Ag Economy - Quarterly

The Ag Globe Trotter

Dr. Dave M. Kohl

Welcome to the quarterly editions of The Ag Globe Trotter  by Dr. Dave Kohl.

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  • BTN: Back to Normal

    A common phrase being spoken is, “I sure can't wait to get back to normal.” It’s fitting to end 2020 with an article discussing getting back to normal (BTN) and how it may evolve in this decade. Will there truly be a sense of “normal,” pre-pandemic life? 

  • The Future Workplace

    The workplace of the future is upon us, whether we’re in a farm and ranch business, agribusiness, classroom or lending institution. These current events will shift paradigms and methods of effective people management. The organizations and individuals that adapt will benefit from an energized work culture.

  • Black Swan Event Megatrends
    Black swan events like the COVID-19 pandemic are major paradigm shifters. History suggests that some trends will accelerate, while other trends will steadily continue or disappear. 
  • COVID-19: The Black Swan Disruptor

    Over the years, one of the megatrends I have discussed in many presentations is the potential for “black swan” events, ranging from a cyberattack or network power failure, to a terrorist attack or even disease outbreak, such as a pandemic.

  • Decade in Review

    It is hard to believe another decade has passed! There is an old saying that the older one becomes; the quicker time passes. In my experience, this saying is true! Let's recap some of the observations and perspectives that have occurred in the second decade of the 21st century for agriculture, the global and U.S. economies, and trends in general.

  • Corner Office Critical Thinking in the Age of Anxiety
    Whether you are a CEO, management team leader or business owner, the corner office can be challenging in the age of anxiety. Clarity of vision and transparency in strategy, action and execution can be daunting tasks in an environment of accelerated change.
  • Interpreting Economic Change: The Global Pulse
    One course I teach with Dr. Tom Payne, Dean of the College of Business at Tennessee Tech University, is called “Interpreting Economic Change.” Each year we attempt to integrate emerging trends in the U.S. and abroad into soon-to-be graduates’ strategic thinking. Let's examine some of the trends that will shape the pulse of the globe over the next decade with an orientation toward agriculture and rural areas.
  • The Changing Face of Ag Lending
    With multiple forces changing the face of agriculture, any strategic planning exercise must examine the shifting paradigms impacting agricultural lending in the decade of 2020 to 2030.
  • Eighteen for '18
    The title “Eighteen for Eighteen” sounds like an ESPN documentary focusing on a sports story. Others may think I am in Omaha, thinking of number 18 Peyton Manning and his audible call at the line of scrimmage.
  • Business and Financial IQ
    In sports there is considerable discussion surrounding the birth of championship teams. These teams often have a nucleus of players and coaches with high football, basketball or hockey IQ.