Creative Problem Solving, Knowledge of a Changing Industry, Seminars

Making lemonade when many lemons are suddenly about…

The VALOR fellows found themselves touring the Shenandoah Valley for seminar 3, which somehow seemed eerily familiar to me.  On the afternoon of day 3 we found ourselves (again) in Rockingham County, and you can't talk about agriculture in Rockingham County without talking about poultry, and more specifically, turkeys. First up for the afternoon was… Continue reading Making lemonade when many lemons are suddenly about…

Creative Problem Solving, Global Agriculture, Inaugural, Seminars

Innovation.Amadas.VALOR.

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.

Creative Problem Solving, Environment and Sustainability

Smithfield Foods, Inc.: Producing good food in a responsible way

  VALOR had the great opportunity to visit a Virginia landmark and tradition during its time in the Southeastern part of the Commonwealth, Smithfield Foods, Inc.  Most of us grew up with the name literally on the tips of our tongues. I know I did and it left with me with a smile on my… Continue reading Smithfield Foods, Inc.: Producing good food in a responsible way