Understanding Culture: Examining Dairy Operations’ Culture

Spring 2016

This article is adapted from the first in a series of articles published in Progressive Dairyman magazine, (see below for link to full article). Context Senior Associate Monty Miller explores the importance of culture and the role it plays in helping us get work done effectively within our organizations and in this case, the dairy … Continue reading Understanding Culture: Examining Dairy Operations’ Culture

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Value and Values: Managing Through Market Cycles in the Ag Equipment Business

Spring 2016

Value: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. Values: Things that you believe are important in the way you live and work; determine your priorities. The current agricultural equipment market cycle has created many challenges for very successful, well managed companies. As farmers place greater scrutiny on their capital … Continue reading Value and Values: Managing Through Market Cycles in the Ag Equipment Business

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The Context Network Establishes Context Global Development™

Spring 2016

Growth – it’s at the core of everything we do in agriculture. Context is no exception, and we continue to grow in the services that we offer as we work to advance agriculture; making it more productive, more efficient and more sustainable around the globe. Recently, The Context Network announced the formation of Context Global Development™ … Continue reading The Context Network Establishes Context Global Development™

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Global Commodity Outlook: Thriving on the Commodity Tightrope

Spring 2016

The recent pain of depressed commodity prices across grain and oilseed markets has left many asking questions like, “What’s the root cause of the falling prices?” and “Will this pain continue or will prices rebound?”. A simple scan of various news sites for information that could impact commodity markets yields headlines that might be obvious … Continue reading Global Commodity Outlook: Thriving on the Commodity Tightrope

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The Context Network™ launches new website

Fall 2015

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (November 2, 2015) Across the globe, clients of The Context Network™ now have access to a new website (www.contextnet.com). The newly launched, integrated and mobile-optimized website provides access to the ready resources and many services that the premier, global agribusiness consulting firm offers to help each client achieve remarkable results … Continue reading The Context Network™ launches new website

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Revolutionizing Grain Storage and Logistics

Fall 2015

Bagged grain technology has revolutionized grain logistics and storage in Argentina, as well as in other producing countries of the world for the last decade. Since the beginning of agriculture, grain has been stored in oxygen. In a radical change from the past, grain storage in a silo bag is an airtight storage. The grains, associated … Continue reading Revolutionizing Grain Storage and Logistics

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Precision Ag: A Dynamic Growth Area Redefining Agriculture

Fall 2015

Our world is full of technology. The fastest growing and most applied is “smart technology,” which allows people to unconsciously do many things intuitively without even thinking. Smartphones and tablets are good examples. They are very integrated into our personal and professional lives, and in agriculture, they allow us to access and accomplish many tasks … Continue reading Precision Ag: A Dynamic Growth Area Redefining Agriculture

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The Strategy of Licensing

Fall 2015

Companies often struggle when contemplating licensing deals.  This is especially true of small companies with new technology.  The decision to license, when to license, and the overall licensing approach are crucial factors when considering how to generate new income from newly developed or even existing products.  – Context Partner, James Mann Although not typically done, … Continue reading The Strategy of Licensing

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Volatility in the Animal Ag Sector

Summer 2015

As in other agriculture pursuits, volatility has become a constant in the animal agriculture and poultry industries. From weather volatility that whipsaws grain/feed costs to the volatility caused by disease outbreaks, and including the volatility of the marketplace, these conditions are imposing production and business adaptation along the animal agriculture value chain. Gradual adaptation is … Continue reading Volatility in the Animal Ag Sector

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Equipment Manufacturers Feel the Pain of “Doing the Splits”

Summer 2015

Over the past 25 years, the majority of land farmed in the Corn Belt has flipped from operations with less than 500 acres to those with over 1000 acres. The implication of this trend towards the larger farm operation managing a greater portion of production area is simultaneously being matched by the signification of smaller … Continue reading Equipment Manufacturers Feel the Pain of “Doing the Splits”

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