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  • Jun 11, 2013
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    Three Generations in the Workforce 17

    During a recent ag lender training session in Charlotte, N.C., Ronnie Hucks, VP of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, discussed an interesting observation. This is the first time in history that three generations have been in the workforce during the same time span. Let’s take this subject deeper and examine some of its implications....More
  • Aug 7, 2012
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    The Job Shadowing Experience

    In some of my recent columns I have been a bit critical of the educational system and today’s young people. I guess it must be that I am getting old and grouchy, and not playing enough basketball!...More
  • May 29, 2012
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    Is This Your Kid? The Top Half of the Bell Curve

    My last article focused on those students who fall in the lower half of the bell curve based upon my experiences as a guest lecturer this winter and spring and interaction with award-winning professors around the nation. Let me clarify that the lower half of the bell curve is not limited to just grade point average. The bell curve I am describing measures professionalism, which is a combination of grades, attitude, work experience and emotional intelligence skills of a well-rounded individual....More
  • May 22, 2012
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    Is This Your Kid? The Bottom Half of the Bell Curve 1

    Over the past few months I have guest lectured in agriculture and business classes at various universities and colleges. Of course, times are changing since my days in the classroom when I taught over 10,000 students at Virginia Tech and Cornell University. Today’s classrooms have an abundance of technology at one's disposal, for both professors and students with a wide range of interests and agendas....More
  • Mar 20, 2012
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    Returning to the Family Farm

    I received an e-mail from a son who is contemplating the decision to return to the family farm. In this case, the son had graduated from a university with a degree in agribusiness. He is bright and has completed two successful internships with a cooperative and a business outside of agriculture....More
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