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Feb 12, 2013

The History of the Great Commodity Super Cycles

I was surprised by the record attendance recently at my annual “Agriculture and Beyond” speaking events sponsored by the Nebraska Bankers Association....More
Feb 05, 2013

Perspectives from the Road

Sometimes as I travel around the country Willie Nelson’s song “On the Road Again” comes to mind. While driving my Hertz rental car and listening to....More
Jan 29, 2013

Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top Ten List: No. 5

One of the most commonly used terms in American agriculture is transition management. The term is not just synonymous with production agriculture,....More
Jan 22, 2013

A Strategic Analysis of the BRICS Nations

If you have been following my columns, you have most likely observed my writings indicating that the great commodity super cycle, which has lasted a....More
Jan 15, 2013

Optimism for Agriculture

The other day, I was invited to meet with agriculture and university leaders of the University of Nebraska for a brainstorming session focusing on....More
Jan 08, 2013

How Will 2013 Affect Agriculture?

Another year has arrived. The world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, as predicted, our politicians have kicked the can down the road to avoid the fiscal....More
Dec 25, 2012

Year End Review: Farm Land, Rural America Wealth, Mother Nature

I am bringing to a close another year of traveling the air and roadways of North America. It is time to reflect on my travels and interaction with....More
Dec 11, 2012

Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top Ten List, No. 6

The agricultural industry has been one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy. Many people do not realize that the United States is the largest....More
Dec 04, 2012

The Land Cycle is Bubbling

Farmland values are top of mind whether it is producers, investors or retirees. Recent results from the USDA find some interesting perspectives on....More
Nov 27, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Agriculture Industry

One of my favorite songs in my younger years was the theme song to the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The characters in the movie did not have....More
Nov 20, 2012

Strategies for Controlling Expenses

A young livestock producer, in this case a dairyman, asked a very good question in our Farm Credit University online Ag Biz Planner course for young....More
Nov 13, 2012

Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top-Ten List, No. 7

In recent columns, I have discussed why I am enthusiastic about the future of agriculture. This request came from an agricultural broadcaster in the....More
Nov 06, 2012

The NFL Replacement Officials and Business

I was in Omaha, Neb., when the notorious football game between Green Bay and Seattle boosted television ratings and had Facebook and Twitter going....More
Oct 30, 2012

Will Midsize Farms Exist in 10 to 20 Years?

Global economics is causing farms and ranches to evolve toward either large commercial enterprises or small family operations. This phenomenon....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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