2019 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.

We hope that you were able to take something away from the conference!

2019 Agenda

Wednesday, December 11

10:00 a.m. Welcome – Robert Craven, FINPACK

10:05 a.m. Trade, Tariffs and Crop Market OutlookDr. Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University

11:00 a.m. Emotional Stress on the Farm: Helping Others and Protecting SelfMonica Kramer McConkey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. The Thrill is Gone: Special Concerns for Agribusiness LendersPhil Kunkel and Jeff Peterson, Gray Plant Mooty

2:00 p.m. Rural Main Street EconomyTait Berg, Minneapolis Federal Reserve

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. FINPACK: The FutureFINPACK Development Team

5:00 p.m. Reception

Thursday, December 12

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Managing ExpectationsDr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

9:15 a.m. Break

9:30 a.m. Current Farm Financial SituationRobert Craven, Dale Nordquist and Pauline Van Nurden, FINPACK

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Credit Risk 2020 and Beyond: Answers to Critical QuestionsDr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Noon     Adjourn

2019 Presenters

David Kohl

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.

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.

Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC

Monica Kramer McConkey is a Rural Mental Health Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and runs a consulting firm, Eyes on the Horizon. She has a master’s degree in counseling and has worked for 25 years in the behavioral health field, providing direct service, as well as supervising programs. Having been raised on a northwestern Minnesota farm, she is passionate about speaking and training on emotional stress on the farm. Kramer McConkey has presented to a variety of audiences in partnership with North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Crop Insurance professionals, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Phil Kunkel

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.

Jeff Peterson

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.

To view previous speakers and agendas, visit our past programs:

2018 FINPACK Lenders Conference

2017 FINPACK Lenders Conference

2016 FINPACK Lenders Conference