TEPAP – Farmers MBA

I’m writing this between switching planes in Dallas.  I’m on my way to TEPAP or otherwise known as The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers.    This is an amazing program.  I attended Unit 1 last year and can’t wait to get started tomorrow in Unit 2.

There are two aspects of the program that make it so special.   First, the speakers and classroom sessions bring together some of the brightest minds in the agricultural industry.  For those who go over to the website and look at the schedule you will probably recognize many of them.  Two of my favorites from last year were David Kohl and Dick Wittman.

One of the unique aspects of the program is the evening sessions where the speakers do 1 or 2 hours of Q&A.     That to me is a great bonus you get that doesn’t happen at most seminars you attend.

However, the really special aspect of TEPAP is the network of producers you join.   These are the most progressive and in many cases the largerst farms in the country.   Even more than just size, I’m impressed with the niche markets that many operations have carved out for themselves.   For those of us who come from the Midwest, talking to growers who handle multiple crops and seasons is a great learning experience.

Another benefit is you may be sitting next to someone from Brazil, Australia, Canada, or anywhere else in the world.   It is rare in agricultural meetings to have so many countries represented.

Oh…   Almost forgot…   It also is nice that the temperature is going to be 50 to 60 degrees warmer than back home in Iowa.

I’ll try to post a few highlights from the seminar throughout the week.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  I need to catch a plane.






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