Ag Bankers Conference

March – April • Zoom


Dr. Steven Johnson

Dr. Steven Johnson is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS & MS in Agricultural Education. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Vocational Education at Colorado State University. Greg spent most of his working life at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a Farm Management Specialist. He specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance, crop risk management, and farmland leasing. Greg is now semi-retired and is an Ag consultant working on 2022 Marketing & Insurance Decisions.

Dr. David Kohl

David Kohl received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.  Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.  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 has addressed the American Bankers Agricultural Conference for more than 40 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 the nationally acclaimed Farm Credit University, which has had over 6,000 enrollments of lenders and producers using a blended online and face-to-face educational approach. On a more personal note, Dave enjoys playing basketball and likes most sports, farms, dogs, and covered bridges; he dislikes lazy students, administrative bureaucracies, and paperwork!

Greg Lyons

Greg Lyons is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management. He then pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis at Georgetown University. Greg spent time as a Legislative Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a Research Assistant at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Greg now spends his time as an Economist at Farmer Mac where he talks about trade policy and its impact on agriculture.

Dan Manternach

Dan Manternach is currently a Senior Economist with Commstock Investments of Royal, Iowa. He writes the firm’s morning report and helps keep clients informed of
market developments in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle and hogs that will impact price trends. He also helps develop specific price risk management tactics and strategies as
well as trading opportunities for clients.

Mike Naig

Mike Naig grew up on a family farm in the northwest corner of the state near Cylinder, Iowa and he continues to be involved in the operation today. Mike is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have three boys.

Mike was elected as the 15th Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November 2018. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. In a state where agriculture is a leading economic driver, Mike knows that protecting our air, soil and water is essential to our success. He works with initiatives that encourage public-private partnerships and leads efforts that will protect our natural resources.

James Olson

James Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of the practice at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence. He served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying and To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

Lee Schulz

Lee Schulz is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and an Extension livestock economist at Iowa State University. His integrated Extension, research, and teaching program provides leadership in the study of, and educational programming for, critical problems facing the livestock and meat industry, including marketing and risk management, agricultural and trade policies, animal health, and production and management issues.

Lee grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Wisconsin and obtained a BS in agricultural business from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He also holds an MS in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and a PhD in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. Lee regularly collaborates with Farm Management Extension, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Beef Center, and industry stakeholders and producers. He has published in professional journals, Extension publications, and the farm press and has spoken at numerous professional and agricultural conferences.

Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass is a Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture. He provides frequent weather updates that focus on how high-impact weather events influence global agriculture productivity. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the US and to increase confidence in long-range weather prediction. He presents his research as a featured speaker at over 100 conferences annually where he provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions, farmers, commodity traders, and other stakeholders.