Embrace change or get left behind

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Farming is a rich tradition, and many farmers are proud to say how long the family has been farming—or even just farming a particular piece of land. Change is part of that tradition, as new technology continually affects how we think about and use machinery and inputs from generation to generation.

Today's successful farmers approach farming with more of a business mindset than was necessary in their great-grandfathers' time. We can't always control what's happening in farming, but we can choose our reactions. In volatile times, level-headedness and flexibility prevail. Adapting to change is a must in today's ag climate. We can't expect change to adapt to us.

In Darren Frye's latest AgriNews piece, he looks at the importance of forward-thinking leadership on the farm, giving the reader some avenues to explore in developing a leadership style with a competitive advantage.