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NOVEMBER 20, 2014

The Agricultural Outlook for 2015

See what Mike Boehlje has to say about agriculture's changing business climate and the future of land values and interest rates.

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Learn From Your Mistakes

Sometimes, we make mistakes. Even if we’ve analyzed our options thoroughly and made what we thought was a good decision, we don’t always end up with the result that we wanted or expected. We uncover that we’ve made an erroneous assumption, that the world wasn't quite the way we thought...

OCTOBER 3, 2014

What Agribusinesses Can Learn from Olive Garden

After calling in my Olive Garden to-go order and parking in a designated spot right in front of the restaurant, I walked through a lobby full of dine-in customers waiting to be seated. Near the kitchen, I paid my bill and collected my food. Within minutes, I was headed back...

AUGUST 10, 2014

Why Disciplined Decision Making is Crucial

Today’s fast-paced, competitive food and agribusiness industry requires that we make decisions quickly. Allan Gray shares one key aspect of disciplined decision making.

JULY 25, 2014

Employees as Assets

Allan Gray, the center’s director, recently sat down with us to discuss how agribusinesses should think about investing in their employees during an industry downturn.

JULY 8, 2014

Don't Be a Turkey

Back when I worked in banking, there were a lot of mergers. One year, in September, our bank was bought by another, larger organization. Everything was fine until Thanksgiving. In our original company, on the Friday before Thanksgiving, the company would bring each employee a big, frozen turkey.

JUNE 24, 2014

Loyalty: It’s a Two-Way Street

Loyalty is an established working relationship between you and your customers. Think about loyalty as a two-way street: as you help your customer, they help you. So, how exactly are you helping your customer? Are you providing them with a better experience or product?

JUNE 10, 2014

Strategic vs. Tactical Management

Most of us have been successful in our careers by excelling in tactical management. That is, our rewards, promotions and recognitions have most often come from “doing things right.” And, it is clear that if you don’t “do things right,” there is a high probability you and the business as...