Acres USA bought by Fence Post Company
September 4, 2016
The Fence Post Co. of Greeley has acquired an agricultural publishing company – Acres USA, based in Austin, Tex.
Swift Communications, the parent company of The Fence Post and The Greeley Tribune, finalized the transaction of the nationally circulated monthly magazine, book-publishing and events company Sept. 1.
Acres USA is North America's oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming — crops, soils, livestock, tillage, alternative crops and marketing. It prints interviews, feature stories and columns from international leaders in ecological agriculture.
Acres has published over 100 books on ecological farming and hosts educational events and conferences.
Bart Smith, general manager of The Fence Post Co., the Greeley Publishing Co., and Countryside Publishing, said the acquisition fits perfectly with the company's growing agriculture division.
"Acres USA is well-known nationally as the premier magazine for organic and sustainable farming industry and growers," Smith said. "It has an impressive reputation and a great staff. We're delighted to have them in the family."
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Smith said the other publications and websites in The Fence Post Co. and Greeley Publishing Co. will participate with Acres USA with events such as the upcoming Annual Acres USA conference and trade show. This year's "Eco-Ag 2016, The Art & Science of Modern Eco-Agriculture" event is scheduled for Omaha, Neb., Nov. 30-Dec. 2. For more information, see http://www.acresusa.com.
The Fence Post Co. consists of The weekly Fence Post publication, based in Greeley, and the Tri-State Livestock News and Farmer-Rancher Exchange located in Belle Fourche, S.D., as well as The Countryside publications with offices in Windsor, Colo., and Medford, Wisc. That group is composed of Countrysidenetwork.com and nationally circulated magazines: Countryside and Small Stock Journal, Backyard Poultry, Dairy Goat Journal and Sheep!
The agriculture-based publications and websites also tie in closely with the sister newspaper, The Greeley Daily Tribune, which actively covers agriculture news of Weld County and northern Colorado.
Besides the Tribune and Windsor Now!, Swift operates newspapers and websites in Colorado in Vail, Frisco, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Eagle, Snowmass and Rifle. The company also has publishing and digital operations in Nevada, Utah and California. ❖