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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

  • $2,000 - $7,000
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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

    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 and its unintended consequences have 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 of COVID-19 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 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 COVID-19 black swan landed like no other bird creating economic, financial, social and emotional anxiety in its wake.  How will it impact trade, consumer behaviors, land values and ag business models?  What are actionable tactics that will position your business, family and personal lives for the future?  Be informed and energized by Dr. Dave’s wisdom and practical points. 

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The agricultural economic downturn is in the seventh year and counting.  Most in the industry are facing razor thin margins combined with increased volatility in the economic environment.  This results in massive changes in the structure of agriculture and rural communities.  What is the state of the trade agreements and the short and long-term implications to the bottom line?  Where are interest rates, land values, and trends leading the industry?  How can one adjust strategies and tactics to cope and survive in this environment? One must have the business intelligence and street smarts to be successful.  This session will discuss the assessment of management IQ that often places one in the top third or bottom third of profitability.  What are the financial and business management characteristics that one must focus on in planning, strategizing, executing and monitoring for 2020 and beyond?

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The black swan or unusual event of the century in the form of COVID-19 has landed on our doorstep.  What is the domestic and global economic outlook, both in the short and long run given the unfolding circumstances?  What are the positives for the agricultural industry?  How can producers and lenders work together to bridge the gap for a brighter future?  What does a recovery look like?  What are the lessons learned from past economic and financial shocks?  What specific actions are needed by both lenders and producers to navigate the economic and business whitewater?  

    Join this webinar to find out some answers to these questions plus engage and interact with Dr. Dave Kohl as he draws on five decades of academic, industry and business experience.  This session will bring the expertise to your doorstep virtually to energize your leaders, team members, customers, and community.   

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The sudden impact and lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has created economic and financial ripples that will be felt for years to many business models in agriculture.  Global trade, consumer behaviors, supply and marketing chains and other disruptors are altering risk to your customers and the agricultural loan portfolios.  The 2020’s will be the decade of 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 provide actionable items through techniques and tips that can be used with your agricultural customers in 2021 and beyond.  He will answer some of the most commonly asked questions by lenders, producers and others concerning the economic environment and financial business management. You won’t want to miss this opportunity so just click on your computers, iPads or mobile device to close out the year and jump-start the new year with information, actions and engagement in your learning journey.   

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The sudden impact and lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has created accelerated changes.  It also has created economic and financial ripples that will be felt for years to many business models in agriculture.  The 2020s will be the decade of 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 2021 and beyond.  He will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that he has received by participants of his more than 75 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 click on your computers, iPads or mobile device to close out the year and jump-start the new year with information, actions and engagement in your learning journey.   

    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    The sudden impact and lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has created accelerated changes.  It also has created economic and financial ripples that will be felt for years to many business models in agriculture.  The 2020s will be the 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 2021 and beyond.  He will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that he has received by participants of his more than 75 virtual speaking engagements in the U.S. and globally since the pandemic limited his travels. 

    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 the 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 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