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Skills That Make Employees Great

Experience is important when hiring sales and marketing professionals in the agriculture industry, but experience alone doesn’t mean someone will be a great employee. That’s why it’s important to look beyond technical skills and previous experience and look at some less tangible soft skills. Keep an eye out for these skills during your hiring process to… Read more »

Where Is My Top Talent Going?

Turnover can be extremely challenging for a company. It can cost one to four times an employee’s salary to replace them, productivity takes a hit and churn can have a serious negative impact on morale and customer relations. If your agriculture business is losing your top sales and marketing talent, it’s time to take stock of what’s happening internally. Here are some… Read more »

Morris Bixby Group Welcomes Louis H. Lucas

Morris Bixby Group, a leading agribusiness search firm providing the highest quality professional recruiting and career advancement services since 2000, is pleased to announce Louis H. Lucas has joined the firm as Director of Business Development Agriculture.  Louis comes to Morris Bixby after a 41-year career with Bayer and Monsanto.  Over his career, Louis worked in sales,… Read more »

Lessons From 2020: What We Learned From COVID

Few people were sad to see 2020 come to an end. And while we are all hopeful for this new year, things won’t go back to “normal” any time soon. However, it is important to take stock of the previous year and learn from the pandemic. Here are five business lessons that many organizations have learned during… Read more »

Improve Your Leadership Skills in 2021

We can all agree that 2020 is a year we’d like to forget. But it’s important to understand that this year brought us many learning opportunities. Leaders really had to focus on building soft skills to lead their teams through the crisis. As we look to a new year, that need for soft skills will… Read more »

What Smart Farming is Doing to the Agricultural Industry

The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, which means global agricultural production must increase by nearly 70% to meet that demand. The agriculture industry is turning to smart farming to achieve necessary targets, leaning on the Internet of Things for functions like data collection, analytics and expanded production.  High Tech Farming Trends  Technology in farming is nothing new. For years,… Read more »

Top Agriculture Trends for 2021

The agriculture industry influences almost every sector of our national and global economies. Because agriculture is the backbone of our country, it’s important to understand what’s going on in the industry and what trends are coming down the pike.   A Push to Attract Younger Farmers  Young people are not entering farming in the same numbers… Read more »

How to Create SMART Goals for Your Team

It is vital for managers to set goals for employees, but if those goals are not useful or well-thought-out, they do nothing to help the employee improve. If the goals are too challenging or not challenging enough, it can negatively impact motivation and drive. It can be demotivating when goals are set unrealistically high and equally demotivating when the… Read more »

Questions You Should Be Asking In Every Interview

When interviewing to fill a role, you should ask questions that speak to the specific skills and experience required for the job, but you should also ask questions that will help you determine whether the person is a good fit for the team and the company. For a more robust and useful conversation, incorporate these… Read more »