No Fooling! More well-known Ag Economists to speak at South Central College Ag Symposium


(March 15, 2016) - Check your calendar…April 1 is quickly approaching and so is a special bonus session of the 2016 Ag Symposium at South Central College. 

Traditionally, the annual Ag Symposium at South Central College is a one-day event; however, this year students and guests are welcome to experience an additional half-day of learning with a bonus session on Friday, April 1. 

New this year, the bonus session will include some popular returning keynote speakers from past years: economist, Robert Craven and perennial favorite, Dr. David Kohl, as they guide participants to position for success and learn from the trends in farming operations.  A brief bio of each speaker follows.

 “One way producers stay on top of the changing rules is to attend national conferences where the greatest minds in 21st century agriculture share their wisdom and insight,” said Brad Schloesser, SCC Dean of Agriculture. “South Central College has attracted big names in agriculture to our stage, which is a unique local opportunity for area producers and our students to share.”

Now in its eighth year, the Ag Symposium is a professional development opportunity open to all who want to engage in cutting-edge presentations and discussions.  The bonus session is scheduled with check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the program to follow, running from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  South Central College, located at 1920 Lee Boulevard in North Mankato, MN will host all activities in its John A. Votca Conference Center.   

Cost for the half-day symposium is $99. All proceeds support SCC’s scholarship program.

For more information, contact Tami Reuter at 507-389-7342. For tickets, visit and click on the registration link or call 507-389-7203.

Guests who attended the February 9th event are automatically registered for the April 1 bonus session, which was included in their initial ticket purchase. The February 9th event featured an impressive line-up of speakers including animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin, ag advocate Laura Daniels, ag expert Moe Russell, and futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett.

In addition to CHS, event sponsors include CFS, AgStar Financial Services, Crystal Valley, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Radio Mankato, Christiansen Farms, CliftonLarsonAllen, Dupont Pioneer, ISG,   Blethen Gage & Krause, Enlist, Minnesota Pork Board, MinnStar Bank, Mosaic, Cargill, Protein Sources, Minnesota Corn Growers, Snell, Wakefield Pork, UFC, and United Prairie Bank.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. David Kohl
Dr. David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Dr. Kohl has travelled over 6 million miles throughout his professional career. He has conducted more than 5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 500 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for Farm Journal, Top Producer, Ag Lender, and Soybean Digest.

Robert Craven
Robert is an Extension Economist, Farm Management and Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management. Areas of specialty include business management for farmers and credit analysis for agricultural lenders with emphasis on financial planning and analysis. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK. He also has worked to develop the crop marketing programs at the Center, i.e., “Winning the Game” series of workshops. He also played a key role in the development of the National Risk Management Education Library.