2020 Spring Ag Conference

Tuesday, March 3 - Columbia

4 Ways to Register 

Online Registration
Phone 573-636-8151
  Fax Registration
Fax 573-634-2754
  Mail Registrations
Mail to:
PO Box 57
Jefferson City, MO
Print seminar brochure.

Thank you to Farmer MAC for sponsoring lunch!

Seminar Overview

Agricultural Megatrends & Credit 2020
Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus
Virginia Tech

The agricultural economic environment, with a prolonged down economic cycle, offers both challenges and opportunities for lenders and producers. This poses many questions with the start of a new decade.
  • What can be expected concerning trade, global economic trends, consumer habits, technology and productivity?
  • What are the critical variables of credit risk?
  • What are the four quadrants and characteristics of the business IQ spectrum of performance possibilities?
  • What are the latest tools and techniques that ag lenders are using to navigate these turbulent times?
  • What are the answers to the most commonly asked questions?

Dr. David Kohl will draw on his decades of engagement and interactions with the agricultural industry and academics to provide tools, tips and techniques for lenders, producers and students.

Industrial Hemp Economics and Markets
Joe Horner, Ag Economist
University of Missouri Extension

Licensed Missouri farmers will be able to grow industrial hemp in 2020. Horner will present results of a year-long MU Extension study exploring industrial hemp agronomics, production budgets, processing opportunities, regulations and risks. Hemp produced for CBD, grain, and fiber will be discussed.

U.S.-China Trade Deal Update
Jill Wood, Executive Director
Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority

About the Instructors

David Kohl, Ph.D.David Kohl received his master’s and doctoral 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 in Blacksburg. He is professor emeritus in the AAEC Department at Virginia Tech.

Kohl is currently president of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. He also is business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value-added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Joe Horner, University of Missouri ExtensionJoe Horner is an agricultural economist with University of Missouri Extension. In his position, he assists producers in analyzing farm finances, creates informal adult educational opportunities and produces feasibility studies aimed at strengthening Missouri agriculture. A southwest Missouri native, Horner has worked for MU Extension for since 1988. He spent the first 12 years of his career as a regional extension farm management specialist in southeast Missouri before moving to his current statewide assignment. Horner received a bachelor's in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's. in agricultural economics from the University of California in Davis.
Jill Wood, Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development AuthorityJill Wood has served as executive director of Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority since August 2017. MASBDA promotes the development of agriculture and small business through several different financial programs and is administered by a seven-member commission. Before joining MASBDA, Wood served as a management analyst and a senior contributions supervisor for the Missouri Division of Employment Security for more than 12 years. She earned her degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was born and raised on what is now a seventh-generation hog operation in Henry County, Missouri.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for the bank management team, ag lenders and their ag customers, and high school and college students interested in agriculture careers.

For More Information

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

Date and Location

Tuesday, March 3 - Columbia
Courtyard by Marriott
3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd.

Hotel Reservations

Workshop participants should contact the Courtyard by Marriott at 573-443-8000 for reservations. The special group rate of $101 plus tax, per room, per day is available. Be sure to state you are attending the Missouri Bankers Association’s ag seminar. 

A block of rooms is reserved for this meeting until Monday, Feb. 3. After the cut-off date, availability is not guaranteed and room rates may revert to published rate. Make room reservations before Feb. 3 if you wish to stay at the meeting hotel. Early reservations are encouraged!


8:30 a.m. Registration 
9 a.m.  Program - David Kohl
Noon Lunch 
1 p.m.  Program - Joe Horner 
2:15 p.m.  Program - Jill Wood 

Registration Fees

  • MBA Members - $275
  • MBA Member Guest Fee - $160
  • Nonmember Fee - $1,100

The cost of lunch included in this registration fee for this seminar is $22.50. This information is provided for your bank's tax records, in keeping with the IRS 50% deductible provisions under Section 274(n) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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


If you have any disabilities that require special assistance, contact Cindy Foltz at MBA at 573-636-8151 and explain how we may best accommodate your needs.