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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
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
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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