Agriculture and How We Adapt

Monday, April 9, 2018

By Jeremy Wolf
District 4
Young Leader Committee Member

Hello from Northern Illinois in Lee county!  My name is Jeremy Wolf, and I represent District 4 on the Illinois Farm Bureau State Young Leader Committee.  Snow.  Snow belongs in December, January, and February, maybe even March, and I feel as though we have had more in April this year than the previous months.  But, Illinois is a long state, and I’m sure there are some members in Central and Southern Illinois wanting to throw something at me right now.  But enough cold talk; it looks like spring might visit us later this week, and we will be off to the races, forgetting about our cold recent past.

When I look at agriculture and the distinct privileges it offers, I understand that we would not survive if we were not willing to adapt.  Whether it be to technology, or conditions, or learning how to become more efficient on our bottom line, we must constantly strive to be better. 

 My family and I operate a Precision Planting dealership, and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of ag technology.  While t is sometimes challenging to be on the innovative side of advancements, my dad likes the Winston Churchill quote that goes, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in ever opportunity; and optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

While we would all like to be planting and working the fields, instead of in a second hibernation, my mind eases a bit when I think of the well-oiled machine that is our farming operation.  I’m sure it is like most operations across this country, efficient and ready, just itching to do what we do best – to farm.

Agriculture is resilient, and a few cold, even snowy, days in April won’t change the fact that our crops will be planted, the fields sprayed and fertilized, and the work will, as it always does, get done.  Carry this attitude throughout life, not just your career, and you will be successful.  Be willing to adapt, be resilient, and as always, stay safe.