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Jun 03, 2014

China to overtake the U.S. economy

China is a rising economic power and with that status it will become a bigger partner in world economic trade. It will require China to step up to....More
May 27, 2014

Economic indicators and confusing signals

The U.S. economy is showing mixed signals. The lead economic index (LEI) which foretells the future of the economy has been increasing in recent....More
May 20, 2014

Lessons learned from the student athlete

The hour and a half flight to Roanoke seemed like ten minutes as the discussion flowed from investment strategies, to the state of the U.S. and....More
May 13, 2014

Q&A: Introducing new family members to the farming operation

While I was traveling in Canada conducting seminars, my standard operating procedure was to take only written questions from the participants. This....More
May 06, 2014

Ag lender’s role in agriculture business succession: Part 2

The lender can play a role as a quarterback, keeping the ball rolling by directing stakeholders, owners and managers, as well as diverting the....More
Apr 29, 2014

Ag lender’s role in agriculture business succession: Part 1

Approximately 85% of agricultural businesses have no estate or transition plan in place. One of the most helpful resources a producer can draw upon....More
Apr 22, 2014

Thoughts on farm transition management

At a recent seminar, panelists concluded that there is no cookie-cutter template for farm transition, and that each plan must be customized to meet....More
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
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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