FINPACK Lenders Conference

Join us for the FINPACK Lenders Conference at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on December 12 and 13, 2017.


Attendance at the event will cost $249 per person. Pre-registration is required. Registration cancellations will be refunded until November 29, 2017 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this date.

To register, please go to:


We have secured a room block at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for Tuesday, December 12 for $149 (plus tax) per night. Guest rooms are limited. To reserve a room, please call 1-800-333-3333 and mention “University of Minnesota FINPACK Lenders Conference” during the reservation process to receive the conference rate, or visit and use promotional code “UMNFFM“. Rooms must be reserved by Tuesday, November 21, 2017.


We are working to finalize the agenda. Details will be posted as they become available.

Tuesday, December 12
10:00 a.m. Welcome
10:10 a.m. Trump, Trade & the Regional Economy: Black Swans & Golden Geese – Surveys of Bankers and Manufacturers, Ernie Goss
11:30 a.m. Other CFFM Tools for You & Your Customer
11:50 a.m. Lunch & Learn
1:00 p.m. Producer Financial Trends and Expectations, Dale Nordquist and Robert Craven
2:20 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. FINPACK New Feature Buffet
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Ag Policy Under the Trump Administration and the Current Congress, Barry Flinchbaugh
5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, December 13
8:00 a.m. Connecting the Dots, David Kohl
9:15 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Post-Harvest Marketing Tips, Edward Usset
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Credit Risk 2017-2018: Answers to Critical Questions, David Kohl
12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh

Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh

Barry Flinchbaugh, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University

Dr. Flinchbaugh is an award-winning Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University and a long-time advisor on ag policy to politicians of both parties. A native of York, Pennsylvania, he holds degrees from Penn State University and Purdue University. He has received the Outstanding Teacher Award from KSU College of Agriculture students on three different occasions. Dr. Flinchbaugh served as Chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 Farm Bill.

He receives approximately 150 speaking invitations per year and is the author of 100-plus publications including an agricultural policy textbook. Dr. Flinchbaugh applies his vast knowledge and experience in agriculture, economics, and politics to create a straightforward and entertaining blend of these three topics. Drawing on his authority and expertise, Dr. Flinchbaugh will stretch your imagination with his tell-it-like-it-is technique and approach on his topics.


Dr. Ernest Goss

Dr. Ernest Goss

Ernest Goss, Ph.D.
Professor, Creighton University

Ernest Goss is the Jack MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University and served as the initial director for Creighton’s Institute for Economic Inquiry. He is also principal of the Goss Institute in Denver, Colo. Goss received his Ph.D. in economics from The University of Tennessee in 1983 and is a former faculty research fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He was a visiting scholar with the Congressional Budget Office for 2003-2004, and has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Kansas Legislature, and the Nebraska Legislature. In the fall of 2005, the Nebraska Attorney General appointed Goss to head a task force examining gasoline pricing in the state.

He has published more than 100 research studies focusing primarily on economic forecasting and on the statistical analysis of business and economic data. His book Changing Attitudes Toward Economic Reform During the Yeltsin Era was published by Praeger Press in 2003, and his book Governing Fortune: Casino Gambling in America was published by the University of Michigan Press in March 2007.

He is editor of Economic Trends, an economics newsletter published monthly with more than 10,000 subscribers, produces a monthly business conditions index for the nine-state Mid-American region, and conducts a survey of bank CEOs in 10 U.S. states. Survey and index results are cited each month in approximately 100 newspapers; citations have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun Times, and other national and regional newspapers and magazines. Each month 75- 100 radio stations carry his Regional Economic Report.


Dr. David Kohl

Dr. David Kohl

David Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Dr. David Kohl energizes agricultural lenders, producers and business persons with his keen insight into the agricultural industry through extensive travel, research, and exposure during his career.  He is Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.  Dr. Kohl has traveled over 9 million miles in his professional career and conducted over 6,000 workshops and seminars for a variety of agricultural audiences.

Dr. Kohl’s personal involvement with agriculture and interaction with key industry players provide a unique perspective into the future trends of the agricultural industry and economy.  Dr. Kohl is also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Edward Usset

Edward Usset
Grain Marketing Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

Edward Usset serves as a Grain Marketing Economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, the developers of FINPACK software and a variety of educational programs. Working with his colleagues at CFFM and in extension, Ed developed the award winning “Winning the Game” series of workshops. In addition, he manages Commodity Challenge, an online marketing education game that uses real-time cash and futures data. He teaches “Commodity Marketing” at the University. The 2nd Edition of his book, “Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy)” was released in November, 2015. He is also a regular columnist for Corn and Soybean Digest.