Young Farmers: Tips to Build Your Network

May 17, 2016 04:01 PM

Networking is a critical skill for success, but people often have misconceptions about the act of meeting people, cautions Andrew McCrea, host of the “American Countryside” radio program, part of Farm Journal Media.

Andrew_McCrea“Networking can be words. It can be talking. But it’s about something deeper,” McCrea explains. In reality, networking is going beyond formalities to learn about another person’s values, interests and purpose. 

Make an effort to commit details to memory so that upon meeting someone for a second time, you’ll be able to draw on key details. McCrea pointed to the acts of focus, repetition and association as central to that process. To gather details that will be stored for future reference, producers must be willing to invest yet another resource.

“There is no substitute for time,” McCrea says. 

Other gestures that can demonstrate care and concern include crafting handwritten thank-you notes and learning about the personality types of those you work with to cater your communication.

Learn more from McCrea and 20 other farm business and market experts and meet fellow young farmers from across the country at the 2016 Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference. 

See the full agenda for the 2016 Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference.

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Tomorrows_Top_ProducerNow in its eight year, Tomorrow's Top Producer continues to feature dynamic keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions, as well as networking opportunities.

As we transition the next generation of farm managers and owners, the need to provide education to early career farmers on best business practices has never been greater. Top Producer is proud to offer this national event dedicated exclusively to young farmers and ranchers

Tomorrow's Top Producer

June 16-17 in Nashville, TN

A comprehensive lineup of farm business experts will share insights, analysis and best practices critical to young farmers during the first-ever two-day Tomorrow’s Top Producer conference.

A few of the awesome speakers we've lined up include:

  • Walt Coleman, NFL Referee and Hiland Dairy Controller
  • Moe Russell, Russel Consulting
  • Bret Oelke, Innovus Agra
  • John Gladigau, Collaborative Farming Australia

Here's what last year's attendees had to say about the event...

"Thank you so much. This seminar not only helped my farm but has taught me better communication skills to have with my family."

"Insightful for young grain farmers, but also very useful for farm managers."

“Excellent sessions with focus on becoming a better manager of the farming operation.”

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