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.
Freddie L. Barnard, Professor Emeritus of agricultural economics at Purdue University, is a native of Kentucky and received both a B.S. and M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky. He received a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He retired June 30, 2017 after serving on the faculty at Purdue University for more than 35 years, where he had Extension and undergraduate teaching responsibilities in agricultural finance and agribusiness management. He also served as director of the Midwest Agricultural Banking School, which is held each year through Purdue University, a position he held for 36 years. Finally, he served on the Technical Committee of the Farm Financial Standards Council and as secretary/treasurer of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Dr. Barnard was the lead instructor for the Mid-South School of Advanced Agricultural Lending at UT Martin from 2013-2017.
Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1500 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Illinois Teaching Advancement Board, Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses. Snodgrass’ research initiatives focus on K-12 science education as well as weather forecasting applications in financial markets.
Dr. Tim L. Cross, chancellor, previously served as Dean of University of Tennessee Extension. UT Extension is the agricultural, community and economic development, youth, and family and consumer outreach unit of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Appointed as Dean in July 2008, Dr. Cross has served the University of Tennessee as professor of agricultural economics beginning in 1994, developing and delivering educational programs concerning the economics of livestock management, animal waste management, forage production, and sustainable agriculture. Beginning in 2001, he served UT as Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean of Extension.
An agricultural economist by training, Dr. Cross received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and served as an instructor of agricultural economics, marketing and policy at Fort Hayes State University before pursuing his doctoral degree at Oregon State University.
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.