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Taking a Leap and Landing on Success

Author: Dr. Allan Gray In a crowded marketplace that’s only getting smarter, how do you set yourself apart? As a young professional, GW Fuhr had a passion for agriculture and aspirations of becoming a sales leader. Surrounded by other young professionals with the same...



Leading Change

Author: Dr. Pete Hammett, Professor   Change is occurring at a fast rate. Shocking, right? No? Of course not. We are all well aware of how rapidly change is sweeping across the food and agribusiness industries, as well as across the world, as we continue to...



Risk Management: Impacts on Productivity

Article  To Risk or not to risk? Risk management and farm productivity. Vigani, M. & Kathage, J.  Journal  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, October 2019, Vol. 101, No. 5, Pages 1432–1454  Reviewer  David J. Williams, Graduate Research Assistant ...



What’s on your Electrician’s Cart?

In hindsight, it sounds simple to say that customer-facing employees at Consolidated Electrical Distribution (CED) were able to substantially impact the work of their electrician customers by creating a cart. However, the process of getting there can be described as...



What Do Sales Managers Manage?

Dr. Scott Downey says there is a well-studied chain of events in business that shows the relationship between employee activities and company profits called the Service-Profit chain. The concepts are simple to understand: satisfied employees provide good service,...



Trust in Business Relationships

Purdue University’s 2018 National Conference for Food and Agribusiness was held November 6-7, 2018 with approximately 100 participants representing both crop and livestock industry sectors. All were eager to learn more about the role and importance of business...



Former CEO talks investing to grow

Craig Newman has seen the importance of investing in personal, professional and organizational growth over the course of his 37-year career. The retired president and CEO of AgReliant Genetics not only knows the impact continuing education had on his own career, but...



Do consumers punish producers for labor disputes?

In the 1960s, Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union successfully pressured producers into improving agricultural working conditions in California by leading a nationwide boycott of table grapes. The boycott taught farmers that consumers care about more than...



The Unconventional Path to New Perspectives

Virgil Bremer knows a thing or two about impeccable timing. Over their one-year anniversary dinner, Bremer shared with his wife that he had decided to leave his 6-year career as a senior research scientist in the animal health industry in favor of running the couple’s...



Producer Perceptions of Agricultural Risk in 2017

Yield and price risk take center stage in most discussions surrounding risk in agriculture. While these are obviously important aspects of risk to any farm business, the risks faced by agricultural producers are much broader than prices received for products sold and...