Ketty Nilsson President, NoroGard

I have the privilege to do what I love for a living. I am growing an old, trustworthy company into a world-leading position in a global market. And I love every minute of it. NoroGard has its feet in two industries. We are machine manufacturers, and our business is in the agriculture industry. To me that’s the best of two worlds and since I have passion and engagement, I can achieve almost anything.

Taking over a family-owned company that has been in the business for more than 50 years, and making it world-leading, requires a change in mindset, in order to gain new and improved results.

Although NoroGard has a great history, my focus is on the future, since that’s where we are going to spend our time. Of course, I cannot do this by myself: I need the best co-workers. And if you want to attract the best people, you need to step up and become attractive.

The future belongs to the world’s youth, so the big question is how to be attractive to the Millennials? Lately, I have noticed that our industry uses social media like a defense to explain seed breeding and to promote understanding, in general, for agricultural processes. I sense the industry is desperately trying to create public understanding for genetics and seed treatments and the innovations that have been made.

Never before has public interest in agriculture been higher. The demands for biological and organic is enormous. We also have a generation who has access to all the information they want—but no experience whatsoever. The result is they interpret the information as they (or the media) pleases.

The world’s population continues to grow, but the acres don’t. We need to increase yields at harvest, in order to put food on the table.

The Millennial generation, in general, doesn’t know farming, but they google everything they are interested in. You can curse it, or you can choose to adapt and work it.

The Millenniums are engaged and passionate, as well as demanding and spoiled … 

Instead of telling them why we do what we do, we should challenge them to do it better! But only if you dare, because the risk is that they will do a far better job—if you let them.

Due to climate change and the growing population, the industries with the brightest futures are involved in clean water, clean air, and agriculture. That’s where you want to invest and buy some shares. 

We need to clean out social media from a lot of useless crap and fill it with valuable engagement. I don’t care what you had for breakfast and I don’t want to see your outfit of the day. I want to see influencers that provide clean water, food and education in developing countries.

I want to see all YOU agronomists writing a blog about your passion in order to engage the next generation to find new, organic, biological seed treatment solutions. We need more science and knowledge regarding the soil, bacteria and the environment for germination, and YOU need to make it attractive. 

I want all YOU farmers and seed processers to make use of your Instagram account and encourage the next generation of farmers to put food on the table. If the public, in general, doesn’t understand the complexity and charm of agriculture, it’s because they haven’t heard it from the proper source.

YOU & I need to make the public’s interest in agriculture creative and meaningful, and we need to do it on social media, starting today!