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March 9, 2015
Real Life Farm Summit: Strategies to make your Farm Team Champions
Henry Ford once said this about this success of teamwork, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
The 2015 Real Life Farm Summit focused on just that, teamwork, more specifically “Strategies to make your Farm Team Champions.” With an all-star line-up of speakers, attendees were filled with valuable information and solutions to take back to their farms and their teams.
Dr. Jay Lehr, kicked off the day with his discussion on risk management, changes we are currently seeing in agriculture and shared his insight on the future of the industry. He also showed attendees his true advocacy for agriculture in this video, when he took to the streets of San Francisco to educate them on what fertilizer is and the positive impact it has in our country.
Following Dr. Lehr’s keynote address attendees had the opportunity to attend two out of the three breakout sessions, that relate directly to their farm operations. They included:
Matt Solymossy, Landmark Safety Manager, presented “Don’t get Sidelined by Regulatory Agencies,” with a focus on Wisconsin act 377–changes to Implements of Husbandry laws and OSHA reportable injuries.
“Creating and Maintaining a Winning Team,” presented by Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Jeremy Henkels, with an emphasis on finding good employees and keeping them and I-9 compliance.
Hans Pflieger and Bob Panzer of Verity Business Solutions, LLC, shared with attendees how to “Do the Lambeau Leap when you look at your Financial Statement” as they took an in-depth look at farm financial health.
To close out the day attendees gave a super bowl welcome to William Henderson, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. He took to the stage with an outstanding message on the hard work and dedication of farmers, and the fact that what they do isn’t always easy, but it is worth it!