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May 03, 2016

Recession impact on Baby Boomer retirement from farm business

The best approach to a retirement decision starts personally and requires examination of several factors. A plan that is thoughtful and thorough in....More
May 02, 2016

Rain slows planting progress

Frequent rainfall events during the last 10 days of April, along with saturated soils, has halted corn and soybean planting in many areas of the....More
Apr 26, 2016

Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue....More
Apr 19, 2016

Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this....More
Apr 12, 2016

What I learned from 4-H and FFA

Participation in groups like 4-H, FFA or similar programs gives young people a sense of belonging, confidence and teamwork that prepare them for a....More
Apr 05, 2016

Who benefits from cheap commodities?

Low commodity prices can help some while hurting others. However, remember that commodity markets are extremely volatile and no economic cycle, up or....More
Mar 29, 2016

3 concerns about American agriculture

David Kohl recently participated in town hall meetings with farmers, lenders, agribusiness people and students. The majority have 3 major concerns....More
Mar 22, 2016

It's time to stress-test your farm business financials

With commodity prices falling and more negative margins, lenders are now asked to “stress test” your financial conditions as well as their....More
Mar 15, 2016

Will family living costs put your farm out of business?

Farmers need to get serious and truly appreciate how much family living expenses can impact the profitability of a farm business. The numbers tell us....More
Feb 29, 2016

Cost-Cutting 101, part 2: Land rent, capital expenses, labor costs

With this list of potential reductions, including land rent, capital expenses labor and other costs, hopefully our producer focus groups provided....More
Feb 23, 2016

Cost-cutting 101: Fuel, family living, fertilizer

This is a starting point in the cost-cutting process, as suggested by producers. Granted, this is a tough process that requires time, examination and....More
Feb 16, 2016

Visible signs of the economic reset: Liquidity and supply in ag

As a globally interconnected industry, those in agriculture must continue to watch economic factors like manufacturing, oil, grain supply, land sales....More
Feb 08, 2016

Farm equity doesn't pay the bills

Regardless of crop or livestock prices, the global economic forces of the U.S. strong dollar and weaker demand continue to suppress revenues. Coupled....More
Feb 02, 2016

International trade risk impact on agriculture industry

Historically, agriculture has led the rest of the economy going into an economic downturn. Will this historical pattern hold true again for the U.S.?....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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