Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg

Lead Economist, Grain and Farm Supply

Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg is a lead analyst and senior economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division, where he focuses on grains, oilseeds, farm supply, and biofuel.

Mr. Zuckerberg brings more than 30 years of diverse experience spanning securities analysis, investment management, and banking. Most recently, he was a sector manager and senior strategist for Wells Fargo’s Food and Agribusiness Industry Advisors Group, and previously held a similar role at Rabobank U.A. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zuckerberg was founder and managing partner for Carlan Advisors LLC, an independent research and consulting firm. Prior to that, he was a senior equity research analyst at Lazard Asset Management, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, Inc., and Smith Barney, Inc.

Mr. Zuckerberg earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Executive Education General Management Program (GMP). He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary AIF®, an Accredited Financial Analyst AFA® and completed Levels I and II of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) program.

Reports

Farm supply service cooperatives remain the dominant form of input distribution in North America. 

The Fragile Recovery is About to be Tested

Rebounding from the virus has been difficult, and more challenges lie ahead

The coronavirus pandemic has now impacted all four quarters of 2020, and seemingly every aspect of life and business. 

<p>Over the past four months, every rural industry has grappled with how to adjust its business to remain relevant and sustainable in the pandemic.</p>
The economic shock in spring 2020 resulting from COVID-19-led economic shutdowns was unprecedented, causing ethanol demand destruction. 

Keeping Us Connected, Our Lights On, and Our Pantries Full

Coronavirus Testing Labor and Supply Chains of Essential Rural Industries

The beginning of a new quarter finds us in unparalleled times – a pandemic ravaging the world, the U.S. economy in shutdown, millions of Americans out of work, and financial markets in turmoil.

According to an analysis of CoBank’s proprietary borrower database, ag retailers are on relatively firm footing as they prepare for spring following last year’s complicated agronomy season.
The fourth quarter is ending with much more optimism on trade and the economy compared to how it began. 
The U.S. rural economy will continue to face headwinds in 2020 and is expected to underperform relative to the economy of urban America.