Road Warrior has no blog entries for this date: 2012-10-22

Most Recent Blog Posts

Jun 28, 2016

Mid-year ag review: Profits, millennials, land values and ag lending

As we look back over the year thus far, agriculture continues to face various challenges in many different areas. From regulations to input costs,....More
Jun 21, 2016

Do NOT cash in your retirement account

At a recent women’s conference on agriculture, I received several questions about cashing out retirement accounts. One woman's husband suggested....More
Jun 14, 2016

Are U.S. farmers supported by government programs?

Recently, I traveled outside the borders of the United States and a major question posed by farmers and bureaucrats was whether American farmers are....More
Jun 07, 2016

Ag issues in Canada1

Prices, regulations, transition and uncertainty are significant issues for any agricultural operation, regardless of its location. Only time will....More
May 31, 2016

Crop input costs are adjusting

Is there any hope for reduction of crop input costs including cash rent expense? The short answer is yes. According to data, rent, fertilizer, fuel....More
May 24, 2016

Willingness to repay: Ag loan repayment plans

With more farmers incurring negative margins, the "willingness to repay" will be increasingly scrutinized, and could be a challenge. Therefore, a....More
May 16, 2016

You're not special: The value of customer service1

Unfortunately, human interaction is often an overlooked skill. Whether it is a farmer, rancher, lender, supplier or agribusiness professional, the....More
May 10, 2016

5 considerations for fixed vs. variable interest rates

Now that interest rates have increased, many producers want to know whether they should fix interest rates on their loans or continue on with a....More
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
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.

Blog Archive

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×