About Taylor

Taylor and Shannon
Taylor and Shannon Brown

Taylor Brown is widely known as one of the nation's leaders in the field of agricultural broadcasting. With perhaps the most recognized voice in the intermountain west, Brown has played a huge role as a leader for our region since he joined the Northern Broadcasting System as an on-air farm broadcaster in 1979.  As the owner of the company since 1985, he now heads up a team that every market day produces over three dozen news, market, weather and sports information programs for over 70 affiliated radio stations in 4 states; plus two daily ag television programs that are seen on 9 Montana and Wyoming TV stations. (See www.northernbroadcasting.com.)

Taylor grew up on his family's ranch in remote eastern Montana near Sand Springs, and has owned cattle and horses for over 40 years. He attended high school in Lewistown where he was active in FFA, and earned his bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Montana State University in Bozeman, where he was elected the university’s Student Body President.  There he fell in love with Shannon Clouse, and these two college sweethearts have been happily married since 1980. 

Taylor Brown with President Bush
On stage with President George H. Bush,
when Taylor was National President of NAFB

Today Shannon and Taylor live near Huntley where they have raised their three children:  Travis (24), Courtney (22) and Colter (19).  Their family has been tremendously active in the Huntley Project area, and are well-known as leaders in 4-H, School, Church, and other community activities.  Taylor was a Founding Member of the Huntley Project FFA Alumni Association, and served as the organization’s President for 14 years.  For the past 10 years he has been the PA announcer for Huntley Project High School Football games, and when he saw the need for a set of stadium bleachers, he successfully organized a community effort to fund and build a new 500-seat aluminum grandstand for the school.     

Taylor Brown with Castro
On a Trade Mission in Cuba with
Montana Senator Max Baucus,
Cuban President Fidel Castro,
and Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg
A past National President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Taylor has served since 1997 as the President of the NAFB Foundation which provides nearly $15,000 in student scholarship support each year. His many professional achievements in the broadcasting industry include being named America's "Farm Broadcaster of the Year", and receiving the prestigious "Oscar in Agriculture" award for radio, along with accolades from a host of agricultural organizations in the grain and livestock industries.  He has traveled internationally, reporting from Europe, Africa, Mexico, Cuba, Australia, and China during his career.
Taylor Brown and Family
Shannon and Taylor Brown with their three
children, (L-R) Travis (24), Courtney (22), and Colter (19)
Among his statewide contributions, Taylor has for the past three years chaired the MSU College of Agricultures volunteer committee to raise $16 million in donations to build the university’s first-ever Animal and Range Science building, which will soon be part of a new Animal Bioscience Complex at MSU.  Taylor was a member of the original Organizing Committee for the Leadership Montana program, and has donated his time to help with all of its first four annual classes.  Since 1980 he has served as the Treasurer for the state’s largest rangeland education program, Montana Range Days, for which he has personally raised tens of thousands of dollars in financial support.  His company, Northern Broadcasting has been a long-time financial contributor to Montana and Wyoming FFA and 4-H youth awards programs, the Special K Ranch, the MSU Steer-a-Year program, and many more youth events and causes.

Proud of his rural eastern Montana roots, Taylor Brown is a true champion for agriculture, and for the families and small businesses like his, that call this state home!