David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. For 25 years, Kohl was Professor of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
He was on special leave with the Royal Bank of Canada working on advanced initiatives for two years, and also assisted in the launch of the successful entrepreneurship program at Cornell University. Kohl is Professor Emeritus in the AAEC Department at Virginia Tech.
Kohl has traveled over 7 million miles throughout his professional career! He has published four books and over 1,000 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications.
Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for over 30 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers’ schools and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the world. He has also been one of the top rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is Chancellor of Farm Credit University, which has trained over 700 lenders using an online and face-to-face educational approach.
Kohl has participated is Carolina Farm Credit's Ag Leadership classes for the past ten years. Each year he teaches a group of young, beginning and small farmers about the economic side of farming. In the three days of workshops, he provides them with valuable tools to help them manage their operation and plan for the future.
Kohl is currently President of AgriVisions, LLC. He is also business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mtns.
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If you would like to keep up with Kohl’s information and perspectives, you can find his weekly columns on the following websites:
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Road Warrior of Agriculture: www.cornandsoybeandigest.com
Dr. David M. Kohl - Ag Globe Trotter
Dr. Kohl is the Dean of Farm Credit University and a Professor Emeritus in the Ag Economics Department of Virginia Tech. He has conducted more than 5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups.
Kohl is currently President of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. He regularly writes for Ag Lender and Corn and Soybean Digest and is now writing quarterly articles for the specific use of Farm Credit members.
To read Dr. Kohl's most recent articles, click below on the title of the article.
New! Summer 2014 Article:
The Investment in Education
I have been exposed to people with many challenges and opportunities as a former academic and through my road warrior travels and interaction with a wide variety of groups. In recent years, questions have arisen concerning the topic of young people and education. With U.S. University and college debt exceeding $1 trillion, and major questions concerning quality of education and the difficulty of securing employment for the Millennials, this is a topic that is top of mind. As an educator who has taught over 10,000 students at Virginia Tech and Cornell University, let’s have some dialogue on this important subject.
Spring 2014 Article:
Management Discipline in Economic Moderation
The great commodity super cycle has brought high levels of prosperity, particularly to the grain sector of agriculture. Yes, economic moderation is now in motion and few analysts can predict its extent and duration. Emerging nations’ economies, biofuel and ethanol mandates, Federal Reserve policy and weather are several of the catalysts for change. While economics is uncertain, one fact remains constant: Those who plan, develop strategies, execute them, monitor results and tweak the business as field conditions change have the odds in their favor.
Winter 2014 Article:
Ag Economy in Transition
The winds of change are blowing in the agricultural economy. The great commodity super cycle that has bestowed record profits and paper wealth gains, particularly on the grain industry for a decade, is starting to subside. A convergence of events including the slowing of the emerging nations’ economic growth, an easing of ethanol and biofuel mandates, and favorable weather patterns in the southern hemisphere are resulting in increased crop inventories which in turn are reducing prices of commodities. Producers who have not developed and executed risk management plans using forward pricing, options or puts are now experiencing the possibility of negative margins for the first time in many years.
Fall 2013 Article:
Agriculture in the Next Decade
Dr. Kohl recently shared a panel with Dr. Kathryn Boor, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Mr. Chuck Connor, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. The panel was moderated by Mr. Bill Lipinski, CEO of Farm Credit East. The discussion addressed the future of agriculture and rural America. Let us explore some of the thoughts and perspectives shared that day.
Summer 2013 Article:
Traits of a Winning Producer-Lender Team
Whether it is a young farmer or rancher starting from scratch, a growing and expanding business, a business in transition, or a business that is scaling down or exiting, a team approach between the borrower and lender is a vital element for success. Let us examine the attributes of a “cut above” producer-lender team.
Spring 2013 Article:
The 21st Century Legacy of Agriculture
Despite recent misconceptions on social media about future opportunities in the agriculture industry, there are many reasons to be optimistic, as an industry that is the foundation of the American economy and lifestyle. Here are the top ten reasons to be excited about agriculture, in no particular order.
Winter 2013 Article:
Anyone involved in agricultural decision making needs to keep the emerging markets, often called the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa on their radar screen. These nations have represented 50 percent of world economic growth since the year 2000, and therefore have contributed to increased global demand for food, fiber and fuel. The growth of these nations has resulted in a “Swiss cheese” agricultural economy. That is, certain segments and enterprises that align with these nations’ demands have had growth and have become “islands of prosperity.” However, others in the agriculture industry, particularly segments of the protein sector, have experienced elevated input costs, margin compression, or negative margins.
Fall 2012 Article:
Step Up and Be A Leader
Society and the world have become more fragmented by information and technology, which tends to create a loss of focus. In a world where economic volatility and speed of change are accelerating, the opportunities for success are plentiful; however, the opportunities for failure are also abundant. Proactive, strong leadership is essential to maintain focus.
Summer 2012 Article:
Capitalizing on the Megatrends
Recently a number of people have asked what megatrends will evolve in agriculture throughout the remainder of the decade. Observations and interaction with players in the industry have identified trends, and more importantly, how individuals and businesses are empowered to capitalize on them.
Spring 2012 Article:
Young Producers: Opportunities and Stakes are High
In this high opportunities and high stakes environment, the following quote by Gene Brown sums it up. “The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.”