Agriculture News

May 18, 2017

July seminar to focus on ag finance for non-financial managers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business will host a four-day seminar in July to help non-financial managers better understand how their decisions impact profitability.

Agribusiness Finance for Non-Financial Managers is July 18-21 on the university’s West Lafayette campus. Instructors include Michael Gunderson, associate professor of agricultural economics and associate center director; Michael Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics; and Jaclyn Kropp, assistant professor of food and resource economics at the University of Florida.

“Sometimes there can be a bit of a disconnect between chief financial officers and non-financial managers,” Gunderson said. “But it doesn’t have to be this way. By learning to speak the CFO’s language, non-financial managers can better communicate the value and projected outcomes of their decisions.”

Program content includes thinking like a CFO, interpreting financial statements, financial evaluation, financial concepts, profitability analysis, and financial management. It is geared toward mid- to upper-level managers who want to develop a better understanding of business from a financial standpoint. Participant responsibilities might include budgets, capital purchases, personnel costs, or other decisions that affect the company’s bottom line.

Learn more and register at The early bird registration rate of $2,295 per person runs through May 26. After that, the rate is $2,495 per person.

For more information, contact Betty Jones-Bliss, associate director and program manager, at 217-549-2883 or

Gunderson’s article, “Speak your CFO’s language,” is available at

Writer: Jennifer Stewart-Burton, 765-496-6032,

Sources: Michael Gunderson, 765-496-2010,

Betty Jones-Bliss, 217-549-2883,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
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