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MARCH 1, 2018

Building your sales force

In the past, we took the characteristics that made salespeople (or ourselves) successful over the last 20 years and looked for those traits in potential hires. What do we do when the world is more complex?

JANUARY 29, 2018

Simplicity, practicality reign in talent management

When it comes to developing a talent-management process for any organization, simplicity and practicality are the name of the game. That mantra holds true even in the firms that make up an ever-evolving and complex agri-food system.

JANUARY 17, 2018

Disruption and chaos

The agri-food system is changing and your organization is no doubt working through the ways to cultivate competitive advantage in an industry that’s moving at warp speed. But disruption and chaos in the marketplace isn’t necessarily always a bad thing.

OCTOBER 26, 2017

Efficiency not the only factor in successful supply chain/operations

A large part of the retail business is about supply chain management and operations, or SCO. Traditionally, SCO management has often been associated with efficiency, but that’s not necessarily an all-encompassing way to think about SCO strategy.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Procurement strategies of commercial producers

We all know that buying and selling agricultural inputs is more than just receiving or offering a lower price. But can we be more specific?

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Producers' purchasing preferences in 2017

In the 2017 Large Commercial Producer Project, Purdue University asked farmers to rank product performance, price, and supplier relationship when purchasing crop inputs. The result: Most farmers have clear favorites.


Producer perceptions of agricultural risk in 2017

Yield and price risk take center stage in most discussions surrounding risk in agriculture. While these are obviously important aspects of risk to any farm business, the risks faced by agricultural producers are much broader than prices received for products sold and the risks associated with physical production of outputs.

AUGUST 30, 2017

Information and buying preferences

Marketers today don’t have the relatively simple tasks of informing, persuading, or reminding. Salespeople don’t have the relatively simple task of convincing someone to buy from them. For both of these functions, the challenges today aren’t about outgoing messages at all.