4TH Annual Young Producers Event

Join us for our 4TH Annual Young Producers Event!

Of all vocations, agriculture has to be one of the most challenging to be a part of. There are the usual trials which face producers: volatile markets, weather, capital needs, new technology, the distance to move livestock/commodities, just to name a few. Over the past several years as the industry has been successful we have seen many young people remain on/or return to area farms and ranches. Your co-op’s mission statement reads as follows: Farmers Ranchers Co-op is committed to being a business partner with our patrons, efficiently providing products, services and expertise that enhance the profitability of our member owners. As we consider our mission and this new generation of producers we realize the importance of providing an opportunity for people to interact with their peers.

This event will be held on January 4th in Ainsworth. We are inviting people the age of 40 and under, who consider agriculture their way of life to attend. Our speaker will be David Kohls.

Dr. David Kohl

Straight Talk, Straight Actions

“Straight Talk, Straight Actions” says it all in the title of this high energy, no-holds-barred approach session.  Straight talk on the global economic trends that will impact your business’ bottom line and decision making will be presented in a manner that links global economics to your business, family, and personal life. 

Straight actions in business and financial decisions will be discussed as to what actions need to be taken to keep the business on course and also position it for new avenues of success.  “Straight Talk, Straight Actions” will provide insight and answers to the most common questions asked by producers, owners, and managers.  This energetic session will provide information and perspectives which will be invaluable not only to your business but also your personal life.

Short Bio:

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 Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech.

Kohl has traveled over 9 million miles throughout his professional career!  He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups.  He has published four books and over 2,100 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications.  Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, and other ag lending publications.

He has received 11 major teaching awards while teaching over 10,000 students, and 25 major Extension and Public Service awards from Virginia Tech, Cornell University, and state and national organizations.  Kohl is a two-time recipient of the prestigious American Agricultural Economics Association's Outstanding Teaching Award.  Kohl is one of only five professors in the 100-year history of the Association to receive the award twice.  He received the Governor's award for his distinguished service to Virginia agriculture, the youngest recipient to receive this award. Kohl was recognized as one of 30 leaders who are the brains behind innovative business management and economic information that agriculture uses today. He also has been named one of 7 economists and bankers who challenge the status quo.

Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for more than 35 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers’ schools and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the world. He is also one of the top rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is Chancellor of Farm Credit University, which has had over 4,000 enrollments of lenders and producers using a blended online and face-to-face educational approach.

As facilitator of the United States Farm Financial Standards Task Force and member of the Canadian Agricultural Financial Standards Task Force, Dr. Kohl was one of the leaders in establishing guidelines for the standardized reporting and analysis of agricultural producers' financial information on a national and international basis.  The Kohl Agribusiness Centre has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in honor of his long-term commitment to practical teaching, research, and extension. In 2017, Kohl was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame.

Kohl is currently President of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. He is also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

On a more personal note, Dave enjoys playing basketball and likes most sports, farms, dogs, and covered bridges; he dislikes lazy students, administrative bureaucracies, and paperwork!

Save the date – January 4th! The cooperative is starting to mail out information about this event. We will not be able to identify every young producer, so if you want more information or know of someone who may be interested, please contact us at the main office (800) 233-6627 and we will provide the information.