Ag Economy in Focus
Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 8:47 pm
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AG ECONOMY IN FOCUS — Farmers, lenders and agribusiness professionals received the most up-to-date information about the agricultural economy at the recent seventh annual Mid-South Ag Finance Conference. The conference, held at the University of Tennessee at Martin, featured Dr. David Kohl. He is one of the world’s leading ag economists who serves on policy boards and manages his own farming operation. Kohl focused on sustaining profits and maintaining investment value in a turbulent economy. Also featured was Dr. Matthew Roberts from Ohio State University, who discussed the opportunities and pitfalls of global competition, alternate uses and other factors affecting livestock, commodity prices and land values. Among those attending were (from left) Roberts, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State; Bob Egerton, president, CoBank Eastern Region Division, representing one of the sponsors; Dr. Tom Payne, UT-Martin Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking and Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance and International Business interim chair; and Kohl, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech.