I said I’d be posting “Hi, I’m Agriculture” posts on Mondays. Unfortunately, the last two weeks have been insane and I had a post on Sunday. So, here we go!
Today’s post is by THE Johnnie Scott. He’s an all-around cool guy that I got to know through Twitter. A Texas native, he graduated from Texas A&M’s agribusiness program in 2007 and has since then worked for Syngenta in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and now, Montana. Johnnie wasn’t raised on a farm, but he found himself drawn to the people and the industry. Among other things, he enjoys dancing, beer, and being fantastic. (My words, not his.) Thanks for contributing, Johnnie!
Statistics say that farmers and ranchers only account for 2% of our population. That’s quite staggering when you think about it. 2% of the 7 billion people on this planet, keeps our bellies full, and clothes on our backs, and Heaven only knows the shape I’d be in without my malt barley farmers! It’s safe to say, farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our great country and the world. After all these men and women not only have to look after their crops and animals, but being a farmer entails so much more. They have to be meteorologists, mechanics, land stewards, and so many more — not to mention the additional full time roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. That’s a “full plate” If I’ve ever seen it!
Question is, who do these outstanding people turn to, when they need help or advice? That’s where folks like me come in to assist. I think back to my college years, and my non-ag friends would ask, “What your major?” Or course I’d respond with, “Agriculture”, their response would always be, “You mean like farming?” Yes, “Like Farming!” My career in Agriculture hit 5 years last month, but back then, even I didn’t fully understand the constantly moving and evolving pieces, of our industry. Our farmers and ranchers work hard enough as is, and depend on a sound support system, and solid advice from people like me.
I work as a sales rep, for one of the world’s leading agribusinesses. At first thought, you might picture some slick talking “yay-who”, who lives up to the old saying, “Nothing a salesman says is true.” But there is more to it; the success of my farmers is directly correlated to my own. When I’m standing in a farmer’s field, whether big or small, they have a problem, and they needed the solution yesterday. Their problems and concerns MUST be my focus. One of my college professors once stated: “Agriculture is NOT just a major or job, it’s a way of life.” I can proudly say I fully understand this concept. Besides, where can you find a better group of people to work with? My farmers and ranchers are not only my customers, but they’re also my friends. I like to see all my friends be successful!
People like me work hard to be a solid link in a support chain for our farmers. It’s a task we do not take lightly. Farmers look to a host of people to help their operation run smoothly which include, bankers, accountants, agronomists, nutritionists, veterinarians, economists, and lawyers. These only scratch the surface. Agriculture is a very complex profession, and in addition to our farmers and ranchers, it takes a dedicated group of individuals behind the scenes, to make sure it operates efficiently. After all, we have to preserve the world’s leading industry. Most folks call me Johnnie Scott (and many other names I can’t mention), but all of us involved play a specified role. So, next time I meet a new friend, I’ll lead with: “Hi, I’m Agriculture.”