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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:


Growing Pains: Soybean Meal Demand Key to U.S. Crush Industry’s Outlook as Capacity Grows, December-2018.

“The historically strong crush margins that soybean processors have enjoyed in recent years have driven the industry into the biggest expansion phase in 20 years.” Click here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.


Recessions and U.S. Agriculture, December-2018.

“How would a domestic recession in the United States impact American agriculture? It’s a question that has been pondered on and off over the years by academics, economists, and policymakers alike – but which remains quite difficult to answer with any kind of precision.” Click here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.


Agriculture Limps into 2019, December-2018.

“Agriculture and its farmer cooperatives will face a challenging environment in 2019. Commodity markets have steadied, but resolution of ongoing trade disputes and completion of recently concluded trade negotiations will be critical to restoring optimism for the year ahead.” Click here to read the entire report on CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange website.


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.


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.