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As an agribusiness professional, you have a lot going on. The Center is here to help. On our website you'll find information about how to advance your career and, in this section specifically, resources to help in your everyday operations.

APRIL 13, 2016

The evolution of sales (and why it matters)

The agriculture industry is changing. Farmers are evolving. Agribusiness must adapt. But what does that really mean?

APRIL 13, 2016

Measuring sales performance

Comparing sales performance solely on the basis of production or revenue doesn't cut it.

APRIL 5, 2016

Five tips for successful sales strategies

The need for efficiency is driving consolidation in both livestock and crop operations. Understanding and serving these customers is critical for agribusiness.

MARCH 28, 2016

Capturing value from a bad decision

Dr. Michael Boehlje talks ways to make disciplined decisions to minimize risk, and how to transform a poor choice from failure to value creation.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Drivers of Change in Agriculture

Income is a bigger drive of food demand than population growth, which has supply implications for all of agriculture. That includes the seed industry. Allan Gray and Michael Gunderson discuss how income drives demand and what the seed industry can do to help growers increase production as populations grow and food demand changes.

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Transformational Leadership

Steve Vande Loo, founder of Advanced Beverage Concepts, Inc., is a results-driven consultant to businesses directly and indirectly linked to the beverage industry. Drawing from an accomplished career as an executive for Coca-Cola, he provides clients insights on organizational strategy, leadership development, new-brand planning, and product introduction and commercialization.

OCTOBER 20, 2015

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money

The current low-price crop commodity climate is tightening margins and making producers thing about how to reduce input costs. But it's not just about costs per acre -- even in tight times.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

The “How-Tos” of Developing a Resilient Workforce

One of the most important functions of management is the creation of a motivated and resilient workforce. But often missing are the how-tos for developing people. Scott Downey discusses eight assets essential to the process.

Upcoming Programs

Managing Talent to Win

April 3-5, 2018

Managing Talent to Win offers insights on how to know what capabilities people in an organization need, and how you—the leader—can help them get, manage and continuously improve these capabilities.


Sales Management and Leadership

May 30-31, 2018

Assess your management skills and learn techniques to become a more effective sales manager via interactive lectures, real-world case studies and a collaborative learning environment.

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Mar 20, 2018

Gunderson to lead Purdue’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business

Purdue professor Michael Gunderson has been named director of Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business.

Mar 19, 2018

Purdue NOW – PICS bags

The internationally recognized Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag, a specially designed bag to prevent insect-caused post-harvest losses for farmers in developing countries, is now commercially available for farmers worldwide.

Mar 19, 2018

Purdue offers three-day course for food safety professionals

Purdue University is hosting a three-day course for food safety professionals seeking to be certified as a preventive controls qualified individual and learn more about the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Mar 19, 2018

‘How to Feed the World’ offers practical, positive solutions to food insecurity

A new book of essays by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Purdue University helps readers understand how decisions made today by farmers, scientists, policymakers, educators and consumers are vital to ensuring global food security in coming decades.