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CoBank Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange is an innovative knowledge-sharing initiative that is designed to provide strategic insights about trends, structural change, and policy directives within the key rural industries served by CoBank. It draws upon the expertise within CoBank and the rest of the Farm Credit System, the broad perspective of outside consultants and academics, and the first-hand knowledge and experience of CoBank’s customers to enhance CoBank’s collective understanding of emerging business opportunities and risks.

The following Knowledge Exchange articles have been selected by High Plains Farm Credit as featured articles:

 

Help Wanted: A Two-Part Report Exploring Some Of The Factors Influencing Today’s Agricultural Labor Climate, August-2018.

“Part of the rural labor shortage story is best told through statistics and trends. But to gain a fuller picture of how labor challenges are affecting businesses, it is best to hear directly from those meeting the challenges head on. Therefore, this report provides both. The first section highlights the current economic situation and how concerning trends will shape the reality of of tomorrow. The second section offers perspectives from interviews with several CoBank customers, revealing their greatest labor challenges and how they are adapting to remain successful.” Click Here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.

 

Trade War Rhetoric Shifts To Reality, June-2018.

“The risk of an escalating trade war is the greatest threat to the U.S. and
agricultural economies in the near term..” Click Here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.

 

Rising Interest Rates Will Add to Inflationary Stress in Agriculture, May-2018.

“After nearly a decade of record-low interest rates, the market environment is changing…Rising interest rates will impact every segment of agriculture and rural America with interest costs rising for both long-term and short-term borrowers.”  Click Here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.

 

Shifting Ground: Mega-Mergers to Realign Farm Retailers, April-2018.

“The struggling farm supply sector is keenly focused on price and rebate program changes resulting from crop protection and seed company mega-mergers. While cost savings may accrue through these mergers, they may also provide the merged companies with enhanced market power.”  Click Here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.

 

Click here to view all the reports and insights the CoBank Knowledge Exchange has to offer.

Agricultural Economy

Dr. David Kohl

The Ag Globe Trotter
Dr. Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Kohl has traveled more than 8 million miles throughout his professional career and has conducted over 6,000 workshops and seminars for various agricultural groups.

Peterson Farm Brothers

Brothers Greg, Nathan, and Kendal are siblings who farm with their parents near Assaria, Kansas. Though best known for their ag-related song parodies, they also have a number of informational videos, as well as their ‘Life of a Farmer’ video series that details what happens on the farm each month of the year. Check them out for some great knowledge and entertainment.