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David Kohl

Dr. David Kohl, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech Dr. Dave Kohl has keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive research and involvement in ag businesses. His wisdom and engagement with the industry provide a unique perspective on future trends.

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Price range

  • $5,500 - $6,000
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Expert

  • Agriculture
  • Business Growth
  • Change
  • Economy
  • Management
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainability: Organizational
  • Trends
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Experience

  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Economics
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Career

  • 42 Years
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  • About

    Bio – short

    Dr. Dave Kohl is an academic Hall of Famer in the College of Agriculture at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Dr. Kohl has keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research, and involvement in ag businesses. He has traveled over 10 million miles; conducted more than 7,000 presentations; and published more than 2,500 articles in his career. Dr. Kohl’s wisdom and engagement with all levels of the industry provide a unique perspective into future trends.

    Bio – Long

    David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Kohl is Professor Emeritus 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 has traveled over 10 million miles throughout his professional career! He has conducted more than 7,000 seminars and 500 webinars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published five books and over 2,500 articles and video blogs on financial and business-related topics online and in journals, extension, and other popular 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 45 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 the nationally acclaimed Farm Credit University, which has had over 7,000 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. Dr. Kohl recently received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award given by Ag Communicators Network.

    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!

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The business and economic landscape of agriculture can be described in one word as “anxious.”  Global trade uncertainty and the shift from fossil fuels to the green movement coupled with inflation and supply chain bottlenecks are only a few of the challenges.  However, with these headwinds, opportunities exist for those who manage the business proactively despite all of the economic megatrend shifts. 

    How can you place the odds in your favor to manage your business and personal finances?  What are the strategies and actions for success in a world where chaos is the new normal?  Dr. Dave will present his outlook along with actions that do not guarantee but improve the odds of success.  His work as an academic, speaker, writer, business owner, and coach will provide wisdom and perspectives in an economic environment where uncertainty and opportunity coexist in the decade of the 2020s.  

    Keynote | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The economic environment is surrounded by uncertainty, but also opportunities for those with a high business IQ and financial management mindset.  Join Dr. Kohl as he discusses macroeconomic variables ranging from global economic trends to inflation, interest rates, supply chain disruptions, and consumer trends that will impact the financial bottom line.

    Given these trends, what are time-tested business and financial practices that could increase the likelihood of success?   Practical tips, techniques, and tools will be presented that can be used in your business, family and personal life based upon his decades of engagement with agricultural businesses, research and even business ownership.    

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    There will be a widening of the profit gap for agricultural producers in the 2020s.  Dr. Kohl will present some time-tested fundamental business and financial principles for successful businesses regardless of size, enterprise, geographic location, or stage of the business.  Find out the seven “P’s” of the high-octane business strategies that could set up your business for success.  What are fifteen business problems your business should exhibit?  How do you stack up concerning business and financial IQ?  What is some wisdom by the numbers in business and personal finance that can set you ahead for profit on your journey to a successful business?  Don’t miss this informative session.

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The decade of the 2020s will be one of economic and financial divide. Stimulus checks from the government along with rising commodity prices in some industries have presented profits not seen since the Great Commodity Super Cycle.  Extreme volatility and uncertainty created by geopolitics present an economic roller coaster environment for most businesses. These factors coupled with inflating costs, a shift from fossil fuels to the green movement, consumer and technology trends, and supply chain bottlenecks are only some of the challenges.  Visionary CEOs must strategically analyze the challenges and opportunities.  They must conduct both an industry and business SWOT analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in their business plan, and a pathway to remaining on the positive side of the ledger.  Don’t miss out on this engaging session that applies the big picture variables to your business, family, and personal life.      

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The pandemic has been a disruptor and an accelerated game-changer for businesses, consumers, and societies worldwide.  What is in store for the remainder of the decade of the 2020s?  What are the global and domestic economic trends and trade implications for agriculture?  How will consumer trends and changes in global economic power shifts influence the fortunes of agricultural producers?  What will be the shifts in management mindsets to meet and capitalize on these forces?  This session will be led by Dr. Dave Kohl, Virginia Tech Academic Hall of Famer, who has spent decades in education roles working with young farmers and ranchers across the globe.  He will integrate his experiences and wisdom as an educator and business owner to bring it down to strategic and tactical applications to your business and personal life.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational

    Dr. Kohl’s extensive travel and work experiences with a wide range of groups including ag producers, agribusinesses, lenders and corporate board members give him a unique pulse on trends that will impact the landscape of agriculture.  This session is designed to link global perspectives down to the business level and will cover changing consumer trends, dietary trends, technology and productivity, global issues, international trade, the transition from baby boomers to millennials and generation Z, and the urbanization of global populations.  The saying, “think globally, but act locally” is critical for the proactive business person attempting to gain a strategic advantage.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    Dr. Dave provides key viewpoints from his travels on the road and throughout the U.S. and globally.  He will share his knowledge of global economic trends and the state of the U.S. economy.  This session is designed for groups and individuals to critically think about how events around the world and the U.S. are impacting their business’ bottom lines and the future of the industry. 

    On the road ahead, the good doctor will draw upon his decades of experience as an educator and business person to present common financial and business practices that will proactively position your business or customer regardless of the economic cycle.  This session is very versatile for a wide range of groups including lenders, producers, agribusiness owners, and even students, with nuggets for each regardless of age, size of business, background, or experience.     

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The pandemic’s impact and lasting effects have created economic and financial ripples that will be observed throughout the decade.  Global trade, consumer behaviors, supply, and marketing chains, and other disruptors are creating challenges, while simultaneously presenting opportunities in the agricultural lending marketplace.

    Dr. Kohl will draw upon his decades of engagement and interaction with the agricultural industry to provide wisdom and actionable items that can be used with your agricultural customers. Topics include the high tech, high touch approach to building relationships, aligning with producer mindsets, assessing business IQ as it relates to financials and bottom-line economics, and the growth of ag businesses of the future.  Get ready for an action-packed session that provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in the agricultural lending marketplace.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The COVID-19 black swan landed like no other bird creating economic, financial, social, and emotional anxiety in its wake.  This major disruptor created challenges for some but opportunities for others.  What will be the future of global and domestic economics, trade, land values, customer behaviors, and everything in between?   Come join us to discuss the four pillars of success for converting economic uncertainty and disruptions into business opportunities. 

    A high business IQ will be one of the common denominators of success.  What are the components of a high business and financial IQ that provide resiliency and agility to navigate the accelerated change that has been created by the pandemic?  Tune in to this informative session with Dr. Kohl to learn some action items that will position your business and management team to navigate the economic white waters of the decade of the 2020s. Join Dr. David Kohl, Virginia Tech Academic Hall of Famer, for his views and perspectives that will impact producers, ag lenders, and agribusinesses.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The sudden impact and lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created accelerated changes.  Economic and financial ripples will be felt for years in many agriculture businesses.  The 2020s will be a decade of the economic divide that will test the art and science of agricultural lending.

    Dr. Kohl will draw upon his decades of engagement and interaction as an educator.  He will provide his big-picture wisdom and actionable items that can be used with your agricultural customers in 2022 and beyond.  As usual, he will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that he has received from participants of his more than 250 virtual speaking engagements in the U.S. and globally since the pandemic limited his travels.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to continue your lifelong learning journey with this informative session.    

    Keynote OR Breakout | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical | Motivational

    The decade of the 2020s will be one for widening the economic and financial divide.  Come join us to discuss the four pillars of success for converting economic uncertainty and disruptions into business opportunities.  A high business IQ will be one of the common denominators of success.  What are the components of a high business and financial IQ that provide resiliency and agility to navigate the accelerated change that has been created by the pandemic?  Don’t miss this informative session with Dr. Kohl to learn some action items that will position your business and management team to navigate the economic white waters of the decade of the 2020s.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    Agricultural credit analysis will go to new levels in 2022.  Disruptors such as possible changes in government payments, global trade, and of course the weather will create economic volatility.  Credit analysis tools to enhance communications not only with the customer but internally and with regulators will be a priority.  This session will focus on these credit tools of the times and how they can be used to jump-start your assessment of credit risk as well as business development opportunities.  

  • Review
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    “Dr. Kohl was wonderful. We have gotten lots of compliments regarding his presentation and how he interacted with the attendees given the virtual format. Everything from start to finish was great.”

    Minnesota Corn Growers Missy G
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    “Dr. Kohl was great as always. Mississippi bankers love Dr. Kohl! He is always a HOME RUN in our book!”

    Mississippi Bankers Assoc. Amy D
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    “I truly enjoyed working with Dr. Kohl & Mike Pearson, and hope they would be willing to work together again in the future. We have a lot of education to do in these changing times, and I think we all came at it in a unique way during the breakout session and drove the same point home….Please pass along our sincere Thanks to both Dr. Kohl & Mike. As George Brett would say: This was a “Grand Slam”

    Moody's Analytics D.J.
I truly enjoyed working with Dr. Kohl & Mike Pearson, and hope they would be willing to work together again in the future. We have a lot of education to do in these changing times, and I think we all came at it in a unique way during the breakout session and drove the same point home….Please pass along our sincere Thanks to both Dr. Kohl & Mike. As George Brett would say: This was a “Grand Slam
Moody's Analytics D.J.