There is a familiar topic often discussed around the tanks, bins and offices of our farmer-owned cooperative: Finding good help.
Today more than ever we’re in constant need of individuals who are willing and able to work. But we understand that we’re not alone in this need. We visit with other cooperatives, agriculture industry partners and businesses in general who have a real need for employees to fill various job openings and be willing to do the job at hand.
While there is great social pressure for people to attend four-year colleges, we believe in the value of sound training, honing a skill and capitalizing on natural talents. Not everyone was cut out to be a financial analyst, programmer or lawyer. Many people are much better at framing a home or repairing a bridge than they would be behind a computer. We need more of these talented workers to keep America running!
We need more applicators who understand the importance of chemistry, mixing order and precise spraying so that the crop grows strong and healthy.
We need more people who find value in their day when they realize they supplied propane to two elementary schools, the soup kitchen and a country church – all in the same day.
We need more truck drivers who enjoy routine and understand weight and structure limits, licensing and defending against distracted drivers who are on their phone.
We need more welders who can repair the tongue on a trailer needed to haul seed corn to the local farmer.
We need more individuals who would much rather work in the fresh air and sunshine (or crisp air and snow), instead of a frigid air conditioned office, scrolling Facebook on company time.
We need more folks who don’t mind a little dirt under their nails and appreciate a good bar of lava soap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with ending the day in soiled clothes and dirty hands; those are both great indications of a hard day’s work.
We tend to believe that the person who can mix shielding gas along with wire electrode to combine metals to repair a tank that goes on to heat a doctor’s office during a winter storm is just as important as the doctor, herself.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can repair a water line that irrigates 100 acres of corn that will be donated to the local food pantry once marketed in the fall.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can process the mechanics of a machine and understand the intricate details of power. They understand cause and effect and that each piece serves a purpose.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can recognize a leak within a seal and repair it before it costs the company thousands of dollars in replacement parts.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can walk three feet into a soybean field and identify the cause of the damage and make a recommendation for addressing it before the grower loses hundreds of acres to disease.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can use common sense to logically think through a process and find a solution. This basic, but crucial, talent is how food is grown to feed the world, cures are found and lives are literally saved.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they genuinely care about customer service and believe in treating people with respect. They are honest and trustworthy and it is obvious to anyone who does business with them.
Some people have the greatest talent in the world because they can communicate clearly that everything is going to be ok when a worried home owner calls in a panic because she smells gas during her baby’s nap time.
We need more of these people. The ones who are ready to execute on the talents instilled in them, build upon the skills they’ve already acquired and spend their days working for the common good.
America’s got this talent, and we’re looking for it. If you’re interested in a career, rather than just another job, we hope you’ll contact Harvest Land.