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From the President's Cab: short but sweet
Posted On: November 19, 2023
By William Smith
This is my last column as president. I still have a few months left in my term, but it’s the last time you’ll see me in this in this section.
We knew my time as your president would be short because I was on the last year of my second term on the board, but like everything, the time has flown by.
It’s been short and sweet. 2023 has been a good year for WCO, not only are we making progress as an association, but we had a chance to influence legislation and make some allies both in the Capitol and with agriculture partners.
WCO isn’t a huge group, but the ag industry looks to us to share our thoughts on important legislation, regulation, and industry happenings.
I’ve had the chance to talk to a few reporters throughout the season both during corn silage and combining. The media appreciates our “view from the cab”, both literally and figuratively.
The last six years on the board have been fulfilling and fun. It’s been a great group to share ideas and see how others do things across the state.
We have gotten work done too. In addition to policy impacts, we have grown our scholarship program to include people pursuing CDL or other trade certifications. This is a step in the right direction to help grow our workforce.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve WCO and this industry. At our annual meeting, we will fill a few board vacancies. Please consider running for the board and sharing your perspective with others who are just as passionate as you are.
Merry Christmas and see you at Forage Symposium in February.