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Kohl to speak at Mid-South Ag Finance Conference

Kohl to speak at Mid-South Ag Finance Conference

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:25 pm

David Kohl, internationally known speaker to farmers, lenders and agribusiness audiences, will be the featured presenter at the seventh annual Mid-South Ag Finance Conference. The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 6. Dr. Kohl has been a presenter during each of the last six sessions and has provided the growing audiences with practical information. “As one of the world’s leading ag economists who serves on policy boards and manages his own farming operation, Dr. Kohl provides lenders and producers with the most up-to-date and practical information available,” said Dr. Thomas Payne, holder of the Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking at UT Martin. This year, Kohl will focus on sustaining profits and maintaining investment value in a turbulent economy. The agricultural economy has been quickly and permanently changed, and participants will benefit from practical tools to maximize profit and minimize risk. His sessions on “Sustained Profitability: Agricultural Pro-duction” and “Lending in the Age of Turbulence and Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Best Practices for the Producer-Lender Team” will provide ways to strengthen balance sheets and increase operating cash flows. This year’s conference will also feature a session on “There’s Gold in Them There Fields (But For How Long)? The Future of Commodity Prices and Land Values.” This session will be led by Dr. Matthew Roberts from Ohio State University. This year’s conference will also include a special session on “The Availability and Cost of Agricultural Loans in 2009.” The Mid-South Ag Finance Conference is appropriate for ag lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners. Members of the total management team, including spouses and other business partners, should also attend. The registration fee is $150 for lenders, $75 for farmers and $25 for spouses and students. Registration information is available by contacting Payne at (731) 881-7324, or visit the Web site, www.utm.edu/agconference. Space is limited so registration is requested by Aug. 1. Published in The Messenger 7.15.08

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