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Farm Credit of the Virginias


Farm Management Institute

Welcome to the 2021 Farm Management Institute

Brought to you by Farm Credit of the Virginias Knowledge Center


On this event page, you will find:

  • Links to view the recorded sessions
  • Speaker bios
  • Session materials
  • Survey links

Questions?  Feel free to contact the Knowledge Center team at

Dr. Dave Kohl
Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
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Dr. Dave Kohl is an academic Hall of Famer in the College of Agriculture at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.  Dr. Kohl has keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research, and involvement in ag businesses.  He has traveled nearly 10 million miles; conducted more than 6,500 presentations; and published more than 2,250 articles in his career.    Dr. Kohl’s wisdom and engagement with all levels of the industry provide a unique perspective into future trends.

About the Session

Agriculture Today:  It Is What It Is... What Should We Do About It?

The agricultural economic downturn is in the seventh year and counting.  How can one adjust strategies and tactics to cope and survive in this environment? One must have the business intelligence and street smarts to be successful.  This session will discuss the assessment of management IQ that often places one in the top third or bottom third of profitability.  What are the financial and business management characteristics that one must focus on in planning, strategizing, executing and monitoring for 2020 and beyond?

Jay Hill
Hill Farms New Mexico, Las Cruces
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There is so much beauty in the occupation of farming, yet so much responsibility. For Jay, what started as 10 acres and a John Deere 4020 tractor has grown into a multi-layered commercial operation of 18,000 acres with highly diversified crops in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Jay strives to continually implement new practices and the latest technology to best utilize his resources and farm as sustainably as possible.

About the Session

Coffee Chat with Jay Hill

Jay will share how he and his operation got started, where he is today, future goals, and how he used his experiences to advocate for an industry that he is so passionate about.  


Are you interested in starting an agri-business or growing your current business?  We offer two e-learning courses to help you.

Both are taught by Dr. Dave Kohl and are designed for young, beginning, small and farmers and agribusinesses.  Learn more: Ag Biz Basics  and Ag Biz Planner

Ready to get started?  Contact Sarah Scyphers, Knowledge Center Program Specialist, to learn more or to enroll.

To access additional business planning resources, click here.

Are you a Young or Beginner Farmer?  You may qualify for the Farm Launch program.  Click here to learn more and to see qualifications.

Did you know? The Farm Credit of the Virginias has a Youth Loan Program.  Click here to learn more!

Interested in attending another Knowledge Center event?  Click here for event calendar.

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