but to have something to write about,” she says. “I’m fascinated by the way natural processes work together, whether that’s within a cell or within an ecosystem. In taking classes like zoology, botany and ecology, I gained a background that has been valuable in writing for agriculture, since nearly every facet of agriculture is based on those natural processes.”
Tussing started her ag journalism career as an intern with VistaComm, an ag newsletter publishing company, then worked as communications director for the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. She has freelanced for Tri-State Livestock News, Western Livestock Journal, The Rodeo News, Cattle Business Weekly, Today’s Horse and Rapid City Journal. She most recently was working as a copywriter and social media associate for Prairie Berry Winery.
“I like finding just the right word, especially when it’s a story that I think can make a difference,” Tussing says. “In agriculture, every issue is important, from pasture costs to the implications of a new government rule. Ag producers have to inform themselves and work to inform others about this business. I look forward to being part of the team that gets producers the information they need to make the best decisions for their businesses.”
“We’re proud to welcome Maria to the Tri-State staff” said publisher Sabrina Poppe. “She brings a lifetime of dedication and passion for livestock, made evident by her industry and communications experience. Her journalism is easy to appreciate and a natural fit with our vision to deliver progressive, impactful industry content, as well as the well crafted stories that they appreciate and relate to. She’s a rare find – having both ability and keen understanding of the livestock industry. She’ll be a key player in the department’s future.”
Editor Carrie Stadheim is excited about the professionalism, passion and work ethic Tussing displays. “Maria will be a perfect fit for Tri-State Livestock News. She lives and works within the cattle industry every day and truly cares about the future of cattle producers. I look forward to reading her work and sharing her creative, useful stories with our readers.” Stadheim said the paper and special sections have grown substantially making the addition of another full time editor necessary.
A mother of three, Tussing often helps with her boyfriend’s cow-calf operation. “I love being part of the boots-in-the-muck element of agriculture. That feeling of finally getting a baby calf to suck, or seeing the cattle on a healthy summer pasture. Agriculture is a series of small victories. Sometimes it doesn’t add up to a big victory in the end, but it’s that promise of one more small victory that makes you keep going.” F
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