Lamont-Rhodes Lecture Series

The Fifth Annual Lamont Rhodes Lecture Series presents

Anna richards

Agricultural Succession Planning Specialist, Cornell University

7:30 – 10 a.m.

March 26, 2019

Register online, call 605-626-2550 or email nsualumni@n



Previous Lamont-Rhodes Speakers

2018 - Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass is the director of undergraduate studies for the department of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides more than 1,800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He teaches the following advanced courses: General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), and Economics of Weather (ATMS 491); and supervises numerous capstone research projects. Snodgrass also teaches ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He advises all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (about 100 students) and supervises graduate teaching assistants and master’s students. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Provost’s Teaching Advancement Board (Chair), Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses.

Snodgrass’ research initiatives focus on K-12 science education as well as weather forecasting applications in financial markets. He is the co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics LLC., a private company providing logistical guidance and solutions to weather- sensitive financial institutions. Recently, his company merged with Agrible Inc., a precision farm management and predictive analytics company, where he is co-founder and senior atmospheric scientist. Snodgrass recently received the LAS Teaching Excellence award, the Campus Teaching Excellence Award, and the Campus Teaching Excellent Award in Online and Distance Education, and his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 "Best Online Course" from the University Professional Continuing Education Association. His current research efforts focus on weather risk involving land-falling tropical cyclones and global agricultural yield projections.

2017 – Dr. Michael Boehlje

As a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and an instructor in the Center for Agricultural Business programs at a leading Big-Ten university, Dr. Michael Boehlje offers futuristic, fast-paced presentations on finance and management to corporate and association executives throughout North America. Dr. Boehlje has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural finance; holds extension programs in finance and strategic management with farm, finance, and agribusiness firms; and is a frequent speaker at finance and agribusiness conferences and workshops. With his combination of ongoing experience in the farm- management business and his position as an educator and industry consultant, Boehlje gives a unique perspective on the changes and opportunities that face agribusiness firms. His presentations challenge audiences to think strategically, and to embrace change through creative and innovative management.


2016 – Dr. David Kohl

David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Cornell University. For 25 years, Kohl was professor of agricultural finance and small business management and entrepreneurship in the department of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. He was on special leave with the Royal Bank of Canada working on advanced initiatives for two years, and also assisted in the launch of the successful entrepreneurship program at Cornell University. Kohl is professor emeritus in the agricultural and applied economics department at Virginia Tech.

Kohl has traveled more than 9 million miles throughout his professional career! He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 2,100 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications. Kohl regularly writes for Corn and Soybean Digest and other ag lending publications.

He has received 11 major teaching awards while teaching over 10,000 students, and 25 major Extension and public service awards from Virginia Tech, Cornell University, and state and national organizations. Kohl is a two-time recipient of the prestigious American Agricultural Economics Association's Outstanding Teaching Award. Kohl is one of only five professors in the 100-year history of the association to receive the award twice. He received the Governor's Award for his distinguished service to Virginia agriculture, and was the youngest recipient. Kohl was recognized as one of 30 leaders who are the brains behind innovative business management and economic information that agriculture uses today. He also has been named one of seven economists and bankers who challenge the status quo.

Kohl has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for more than 35 consecutive years, and has appeared before numerous state bankers' schools and conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the world. He is also one of the top rated instructors at the LSU and Colorado Graduate Schools of Banking, and is chancellor of Farm Credit University, which has had more than 4,000 enrollments of lenders and producers using a blended online and face-to-face educational approach.

As facilitator of the United States Farm Financial Standards Task Force and member of the Canadian Agricultural Financial Standards Task Force, Kohl was one of the leaders in establishing guidelines for the standardized reporting and analysis of agricultural producers' financial information on a national and international basis. The Kohl Agribusiness Centre has been established in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech in honor of his long-term commitment to practical teaching, research, and extension. In 2017, Kohl was inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame.


2015 - Dr. Timothy Koch

Nationally known banking expert Dr. Timothy Koch wrote “Community Banking: From Crisis to Prosperity,” which examines the impacts of the banking crisis on community banks, as well as other issues pertaining to the financial industry.

Koch is the president of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, which is strongly supported by community banks in South Dakota and the surrounding region. In addition, he is a professor of finance at the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Wartburg College and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. Koch served on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking in 2009 -10 – the heart of the financial crisis. Koch has a long history of teaching at graduate banking schools, and at one point was on the faculty of each of the six general graduate schools of banking offered in the U.S.