Facebook Twitter Agribusiness professionals will better understand what drives loyalty and buying decisions of commercial producers by attending the National Conference for Agribusiness Nov. 4-5 at Purdue University.Guest speakers will discuss information from the Large Commercial Producer Project, a nationwide survey of the buying behaviors of commercial farmers and ranchers. The Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business conducts the survey every five years.“The agenda is packed with interesting topics and sessions built around understanding large commercial agricultural producers’ strategies, buying behaviors, information preferences and loyalty,” said Michael Gunderson, associate professor and associate director of research at the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, the conference organizer. “The faculty will lead sessions that consider the future of agricultural production in an era of booming farm profits and what the future means for serving large commercial producers.”The conference will examine several key topics from the survey data, including insights to producers’ loyalty to brands and retailers, understanding what is critical to the success of their operations, time spent on management, and the importance of dealers and sales staff in buying decisions.About 300 people are expected to attend the conference, which would be of interest to managers, executives, specialists and analysts from such organizations as agricultural retailers, farm equipment manufacturers and dealers, retail seed company and distributors, crop protection companies, animal health and nutrition companies, and food product manufacturers and processors.The cost to attend is $1,295. Continuing education credit and Certified Crop Adviser credit is available. For more information, call the center at 765-494-4247.Additional information about the conference, including how to register, is available at https://www.agecon.purdue.edu/cab/programs/nca.Source: Purdue Ag Communications Previous articleIt’s Not Your Grandpa’s 2,4-DNext articleSenate Clears Way for Vote on Spending Bill Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 25, 2013 SHARE Purdue to Host National Conference for Agribusiness Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue to Host National Conference for Agribusiness
When Michigan’s next basketball recruiting class takes the court for the first time, Ohio State fans might have to second-guess their usual reaction because of one player with a hard-to-believe story.Two plane crashes in the span of eight years. The first, in 2003, took the lives of his mother, brother and sister. The second, in 2011, killed his father and stepmother and left him in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.Austin Hatch, who at the time was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., had committed to play basketball at the University of Michigan just 10 days earlier.Three years later, Hatch is back in the news, only this time, it was for all the right reasons.Now 19 and playing for Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Hatch returned to the basketball court last Wednesday and sank the first shot he attempted in a comeback story that would make anyone come close to tears.As if that was not enough, John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has said he will honor the scholarship that Hatch earned before the plane crash.What a class act.During a time where winning is everything, and every scholarship matters, Beilein is honoring a commitment made to a player who deserves to put on a jersey every single night.Too often in today’s day and age, the sports world is overrun by individuals who are in the news for solely negative reasons instead of those who deserve recognition.It’s a shame that Hatch has had to deal with a great amount of adversity at such a young age, but I know one thing is certain: he has handled it better than I ever would have.Call it a miracle if you will, but at the end of the day, Hatch has displayed perseverance that gives a whole new meaning to the word resilience.Ultimately, when Hatch steps onto the floor next season for the University of Michigan, I know I’ll be watching, cheering for him and Beilein to succeed, regardless of who they are playing.I hope you all will too.