As job’s continue to be the subject of interest in this past election year — dominating the news, the economy, and especially the lives of those directly affected — I thought it only appropriate to share my job story.

Like many of you, unless you were the heir apparent to a second or third generation farm or ranching enterprise, a job was perhaps high on your priority list — not only to put food on the table, but to satisfy those intrinsic values of life that become hard to define.  Stuff like family, friends, and location always enter into the equation. For me, the biggest obstacle was that of leaving North Dakota. I just never seemed to get over being homesick.

After leaving home, a grain and livestock operation in western North Dakota, I went on to North Dakota State University, where I worked my way through college doing various jobs. But the best job of all was working for the Meat and Animal Science Dept. I did this part time, until graduating with a degree in meat and animal science, and then went on to South Dakota State University where I worked full time as an instructor of meat and animal science while taking graduate study courses.

With abounding job opportunities, I was always torn between following my heart and that of being fiscally responsible to the challenges of greener pastures — a story line that goes something like this:

EDUCATION /EXPERIENCE

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Teaching Meat & Animal Science Labs assisted with coaching the meat and livestock judging teams.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Instructor of Meat and Animal Science- Coached the meat and livestock judging teams.

4-H
County Extension Agent 

FFA
Vo Ag Instructor

AUCTIONS
AMERICAN SCHOOL OF AUCTIONEERING:  Instructor

NATIONAL FARMERS ORGANIZATION
LIVESTOCK MARKETING SCHOOL: Developed curriculum and taught most of the courses

LIVESTOCK  MARKETING SEMINARS
An educational experience to more profitability market livestock

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
OSCAR MAYER & CO
-Asst. Livestock Promotion Manager
-Asst. Hog Procurement Manager
-Livestock Promotion Manager

STARK & WETZEL CO.
-Hog Procurement Manager
DUBUQUE PACKING CO.
-Hog Procurement Manager

IOWA PORK INDUSTRIES-
-Hog Procurement Manager

CHICAGO STOCKYARDS
-Auctioneer

KNIGHTRO POWERED MARKETING
-Director of Livestock Marketing

STATE AND NATIONAL ACCOUNTS
NFO – Livestock Procurement Consulting

CROPP -Livestock Procurement Consulting

ONEIDA INDIAN TRIBE —Livestock Procurement Consulting

WYOMING — (Goshen County Feasibility Study)

LIVESTOCK AUCTIONS AND SALES MANAGEMENT

NATIONAL LIVESTOCK EXPO. (Emcee/Auctioneer) Lawton, Oklahoma


Each of these job positions were held at the corporate level, and without exception, I loved every moment of each and every job. But I could never seem to find complete contentment. There was always that little something that kept pushing me somewhere beyond that which I was doing — becoming the story line of my life.

May this insightful glimpse of my career (jobs) give meaning and purpose to every story line I’ve shared over the years.



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"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.

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