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Aug 10, 2015

Know your farm operation costs

Knowing your cost of production is essential to operating a sustainable business. Therefore, the ability to determine your cost is extremely....More
Aug 05, 2015

Margins, cash rents and land values

In my travels conducting seminars, speeches and schools, margins, cash rents and land values appear to be major questions for people connected with....More
Jul 27, 2015

Perspective on the lending industry

Today’s producers face squeezed margins and immense industry change; some voluntary and some not. The lender sitting on the other side of the desk....More
Jul 21, 2015

Farm management strategies for tough economic times

Economic health and viability are at the forefront for many involved in today’s agriculture industry. While some may prefer to just eat ice cream....More
Jul 14, 2015

Ag lender transition

Agriculture is in a time of transition that will affect assets, operations and people. The ag lending industry, however, is also in a time of....More
Jul 07, 2015

State of the U.S. ag economy: Energy, row crops, consumer sentiment

Overall, the United States economy at halftime will grade out strong for the coasts and in the southern part of the country. Weather will of course,....More
Jun 30, 2015

Surviving an economic downturn in the agriculture industry

While difficult, decisions of restraint during the super cycle of profits put producers at an advantage going into this economic downturn. Many of....More
Jun 23, 2015

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

A long term trend cannot be determined by two year periods prior or post; nevertheless, adjustments in profit levels appear to be settling in. Multi-....More
Jun 16, 2015

Global trade risk, part 2: What actions can farmers take

It is imperative in today’s world of trade risk to build up extra liquidity or working capital reserves. How much is enough depends on debt servicing....More
Jun 09, 2015

Global trade risk, part 1

The number one risk facing agriculture is international trade, because many facets of the agriculture industry are internationally interconnected....More
Jun 01, 2015

Signs of storm clouds in agriculture: Operating credit, asset sales

Storm clouds are building as American agriculture, specifically the grain sector, is entering phase one of the post-commodity super cycle downturn....More
May 26, 2015

Are ag outlooks from 2010 on track in 2015?

If you look back five years, what would you have said then compared to where we are today? Let’s dial the time machine back to 2010 and examine some....More
May 19, 2015

10 perspectives on ag business from a college student

I gave a recent conference attendee an assignment to complete during his nearly two hour drive home that evening. His assignment was to come up with....More
May 12, 2015

Tips for working effectively with your ag lender, part 2

Last week we talked about cash flow, sensitivity analyses and liquidity and how those matter when working with your ag lender. This week, lets go....More
May 05, 2015

Tips to work effectively with your ag lender, part 1

During a recent panel, a participant asked CEOs from lending associations the following: Based on your experience, what are five points of wisdom....More
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Dave Kohl is an ag economist specializing in business management and ag finance. He can be reached at

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