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Mid-South Ag Finance Conference, set for Aug. 6, to focus on economic conditions, commodity price risk, farm profitability and transition planning

07-16-2014


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. David Kohl, internationally known speaker to agricultural lenders, small business owners, producers and agribusiness audiences, is the featured presenter at the13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. The conference is for lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners and will be held from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Boling University Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

“As one of the world’s leading ag economists who serves on policy boards and manages his own farming operation, Dave Kohl provides lenders and producers with the most up-to-date and practical information available,” said Dr. Tom Payne, UT Martin Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking. This year Dave will be joined by two of the most renowned experts in agricultural operations and risk management.”

In addition to conducting more than 5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural lenders and producers, Kohl is a leader in establishing national and international standards for reporting and analysis of agricultural producers’ financial information. Kohl will discuss the latest trends in real estate values, changes in farm family finances and a new business equation for success. He will provide producers and lenders with an overview of the global trends and domestic policies that affect the agricultural bottom line.

Joining Kohl on the program will be nationally known experts in farm transition planning, price trends and risk management. Dr. Steve Isaacs, University of Kentucky Extension professor in agricultural economics and co-director of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, will focus on passing the farm operation from one generation to the next by providing the lender-producer team with potential pitfalls and practical tips for successful transition planning.

This year’s conference will also include a discussion of commodity prices and risk management. Richard Brock, president of Brock Associates, will discuss the marketing outlook and associated risk management tools for producers and lenders. Brock’s recent analysis of corn, soybean and cotton price trends provides a basis for decision making for the coming year.

The conference will conclude with an interactive question-and-answer panel session with the participants and speakers. “The Ag Finance Conference always provides participants with practical ‘take-home’ knowledge from some of the nation’s foremost agricultural experts,” said Joe Brasher, First State Bank community bank president of Sharon. “Each session is designed to provide the most relevant and up-to-date information for lenders and ag producers.”

The registration fee is $150 for lenders, $75 for farmers and $25 for spouses and students. Members of the total management team, including spouses and other business partners, are encouraged to attend.

Registration information is available by calling 731-881-7324 or by visiting www.utm.edu/agconference. Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is July 31. A service of the UT Martin Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, the Mid-South Ag Finance Conference is made possible through the support of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, CoBank, Carroll Bank and Trust, and FarmerMac.

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SUGGESTED PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. David Kohl, internationally known speaker to agricultural lenders, small business owners, producers and agribusiness audiences, will be the featured presenter at the13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. The conference is for lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners and will be held from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in UT Martin’s Boling University Center. The conference registration deadline is July 31.

 

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