David Kohl is president of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. Dave is business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He also serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech where the Kohl Agribusiness Centre has been established in honor of his long-term commitment to practical teaching, research, and extension. Dr. Kohl received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell. Dave has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for over 30 consecutive years, and is one of the top rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking. He serves as Chancellor of Farm Credit University, which has trained over 700 lenders. He has published four books and over 1,200 articles and regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest and other ag lending publications. Dr. Kohl was a leader in establishing guidelines for the standardized reporting and analysis of agricultural producers’ financial information on a national and international basis. Dr. Kohl’s talks provide a big-picture-overview of the economic and business management techniques that can be used in business, family and personal lives. He has a fresh, unorthodox presentation style that you should not miss and will not forget.
Dr. Daryll E. Ray is the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy, professor of agricultural and resource economics and director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center (APAC) at the University of Tennessee. Since coming to Tennessee in 1991, he has established and developed APAC into a highly respected center that has developed working relationships with government agencies, national federal laboratories, other universities and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Raised on a general crop and livestock farm in Central Iowa. He received his B.S. in farm operations in 1965 and his PhD in economics in 1971 at Iowa State University. Dr. Ray has published hundreds of articles and presentations on policy and economic issues to a wide array of regional, national, and international audiences. He has made numerous presentations to international audiences and testified before Senate and House Agriculture Committees and Presidential Commissions.
Dr. Ray writes a weekly column with APAC’s Harwood Schaffer that is published weekly in agricultural newspapers with over 300,000 subscribers. The columns are also accessed on APAC’s website which receives over half a million hits per year.
Dr. Matt Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Roberts is a nationally-renowned expert and speaker on the grain and energy markets. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and Forbes, and has been interviewed on CNBC. Roberts received a B.A. in Economics from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University. Prior to graduate school Roberts worked as a commodity and energy derivatives broker in Vienna, Austria and as a market research consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in North Carolina. He is an active speaker, appearing approximately 50 times per year around the nation on grain, petroleum, and biofuels markets, and is also an active consultant to the commodity industry. He has been at The Ohio State University since 2001.
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. He also publishes the popular Pork Profit Edge newsletter. Mr. Brock’s 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. He is on retainer with several agri-business firms for his input on strategic planning. He writes a monthly column for two agriculture magazines and appears regularly on both the Ag Day television show and U.S. Farm Report. In addition, he speaks at over 50 conventions and conferences annually. Richard 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.