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National Conference for Food and Agribusiness

November 6-7, 2018


Conference Overview

The National Conference for Food and Agribusiness brings together professionals from across the agri-food system to gain industry and business insights, network and discover solutions to today's challenges. The goal of the conference is to help agricultural and food businesses shape their organizations and customer interactions for optimal success.

The conference is held over two days. The first day is classroom and discussion, while the second day is workshops and active learning. Participants may opt to attend just day one or both days, but will ultimately gain the most benefit from attending both.

Conference Content

Recent studies conducted by the center show that farms are getting larger, generational shift is happening in farm business, and new buying processes are taking place. Similar change is happening in the agri-food industries with consolidations and a new generation of sales professionals coming into the marketplace. In addition, many businesses are implementing e-commerce strategies.

Faculty at the Center for Food and Agricultural Business know that industry professionals are facing new challenges that have direct impacts on building and developing trusted business relationships. Trust and transparency are critical factors in defining success in today's agri-food market. The 2018 National Conference for Food and Agribusiness is constructed to address the challenges and issues the industry faces today.

The conference will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Do relationships still matter?
  • Trust in agribusiness supply chain
  • E-commerce in agribusiness
  • Transparency in the current market
  • Negotiation strategies: Win-win bargaining

Day One

Attend several sessions, including the opening keynote, presentations, panel discussions and activities in an interactive environment. Speakers, researchers and farmer guests will provide insights and solutions for overcoming industry issues. Engage in one-on-one and small group discussions with speakers and other attendees.

Day Two

Participate in hands-on professional workshops facilitated by faculty members and subject-matter experts. These interactive trainings introduce you to new concepts and strategies and encourage you to investigate and implement them. Develop specific skills and gain valuable takeaways that are immediately applicable in day-to-day business.

Key Benefits

At this conference, you will:

  • Explore current issues and challenges facing the agri-food industry.
  • Discuss recent research discoveries relevant to trust and business relationships.
  • Gain valuable skills and tools through interactive workshops.
  • Interact with farmers, speakers, top researchers and top-tier undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Network with industry peers, connect with colleagues and share best practices.
  • Present your ideas and working projects to industry peers for feedback and insights.
  • Expand your knowledge in a new environment with exposure to a variety of viewpoints and ideas.

Who should attend?

This conference serves all facets of the agri-food system, including crop and livestock inputs, equipment manufacturers and dealers, banking institutions, food processors, universities and more. Participants come from a wide range of professions, including agronomy, sales, marketing, management, market intelligence, executive positions and more.

We strongly encourage attendance in teams, as past participants have stated they see the greatest benefit when sharing the experience with colleagues. However, individuals are welcome too.

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Program Dates

November 6-7, 2018


Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.

Registration Fees

Day 1 only: $779/person (through Aug. 31)
                   $899/person (after Aug. 31)
Bundle: $1,195/person (through Aug. 31)
             $1,395/person (after Aug. 31)

Is this program for you?

We strongly encourage attendance in teams of three or more participants from each organization. For questions about registration fees and more information about the conference, contact:
Masi Keshavarz, Research Project Manager

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.

Registration fees include all program materials, refreshments and some meals. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the program is full, names will be added to a waiting list in the order in which they are received. Registration fees are due upon receipt of registration. Read the cancellation policy.

  "The National Conference for Food and Agribusiness provides broad insight into agricultural producers' needs, preferences and priorities, as well as marketplace trends. Benefits beyond research include access to the Center for Food and Agricultural Business economists and team. Networking with conference participants provides added value in contextualizing lessons through an applied lens focused on agriculture."  

Michael Stolp

Senior Vice President, Customer and Employee Education
Senior Family Business Advisor
Northwest Farm Credit Services