ASTA Management Academy
Strong business management abilities have always been a critical aspect of leading successful teams and organizations, and the current environment we face has only increased this importance. During the ASTA Management Academy, Drs. Brady Brewer, Scott Downey, Allan Gray, Pete Hammett and Bobby Martens will take you on a deep dive into the practical application of general management concepts vital to the long-term success of seed firms, discuss the changing agribusiness environment and implications for the seed industry, explore marketing strategies and more.
Traditionally a week-long program, the ASTA Management Academy has improved its delivery model! This year, the academy’s impactful content will be delivered through a blended model approach featuring some online and in-person aspects. Two weeks prior to the academy, you’ll receive pre-recorded videos from each instructor overviewing key concepts to be discussed during the live sessions to come. You’ll review these videos and gain a foundational understanding of topics, then you’ll join us on Purdue University’s campus February 15-17 to practice these concepts and tools through group discussions and activities that simulate real-life application of management principles.
Whether you’re an experienced decision-maker or new to the industry, this academy is beneficial for all levels of responsibility and segments of the seed business, including vegetable/garden, row crop and turf grass marketplaces. Over 1,340 participants representing more than 300 firms worldwide have completed the ASTA Management Academy. While it is not required to attend as a team, past participants have found it beneficial to attend with others from their organization.
For questions about this program, team pricing or more information on who should attend, please contact Emily Hoeing at email@example.com or (320) 260-6987.
“The most impactful part of the ASTA Management Academy was the strategic nature of the discussions facilitated by great faculty, as well as the chance to network and learn from others in the industry about their challenges and opportunities.” – Cory Beck, Licensing Lead, Beck’s Hybrids
- Discuss the changing agribusiness environment and future implications for seed companies;
- Explore marketing strategies and financial management tools;
- Understand the five functional areas of business and how decisions can impact each area;
- Evaluate strategies for leveraging competitive advantage;
- Gain leadership tools that add value to your organization and help employees achieve higher performance.
With a firm grasp on the changing agribusiness environment, this session will focus on what it means for a seed firm to have a true market orientation. You’ll learn how to create and communicate points of difference by examining topics such as customer satisfaction, market disciplines and demand innovation.
This session will help you acquire new skills and tools for evaluating and managing your own and others’ performance. You’ll learn about change management, building productive working relationships, improving managerial communication and defining performance management strategies.
Understanding and correctly using key financial management tools is essential in addressing many day-to-day problems seed firm managers face. In this session, you’ll focus on developing core financial management competencies and utilizing them to make decisions.
Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management is about aligning your organization and supplier activities to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of your customers. This session will cover inventory management strategies, demand forecasting and chain partner alignment.
Strategy formulation helps organizations determine and match their internal goals, strengths, limitations and resources with opportunities and challenges that exist in the external business environment. Strategic positioning and critical competitive capabilities such as speed, quality, and innovation will be the focus of this session.
The ASTA Management Academy is offered in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).
*Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Standard Time (ET).
A 30-minute online orientation will be held on a TBD date. Attendance is highly encouraged to provide you with a program overview, network with other participants and set you up for success.
Tuesday, August 30
Welcome and Kick Off
Thinking Strategically: Implications for the Seed Industry
Allan Gray, Purdue University
Leadership and Change Management Strategies
Pete Hammett, Hammett Consulting
End of Day One
Wednesday, August 31
Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager
Brady Brewer, Purdue University
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Bobby Martens, Iowa State University
End of Day Two
Thursday, September 1
Sales and Marketing — Creating and Communicating Value
Scott Downey, Purdue University
Allan Gray, Purdue University
Closing and Final Thoughts
Safe Travels Home
TRAVEL AND INFORMATION
*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.
Krannert Building, Purdue University
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette for a discounted rate, checking in on Monday, February 14 and checking out on Thursday, February 17. If you have not done so already, please contact the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette to make your reservation. Be sure to mention you are with the ASTA Management Academy (Group Code ASTA) to receive the $110/night room rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. ET and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Please plan to eat breakfast before attending the program. Lunch will be provided for you on February 15, 16, and 17 and coffee, soft drinks and refreshments will be available to you throughout each program day.
What to Wear
Attire for the program is business casual. February in Indiana is typically a low of 22 degrees with a high of 38 degrees. Layers are recommended for the classroom.
Materials will be provided for you throughout the program. All of the presentations will also be emailed to you following the program.\
Payment for the program is due upon registration. Please refer to our cancellation policy for full details and information.
For more information, contact:
Senior Program Manager
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.
Should circumstances arise due to COVID-19 that result in the postponement of / or change to an online 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.