I hope you had a chance to read Pauline Merz’s blog post, “Take a Fresh Look at Field Days, Organize a Rally Valley.” I was lucky, I attended the event! As Pauline mentioned, we traveled to the northern regions of Leon and Zamora for the European launch of new remote irrigation management products, Valley® BaseStation3™ and AgSense®.
I learned so much about the growers of the region, my Valley colleagues and the Spanish culture. After I returned home to Nebraska, many people asked, “How was Spain?” I can tell you, it was more impressive than I could have ever imagined! Spain has unmatched beauty in the city and rural areas, savory and interesting foods, and welcoming, friendly people. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, spent exploring a region that I previously had very little knowledge about.
These are just a few of the many highlights from my trip to Spain for Rally Valley!
Farmers Love the New Technology
The farmers loved learning about our remote monitoring and control products, AgSense and BaseStation3. Just like growers here in the U.S., they want to be able to use their smart phone, tablet or computer to manage their center pivots. These growers saw first-hand how easy and intuitive our products are.
The Valley Team – True Passion
The entire Valmont® SAU (Valmont Western Europe and West Africa) team and its dealers were some of the hardest working people I’ve ever seen. They truly exude teamwork and dedication! One particular individual really stood out.
Raul Marcos, regional sales and marketing manager, is one of the many passionate Valley employees I had the pleasure of meeting in Spain. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious. After seeing him in action presenting and interacting with growers, I told him I was really impressed with him. I’ll never forget what he told me. Well, first he said, “Oh! You could understand me?”
“Well, no, not really,” I said, “but I could sense your passion!” That’s when he told me these words that really stuck with me:
“I believe in three things.
You have to KNOW your products.
You have to BELIEVE in your products.
And you have to LOVE your products.”
After seeing him in action, there is no doubt in my mind that he lives and breathes these words every day. He is a very special part of our Valley family.
Valley – The #1 Pivot Across the Globe
It was so cool to see our Valley center pivots in fields as we drove across the beautiful countryside of Spain. Same pivot, different country. Truly a global brand!
Watch your step! They have some serious rocks in their soil!
“We’re having octopus!” they said.
“Octopus? At a field day?” I thought to myself. “Wow, I’m definitely not in Nebraska anymore!”
At the Rally Valley field days we ate octopus, ham (chorizo, jamon), paella and bread. All very interesting foods. Of the four, the paella was my favorite.
After our travels throughout the countryside, we went to Madrid, Spain. While there we enjoyed some of the best tapas I’ve ever tasted. If you ever travel to Spain, please, relax and enjoy the tapas!
Each day of my trip was filled with unforgettable experiences with amazing people. If you have a chance to visit Spain, I strongly recommend it.
And if you’d like to host a field day like Rally Valley on your farm, please contact your local Valley dealer!