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News release from Huntington University:

AgriVisions president to headline HU agriculture event

HUNTINGTON, Indiana (February 3, 2015) — Huntington University’s Institute for Agricultural Studies is hosting a day-long event focused on the future of agriculture and featuring Dr. David Kohl, president of AgriVisions LLC, a consulting firm providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide.

 

Dr. David (Dave) Kohl, The Kohl Centre at Virginia Tech

 

The Feb. 18 event will include sessions by Kohl titled “Straight Talk about Agriculture and the Economy” and “How Big is the New Tent for Agriculture?” The first session will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the second will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Kohl has traveled almost 9 million miles throughout his professional career. He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as Farm Credit and the Farm Service Agency, as well as producer, regulator, banker and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and more than 1,500 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals and agricultural research and extension publications.

A buffet lunch, including several courses, dessert and soft drinks, will be available to attendees for $5 in the lower level of Habecker Dining Commons from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Cindy Geders at cgeders@huntington.edu or (260) 359-4068.

 

Full biography for Dr. David Kohl

David Kohl received his master’s and doctorate 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, Blacksburg, Virginia.

He was on special leave with the Royal Bank of Canada working on advanced initiatives for two years, and also assisted in the launch of the successful entrepreneurship program at Cornell University. Kohl is professor emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech.

Kohl has traveled almost 9 million miles throughout his professional career. He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as Farm Credit and the Farm Service Agency, as well as producer, regulator, banker and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and more than 1,500 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals and agricultural research and extension publications. Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, and other agriculture lending publications.

He has received 11 major teaching awards while teaching more than 10,000 students, and 18 major Extension and Public Service awards from Virginia Tech, Cornell University, and state and national organizations. Kohl is a two-time recipient of the prestigious American Agricultural Economics Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Kohl is one of only five professors in the nearly 100-year history of the association to receive the award twice. He received the Governor’s award for his distinguished service to Virginia agriculture, the youngest recipient to receive this award. Kohl was recognized as one of 30 leaders who are the brains behind innovative business management and economic information that agriculture uses today. He also has been named one of seven economists and bankers who challenge the status quo.

Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for more than 35 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers’ schools and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the world. He has also been one of the top rated instructors at the Louisiana State University and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is Chancellor of Farm Credit University, which has trained more than 700 lenders using an online and face-to-face educational approach.

As facilitator of the United States Farm Financial Standards Task Force and member of the Canadian Agricultural Financial Standards Task Force, Kohl was one of the leaders in establishing guidelines for the standardized reporting and analysis of agricultural producers’ financial information on a national and international basis. The Kohl Agribusiness Centre has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in honor of his long-term commitment to practical teaching, research and extension.

Kohl is currently President of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. He is also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value-added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

On a more personal note, Kohl enjoys playing basketball and likes most sports, farms, dogs and covered bridges; he dislikes lazy students, administrative bureaucracies and paperwork.

 

About Huntington University
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

 

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