Strategic Agri-Marketing

Strategic Agri-Marketing

Program Overview

Creating an integrated and cohesive marketing strategy has many moving parts, and every marketing decision has implications on the overall marketing plan. For example, how can you efficiently allocate your company’s limited resources with confidence across multiple functions related to your marketing plan? During this four-day interactive online program, Scott Downey and Justin Funk will use a blend of pre-recorded videos and live sessions to help you develop a more strategic approach to marketing, build marketing models with measurable results and integrate variables that meet both the marketing and financial objectives of your agribusiness. Videos will provide a foundational understanding of topics to be discussed during the live sessions, and you’ll have the opportunity to directly interact with fellow participants and faculty through online group discussions and activities.

This program is especially beneficial for marketing managers, directors and related roles that are responsible for or have responsibilities similar to developing or implementing marketing strategies for their agribusinesses and field team members.

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

“Strategic Agri-Marketing was very informative, and I especially liked the real-world case studies and examples covered. It’s a great program, and I am glad I was able to take part.”
– Corbin Abrell, Branch Manager, Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC

Key Benefits

During this seminar, you will:

  • Explore positioning, targeting and segmentation strategies;
  • Learn to develop and manage brand strategies that communicate your organization’s value;
  • Discover how to manage marketing of products, product lines and services through the product lifecycle;
  • Design and manage marketing channels that add value to buyers and sellers;
  • Learn how to address management issues in distribution systems;
  • Measure and calculate price elasticity to develop profitable pricing strategies;
  • Explore components of an integrated communication approach; and
  • Learn to manage the promotion mix to achieve reach and frequency goals.

Program Content

Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning

Learn qualitative and quantitative methods for segmenting the market and identify effective targeting and positioning strategies that provide real focus to an integrated marketing strategy.

Product Line and Brand Strategies

Explore the elements of brand including the characteristic, personas and promises that are derived from them. Additionally, structure a framework to effectively manage your company’s products and product lines through their lifecycles.

Distribution Strategies

Discuss compensating and motivating channel members, measuring performance and dealing with channel conflict and discover effective approaches for dealing with management issues in distribution systems. You’ll also learn how to design and manage distribution systems (marketing channels) that are cost effective and meet the needs of targeted customers.

Price Strategies

Dig deep into the foundations of pricing and learn how to measure and use price elasticity to develop effective pricing strategies. You’ll also consider how and when to use cost-oriented, demand-oriented or competitive pricing.

Promotion Strategies

An integrated communication program is essential, but how can we be sure our promotion efforts achieve goals? Learn techniques to model marketing decisions and estimate the likely outcomes of various strategies before they are implemented.

Program Agenda

Each content session will begin with an introduction to a marketing concept, followed by small group work to apply concepts learned to real-world case studies and current agricultural marketing scenarios. Sessions will wrap up as a class discussing group decisions and how they relate to making sound marketing decisions for the overall business. Case studies are provided prior to the program for self-paced review.

*Please note that Indiana is on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during this conference.
*A printable pdf of the agenda is available for download here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

LIVE Sessions Via Zoom

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Workshop Overview
Small group discussions
Agro Seeds Case Discussion (Teams)

1:30 pm
Adjourn Live Session

Wednesday Prep Work

2 hours
Distribution Channel Design (Watch Videos)
Distribution Channel Management (Watch Videos)
Individual Distribution Case Prep (Submit Assignment)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

LIVE Sessions Via Zoom

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Distribution Case Discussion (Teams)
Debrief Distribution Case

1:30 pm
Adjourn Live Session

Thursday Prep Work

2 hours
Brand Management (Watch Video)
Product Line Management (Watch Video)
Pricing Strategies (Watch Videos)
Agri-Finance Canada Software Individual Case Prep (Submit Assignment)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

LIVE Sessions Via Zoom

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Pricing Activity (Teams)
Debrief Pricing Activity
Agri-Finance Canada Software Case Discussion Part 1 (Teams)
Debrief Agri-Finance Canada Software Case

1:30 pm
Adjourn Live Session

Friday Prep Work

2 hours
Promotion Strategies (Watch Video)
Agri-Finance Canada Software Individual Case Prep (Submit Assignment)

Friday, October 8, 2021

LIVE Sessions Via Zoom

10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Agri-Finance Canada Software Case Discussion Part 2 (Teams)
Debrief Agri-Finance Canada Software Case
Wrap-up and Final Thoughts

1:30 pm
Workshop Complete

Travel and Information

Program Location

Purdue University
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, October 4 and checking out on Thursday, October 7. If you have not done so already, please contact the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette or visit this link to make your reservation. Be sure to mention you are with Strategic Agri-Marketing to receive the $115 room rate. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. ET and check-out is at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Hilton Garden Inn
356 East State Street, West Lafayette, Ind.
(765) 743-2100
Distance from campus: 1.9 miles
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Please plan to eat breakfast before attending the program; however, lunch will be provided to the group each day. Coffee, soft drinks and refreshments will be available to you throughout the program.

What to Wear

Attire for the program is business casual. October in Indiana is typically a low of 47 degrees with a high of 63 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.

Seminar Payment/Cancellation

Payment for the program is due upon registration. Please refer to our cancellation policy for full details and information.

For more information, contact:

Shawna Miller
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.