Leadership in Agriculture
Case Studies for a New Generation
Publication Year: 2013
In a world facing chronic and increasing shortages in food crops and natural resources, visionary leadership in agriculture becomes more and more critical for building and maintaining a sustainable future. It is of paramount importance that the dynamic and challenging evolution in agriculture over the last century and a half be met today with imaginative leadership in virtually all aspects of activities and organizations involved.
Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a New Generation focuses on key characteristics and elements of leadership. Using case studies from research, industry, education, administration, and extension services, the authors present real-world circumstances ranging from natural disasters to major restructuring that demanded problem solving, new initiatives, consensus, and organizational commitment. Drawing on their own experiences and covering topics as diverse as closing facilities, mounting a national research initiative, reinventing a major corporation, and dealing with invasive termites, the studies contain examples of both good and bad outcomes and tie back to the stated leadership principles and qualities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Leadership in the Agricultural Environment 1
Character: The Bedrock of Leaders and Leadership 13
Case Studies—How Leadership Can Make a Difference 37
1. Facing Down Nature: How a Regional Lab Survived Hurricane Katrina (Addressing Physical Crises) 38
2. Exerting Ag Leadership in Distributed Geographic Locations (Coordinating Dispersed Units within One Organization) 49
3. Closing and Relocating Facilities and Terminating Programs (Leadership Challenges with Organizational Restructuring) 59
4. National Research Initiative: Creating a Shared Leadership Vision (Bringing about a New Solution) 73
5. Battling Formosan Subterranean Termites (Forging a New Approach) 81
6. Gathering of the Agricultural Clan (Bringing Leaders Together without Central Authority) 90
7. Monsanto: How One Company Saw the Future and Transformed to Seize It (Leadership’s Role in a Significant Change) 96
8. Enhancing Leadership in the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (Cultivating New Leadership) 123
9. Development of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) (Enhancing a Better Understanding of Agricultural Science and Technology) 133
Lessons Learned from Case Studies 145
Making Leadership Work for You 152
Appendixes: How Does the Scientific Agricultural System Work? 161
Appendix A. The Land-Grant System: A Key to America’s Dream? How Does It Function? 161
Appendix B. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service: Focus on National and International Issues 165
Appendix C. The Industrial Approach to Research: Diverse Foci Linked to Industrial Economic Effects 167
About the Authors 177
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Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Of all the requirements for maintaining life, the primary one for all living things is an adequate supply of food. Without it, starvation and death occur. The creation and growth of a food supply brought about by successful agriculture has remained fundamental throughout hu-man history in spite of drought, floods, economic depressions, wars, ...
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Case Studies for a New Generation, including Leanne Chafin and Evelyn Folds (University of Georgia); Louise Jordan, who did splen-did work in preparing the manuscript; David Songstad and Tamara Craig Shilling (Monsanto Corporation) and Charles E. Hess (Univer-sity of California–Davis), who provided parts of the case studies; and ...
Leadership in the Agricultural
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During the last ten thousand years, a number of major developments have created evolutionary and revolutionary changes in the initial and simple concept of agriculture. From the nomadic hunter-gath-erer lifestyle1 to today’s global environment, feeding the population has changed dramatically. As with any evolutionary process, some ...
Character: The Bedrock of Leaders and
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Character is as essential to a leader as oxygen is to respiration. With respect to leadership, the importance of character is highlighted by examining the definition adopted. In this work, leadership is defined as the act and process of inspiring others to participate in an endeav-or oriented in a specific direction and/or intended to accomplish a ...
Case Studies—How Leadership Can Make a Difference
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...dressed problems that may be similar to one that a reader is facing. Thus, case studies are used here to show leadership approaches in dealing with agricultural issues, especially those in research and out-The format for the case studies is flexible, but each addresses the 1. What will this case study show? Each identifies the key leader-...
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... case Studies 37Key points include the following: (1) finding people after the storm; (2) housing them at temporary locations; (3) providing resources personnel who were located across the country; (5) implementing a different form to handle those manifesting disciplinary problems; ...
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... case Studies 49Like politics, most agricultural enterprises are ultimately local—site specific—depending on the surrounding ecosystem, proximity to markets, populations, and transportation, and a resulting evolution While site-specific or at least regional research is often needed to ...
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One of the most challenging aspects of leadership in the academ-adequate and appropriate facilities for research, and keeping all activities in line with available resources. While these challenges sound simple and straightforward, they are fraught with pitfalls that can spell disaster for administrators. Consequently, the suc-...
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The US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which began in 2009, is part of the new National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) but had its inception and early advocacy in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was called the Na-sustained over the ensuing years and is now enjoying a renaissance ...
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... case Studies 83This case study demonstrates challenges relating to organizing re-has no direct authority. It also uses modern science to address both a half-century-old problem and unanticipated problems that cropped What a beautiful day it was, and how exciting it was likely to be! ...
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Not infrequently, one aspect of agriculture cannot connect easily to another. This is especially true when either a natural or some other crisis leaves a void in the normal flow of information. Some states have found a way to expedite communications. A recent case involves The Agribusiness Council of Louisiana joined with the Louisiana ...
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This case study was prepared in conjunction with the staff of Monsanto founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901 with a sole focus as a chemi-cal producer, would have been an unlikely addition to an agricultural leadership book. For more than ninety years, the company manufac-tured several types of industrial, consumer, and agricultural chemi-...
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... case Studies 125Prior to initiation of the Experiment Station Committee on Policy leadership-development opportunities available to personnel in the state agricultural experiment stations. If individuals wanted to en-hance their leadership skills, they were required to seek leadership ...
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This case study illustrates the myriad of challenges associated with developing an organization that embraces many groups, individuals, and scientific disciplines. In the late 1960s science and technology began placing increasing pressure on agriculture. The publication of books such as Silent Spring had called attention to the widespread use ...
Lessons Learned from Case Studies
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We recognize that readers may have focused on different parts of this book, depending on their own experiences, interests, and back-ground. Perhaps some will even have read most or all of the chapters. In this chapter we recapitulate some of the main points that caused us to decide that yet another book on leadership would be of use to ...
Making Leadership Work for You
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In its simplest definition, leadership is about motivating other people to follow you in a given direction to achieve a specific goal. The evo-lution of agriculture to an enterprise that is based more on science and technology rather than on resources requires a greater degree of visionary leadership. This trend is expected to project into the fore-...
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About the Authors
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...director of the university-wide Biology Core Program at Colorado State University, became university-wide official responsible for the Experiment Station, and later oversaw the Cooperative Extension Service. For over eleven years, he was the administrator (CEO) of the USDA’s Cooperative State Research Service and later, the direc-...
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Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 4 b&w photos. Map. Line art. Index. Bib.
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series