Ask a Farmer: What lessons did you learn as a result of COVID-19?
Q: What lessons did you or your customers learn as a result of COVID-19?
During COVID-19, we have learned to be better communicators. We are already pretty good at social distancing in our day-to-day life. Our biggest worry was if something happened outside of our control. We made sure to have enough sanitary wipes in all trucks and tractors. We limited our interaction with in-person sales representatives, insurance agents, eating out and going to the store. In late spring, our fertilizer supplier, and in the fall, our local elevator had workers that tested positive for COVID-19. These companies had a plan on what to do if an employee came down with it during an important time of the year. The staff working were quarantined, offices were cleaned by a special company and they shifted people from other locations to continue operations as normal. In agriculture, shifting plans that are made the day of or even an hour before can happen. Going with the flow is nothing new. Any sort of pandemic has its challenges that are a part of the experience, and I continue to learn and grow as a person. I am hopeful this year to be prepared to conquer the opportunities that lie ahead.
– Victoria Thomas farms in Monroe County.