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David Kohl

Dr. David Kohl, Ph.D.

Powerful Ag speaker! Award-winning instructor. Writes regularly for Corn and Soybean Digest and other ag lending publications

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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

  • 41 Years
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  • About

    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 9 million miles throughout his professional career!  He has conducted more than 7,000 seminars and webinars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups.  He regularly speaks at over 20 young farmer programs annually. 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.  Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Futures, 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 40 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 6,000 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!

  • Videos
  • Program

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

    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 | Educational | Motivational

    COVID-19 is only one of the black swans with unintended consequences that made a major impact on American agriculture, as well as the general U.S. and global economy.  The total impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural industry is far from a final assessment.  Dr. Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus and Agricultural Academic Hall of Famer at Virginia Tech, has spent his career spanning five decades dealing with black swans and guiding the agricultural industry in navigating businesses through the economic whitewater.

      Using a virtual format, Dr. Kohl will provide a vision of how the agricultural industry can rise like a phoenix, the mythical bird for regeneration.  He will discuss the implications on the U.S. and global economy, and the future marketplace including consumer demand shaping the macro view of the decade of the ’20s.

    Dr. Kohl will present specific strategies on a customized basis to a wide variety of producers, agribusiness owners and ag lending groups with engaging polling questions and Q&A.  The good doctor will provide time-tested strategies of resilience and agility to reenergize business decision-making.  Bring this high-energy program to your doorstep virtually. 

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    To those who have followed Dr. Dave over the years, he often discussed the possible black swans with some ribbing and jokes from the listeners.  Well, the recent black swan landed like no other bird, creating economic, social and emotional anxiety in its wake.  

    As the black swan event progresses, how will it impact trade, globalization, consumer behaviors, and business models in the society of the future?  How can the agricultural industry adapt and capitalize in an economic environment analogous to the book Who Moved my Cheese? 

    How will individuals and businesses embrace change in a post-COVID world?  What are the top ten business, family and personal strategies that can provide an edge to managing through this and other potential black swan events?

    Come join this webinar where award-winning Dr. Kohl brings decades of perspectives and experiences that will be customized to your audience or situation.   

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The decade of the 2020s will be one of economic and financial divide. Of course, early in the decade, some have found a new era of prosperity, particularly with the grain industry.  The low value of the dollar coupled with China rebuilding its protein sector and mother nature’s influence on the market has brought a round of prosperity.  Is this one-off profits?  What about the livestock sector and others in the agricultural industry positioning to capitalize on opportunities?  Regardless, what will be the new megatrends, business, and financial management characteristics to manage through the economic cycles?  Dr. Kohl will use his five decades of business, academic experience, and wisdom to provide unique perspectives to lifelong learners.    

    Keynote | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical

    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.  What are the seven “P’s” to fuel your business phoenix?  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 | Educational | 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 | Educational | 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 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 | Educational | 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 is back this time, but from Cyberville to 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 2021 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 150 virtual speaking engagements in the U.S. and globally since the pandemic limited his travels.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity so just login from your computer, iPad, or mobile device to find information, actions and engagement in your learning journey.   

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | 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 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.  

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    Agricultural credit analysis will go to new levels in 2021.  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.
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