I am not referring to the Justin Timberlake song but to agriculture. On our recent seminar to the Northern Neck one of the main themes that we experienced is the shortage of employees in the agriculture sector. This does not just apply to certain segments but is industry-wide, across all localities, regions, states and the… Continue reading Bringing Sexy Back
Our July seminar took us to beautiful southwest Virginia. We toured Virginia Produce Company, River Ridge Land & Cattle, Grayson Natural Beef, Landcrafted Food, a coal mine, Bottomly Evergreens, VDACS regional veterinary lab, Duchess Dairy, Burke’s Garden and Foxwood Farm. These are all very different agricultural operations ranging from produce, milk bottling, sheep, cattle, beef… Continue reading Hidden Beauty
In our recent trip to Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., collaboration, creativity and innovation are the qualities that resonated with me. Most in agriculture don’t think about the Northern Virginia and D.C. area having much to do with agriculture outside of politics. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Several of the places and people… Continue reading Collaborating, Creativity and Innovation Combine
What started as a way to implement new fertilizer application methods has grown and developed into four companies that focus on and value the employees. From our time at the Houff Corporation what resonated most with me was not the company’s ability to evolve and add new pieces that make sense but the way they… Continue reading Employee Focused
Communication appears to be such a simple concept, yet I feel it is something we all find ourselves struggling with from time to time. Our past seminar was focused on communication in a variety of forms. As I reflect on this seminar I wanted to share my thoughts on why we struggle to communicate effectively.Communication… Continue reading Communication is the key
As I traveled to our November session, our first in-person session, I wondered what my fellows would be like and what was in store for us. As the miles went by my mind continued to wonder and I became more and more filled with curious excitement. What I wasn’t prepared for was the question asked… Continue reading What results will you obtain?
These words are part of the FFA motto and continue to resonate with me to this day. I’m Katie Reames from Culpeper, Virginia and I would like to invite you on this journey with me as I put these words into action. I grew up in Stephens City, Virginia where I quickly found my way… Continue reading Learning to Do, Doing to Learn