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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
Oct 08, 2013

Will the farmland bubble burst?

One of the top 10 questions I am asked, and perhaps number one or two, is “Will the farmland bubble burst?” Examination of farm real estate data by....More
Oct 01, 2013

Young Farmer Advice, Part 2

The last column focused on a young producer who provided advice to his peers at a young and beginning farmer and rancher conference in Omaha, Neb. I....More
Sep 24, 2013

Young farmer offers advice to peers

At a recent event in Omaha, NE, a young producer, who was first appointed to the board of directors and then elected, provided a glimpse of the type....More
Sep 17, 2013

An Aussie’s view of financial, business benchmarking: Part 4: Liquidity

Net working capital, measured by current assets minus current liabilities, is a measure of the current economic times in agriculture. To make it a....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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