Our History

Founded in 1983 as Abel, Daft, & Earley, Agralytica has challenged norms and driven innovation in the food and agriculture space for over 40 years. We apply our knowledge of the agricultural industry to meet the strategic and informational needs of our non-profit, government, and private sector clients. Our work uncovers transformative solutions, helping clients harness their potential while navigating the complexities of an ever-evolving food and agriculture landscape.

A Pioneering Force for Over 40 Years

With backgrounds in academia and the executive branch, Martin Abel, Lynn Daft, and Tom Earley, founded Abel, Daft, and Earley in 1983. Each founder brought specialized expertise in agricultural economics and policy.

The firm expanded substantially in the mid- to late 1990s after a simultaneous merger with Ward International (becoming ADE&WI) and acquisition by Produce Studies Group (PSG), a larger agricultural consulting company based in the United Kingdom. ADE&WI served as PSG’s U.S.-based office.

In 1998, the U.S. firm rebranded as Promar International. In the late 1990s, Promar International’s President Nick Young developed Results-Oriented Management (R-OM), a planning and evaluation system designed for non-profit organizations. It was refined for use by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and implemented as the structure behind the Unified Export Strategy, the annual plan that guides export promotion activities for U.S. agricultural products.

R-OM became the backbone of the annual planning and evaluation cycle for the program’s approximately 70 funding recipients. MAP regulations require FAS to follow results-oriented management principles when reviewing funding applications from USDA Cooperator groups (See U.S. Code Title 7, Section 1485.14). R-OM was subsequently used by USDA to evaluate other programs, such as the Food for Progress program. To this day, R-OM serves as the underlying framework for our evaluation and strategic planning work.

The U.S. team repurchased the firm in 2003 and continued serving clients as Promar International until rebranding as Agralytica in 2011. In 2023, we celebrated 40 years of continuous operation as a company providing agricultural research, consulting, and strategic services to public, private, and non-profit clients.