Partners for Advancing Agriculture ®

The Context Network® extends expertise, reach in the food production value chain – announces merger with The Prasino Group

Fall 2016

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (October 20, 2016) The Context Network®, has announced their merger with The Prasino Group, a Des Moines, Iowa-based consulting firm providing management consulting services across the animal agriculture industry. As part of the merger, Context welcomes two new Principals to the premier, global agribusiness consulting firm’s leadership team. Dr. Garth Boyd and Matt Sutton-Vermeulen will provide leadership and expertise in Context’s agricultural production service sector. The new Principals will lead initiatives focused on sustainable food production throughout the value chain. Context Principal, Mark Holland said the addition of The Prasino Group is an important step in Context’s continued growth, and their commitment to respond to clients’ needs. “We are very pleased to welcome Prasino’s clients to Context. Under the leadership of Boyd and Sutton-Vermeulen, we amplify our ability to serve customers in this growing market segment. The expertise and experience Garth and Matt bring allows us to provide vital services to a broader range of clients throughout the food production value chain. They have extensive, successful experience across a robust business base in the meat, milk and egg sectors which is highly complementary to the clients Context currently serves.”



Context Principals, Dr. Garth Boyd and Matt Sutton-Vermeulen

Boyd said, “We’re really excited about joining Context because it’s going to increase our impact. We have a deep network of relationships and expertise primarily in animal production agriculture. Considering the environmental footprint of meat, milk and eggs, roughly 70-percent of that comes from crops and crop inputs. Combined with Context’s strong tradition and leading, worldwide reputation in crop production technology, the synergies we are creating will accelerate our ability to help clients achieve remarkable results.”

Sutton-Vermeulen said, “We’re excited to advance the services offered to Context’s clients. It’s all about a triple bottom line approach to food production, one that is economically viable, social responsible and environmentally sustainable.” We support the whole food value chain working together in a responsible manner that communicates, measures, manages, monitors and reports the continuous improvements being made in critical areas.” Context is committed to growing a world that is more productive, sustainable and efficient. Holland added, “Our passion for agriculture is what drives us and is one of the main reasons why we have become the premier global and agribusiness consulting firm in advancing agriculture. With the addition of Boyd and Sutton-Vermeulen, we amplify our abilities to effectively advance agricultural initiatives in the food production sector.” The Context Network is the world’s premier business management and strategy consulting firm providing services to agriculture, biotechnology, and food companies, and to government entities and NGOs. We help each client achieve remarkable results and advance agriculture via customized business solutions. Major areas of expertise include: strategy development, opportunity analysis, R&D assessments, merger and acquisition support, product/portfolio management, regulatory compliance, industry benchmarking, competitive intelligence, and marketing intelligence/ research. Context is comprised of a core of professional executive consultants and is complemented by a global network of hundreds of industry and subject matter experts on-site worldwide.