FINPACK Lenders Conference
Thank you for attending the 2019 FINPACK Lenders Conference on December 11 and 12, 2019! The conference featured discussions on trade issues, emotional stress on the farm, legal issues for ag lenders, a look at the main street economy, Dr. Kohl and a preview of the upcoming FINPACK+ package.
Wednesday, December 11
10:00 a.m. Welcome – Robert Craven, FINPACK
10:05 a.m. Trade, Tariffs and Crop Market Outlook – Dr. Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University
11:00 a.m. Emotional Stress on the Farm: Helping Others and Protecting Self – Monica Kramer McConkey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. >The Thrill is Gone: Special Concerns for Agribusiness Lenders – Phil Kunkel and Jeff Peterson, Gray Plant Mooty
2:00 p.m. Rural Main Street Economy – Tait Berg, Minneapolis Federal Reserve
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. FINPACK: The Future – FINPACK Development Team
5:00 p.m. Reception
Thursday, December 12
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Managing Expectations – Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
9:15 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Current Farm Financial Situation – Robert Craven, Dale Nordquist and Pauline Van Nurden, FINPACK
10:15 a.m. Break
Dr. David Kohl
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech
David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. For 25 years, Kohl was Professor of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. He has conducted more than 6,500 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 2,250 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest, and other ag lending publications.
Gray Plant Mooty
Phil Kunkel is a principal attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in St. Cloud, MN and concentrates his practice in receiverships, commercial financing, agricultural and agribusiness financing, and workouts and bankruptcy. He is a frequent CLE lecturer on commercial financing, UCC, renewable energy and workout and bankruptcy topics. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Gray Plant Mooty
Jeff Peterson is a principal attorney and commercial financial services co-chair at Gray Plant Mooty in St. Cloud, MN. Peterson focuses his practice on commercial transactions, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, cooperatives, and agricultural and food law. He is a frequent speaker on agriculture and finance topics and is a former chair of the American Bar Association Agricultural and Agribusiness Financing Subcommittee. He has a background in agribusiness as a commodity branch manager and market analyst in Kansas City, advising clients on commodity hedging strategies and trading agricultural futures and options for grain and livestock producers and grain cooperatives in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado.
Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC
Dr. Frayne Olson
Associate Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and Crop Economist at North Dakota State University
Frayne Olson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University and his doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. Olson conducts research and educational work in crop marketing and market analysis, crop contracting and risk management. Additionally, he does collaborative research and educational work in the areas of agribusiness management and farm management.