These past few months have proven to me how much I love traveling. Even though packing can get tedious and is still one of my least favorite tasks, it leads me to marvelous locations. Most recently, I ventured to Raleigh, North Carolina with AFA. Truthfully, I didn’t want to leave.
Compared to our visit to California, this meeting was focused more on collaboration with corporate partnerships rather than the production agriculture. The student advisory team had the pleasure of joining leading agricultural companies, Caterpillar, Inc., BASF, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta. Not only did we present about AFA to nearly 30 business people during these visits, but we learned about their agricultural innovations as well.
Growing up in agriculture, it was amazing to me to hear about ways these organizations are transforming to meet producer and consumer needs. Not only that, but each of these companies has a global imprint. That alone makes them noteworthy industry businesses.
One valuable piece of these visits was relationships. We connected with these people on a personal level and in the future, this new network will serve not only for my career interests, but for those in my network. Many underestimate the benefits of relationships. When that first meeting is established and you begin learning about another person and their passions, pursuits and potential, you can share that with others. For example, I met a lady who is focused on sales recruiting in agriculture. Even though I am not necessarily interested in sales, I can kindle that relationship to help someone else in my network who many benefit from the connection. This quote pertains to this idea: