Growing up on my family’s farm taught me something new almost every day and I didn’t even realize it. I just thought we were having fun! My name is Adam McKenery and I was raised on my family’s farm located in Hampshire County WV, just west of Winchester VA. To me it is the most… Continue reading What Growing Up On A Farm Taught Me About Leadership
A large majority of folks in agriculture grew up in the industry and learned valuable information from an early age. I was introduced into the industry late in my professional career, but I learned quickly that this industry satisfies many of my goals and also my insatiable curiosity. I was able to start small with… Continue reading Where will your path lead?
I’ve been involved in the agricultural industry my whole life, being born into a multigenerational dairy operation in Amelia County, VA. Growing up in this industry has definitely shaped the person I am today. From an early age, I remember playing on the farm, feeding calves, raking hay, and helping out whenever necessary. Being involved… Continue reading Building on an Ag Legacy
I'm Clay Greene and I am excited to be a fellow of VALOR Class VI. As I sit in the seat of my combine making pass after pass across this 40 acre field, I am pondering the question, "What is agriculture to me?" To put it simply, it has been my whole life. I am… Continue reading From the cab of the combine.
I didn't grow up on a farm, but I did have an interest in horses. Actually, it was probably more of an obsession! I had all the books, figurines, movies, pictures....you name it, I had it. The one thing I didn't have.... the actual horse. I can recall waking up on several Christmas mornings looking… Continue reading Believe in Yourself First
I had never been one to believe in the idea of “destiny” until I came across this thought by Ms. Dillingham. This quote has hung in my home since I was in college. It’s been a constant reminder to me over the years that everything happens on time and on purpose.
The first livestock that my family raised when I was growing up was three pigmy goats: Smokey, Charcoal and Frostbite. Purchased from a friend that my sisters and I happened to be in 4-H with, these three goats road home with us to our barn built in the 1800s in the back of a Pontiac… Continue reading Us Millennials Need to Know the “Why”
I grew up surrounded by agriculture. Our house in Port Republic had farms on all four sides. While my first career choice in the first grade was stand-up comedian, I also grew up to be far too practical for that. I chose to be a mediocre hair stylist instead. I had next to zero desire… Continue reading Batman and Robin – My late arrival to Agriculture.
That is what we are No one in between How can we be wrong? Sail away with me To another world And we rely on each other, ah ha Depending on your musical tastes, you are probably singing the rest of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ classic hit. I am sure you are also wondering… Continue reading Islands in the stream
FFA members know those words as the introduction to the FFA Creed penned by EM Tiffany nearly 100 years ago. Years separate today’s agriculture practices from Mr. Tiffany’s world. Years separate you from when you first learned those words. What cannot separate you from those words is the essence of what they mean, what values… Continue reading “I Believe In The Future Of Agriculture…”