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    Ohio is Produce Proud

    An Ohio tourism slogan from the 1980s and ’90s, “the Heart of It All,” still rings true today for the state’s fresh produce industry. Buyers and sellers can indeed find it all in the strategically located Buckeye State, from sweet corn, squash, and pumpkins to apples, pears, and strawberries.


    At Your Service

    This quarter’s feature article discusses retail giant Amazon and how it is making waves in the retail sector. With such volatility, you may want to keep tabs on key retailers. To do this, members can add retailers to a special Watchdog Group within Blue Book Online Services (BBOS).


    Widen Your Customer Base

    Would your company like to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sustain American school children and families with healthy fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops—and make money at the same time?


    Pros and Cons of ESOPs

    When it comes to saving for the future, a company’s defined contribution retirement plan, like a 401(k), can be a great benefit to employees and draw prime associates to an organization. A less commonly offered retirement benefit is an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), which enables employees to have an ownership interest in their employer’s company, usually without a cost.


    Chicago Hustle & Bustle

    Chicago is an undisputed center of trade and commerce for the Midwest. As a hub for commodities from across the nation, Canada, and Mexico, business is never boring.


    Salinas Valley

    In Salinas, agriculture is more than just business, it’s life—to growers large and small, to multigenerational farmers, and to storied risk-takers who laid the foundation for one of the world’s most productive growing regions.


    Cloud Gazing

    If your eyes glaze over when hearing technical jargon, you’re not alone. But the information in this article will help make sense of cloud computing and its payoffs.