March 2012 – Affinity, Affection for Ag Biz
I do have an agricultural side. In my youth, I spent summers throwing up hay and helping with stock. I have many memories of doing things around my uncles’ farms and in the fields.
I have an affinity and affection for agribusiness. I really believe it is agribusiness and the need for food throughout the world’s history that have brought cultures together.
By way of example of how far our agriculture industry reaches from here in mid-Michigan, I was traveling on a train from Fujou to San Mien many years ago in China. I went out between the cars to get a little relaxation because the train ride was extensive, and as I did this, I looked out and saw miles and miles of rice paddies. Suddenly, for a very brief moment, I saw a sign that read: This hybrid seed developed by Michigan State University.
Now, this is not just to laud Michigan State University; but it showed me how far the influence of agriculture in mid-Michigan reaches around this globe, and the avenues that it has opened over the years. It is really pretty incredible. Food regularly brings us all together, and it will always be that way no matter what new technologies come along. We will always require food, and it may have been the greatest single factor in flattening the world.
Enjoy this month’s issue; I certainly enjoy what the people and businesses represent to all of us here in mid-Michigan from the business and cultural standpoint.
Also, don’t forget to register for the Strategic Business Luncheon, coming up on May 2 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. I’m pleased to announce that this year’s speaker will be Ari Weinzweig, founder of Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor. We hope to see you for this inspiring, business-minded luncheon. Make your reservation today at lansingbusinessmonthly.com.
Have a prosperous month,
|Chris Holman |