Steve Burns, president and CEO of Greenville National Bank, opened the program by welcoming guests and sharing briefly about the Bank’s past, current, and future commitment to assist the agricultural community, from small family farms to large farming operations. As a community bank, Steve reminded guests that Greenville National’s commitment has remained steady through good times as well as the bad. The bank values the partnerships they have formed over the years with their neighbors in the farming community.
Ron Barga, II, Greenville National Bank Ag Lending Officer and founding partner of Premier Crop Insurance, spoke about managing risk and staying competitive in today’s market. He shared information about new, innovative products and services available, such as the latest advances in precision ag and weather data technology from Climate Corp.
Representatives from Novus Ag, were also present to share how their innovative products and solutions can help farmers overcome today's production challenges. Novus Ag specializes in agronomic recommendations, fertility, seed, weed management, yield protection, and crop scouting.
The highlight was keynote speaker David M. Kohl, PhD. Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. For 25 years, he was Professor of Agricultural Finance and Small Business management and Entrepreneurship in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. Kohl, whose credentials are long, shared a wealth of information about commodity markets, cash rent, land prices, fertilizers, the livestock industry and more. He spoke about the global economy and its impact on agriculture in the United States. Finally, Kohl shared his five year projection of farm economy. Kohl stressed the necessity of good farm management and preparing for lean times during the abundant years.
Anyone wishing to keep up with Kohl’s information and perspectives can find his weekly columns on the following websites: Ag Globe Trotter: www.northwestfcs.com, and Road Warrior of Agriculture: www.cornandsoybeandigest.com. Other related sites: www.greenvillenationalbank.com, www.premiercropins.com, www.climate.com.