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:
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Teaching Meat & Animal Science Labs assisted with coaching the meat and livestock judging teams.
NATIONAL FARMERS ORGANIZATION
LIVESTOCK MARKETING SEMINARS
STARK & WETZEL CO.
IOWA PORK INDUSTRIES-
KNIGHTRO POWERED MARKETING
STATE AND NATIONAL ACCOUNTS
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
May this insightful glimpse of my career (jobs) give meaning and purpose to every story line I’ve shared over the years.
"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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