Down on the Farm

One of the promises for this expanded Blog is to write about the consequences of external events/ situations. In this writing, I will give you insight in how these consequences affect you so that you will have less occasions to be surprised about the world you encounter!

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I was sitting here on the farm worrying about the future. You see, we are leaving here by the end of the month because the farm is being sold. Shouldn’t be a problem, you say. You can surely buy or lease a farm. Not so easy we are finding.

Why is this the case? It seems that my little problem has bigger implications than where my family lives. If you have been paying attention to the price of any commodity (corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs, sugar, wheat) in the food area, you will see that the futures price of all these items is rising. While rising oil prices and speculation in the commodities are contributing to this situation, a hidden and far more important factor is the dramatic increase in the price of farmland.

During 2011, the price for farmland rose at a faster rate than at any time in the past 30 years (see this Huffington Post article).  What does this mean? It means that more and more land is being controlled by large farm organizations and foreign interests. Small farmers, who make sure we have healthy produce and fuel the economy of rural America, are falling away.

I invite you to be aware of the impact of this upcoming reality on your business, and the options you have at home. Even businesses that are non-food related may be affected, as less of the customer’s household budget is available for items other than food. You may wish to shift your focus to goods and services that are less susceptible to this new household budget reality.  At home, we can explore alternatives such as growing some or most of our own food, buying from small farmers at farmer’s markets, and belonging to real food cooperatives.

Be alert – the future will truly be different. If you take steps today and prepare for changes such as this, you will continue to experience a peaceful and prosperous life.

Until later,

Thomas

Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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