The Virginian Creed “To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above." ---Anonymous I’m sure… Continue reading Is it enough “To be a Virginian”?
Regardless of the particular sector of the industry in which we engage, each of us is faced with complex issues on a regular basis. Will additional funding improve the quality of youth education programs? Is regulation the only path to environmental protection? Should producers focus on developing local markets or pursue international opportunities? First, I… Continue reading How Do You Make Decisions About Complex Issues?
Consider the following: understanding core competencies; related diversification; specialized technical services; automation; succession planning; value-added activity; resiliency; global trade; high barriers to entry. What do these concepts have in common? All were impressed upon the VALOR fellows by the farms, agribusinesses and agencies we interacted with during Seminar III in the Shenandoah Valley January 3-6,… Continue reading Agribusiness as Strategic Business
Amadas One of the most valuable aspects of VALOR thus far has been access to individuals and organizations making things happen in the industry. VALOR Advisory Council Member and President of Amadas Industries, Incorporated, Dr. Stanley A. Brantley, Jr., treated us to tours of the Amadas fabrication shop, assembly facility and Amadas Coach during our… Continue reading Innovation.Amadas.VALOR.
My name is Ben Grove, and I write this post from the beautiful New River Valley. My childhood was spent in the Shenandoah Valley, surround by a diverse and prolific agricultural economy. Although I wasn’t raised on a farm, I’ve been drawn to agriculture from my earliest memories. Active participation in 4-H, and later FFA, guided… Continue reading Hello from Blacksburg.