In a world facing chronic and increasing shortages in food crops and natural resources, visionary leadership in agriculture becomes more and more critical for building and maintaining a sustainable future. The authors of this book, veteran agricultural educators and administrators, assert the primacy of character in leadership. It is of paramount importance that the dynamic and challenging evolution in agriculture over the last century and a half be met today with imaginative leadership in virtually all aspects of activities and organisations involved. Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a New Generation opens with narrative chapters focusing on key characteristics and elements of leadership. Next, using case studies from research, industry, education, administration, and extension services, the authors present real-world circumstances ranging from natural disasters to major restructuring that demanded problem solving, new initiatives, consensus, and organisational commitment.
Drawing on their own experiences and covering topics as diverse as closing facilities, mounting a national research initiative, reinventing a major corporation, and dealing with invasive termites, the studies contain examples of both good and bad outcomes and refer back to the leadership principles and qualities outlined in the opening chapters.
John Patrick Jordan is the former administrator of the USDA Cooperative State Research Service in Washington, DC, USA. He previously headed the Colorado Experiment Station and the Colorado Cooperative Extension Service and also directed the USDA Agricultural Research Service Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, USA. Gale A. Buchanan is the former dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, USA and former director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. A past chair of two agricultural boards of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, he also served as the USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Neville P. Clarke served as an associate dean and professor in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA and as director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. He is the founding director of the Texas A&M Institute for Countermeasures against Agricultural Bioterrorism and currently works as a special assistant for program development for the Texas A&M University System. Kelly C. Jordan, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel and professor, served on the faculties of the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Naval War College, American Military University, and the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the Commandant of Cadets at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, USA.
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