May 29, 2019

Ag Symposium Comes at Critical Period in Agriculture

Five to six years of consecutive losses have left producers and ag lenders with limited options. Bell Bank is hosting a free agricultural symposium with local and national ag finance experts to help prepare producers and others in agribusiness for one of the most critical periods in agriculture.

If you’re in farming or a related business, mark your calendar for Monday, July 8! Author and speaker Dr. David Kohl, one of the nation’s leading authorities on ag economics, will be in Moorhead and Fergus Falls, Minn., on that day (as well as at invitation-only events July 9 and 10 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) to discuss global economic trends and the state of the U.S. economy.

He’ll reveal how trade issues will impact producers’ short- and long-term profitability, and he’ll share the latest tools and techniques being used in ag lending to navigate the economic whitewater.

What You’ll Learn

“Producers can expect candid discussion concerning the current and future business and economic climate,” Kohl remarks. “The Bell Bank symposium series is one of the highlights of my one hundred and fifty-plus speaking days per year. The event is so well-organized, and it’s enjoyable networking with past participants and Bell team members. Bell’s commitment to producer and business education over the years is an attribute that makes them a leader in the banking industry.” 

Working directly and indirectly with scores of farm and ranch operations in several Midwest states has given Lynn Paulson, Bell’s director of agribusiness development, a unique perspective on the economic environment in agriculture. He’ll share his insights and discuss the changes that are presenting both threats and opportunities in ag.

“Dr. Kohl is the best when it comes to his knowledge level of ag finance. It’s definitely worth making time to attend,” Lynn asserts. “Because I need to stay current on issues affecting my business, continue to be educated and stay informed, I try to hear Dr. Kohl a number of times a year at various ag and banking conferences. I simply need to keep hearing this vital information and key fundamental points.”

What Farmers Have to Say

Roger Gussiaas of Healthy OilSeeds, a Carrington, N.D.-based grower, processor and exporter of organic and non-organic grains and oilseeds, plans to attend the seminar and hopes to gain insight on the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. He also hopes to learn more about whether Brazil’s farmers will be able to produce enough soybeans for China and what challenges Brazil might face in trying to keep a country like China happy.

“Education is a tool that we always need to use to help us with marketing and deciding which crops to grow,” Roger noted. “Bell Bank is on the cutting edge. They want to work with good farmers, but they also want to help their customers advance by putting on a seminar like this, and I really commend them for it. Dr. David Kohl is an extremely interesting person. He looks toward the future in agriculture, and we all have to look toward the future. Lynn Paulson is really on top of things, and it’s a great interest of mine to hear him talk about our future in agriculture. It’s a real plus to hear both of them speak.”

Bob Hoffert of Black Gold Farms, a fourth-generation family farm based in Grand Forks, N.D., says Bell’s symposium is a chance to become better informed and prepared for the opportunities that come from extreme volatility and narrow margins in the ag sector.

“Our industry is constantly changing and evolving, so educational opportunities are critical for us to stay current with the latest information, skills and technologies. We use this information to keep our competitive edge over others in the industry,” Bob remarks. “Dr. Kohl is a well-respected, high-energy speaker who gives great financial insight—starting with global and national economics and how it may impact agriculture and therefore, Black Gold Farms. Predictions supported by research data from a leading ag economist are invaluable. I appreciate Dr. Kohl taking a stand and always giving us his opinion on key drivers for world and national economic trends. His knowledge and experience on current headlines helps me better understand the business climate we are facing.”

Register by Phone or Email

This is Bell’s 5th annual ag symposium. Attendance continues to grow every year as these experts discuss new and relevant information related to the latest trends and events impacting the ag economy. The Minnesota symposiums on Monday, July 8, are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Fergus Falls | M-State, 1414 College Way
7:30 a.m. – Complimentary breakfast

8 a.m. – Lynn Paulson presents “Is the New Normal Simply the Old Normal?”

9 a.m. – David Kohl presents “Managing Expectations”

Register at (218) 998-5605, or


Moorhead | Courtyard by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S.
12:30 p.m. – Complimentary lunch

1:30 p.m. – Lynn Paulson presents “Is the New Normal Simply the Old Normal?”

2:30 p.m. – David Kohl presents “Managing Expectations”


Register at (218) 291-3317, or


You can also contact your ag lender to register ... and feel free to bring a friend!