Carolina Farm Credit recently hosted the 17th Annual Ag Leadership Institute at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, NC. Seventeen couples participated from farms across Carolina Farm Credit’s territory and were selected for their leadership and achievements. These couples also spent the weekend working with Loan Officers and leading industry experts to develop business plans and strategies to ensure successful operations.
Ag Leadership was created to equip these farmers to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and encourage the sharing of ideas and networking within the industry. Professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and professional speaker, Dr. David Kohl was a main speaker for the institute this year. Dr. Kohl’s topics were focused on helping participants meet daily challenges of modern agriculture while reminding participants of the importance of a healthy business, family, and personal life balance.
Another primary speaker was Dr. Alex White, financial advisor and Virginia Tech Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Dr. White was able to discuss the results of the DiSC personality assessment that attendees completed prior to the event. Dr. White was able to offer suggestions on how to interact and work with different personalities.
In conjunction with business development, participants were also able to learn more about the agriculture at Biltmore Estate from Dr. Ted Katsigianis, Vice President of Agriculture at the Biltmore Estate. Agriculture at the estate consists of Southdown Sheep and Angora Goats; Berkshire Hogs; Poultry; Horses; Forage and Grain Crops; Vegetables; Forestry; Vineyards; and Bee Hives. Dr. Katsigianis explained the estates approach on modern day agriculture practices and agritourism. Following this, participants were given a tour of the Biltmore Estate and visit the Antler Hill Village shops.
Other Topics Covered at the 2017 Ag Leadership Institute:
- Financial Planning
- Personal Finances
- Communication Skills
- Trends in Agriculture
- Planning For the Future
- Business Plan Develop
- Impacts on Your Business
- Setting Short Term and Long Term Goals
Overall, this weekend proved to be a great success for everyone filled with opportunities for financial planning, business development, networking, and overall fun with our Farm Credit families!
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