Analyzing Agribusiness Financial Decisions

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Analyzing Agribusiness Financial Decisions

Program Overview

In a world of tight margins and dynamic marketplaces, financial goals are gaining increased visibility throughout all aspects of the agribusiness value chain. Today, it’s more important than ever for non-financial managers to understand how their decisions impact company profitability. During this three-day interactive program, Drs. Brady Brewer and Jaclyn Kropp will provide you with an increased understanding of key financial ratios needed to analyze the financial standings of your business, how to help customers see a return on investment in your offerings and much more.

This program is designed for non-financial managers seeking to develop their understanding of business from a financial standpoint. Attending this program would be beneficial for anyone possessing decision-making responsibilities in their organization, especially agribusiness managers and directors making operating financial decisions that impact near and long-term outcomes of their firm, those with sales and marketing responsibilities working with farmers and agribusiness customers, and those with financial responsibilities seeking to enhance their knowledge of decisions specific to the agriculture and agribusiness industries. Past attendees have included leaders responsible for managing and maintaining budgets, capital purchases and personnel costs, or other decisions that affect the company’s bottom line.

For questions about this program or more information on who should attend, please contact Betty Jones-Bliss at or (217) 549-2883.

Key Benefits

During this seminar, you will:

  • Learn to link your daily decisions to company profitability.
  • Connect your product and service offerings to customers’ profitability.
  • Clarify financial terminology and enhance your communication with financial managers.
  • Apply practical financial tools for examining profitability to relevant agribusiness industry situations.
  • Discuss the current financial market and its impact on agribusinesses.

Program Content

  • Financial Analysis Relevance for Agribusinesses: Learn from Practical Case Studies
  • Balance Sheets, Income Statements and Cash Flow Statements
  • Thinking Like an Agribusiness CFO
  • Earns, Turns and Returns on Assets
  • Cash Conversion Cycle, Accounts Receivable and Inventory Turnover
  • Debt Leverage and Return on Equity in Food and Agricultural Business

Program Agenda

*Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) during this conference.
*A printable pdf of the agenda can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, February 22

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Program Kick-off and Introductions
Emily Hoeing, Key Account Manager, Center for Food and Agricultural Business

8:30 a.m.
Financial Analysis Relevance
Dr. Brady Brewer, Purdue University
Dr. Jaclyn Kropp, University of Florida

9:30 a.m.
Balance Sheets, Income Statements
Brady Brewer

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Thinking like a CFO
Brady Brewer

2:30 p.m.
Brady Brewer

3:45 p.m.
Turns and ROA
Jaclyn Kropp

5:30 p.m.
Depart for Reception

Wednesday, February 23

7:30 a.m.
Classroom open

8:00 a.m.
Reflection of Day 1
Brady Brewer
Jaclyn Kropp

8:30 a.m.
Earns, Turns and ROA Assignment

9:30 a.m.
Cash Flow Statements
Jaclyn Kropp

11:00 a.m.
Cash Conversion Cycle, Accounts Receivable and Inventory Turnover
Brady Brewer

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Leverage and Debt
Jaclyn Kropp

2:30 p.m.
Leverage & Debt Use Assignment

4:00 p.m.
DuPont Identity Recap
Brady Brewer
Jaclyn Kropp

5:00 p.m.
Work Groups – Develop Recommendations and Create Presentations

Thursday, February 24

7:30 a.m.
Classroom Open

8:00 a.m.
Convince the CFO Presentations

10:00 a.m.
State of the Financial Markets
Brady Brewer

11:30 a.m.
Wrap-Up & Debrief

12:00 p.m.
Boxed lunches to go

Travel safely!

Travel and Information

*Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, Purdue University is requiring all individuals to wear a mask while inside on-campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This protocol will be enforced during all Center for Food and Agricultural Business programs until further notice.

Program Dates and Times

July 14-16, 2020
Begin: Tuesday, July 14th at 8:00 am
End: Thursday, July 16th at 1:00pm
(Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Daylight Time)

Program location

Purdue University
Krannert, Room 758
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907


We have a block of rooms reserved for the group, checking in on Monday, July 13 and checking out on Thursday, July 16. Please contact the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette to make your reservation ahead of time and ask for the AGP1 block to receive the $103 room rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 11:00 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn
356 E. State Street
West Lafayette, IN
(765) 743-2100

Reserve your room online

Travel, parking and transportation

Covered parking is available at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Hilton Garden Inn has a free shuttle that you may reserve at the front desk to take to campus. There is also guest parking in the Grant Street Parking Garage if you choose to drive to campus. A parking pass to exit the garage will be provided at registration.

Program Directions and Travel


Please eat breakfast before attending the program. We will provide lunch to the group all three days. Coffee, soft drinks and refreshments will be available throughout each day, as well.

What to wear

Attire for the conference is business casual. Average July temperatures in Indiana are 85° F.


Materials will be provided for you throughout the program. Electronic versions of the presentations will also be made available to you following the program.

Program Cancellation Policy

If a participant is unable to attend a Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business program, the participant may choose to: 1) transfer their registration fee to another participant within the same company, or 2) choose to receive a credit for the same program or another program that takes place within the 12 months following the originally booked event. However, a request to use a credit must be received no less than 30 days prior to the program start date, otherwise the credit will not be valid. No refunds will be issued regardless of cancellation date.

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the program non-viable. If a program is cancelled, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of a program, the Center for Food and Agricultural Business has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same program on the new future date. The Center for Food and Agricultural Business will not be responsible for reimbursement of any participant expenses related to the cancellation or postponement of an event.