We are looking forward to warm dry weather as we are ALL eager to get started. Another damp cool Monday in April has us wondering if we will ever be able to kick off our planting season off. The rainy weather has allowed me to take time this evening to give an update on our winter months and also take time to reminisce on what a great team we have.
This past winter has been a very busy one as we put more finishing touches on our new grain system, hauled MANY loads of grain, and worked on equipment. We spread numerous acres of dry fertilizer as well as completed fall spray applications to prepare our ground for the ’18 growing season. Many facilitates were cleaned and organized and field maintenance was completed as well. Although our winter months kept us busy, we didn’t miss many Friday shop lunches together and several evening were spent playing Euchre. It is always a good feeling when you go to lock up for the night and the shop lights are still on, not because we have asked the crew to stay, but because they genuinely enjoy spending time together—and a competitive game of euchre always turns into more than just one game.
This morning I read an article on how successful organizations have trust. There were many points within the article that I agreed with. As I tried to compare it back to our operation I continued to fall back on one point-- In order to build trust within your organization you have to first care about the people you work with and the job that you are doing. Just like we have spent the winter months preparing our equipment and ground for a successful growing season, Heath and I continue to strive to deliver a fun, safe work environment so that we can continue to nurture positive relationships throughout our team. There have been countless times since returning back to the farm that I am reminded we are one BIG FARM FAMILY but two distinct moments stand out.
The first was on my wedding day. If farming wasn’t what we loved then boy would we ever have a team of event planners/decorating crew. They spent the week turning the farm into a fairy tale. Talk about feeling the love. The second was this past week when we received some tough news. We are lucky to have two Ward family members part of our Bryant Ag team- Jomi and Griffin. Jomi is our Office Manager and Griff, her son, is our Spray Manager. Jomi’s husband, and Griff’s Dad, Tom was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. After the news broke, I believe we had every Bryant Ag team member stopping in asking what they could. The news had affected all of us--their battle became our battle--again, talk about feeling the love.
During planting season, on our best and worst days, we come together as a team. Outside of these shop walls, on our best and worst days, we come together as a farm family. I feel confident that we are entering another season more than prepared because of the members that make up our Bryant Ag crew and because we care about the people that we work with and the job we are doing. As we hopefully begin planting soon, I ask once again, keep our team in your thoughts and prayers that it is a safe season. Give us a wave going down the road or if you see us in the field stop and say hello. Your positive support does not go unnoticed and a friendly hello makes our day.
My Very Best,
Our team member spotlight of the day today is Jomi Ward. Often times when thinking of an employee on a farm you picture someone that works directly in the field. Our Bryant Ag team knows and recognizes what a huge role our office staff plays. After working at Precision Toya of Ohio for 32 years, Jomi joined the Bryant Ag team in October 2009. Since that October, she has spent each day making all of our lives a little easier. From billing, to grain records, equipment records, to keeping intercompany financial records and always lending a listening ear, there is no task too big or too small for Jomi. When asked what her favorite part about her job was she stated, “I work with people that genuinely care about one another. It is wonderful to be part of something more than just a job. We are all friends and family here and work hard to get a job done but also have a little fun." read more
Meet the next generation! Our employee spotlight of the day is Heath Bryant. Heath is the oldest of Mikes two sons. Ever since he was a young boy he has been hardworking and had a passion for agriculture. Anyone that knew Heath growing up knew that his love for the family farm would some day lead him back to it. He worked on the farm part time throughout high school and college and then returned full time after he graduated from college. Heaths favorite thing about the farm today is the flexibility to do what he loves while also spending time with his new, young family! read more
Our employee spotlight of the day is Mike Bryant. Mike is a second generation owner and John Bryant oldest son. Mikes passion for farming started as a young boy. He loved spending time on the family farm and working along side his father in the fields. After high school graduation, Mike began his career at Bryant Agriculture. Mike began to manage employees and field operations. Today, alongside his brother Mark, he continues to make planting, harvesting, and day to day operation decisions. Over the past 35 years Mike has learned that in order for an organization to grow you must never loose passion for what you do, even when times are tough. Mike stated "It is easy to come to work everyday when you love what you do." In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He also enjoys traveling to the lake with his family. read more
Our employee spotlight of the day today is our Operations Manager Frank Cox! Frank started working at Bryant Ag Enterprise in 1997. After spending 4 years in the U.S. Army, Frank knew that he wanted a career that offered change and gave him the ability to work outdoors. He saw agriculture as a way to fulfill both of these wishes. Frank started as an operator at Bryant Ag but showed great leadership skills! As the operation began to grow so did Franks knowledge and passion for farming. When asked what he most enjoys about his job he stated that he still enjoys the ability to work outdoors and in an ever changing environment but his favorite part of his job today is challenging the crew to be the best they can be and them in return challenging him to be the best operations manager he can be. Frank enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with his grandkids, and fishing in his off time! Thank you Frank for your countless hours of hard work that you have brought to this operation! We are forever grateful as a staff for your leadership, patience, dedication, knowledge, and great food!!!!! read more
Mark is the youngest of John's children. During Mark's high school years he knew he had a passion for agriculture and business. He began working on the farm in 1983 and after high school graduation he chose agriculture as his career path. After six year of working on the farm, Mark left to work as a Manager for a farm in Kentucky raising tomatoes. He saw this as an opportunity to learn new management tools and techniques. He returned to the farm in 1991 and took over the finance/marketing portion of the organization. Over the past 30 years Mark has learned that adapting to constant change is a vital part to business. Mark is married to Kim Bryant and they have four daughters. He enjoys fishing, golfing, coaching basketball, traveling with his wife, but says nothing beats a day with his family. read more
Throughout our harvest season we would like to take time to spotlight everyone that helps make our harvest possible! We are so grateful for each and every Bryant Ag team member. To kick off our spotlight we will start with the man that started it all, and who we all hold near and dear to our hearts, John Bryant. John started farming 258 acres in 1958. The land was purchased by his parents at an auction during the Great Depression. Since the 8th grade John knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture and dreamed of having a farm of his own. He has loved watching the farm progress over the years and takes pride in the business. John has been married to Patsy Bryant for over 50 years and they have three children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He enjoys traveling with his wife, and attending all of his grandkids activities. When asked what his favorite thing about the farm today is he answered "Planting and Harvesting, but most of all being around family and employee friends that have became like family. We have a place to call home here on this farm." Thank you John for laying the foundation of Bryant Ag on hard work, honesty, integrity, love and faith. We are all blessed to call you our coworker, father, grandfather, and friend!