Tech co-hosts agribusiness event featuring speaker Professor Emeritus David Kohl

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech University will be one of the hosts of an upcoming event focusing on the convergence of business and agricultural megatrends.

Held Friday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 a.m to 9 a.m. at the Leslie Town Centre at 1 W. 1st St. in Cookeville, the event will feature breakfast with David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural finance and small business management and entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va.

“Dr. Kohl is well-known to those who have participated in professional conferences and banking schools, including the Graduate School of Banking at LSU,” said Tom Payne, dean of the College of Business. “Dave always delivers thought-provoking and engaging remarks about the global, national, and agricultural economy. Everyone will leave with a better understanding of the megatrends driving economic change.” 

The presentation will include a quick briefing on the state of the domestic and global economy in 2023 and beyond, followed by a futuristic look at one of the leading engines of the economy. Kohl will discuss how the mega forces of bio-engineering and big data will align to shape strategies of agriculture producers, agribusinesses, the future workforce and educational programs.

Kohl taught in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department for 25 years. Now he travels to speak to agricultural lenders, producers and businesspeople to share his insight into the agricultural industry gained through extensive travel, research and exposure during his career.  He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural audiences, published more than 1,300 articles, and written for many leading publications.

Also hosting the event are Farm Credit Mid-America, Farm Bureau, and the Highlands Economic Partnership.

Tickets are free for students and $20 for the general public. Register for the October 28 breakfast on the events page at

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