Saturday, July 13, 2013
Last evening we hosted an event for the Indiana Ag Leadership Class 15. They were having a 3-day seminar in southwest Indiana. After their day’s in-depth visits to Toyota in Princeton and GPC in Washington, they arrived here for dinner and a short program. Susan Brocksmith gave the group some information about Vincennes University and her involvement in the Ag Technology program there. She has been instrumental in the development of a new 4-year degree program for Ag Tech.
After the program, John gave members of the group a tour of the farmstead and Brandon led them through a visit of Ross’ horse facilities. Brandon told me the group asked many questions, but seemed to like the baby colt the best.
We were honored that the AgrIInstitute’s Executive Director, Beth Archer, brought the group here. The weather was nearly perfect, warm but not hot. It was a pleasant time, getting to know the 30 members of Class 15. The class members are all early-career people who are sharpening their leadership skills with the 2-year ALP program. Four of the class members are farmers, but the remainder are in ag-related businesses. Attorneys, educators, statisticians, environmental advisors, nutritionists, bankers, grain merchandisers, as well as people in the seed genetics business were among those in the group. I watched one young fellow who had his picture taken with the JD 9330 tractor. I suppose a visit to an actual farm could be quite interesting to some, and a new or rare experience for others!
Our best wishes go with Class 15. Thanks for the privilege of hosting you. We trust you are finding southwest Indiana an interesting and hospitable place.