Weather & Economics Unplugged
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23

From Washington to Main Street: Your Bottom Line 
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

Transforming the Black Swan into a Phoenix
recording available


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Transforming the Black Swan into a Phoenix

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 -- recording available

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 2020 decade.

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.

Objectives

This is session is a perfect fit for your banking staff members, customers and any stakeholders in agriculture and offers the following.
  • a virtual way to educate and connect with your customers and team members
  • actionable items to enhance business and financial literacy for attendees
  • critical questions for crucial business conversations in the short and long run

Presenter

David M. Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Dr. Dave Kohl is an academic Hall of Famer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Dr. Kohl is a sought-after educator of lenders, producers and stakeholders with his keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research and involvement in ag businesses. He has traveled nearly 10 million miles; conducted more than 6,500 workshops, speeches, and seminars; and published more than 2,250 articles for leading publications. Dr. Kohl’s involvement with ag businesses and interaction with key thought leaders provide a unique perspective into future trends of the ag industry and economy.

Weather & Economics Unplugged

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23

What are two of the subjects most difficult to predict but most compelling to follow? Weather and economics, of course. Join Dr. Dave Kohl and Eric Snodgrass in a tag team unplugged environment that is engaging, thought provoking and sometimes even entertaining. Two of the most popular speakers on the agricultural circuit who have often presented together in face-to-face meetings will come to you virtually for this informative session.

Of course, Eric will provide his latest update on weather trends in the U.S. and abroad affect the bottom-line of your agricultural business. Dr. Kohl will elaborate on the state of agriculture and the U.S. and global economy and its implications on business strategy.

Along the way, both will provide tips, techniques and takeaways that can be implemented in your business, family and personal lives. Through questions and answers, the two unplugged speakers can customize the session to you and your group’s needs.

Objectives

This session will offer the following.

  • discussion on life skills and philosophy by these educators
  • five actionable tips to enhance your business, family and/or personal lives
  • a customized high tech learning opportunity that can be offered remotely, or in a small group setting to maximize networking of attendees

Presenters

David M. Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Dr. Dave Kohl is an academic Hall of Famer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Dr. Kohl is a sought-after educator of lenders, producers and stakeholders with his keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research and involvement in ag businesses. He has traveled nearly 10 million miles; conducted more than 6,500 workshops, speeches, and seminars; and published more than 2,250 articles for leading publications. Dr. Kohl’s involvement with ag businesses and interaction with key thought leaders provide a unique perspective into future trends of the ag industry and economy.

Eric Snodgrass
Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions

Eric Snodgrass is the principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture. He provides frequent weather updates that focus on how high-impact weather events influence global agriculture productivity. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the U.S. and to increase confidence in long-range weather prediction. He presents his research as a featured speaker at more than 50 conferences annually, where he provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions, farmers, commodity traders and other stakeholders.

Before transitioning to Nutrien Ag Solutions, Eric was the director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006-2019.

From Washington to Main Street: Your Bottom Line

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

The COVID-19 black swan has changed the paradigms of doing business and the challenges and opportunities for the future of agriculture. Join Ed Elfmann, senior vice president of
agriculture and rural banking policy with the American Bankers Association for insight on agricultural and banking policy from a Capitol Hill standpoint. He will provide us a view from the ABA that represents more than 5,000 banks that have agricultural portfolios. What is on the horizon as the U.S. enters the fall election season? What will be the key issues and actions that
bankers and producers need to be aware of that can affect their financial fortunes? Will government support continue? What will life be like after the stimulus programs?

Dr. Dave Kohl will provide his update on the agricultural economy ranging from land values, farm structure and the 10 leading mega trends for agricultural and rural areas as the result of the unfolding of these historical events. 

Objectives

This session will energize your banking team, producers, community stakeholders and others with:

  • insight from two leaders in their fields, Ed Elfmann and Dr. David Kohl
  • an outlook for the future of government programs as well as possible new initiatives in the making
  • 10 mega trends that will impact your strategic planning and playbook for the long-term journey

Presenters

David M. Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Dr. Dave Kohl is an academic Hall of Famer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Dr. Kohl is a sought-after educator of lenders, producers and stakeholders with his keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research and involvement in ag businesses. He has traveled nearly 10 million miles; conducted more than 6,500 workshops, speeches, and seminars; and published more than 2,250 articles for leading publications. Dr. Kohl’s involvement with ag businesses and interaction with key thought leaders provide a unique perspective into future trends of the ag industry and economy.

Ed Elfmann
Senior Vice President, Agricultural and Rural Banking Policy
American Bankers Association

Ed Elfmann serves as senior vice president of agricultural and rural banking policy for the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., Elfmann has been with ABA since June 2012 and is ABA’s head of policy on agricultural and rural credit and lending issues. In addition to agricultural policy, Elfmann works on swaps and derivatives policy, financial services and
appropriations for ABA.

A central Minnesota native, Elfmann grew up on a dairy farm where his family still farms corn, soybeans and steers, in addition to their grain trucking business. Prior to joining ABA, Elfmann was an agriculture and transportation policy advisor for a congressman on the House Agriculture Committee. In addition, he has worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Corn Growers Association.

For More Information

Contact the MBA Education Department at 573-636-8151 or email.

Registration Fees

  • MBA Members - $300 per webinar
    • Bank pays one fee of $300 for all employees, officers and directors to attend.
  • Nonmember Fee - $1,200 per webinar
  • Special Package Deal for MBA Members - Register for all three sessions for $800.
    • One $800 fee allows all bank employees to attend all three webinars!

Cancellation/Refunds

Full refunds will be granted for cancellations received by MBA at least five days before the seminar date. After that date, an administrative fee of $10 per canceled registration will be retained. Cancellations will not be accepted two days before the seminar. Substitutions are always permitted.

Webinar Instructions

This webinar will be presented through an online platform. We recommend that you join us via computer a PC, Mac, iPad, or Android device. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.