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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
Jan 25, 2016

4 tips to help set farm business goals

By Groundhog Day, one needs to have business family, and personal goals clearly written out for the year. These written goals should be SMART:....More
Jan 19, 2016

State of the ag economy, part 2: Economic growth, inflation, unemployment

It is important to note that the leading economic indicators show concerning signs of a slowing or contracting U.S. economy. Specifically,....More
Jan 12, 2016

State of the ag economy

In order to successfully navigate the economic reset, one must factor in outside influences. Factors such as the U.S. economy will bear direct impact....More
Jan 05, 2016

Kickoff for 2016: China's economy, farming costs, tighter credit

2016 certainly will not be a boring year. While agriculture has experienced various economic resets before, circumstances today are different. As an....More
Dec 22, 2015

21st Century agriculture: What's next?

Undoubtedly, the 21st century’s first 15 years were laden with change, challenges, and opportunities. Sound management and financial practices offer....More
Dec 15, 2015

How do I cut per-acre costs?

Regardless of the target number for cuts or income, innovation and creativity will be required to maintain success. Luckily, those are well-....More
Dec 08, 2015

Is it good to be a farmer?

Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is....More
Dec 01, 2015

New farmer blues: How to position your farm business for tough times

In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use....More
Nov 24, 2015

Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others....More
Nov 17, 2015

Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

As the agriculture industry continues to reset, these stories should command particular attention. Changing trends and lack of accurate financials....More
Nov 10, 2015

How is the financial status of your farm business?1

In agriculture, negative margins and declining asset values place many producers in this same financial mindset. What are some of the key items you....More
Nov 03, 2015

Financial ratios for ag operations

Producers who manage for profit and sustainability should use ratios to measure performance. Then, identify the source of any problems and....More
Oct 27, 2015

Farm business finances: Impact of family living withdrawal

When managing a farm business for success and sustainability, all variables must be evaluated including, family living withdrawals and investment....More
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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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