Speakers

David Kohl

David Kohl

Dr. Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. He taught in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department for 25 years.

 

Dr. Kohl currently energizes agricultural lenders, producers, and business people with his keen insight into the agricultural industry gained through extensive travel, research, and exposure during his career. He has traveled over 9 million miles in his career; conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural audiences; published more than 2,100 articles; and writes for many leading publications. Dr. Kohl was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame. Dr. Kohl’s personal involvement with agriculture and interaction with key industry players provide a unique perspective into future trends of the agricultural industry and economy.

 

 

Charlie Hatcher

Charlie Hatcher

Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. was sworn in as Tennessee’s 38th Commissioner of Agriculture on Jan. 19, 2019.

 

Appointed by Governor Bill Lee, Dr. Hatcher is a tenth generation American farmer and a fifth generation Tennessee farmer. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he served for ten years as the State Veterinarian for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In that role, he protected the health and welfare of animals within the state and promoted the marketability of animals and animal products.

 

Dr. Hatcher founded Rock-N-Country Veterinary Services in College Grove, Tenn. in 1993, specializing in livestock. The veterinary practice is now managed by his daughter, Jennifer, who is also a veterinarian. The Hatchers are well known in the dairy and agritourism industries, too. In 2007, Hatcher Family Dairy began bottling its own milk and today provides milk and milk products to customers in Middle Tennessee. Hatcher’s son, Charles, serves as president of the business.

 

Dr. Hatcher earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1984) and a B.S. in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University (1980).

 

He lives on the family farm in College Grove (est. 1831) with his wife of forty years, Sharon. His son and daughter also live on the farm with their families.

 

 

Danny Morris

Danny Morris

Danny Morris, Western Region, Area Farm Management Specialist, UT Extension earned his B.S. in Agribusiness as well as his Master’s in Agribusiness and Risk Management from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Prior to being an Extension Agent for UT, Danny worked as a grain merchandiser for a large agribusiness firm in Southern Illinois and was also an agricultural lender for a community bank located in West Tennessee. In his current role, he is involved in the Farm MANAGE program, focuses on working one-on-one with farm families in areas of farm finance, recordkeeping, business planning, estate transition planning, and marketing. Currently, his main focuses are: 1) Conducting financial analysis for farming operations in 13 counties in West Tennessee; 2) Educating farmers and agribusiness personnel in areas of financial management, recordkeeping, and optimizing profitability; 3) Completing enterprise and partial budgets for farmers and landowners to determine the projected return from new business ventures; and 4) Providing support to County Extension Agents by addressing questions related to agricultural economics or financing.

 

 

 

Richard Brock

Richard Brock

Richard Brock is owner and president of Brock Associates, an agricultural marketing advisory service and publisher of The Brock Report, a 24 page weekly fundamental and technical newsletter.  His firm manages grain sales on over 400,000 acres throughout the U.S. and is an advisor on purchasing strategies for many large poultry, pork, dairy and food companies.  Brock is on retainer with several agri-business firms for his input on strategic planning. He writes a monthly column for two agriculture magazines and speaks at over 50 conventions and conferences per year.

 

Brock grew up on the family grain and pork farm in central Indiana. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and his Master’s Degree from Cornell University.  He lives in Milwaukee, WI and Destin, FL.