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Mar 04, 2014

Farmland Investors

The great commodity super cycle, which has lasted nearly a decade, has caused farmland values to skyrocket in many regions of the country. While....More
Feb 25, 2014

Ag trends: Debt concentration, cycles and new farmers, bankers

David Kohl's Road Warrior travels took him to the National Agricultural Bankers Conference, where he moderated sessions, and also took some in. He....More
Feb 18, 2014

Ag costs could exceed revenues

The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota presented some compelling data compiled on farms over eight states that are....More
Feb 11, 2014

Economic inflation and its effect on agriculture

The rate of inflation in recent years has been estimated to be between 5% and 10% for agriculture. The increasing cost of inputs, equipment, and....More
Feb 04, 2014

Perspective on Canadian agriculture

David Kohl recently attended a meeting in Canada, where he took in Canadian agriculture. He noticed that seed technologies have greatly impacted the....More
Jan 28, 2014

Perspectives are changing

The past decade has made many agricultural producers soft, depending on high prices and real estate appreciation to cover up the results of less....More
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
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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