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DECEMBER 7, 2018

Former CEO talks investing to grow

Craig Newman, recently retired CEO of AgReliant Genetics talks about why it's important to invest in professional growth.

OCTOBER 23, 2018

Do consumers punish producers for labor disputes?

In the 1960s, Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union successfully pressured producers into improving agricultural working conditions in California by leading a nationwide boycott of table grapes. The boycott taught farmers that consumers care about more than just product quality and price; they also trust producers to treat their employees fairly.

OCTOBER 23, 2018

Grain contracts: disputes, asymmetry and reliance

During our Ph.D years, Dr. Giri and I had unconditionally assumed that most crop producers are production and market savvy. Due to the nature of our respective research projects at the time, we never really got involved with extension activities, which would have exposed us to ground realities. After getting his degree, Dr. Giri headed off to the University of Central Missouri to begin his work as an assistant professor and it was there that he had the opportunity of directly interacting with farmers.

OCTOBER 23, 2018

What matters most to farmers; contracts or trust?

How much should agribusiness investors focus on the development of complex contractual arrangements with farmers when trying to implement a new product or innovation in the agricultural sector in developing countries?

OCTOBER 23, 2018

Factors that Impact Trust in Agribusiness

Even though we may not begin our career as a trusted advisor, this is the goal which most of us would like to achieve. Trusted advisor refers to the person or group of people a client seeks advice from when an issue arises or in the case of an urgency. A trusted advisor must have excellent organization and interpersonal skills and needs to earn trust, give advice effectively and build relationships.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Developing the Relational Element in Agriculture

The first cup of coffee I can remember drinking was with my grandad at the Farmers Co-op in Laverne, Oklahoma. Every Wednesday for the past few decades, he’s brought the donuts and gossiped with the other farmers and ranchers. I’m pretty sure that’s where he gets most of his agricultural production information. When I moved to Michigan last year, I knew the climate, the soils and the production would be unlike what I’d known, but I also knew that one characteristic would remain consistent.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

Common Contract Mistakes Made by Ag Tech Companies

I review and draft a lot of contracts. Many of these agreements are in the ag technology space, which presents unique drafting challenges. First and foremost, the subject matter of these agreements — personal information, data collection, license grants — is often foreign to farmers and agribusinesses. But there are other problems as well, which this post will address.

JULY 11, 2018

An Unconventional Path to New Perspectives

Virgil Bremer knows a thing or two about impeccable timing. Over their one-year anniversary dinner, Bremer shared with his wife that he had decided to leave his 6-year career as a senior research scientist in the animal health industry in favor of running the couple’s livestock operation full-time.

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ARA Management Academy

January 29-31, 2019

Sharpen management, leadership and decision-making capabilities by engaging in faculty-led presentations, interactive exercises and small-group discussion with your peers.

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ASTA Management Academy 2019

March 4-8, 2019

Focus on the practical application of general management concepts critical to the long-term success of seed companies. Special seminars throughout the program give an in-depth look at current seed industry issues.

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Dec 11, 2018

Carroll receives Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence

Natalie Carroll, professor of agricultural sciences education and communication (ASEC) and agricultural and biological engineering (ABE), received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana. Indiana Farm Bureau established the Hovde Award to recognize outstanding educational contributions by a Purdue faculty or staff member to the well-being and progress of rural Indiana.

Dec 10, 2018

Purdue Extension honors educators, specialists at annual Professional Development Conference

More than 350 Purdue Extension educators and extension specialists gathered at the Purdue Memorial Union for the annual Professional Development Conference, an event that recognizes individuals for outstanding service and offers educational and collaborative opportunities.

Dec 06, 2018

Purdue solar device to dry grains other food products and fight waste wins national product design award

Think about this in the battle against world hunger: An estimated one-third of food produced in 2017 was lost postharvest. Gone, due to mold, insects and such due to improper drying, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Dec 04, 2018

Young, hip farmers: Coming to a city near you

If you’ve been to your neighborhood farmers market or seen a small “local” section pop up in your grocery store, you may have noticed a trend: People want to know where their food is coming from, and the agricultural industry is responding. The number of farmers markets in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years, but with an aging population of farmers, who’s supporting this growth?