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Jul 08, 2014

Back to the Future, Part 1: Farm economy in 1980s vs. 2010s

One question during a recent forum discussion with ag lenders put me and other professors in the Back to the Future time machine to discuss the....More
Jul 01, 2014

Economic halftime report

Globally, the economic slowdown of emerging nations along with unrest in Ukraine, and now Iraq, bears watching. Remember, spikes in oil prices have....More
Jun 24, 2014

Complacency: The Silent Killer

Complacency can be the silent business killer. Peer analysis and benchmarking can be the catalysts that motivate managers to focus on aspects of the....More
Jun 17, 2014

Crucial farm transition management conversations: In-laws joining farm operation

How can a son-in-law or daughter-in-law bring up the conversation about joining the farm operation or possible ownership? Often the younger....More
Jun 10, 2014

Working capital: The shock absorber

While 33% working capital to revenue is appropriate for cash grain and market livestock businesses because of significant inventory, is this level of....More
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
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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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