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Jan 21, 2014

State of the General Economy, Part 2

When analyzing the state of the general and agricultural economy, it's important to review housing starts and treasury rates, a well as manufacturing....More
Jan 14, 2014

State of the General Economy: Part 1

More producers, lenders and agribusiness people are using key economic indicators in their strategic planning processes. Some of the metrics to....More
Jan 07, 2014

What to watch in 2014

As 2014 starts, farmers should pay attention to your balance sheets, working capital, the federal reserve, interest rates and your business identity....More
Dec 30, 2013

Reflections on 2013

It is amazing that 2013 had all the hype of strong corn and soybean prices early on, but recently we have seen the air come out of the economic....More
Dec 23, 2013

Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 2

Will the hard-charging producers renting high-priced farm ground on multiple year contracts be the canary in the farm downturn coal mine? Only time....More
Dec 17, 2013

Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 1

The great commodity super cycle has kicked in with high prices. However, the top 20% of producers have developed a total system of management which....More
Dec 10, 2013

The Stages of Farm Investment

Early in the boom cycle when prosperity was running high with record profits, farmers were making land investments. Later in the cycle, we are....More
Dec 03, 2013

Farm Balance Sheets: 2010s vs. 1980s

The U.S. farm balance sheet from a debt and equity position is much stronger now than it was in the 1980s. The debt to asset ratio in the 1980s....More
Nov 26, 2013

Tips for high-quality balance sheets

High-quality balance sheets initially can be difficult and time-consuming to prepare, particularly given all the livestock and crops involved in....More
Nov 19, 2013

Business tips for low-equity, young farmers: Part 2

If you're a young, low-equity farmer, David Kohl recommends examining incentive programs specifically for beginning farmers, building capital when....More
Nov 12, 2013

Business tips for low-equity, young farmers: Part 1

What advice would you have for a low-equity young producer either launching or growing their business? This was a question from a group of 34 lenders....More
Nov 05, 2013

Is There a Future for Mom-and-Pop Farms?

One of the questions posed to us concerned the future of mom-and-pop farms. First, this term needs to be defined because it can be very difficult to....More
Oct 29, 2013

Institutional Knowledge

The U.S., other developed countries and, to some extent, North American agriculture could experience a tremendous loss of institutional knowledge as....More
Oct 22, 2013

Mental bankruptcy

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Oct 15, 2013

Points to ponder

I recently made my annual trek to WebEquity Solutions’ annual client conference in Omaha, NE. What started over 15 years ago as a small conference....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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