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Mid-South Conference on Ag planned at UTM

Mid-South Conference on Ag planned at UTM
Dr. David Kohl, internationally known speaker to farmers, lenders and agribusiness audiences will be the featured presenter at the ninth annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference.
The conference will be held in Boling University Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 4. Kohl has been a presenter during each of the last eight sessions and has provided growing audiences with practical information.
Kohl will be joined on the program by Dr. Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist, and Matt Roberts, nationally known expert on grain and energy markets.
In addition to conducting more than 5,000 workshops and seminars, Kohl was a leader in establishing national and international standards for reporting and analysis of agricultural producers’ financial information.
He will provide participants with information to avoid pitfalls and maximize profits during his sessions on “The New Economic Realities: Promise or Peril?” and “Credit Risk Profiling – What Every Lender (and Producer) Should Know!”
Following an overview of economic conditions and trends, Kohl will focus on easy-to-understand indicators of excessive credit risk and, on the positive side, identify marketing opportunities.
These practical tools will assist with early problem loan identification and trouble-shooting techniques for improving the farm operation’s bottom line.
Ag lenders and producers alike will benefit from his best practice guidelines and suggestions on credit scoring for large and small customers. 
Young will address price trends, economic warning signs for agriculture, market opportunities and the changing business of farming during his session “Climate Change in Agriculture: A Roadmap for Ag Businesses.”
In addition to discussing farm policy issues, Young will provide producers and lenders with projections about input costs and output prices. 
Also returning is Matt Roberts, who will present “The Six Hats of a Farmer” focusing on the opportunities and risks facing the wide range of businesses that comprise modern grain farm operations – agronomist, grain elevator, custom machinery operator, land speculator and capital allocator.
Roberts serves as associate professor of agriculture and environmental economics at Ohio State University and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press and Forbes, and has been interviewed on CNBC. 
“This year’s conference will host the most prestigious panel yet, and participants will gain practical ‘take-home’ knowledge from some of the nation’s foremost agricultural experts.
“The conference is an excellent business development opportunity, and the sessions are designed to provide the most relevant and up-to-date information for lenders and ag producers,” said Joe Brasher, First State Bank community bank president, Sharon.
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 calling 731-881-7324, or visiting the website,
Space is limited so registration is requested by July 30.
The Mid-South Ag Finance Conference is made possible through the support of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, CoBank, and the UT Martin Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking.
Published in The WCP 7.20.10

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