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Agricultural Retailers’ & Farmers’ Perspective: Findings From An Exploratory Study on Conservation Practices in Agriculture

Agricultural Retailers’ & Farmers’ Perspective: Findings From An Exploratory Study on Conservation Practices in Agriculture

The idea of sustainability, in all of its forms, in the food and agricultural chains is not new, but it has recently gained a great deal of attention. One of the most important aspects of being sustainable is the adoption of agricultural conservation practices. By conservation practices, we mean practices such as nutrient management, 4R nutrient stewardship, reduced tillage, strip-till or no-till, cover crops, more diverse crop rotations, water management and other practices in the same vein. These practices play a critical role in reducing input use, improving soil health, enhancing water quality, sequestering carbon and reducing other greenhouse gas emissions. However, despite many of these practices showing promise in also reducing production costs and enhancing yields, adoption rates remain stubbornly low, ultimately limiting the desired sustainability impacts of these practices.
A Series on Decision Making Part 3: How Senior Execs Approach Decision Making: A Look at Personality Data From the C-Suite

A Series on Decision Making Part 3: How Senior Execs Approach Decision Making: A Look at Personality Data From the C-Suite

In 2007 when I was a director and senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), I published my first book: “Unbalanced Influence – Recognizing and Resolving the Impact of Myth and Paradox in Executive Performance.” The CCL is a premier provider of leadership development, engaging with a multitude leaders throughout organizations from first-time supervisor to CEOs of some of the largest firms in the world. Over the course of its 45+ years, the CCL has collected data on hundreds of C-level executives who have attended their leadership programs. This data makes it possible to form a picture of the personality and leadership competencies that influence how senior executives approach decision making.
Data-Driven Decision Making in Times of Crisis: Data Analysis

Data-Driven Decision Making in Times of Crisis: Data Analysis

In this multi-part blog series about data-driven decision making in times of crisis, we have argued that intelligence, not data itself, is the critical component in decision making. We have also pointed out the importance of understanding the critical data needed for a specific decision and the processes involved in collecting, organizing and storing this data. In this article, we focus on what may be considered the most important step in the intelligence cycle: the processing and analysis of data and information.

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