Road to Recovery - The Path to 2025 Agricultural Webinar

Thursday, June 25, 2020 6:30 to 8pm

To register for this free webinar click on this link.

Recognizing that many in agriculture are dealing with the day to day negative impacts of the COVID – 19 disaster and its related economic challenges, it is helpful to begin painting a path forward. This webinar provides perspective on what agriculture in NYS and beyond may look like in 2025 and how that impacts our farms and agribusinesses today.


What are important considerations for the agricultural industry, farmers, agribusinesses and processors?


What are considerations for community leaders and elected officials?

Our presenters will attempt to help you think about those important questions and more.

The webinar is Hosted by Jefferson County Economic Development, co-sponsored by Farm Credit East and the NYS Tug Hill Commission.









David Kohl, PhD. – Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech and internationally recognized agriculture economist


David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.  Kohl is Professor Emeritus 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 has traveled over 9 million miles throughout his professional career!  He has conducted more than 7,000 seminars and webinars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups.  He regularly speaks at over 20 young farmer programs annually. He has published five books and over 2,500 articles and video blogs on financial and business-related topics online and in journals, extension, and other popular publications.  Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Futures, and other ag lending publications.


He has received 11 major teaching awards while teaching over 10,000 students, and 25 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 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 7 economists and bankers who challenge the status quo.


Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for more than 40 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers’ schools and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the world. He is also one of the top-rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is Chancellor of the nationally acclaimed Farm Credit University, which has had over 6,000 enrollments of lenders and producers using a blended 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, Dr. 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. In 2017, Kohl was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame.


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, Dave enjoys playing basketball and likes most sports, farms, dogs, and covered bridges; he dislikes lazy students, administrative bureaucracies, and paperwork!


If you would like to keep up with Kohl’s information and perspectives, check out the following websites:

Ag Globe Trotter:                                      Video Blog:

Road Warrior of Agriculture:       Dave’s GPS:

Nathan Rudgers, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development for Farm Credit East.

Nathan L. Rudgers is a Senior Vice President for Farm Credit East, a position he has held since December, 2005.  In his capacity as Director of Business Development, Nathan is responsible for bringing resources to Farm Credit’s clients who are planning or undergoing major business changes. 


He is a frequent speaker in state, national and international forums on such topics as renewable energy, food safety, international trade, agriculture policy and economic development.  Nathan serves as a member of the Food Foresight Blue Ribbon Panel.  Food Foresight is an annual collaboration between the public relations firm Nuffer, Smith, Tucker and the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research at University of California, Davis, which offers guidance on the issues and trends shaping the food and agriculture industry. 


Nathan is the Treasurer of Solutions from the Land, an on-going solutions oriented conversation among thought leaders and practitioners on how to sustainable meet society’s increasing appetite for food fiber, energy and environmental quality. 


Nathan serves as a member of the Farm Foundation Board of Directors, the New York Bioenergy Association Board of Directors, and the Genesee Community College Foundation Board. 

Prior to joining Farm Credit, Nathan served as Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets for The State of New York.  He was appointed Commissioner by Governor George E. Pataki in 1999.  Nathan also served as President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in 2005. 

Nathan was born and raised on a dairy and cash crop farm in Pavilion (Wyoming County), New York and is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.  Nathan currently lives in Pavilion with his wife Eileen.

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