Camelina—A Fascinating Crop Giving Life to Summer Fallow

Posted in: Biofuels & Alternative Crops, Innovation, Trends & Perspective on March 8, 2021

Sustainable Oils is leading the charge to establish a track record of success for camelina, a relatively unknown crop, and create a rewarding market for growers. The company first invested in the germplasm and more technical sides of the business, then they bought a refinery to produce renewable diesel. The missing piece was bridging the gap with growers to effectively communicate the benefits of the…

Working the Plan in the Midst of Chaos

Posted in: Lessons Learned, Trends & Perspective on March 8, 2021

A new year is well underway, offering new challenges and lingering effects from a year we can hardly believe really happened. What we endured in 2020 was real, and ag businesses worked hard to keep moving forward to sustain the essential work of producing the world’s food. We observed a fascinating shift early in the pandemic where clients shifted gears to focus on bigger and broader strategies to…

2020…the Good, the Awkward and the Disappointing

Posted in: Lessons Learned, Supply Chain & Logistics on December 21, 2020

We did it. We made it through what will most certainly go down as one of the strangest and most frustrating years of our lives. Despite all the best contingencies, there was no game plan for 2020. But as an industry, we think we’ve done a great job executing the makeshift solutions as we go…accepting that being a little rough around the edges is just fine.

Who Says Farming is Only a Man’s Job?

Posted in: Trends & Perspective on August 17, 2020

More women than ever are pursuing careers in agriculture—whether they’re running their own farm operation or serving a role in an ag company. We need women in leadership roles in agriculture, so it’s crucial we’re setting them up to pursue successful career paths. As an industry, we need to continue removing barriers and turning around old beliefs so women can thrive in ag careers.

COVID-Era Agriculture

Posted in: Trends & Perspective on August 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the ag industry significantly. Hopefully we'll be seeing some of those challenges in the rear-view mirror sooner than later, but some may be with us indefinitely. And there may even be a few welcome changes that stay with us forever.

Making Ag an Industry Women Want to be Part of

Posted in: Trends & Perspective on August 17, 2020

As an industry, we need to continue removing barriers and turning around old beliefs so women can thrive in ag careers. Companies should analyze their own internal culture--is it welcoming and supportive to women, or does it drive them away? What can businesses do to encourage and empower women and create a more welcoming and productive environment for them?

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