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Apr 15, 2014

Ag lender perspectives: transition, interest rates, land values

Interest rates, land values and cash flow are top of mind topics in the agricultural world. Expect ag lenders to financially shock test your cash....More
Apr 08, 2014

Is weather affecting economic indicators?

One major questions people have asked David Kohl this winter is whether the “blah” economic indicators, domestically and globally, are the result of....More
Apr 01, 2014

Dos and Don’ts for Younger Agricultural Producers

To the younger generation desiring to farm or be involved in agribusiness, a business plan is critical. Also, have your risk management plan, i.e....More
Mar 25, 2014

Dos and Don’ts for Older Agricultural Producers

A challenging question David Kohl received at a recent conference was: “What is one do and one don’t you would recommend to younger and older....More
Mar 18, 2014

Farm management, finances make difference in profit

After analyzing a data summary of farmers in low, middle and high income brackets, David Kohl shares some core perspectives on asset turnover,....More
Mar 11, 2014

3 Benchmarks farmers and lenders need to know

There are three benchmarks every producer and lender needs to know when handling the moderating grain industry and the positive economics of the....More
Mar 04, 2014

Farmland Investors

The great commodity super cycle, which has lasted nearly a decade, has caused farmland values to skyrocket in many regions of the country. While....More
Feb 25, 2014

Ag trends: Debt concentration, cycles and new farmers, bankers

David Kohl's Road Warrior travels took him to the National Agricultural Bankers Conference, where he moderated sessions, and also took some in. He....More
Feb 18, 2014

Ag costs could exceed revenues

The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota presented some compelling data compiled on farms over eight states that are....More
Feb 11, 2014

Economic inflation and its effect on agriculture

The rate of inflation in recent years has been estimated to be between 5% and 10% for agriculture. The increasing cost of inputs, equipment, and....More
Feb 04, 2014

Perspective on Canadian agriculture

David Kohl recently attended a meeting in Canada, where he took in Canadian agriculture. He noticed that seed technologies have greatly impacted the....More
Jan 28, 2014

Perspectives are changing

The past decade has made many agricultural producers soft, depending on high prices and real estate appreciation to cover up the results of less....More
Jan 21, 2014

State of the General Economy, Part 2

When analyzing the state of the general and agricultural economy, it's important to review housing starts and treasury rates, a well as manufacturing....More
Jan 14, 2014

State of the General Economy: Part 1

More producers, lenders and agribusiness people are using key economic indicators in their strategic planning processes. Some of the metrics to....More
Jan 07, 2014

What to watch in 2014

As 2014 starts, farmers should pay attention to your balance sheets, working capital, the federal reserve, interest rates and your business identity....More
What's Road Warrior?

Dave Kohl is an ag economist specializing in business management and ag finance. He can be reached at sullylab@vt.edu.

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