Know Your Inventory to Make Timely Decisions that Will Make You Money

“If we don’t know what we have, we can’t market it.”  That sums up why you need a reliable system to keep track of your grain – both its quantity and quality. Knowing the inventory of your bins allows your managers to make timely and profitable decisions.  One co-op’s quality systems manager says, “Meeting specific orders…

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Get Your Employees on the Same Page. It’s Good for Business

By Dayton Jagiela, Cultura Growth Analyst I hear the train a comin’; it’s rollin’ ‘round the bend – Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues I fondly remember this time of year during my tenure managing elevators.  The elevator is close to full, you are trying to make space for January deliveries, and the shuttle loading components are…

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You Want Horizontal Integration; Can Your Tech Partner Help?

By Dayton Jagiela, Cultura Strategic Growth Analyst I recently got back from a trip involving multiple customers around the country where we discussed the topic of freight and dispatch.   Several takeaways arose: Freight and dispatch is unique for different silos within the overall business, it is a time-consuming and laborious process to organize this business…

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Compliance Is One Thing, Reacting Quickly in an Emergency Is Another

A generation ago, average consumers rarely thought about food safety; there was no real need.  But that was before terrorists staged a series of blatant, coordinated attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.  That turning point exposed America’s vulnerability. Across the country, protecting the safety of communities large and small became a top…

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Commodities Finger Printed

By Dayton Jagiela The ability to track commodities throughout the supply chain has been spotlighted topic over the past decade.  There are a variety of reasons and concerns from the public/private sector as to why.  This post will focus on why it is important for your plant to track grain movement into the future. Margins…

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How Do We Attract New Talent?

One of the biggest challenges I faced as an elevator manager was attracting quality talent for seasonal/full-time help.  The elevator can be in tip-top shape going into harvest, but if you do not have adequate coverage, disaster can strike.  I began to question why we had such a shortage of potential candidates.  There were young…

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