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Adapting to the Changes

Mar 23, 2020

As I look back at my previous leadership article, seems like the challenges haven’t backed off at all, however they are different in a matter of a few months. We still have some time for the weather to give us another punch.  As of today, things are looking optimistic as we exit March from a weather standpoint.  God willing, we don’t see any snow until next winter and don’t get blasted by heavy rains, it looks to be a favorable spring as far as field work goes.

First and foremost, I would like to thank our doctors and nurses on the front lines of this pandemic protecting us and helping those infected.  They are as vital as our veterans and first responders. 

All politics aside, our elected officials from city, state, and national levels are doing the best they can with the information they have.  No matter what your opinions are of the current situation with COVID-19, that fact remains that we need to all do our part to reduce the potential spread of any virus.  The level at which we do this varies between viruses and this one has some higher levels of concern. 

For us in rural America, I feel we have the best window to be looking out of from the standpoint we will be doing our part of social distancing for the next few months.  From the calving barn to the cab of the tractor as you watch new life spring from the earth, others don’t get that luxury and have limits to what they can do.

I don’t want to create fear, rather inform our patrons of the potential disruptions.  We must be thinking ahead as parameters are changing daily.  This will inevitably disrupt the supply chain.  We are going into the busy time of year and we will need to adapt to changes of how we have done things in the past.  This relates to ordering products to even farming practice should timing of fertilizer and chemical supply be strained. 

Full Circle Ag is working diligently to be ready for whatever could potentially be thrown at us; however, we can’t possibly cover all scenarios.  We would encourage you to take delivery of product early so it is in your possession and allows us to restock our inventories to cover your needs.  We don’t need to take all the “toilet paper” from the store shelves just in case, but we do need time for resupply and warehouse space.  

Finally, as we go into the busy season, we need to protect our number one asset: our employees.  We have set up some parameters around meetings and office access in order to protect the risk of exposure to our employees. 

Please reach out to your local location to be informed.  Should this way of life persist, we will be changing our work ordering process to more of an electronic process to limit potential exposure.  Good luck and be safe this spring and remember, we’re all in this together.

Ehren Grupe

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