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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?

JUNE 26, 2018

Top 5 reasons to attend the National Conference for Food and Agribusiness

There are a variety of rapid-fire changes happening in the food and agriculture industry, including generational shifts and consolidations in farm business and agribusiness. With these changes and the rise in e-commerce and digital purchases, do relationships still matter in today’s agribusiness marketplace?

AUGUST 15, 2017

Generational transfer of decision-making

There isn't much attention paid to how decision-making transitions from one generation to the next on family farms. The problem? As the roles of each on-farm generation evolve, it affects more than just the farm families. It affects the businesses who work with them.

JULY 14, 2016

Thirty years and going strong

Founder and Executive Director Dr. David Downey reflects on the center's evolution as we celebrate 30 years of exceptional professional development for the food and agricultural business sectors.

JUNE 6, 2016

Finance, talent management go hand in hand

Research shows that nothing is more important to a company's bottom line than talent and talent management.

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.