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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.

AUGUST 17, 2015

Gray: Structure the key to effective performance management

Having an annual performance evaluation process can be both cumbersome and ineffective in some business environments. Ditching them could be beneficial, so long as businesses don't move completely away from structured feedback.

AUGUST 5, 2015

Talent Management: A Key to Business Success

Effective talent management is a key to successful business strategy. The 2015 National Conference for Agribusiness will help leaders affect change in the way their companies manage their most important assets: people.

MARCH 13, 2015

Profile of a High-Growth Crop Producer

by David Widmar and Brent Gloy

Do producers who expect their operations to grow treat their businesses differently than other producers do? We looked into this segment of farmers in a recent survey and found surprising results that agribusinesses might find useful in forecasting future business transactions. 

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FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Building Trust on Your Team

People are the most important resource a company has, but in agricultural economics, we tend to run away the minute human resources comes up in discussion. Sooner or later, we have to stop running.

JANUARY 29, 2015

Are Young Producers Loyal?

Findings from the Large Commercial Producer Survey have implications for the loyalty levels of young producers.