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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Issues in Animal Ag: A Strategic Approach

Summer 2015

People: the planet has more of them every day. More of them are eating better. Global consumption of protein is increasing. In 15 years projections show there will be a 35 percent increase in demand for vegetable oils, meat and milk. Forecasts for future food demand offer many opportunities for higher farm incomes and post-harvest additions. … Continue reading Issues in Animal Ag: A Strategic Approach

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Context on Continued Investment in Ag Tech

Spring 2015

Throughout 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, the agriculture sector continued to see significant interest from institutional investors with increases in activity from both growth and venture capital providers.  One of the most active areas for investment was in the agriculture technology (AgTech) segment, which, according to AgFunder, saw $2.36 billion in investments across … Continue reading Context on Continued Investment in Ag Tech

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Understanding the Produce Value Chain

Spring 2015

Think back several decades and walk into your favorite grocery store. What did you see? Was produce the first department you entered? Did you see a vast array of fruits and vegetables including fresh cut, a dozen or more different types of apples and tomatoes, and fresh berries every day? (Hint: the market for small … Continue reading Understanding the Produce Value Chain

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Achieving Scale and Sustainability of Market-based Development: Two Perspectives

Spring 2015

In July of 2014 the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced a plan to create 20 agro-industrial parks. These parks will represent a key pillar of their $6 billion Agricultural Investment National Plan running through 2020. Included in these agro-industrial parks will be the formation of commercial anchor farms, training and financial … Continue reading Achieving Scale and Sustainability of Market-based Development: Two Perspectives

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Defining Price: A Critical Component in the Market Mix

Spring 2014

Market researchers have several different techniques for helping manufacturers set prices. Some lead to valuable insights, while others provide only confusion. Carefully designed and professionally implemented quantitative research and data analysis together provide details that have a significant impact on outcomes. Pricing is one of the most critical elements of a product in the marketing … Continue reading Defining Price: A Critical Component in the Market Mix

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The Power of Benchmarking

Winter 2013

Each year since 2007, Context has conducted benchmarking studies for the crop protection manufacturers in North America. Individual, customer reports are made available to subscribers, providing them with both a “big picture” and a “close up” view of their industry, and more importantly, a keen perspective as to where and how they measure up. This … Continue reading The Power of Benchmarking

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Leading Strategic Change – A Key to Change: Deep Organizational Engagement & Involvement

Winter 2013

We have the most educated workforce in human history. Younger generations of workers desire an opportunity to use their intellect to create and innovate. Many from the younger generations have grown up in more inclusive and team oriented environments, hence top down decision making and “marching orders” are less warmly received today than in the … Continue reading Leading Strategic Change – A Key to Change: Deep Organizational Engagement & Involvement

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Don’t Shortchange Tomorrow

Fall 2013

It’s commonplace and understandable. You are running your business. Making decisions important to keeping product flowing and customers happy today. You wish you had more headcount to operate the business that you’ve worked hard to build over the years but for various reasons, you are thin on headcount and you, as the business lead, find … Continue reading Don’t Shortchange Tomorrow

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Make Internal Meetings More Productive and Shorter

Fall 2013

“Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity challenges and they will undoubtedly point to their internal meeting schedule as a “biggy.” Here’s one novel idea along with a few simple practices that can make internal meetings much more productive AND shorter.” – The Context Network Principal, Mike J. Borel Eliminate the presentation. Ask that … Continue reading Make Internal Meetings More Productive and Shorter

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