As we near our 42nd annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, I have taken some time to reflect about how much the NAICC has impacted my career in agriculture. In 1999, I attended my first annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee with my dad. This was the first time I had traveled more than a few hours from our home in Belvidere, North Carolina and it truly opened my eyes to the enormity of agriculture within our industry. Dad took me to several more meetings throughout high school and college, and it was during those years that I began to figure out what I wanted to do and who I wanted to become.
In 2007, I moved back home after college and 5 years with industry and joined our family consulting and research business, Tidewater Agronomics, Inc. That year at the annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, I became a voting member of NAICC. In 2010, I proudly watched my dad take the stage as President of NAICC in Orlando, Florida. Now just 12 years later, I am truly humbled by the opportunity to lead this organization as its next President. In a way, I’ve grown up in this organization and consider many of the friends and colleagues I’ve met along the way as members of my own family. The NAICC has given so much not just to me, but to my family and our business. It is my hope that I can give back just as much.
Over the years, I have served on numerous committees. Often, I realize that I am presented with more networking and learning opportunities because I am actively involved than if I were to only attend the sessions and training. The one-on-one interaction with other like-minded members is invaluable as I grow and develop my skills and business. The openness in which members share their experiences with each other is one of the many things that makes me proud to be part of an elite group of professionals. It is through this engagement that I have developed a passion for this association, its leadership, and its role in Washington, DC. I encourage those of you who are new to this organization to become involved. You will not regret it.
IRON SHARPENS IRON
One of my favorite bible verses has always been Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. In the field of agriculture, there is no greater opportunity for consultants, researchers, quality assurance, and industry professionals to “sharpen one another” than at the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants annual meeting in January. This year’s meeting will take place January 20-25, 2020 at the Henry B. González Convention Center and the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting will offer numerous training opportunities in topics such as CRISPR Technology, Efficacy Research Fundamentals, and Good Laboratory Practices. In addition, the meeting program will cover topics such as: nematodes and cover crops for consultants, technical skills and utilization of equipment and technology for researchers, and techniques for becoming a better auditor for quality assurance professionals. I encourage you to visit the NAICC website to check out the preliminary program. I look forward to meeting with you all in January.
Matt Winslow is current the NAICC president and the research director at Tidewater Agronomics, which serves northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.