Just like Gene Kelly, VALOR Class IV was caught in a downpour and still had a wonderful night! As chair of the Tidewater session stop hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rogers, Jr., it's my responsibility to share that event with our devoted blog followers. (And as promised in my introductory blog it is also my… Continue reading Singing in the Rain
As you have read from our previous blogs, we all gained and learned many different things from out visit to the Eastern Shore for Seminar II. Below is my "Top 10" things gained from Session II: Personally, blogging needs to be done ASAP 2017 was the largest crop of U.S. Peanuts ever There are two… Continue reading “Never Do Anything Until After You Sleep on it.”
The title summarizes my feelings following our tour of Eastern Virginia. I have been immersed in the dairy industry my entire life, so learning about other agricultural commodities is one of my main goals in participating in VALOR. My mind felt like a sponge soaking up so much information about production practices, processing, marketing, trade,… Continue reading This is exactly why I signed up for VALOR!
I had the privilege of learning so much during the VALOR Class IV's first traveling seminar. We visited the Tidewater and Eastern Shore regions of Virginia. This was my first time seeing the Eastern Shore which was very interesting. It is amazing when I consider the extreme differences in many of Virginia's regions from the… Continue reading A Legacy of Peanuts
Happy 2019! The new year is a great time for reflection so here's my reflection on our second VALOR seminar. The seminar gave me the opportunity for many firsts: exploring the Tidewater area; seeing pork and peanut processing; "driving" a self-driving tractor; and driving over/under/through the Chesapeake Bay on the Bridge-Tunnel. I enjoyed the time… Continue reading People: Value, Opportunity & Challenges
VALOR stands for Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results. Although our platform is agriculture we will be evaluating leadership in the industry and ourselves. For Session II we completed the Strengths Finder Assessment. It is a 100+ questionnaire and out of a bank of 34 options you are given a ranking of your top 5 Strengths.… Continue reading Soar With Your Strengths, Manage Your Weaknesses
The Suffolk/Eastern Shore Valor trip was eye opening, not in amazement, but in reality of the scope of capitalism, consumerism and class. I’ll probably do several blogs, so this doesn’t turn out to be half the length of War and Peace. ( I didn't do multiple blogs, its long, i'd suggest napping between paragraphs) I’d… Continue reading When your skin is your sin, it’s all about the skin you are in…