New Year, New AgWatch

Welcome to 2019!


2018 has finally ended (although some people are still trying to get cotton out of the field in Texas), and most of us are glad to see it go.


I started at AgWatch five years ago, which was right about the time the ag economy downturn was digging in for the long haul, so I’ve never known an “up” commodity market. Editorially, most of our features have been about how to stay in business, not how to grow business. Physically, we’ve just been trying to keep our heads above water until we get to better days financially.


For most of us, farmers and ag companies alike, the last five years have been about survival, but surviving ain’t the same thing as living, it’s certainly not THRIVING, and if you’re not thriving, how can you change the world?


Theodore Roosevelt in his famous Man in the Arena speech said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


Amen Theodore!


For the last five years I have played the role of “the critic” from President Roosevelt’s speech… My primary goal has been keeping AgWatch in business while waiting for the ag economy to turn around.


No more!


It’s just not worth it. Eeking by from month-to-month is killing my spirit. Being a “cold and timid soul” is not for me.


That’s why I purchased AgWatch last month.


AgWatch’s former owners were great to work for, but they had all bought in as an investment and none of them had a passion for the services this company provides.


All that is going to change in 2019.


We are going to go further and deeper into the stories that matter to farmers, agribusiness people, and consumers. We’re going back to the drawing board and rebooting with better coverage of Arkansas, the Mid-South, and finally the Delta as a whole.


We may fail, and become another casualty of this economic downtown, but if we go down it’s going to be fighting; not just surviving and hoping better days come along!


Happy New Year, and God bless us all.




Terry Simmons