Agriculture featured at TMACOG annual meeting as Anderson speaks to group PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:14
PERRYSBURG - Agribusiness was the focus of the keynote address at Wednesday's TMACOG general assembly business meeting.
Daniel T. Anderson addressed members of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, focusing on the topic of Agribusiness From local fields to global yields - the economic impact of agriculture. Anderson serves as vice president, corporate operations services and president of the retail group of The Andersons, Inc.
During his talk held at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, Anderson briefed those attending on the company's history and growth over the years.
"We are an agricultural company at its base," he said, adding that the very core of their business is service.
Anderson noted the board of directors focuses on four distinct areas and drew some laughter from those attending when he said, it is impossible to please all four integers, namely the customers, the employees, the community and the owners.
"The customers are the lifeblood of our business," he explained, but noted ultimately they have to please the owners with the bottom line.
The officer said the former family-owned business is now owned by the stockholders, yet still maintains many of the standards and principles as set forth by the family when it was founded. Those principles can be found in the mission statement which still includes a strong reference about those principles being founded by a belief in God.
Anderson noted the company does not require any beliefs and fully understands that not everyone will share that faith system or belief.
"Despite that, we are still as committed as always to our principles. I'm tickled there are fundamental principles that we can rely on," he stated receiving a spontaneous burst of applause.
For example, he says the retail store does not sell tobacco products including cigarettes.
Though not family owned, he said there are still many third generation Anderson family members on the job and even some fourth generation employees.
As for the future, he shared how they have always been willing to look to expand its base of operations. From its origins as a grain distributor to the retail stores, rail work, ethanol plants and plant nutrients.
He explained that in his mind and as he has seen, there really is no food versus fuel debate in the ethanol base. According to Anderson, there is far more corn being produced and the corn which is grown for the ethanol plant is not designed for food. He explained the increased yields is what makes it all possible.
"It's not in acreage, it's in the yields," he said. "We simply don't see it as a food versus fuel debate." Environmentally, he noted how they have been removing the phosphorous from fertilizers for years.
In closing, Anderson again emphasized the principles in their mission statement, noting, "The company is proof of having concerns for others can help us be successful."

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