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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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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