Leading Thinking


The e3 Sustainable Cotton program provides a platform for farmers and supply chain partners to discuss transparency and traceability in the cotton industry

National fashion and textile editors recently took a break from their busy deadlines and embarked on a virtual trip called Farm to Fashion: an e3 Sustainable Cotton event. Led by BASF Fiber Development Manager Jennifer Crumpler, editors traveled on a sustainable cotton journey, beginning in the field and ending with jeans.


My Non-Traditional Path in Agriculture

If you told me 20 years ago that I’d someday be leading a business segment within an agriculture-based company, I never would have believed you. As a young woman with a finance background and minimal previous experience in the field, it seemed unlikely that I’d find many opportunities in a space largely dominated by people with lifelong backgrounds in farming and agriculture.


Passage of Infrastructure Bill Will Help Farmers Handle the Biggest Job on Earth

Fall is a special time in rural communities across the country. Harvest is underway on millions of acres of farmland which brings neighbors together for a shared purpose. Many farmers work nearly around-the-clock, relying on friends, family, and their broader community to finish the job. It is clear Congress could learn from this example. 


Two Former FFA State Officers at BASF Strengthen Already Tight Bond

When it comes to the people affiliated with FFA, developing lifelong friendships is not uncommon. The strong bond Chuck Benson and Alan Johnson have formed over the past five years is a perfect example.


The Triangle Community Must Work Together to Fight Hunger

Food insecurity in the United States continues to hold steady at its highest-ever rate. According to Feeding America’s The Impact of the Coronavirus on National Food Insecurity in 2020 & 2021, one in nine people in our nation faces hunger. And the issue has only worsened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


ERGs Engage Employees & Drive Better Business in the Triangle

Since being introduced in the early 1970s, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have played a pivotal role in creating positive change within businesses large and small — and some in between.


BASF Agricultural Solutions: Building a Culture of Inclusiveness Through Diversity

As people and companies nationwide continue the fight for social justice, diversity and inclusion initiatives have taken a front row seat in the workplace. BASF Agricultural Solutions North America, headquartered in Durham, is at the forefront of this movement in the Triangle; and has truly made it a priority.


Fighting Hunger at All Levels

The number of Americans who do not know where their next meal will come from might surprise you. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 1 in 9 households (11.1 percent) encountered difficulty in providing enough food for their family at some time during 2018.


Paul Rea Listening Tour

Paul Rea visits with Dave and Alec Huisinga, who are part of the team that runs their family farming operation in Cisco, Illinois. The Huisinga's share how the season has been going with them, what keeps them up at night, and what they have planned for the future.