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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Choosing to be a Leader

There’s more to being a leader than setting a good example or making important decisions. Guidance from leaders is vital to the success of teams, and without guidance, teams can easily fall apart. So how do you become the best leader? The answer is simple — it’s a choice. A...

JUNE 28, 2018

Resilience through change

Agriculture and food are dynamic and ever-changing industries. That means businesses and the people who run them have to possess a level of resilience in order to be successful long-term. Employees must to be able to adapt and grow in spite of the challenges that change often brings.

APRIL 25, 2018

Sales and marketing’s role in liquidity

For better or worse, marketing and sales efforts affect not only the profitability of a firm but also the firm’s liquidity, or its ability to meet short-term financial obligations.

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 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.

JUNE 20, 2017

Resilience: One key to business success

Our complex agri-food system is dynamic and ever changing. Managers and the teams they lead have to be able to positively adapt to change and adversity.

MAY 18, 2017

The search for improvement

Bill Stumph, CFO of Ag Alumni Seed and 2016 graduate of the MS-MBA program talks about how his degree has benefited him and his company.