Agriculture News

November 14, 2019

Purdue, ag retailers and ASU to host management academy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business, the Agricultural Retailers Association and Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business will partner again to present the 2020 ARA Management Academy. The program will take place January 28-30 on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The ARA Management Academy provides valuable take-home tools for management practices to agribusiness professionals. Through interactive exercises, faculty-led presentations and group collaboration, participants develop their management capabilities while networking with industry peers. The program enhances the skill set of managers and leaders within agronomic organizations, as well as those who expect to have more management responsibilities in the future.

“When leaders take action, they make an impact,” said Suzanne Peterson, associate professor of management leadership at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. “The ARA Management Academy prepares leaders to take action by connecting and leveraging the links between business functions, exploring management challenges, strengthening communication and laying the groundwork for a strategic mindset.”

Purdue’s Scott Downey, associate center director and professor, and Allan Gray, executive director and professor, will also facilitate program sessions. Additional ASU faculty presenters are Mark Manfredo, professor and director of the Morrison School of Agribusiness, and Douglas Olsen, associate professor.

Program topics include examining profitability, creating value for customers, organizational leadership strategies, marketplace trends and competitive positioning, thinking strategically and service blueprinting. Sessions will strengthen participants’ ability to evaluate profitability and performance, differentiate their organizations and thrive in environments with constant change.

This program is targeted to salespeople, agronomists and those who hold positions such as sales, operations or general manager. The early bird rate for ARA members is $2,595 through Dec. 13 and $2,795 thereafter. Non-members can register for $2,795 through Dec. 13 and $2,995 thereafter. Learn more and register at

Writer: Chaela Minor, 

Media contact: Torrie Ward, 765-496-6032, 

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