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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 Bubbling10

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 Expenses1

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. 77

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?31

Global economics is causing farms and ranches to evolve toward either large commercial enterprises or small family operations. This phenomenon....More
Oct 22, 2012

Top 4 Management Tips for Success in the Ag Industry1

In a recent webcast for the Farm Credit University Commercial Ag Lender class, one of the lenders asked me an intriguing question: What do you feel....More
Oct 16, 2012

The Relationship Between the U.S. National and Agricultural Economies

The other day a lender in a Farm Credit University class asked me an interesting question. Based upon his perspective, it seems when the national....More
Oct 09, 2012

Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top-Ten List: No. 8

At the request of an ag broadcaster in the Northwest, I came up with the Road Warrior’s top 10 reasons why I am enthusiastic about the future of....More
Oct 02, 2012

Where is the Risk?

Many of you have faced this summer’s drought and its implications. Of course, crop insurance was a key player in this year's economics, and some....More
Sep 25, 2012

Realities of Transition Management

This past summer I conducted numerous strategic planning sessions for bank, business and cooperative boards and management teams. Many of the....More
Sep 18, 2012

Surprise from the Federal Reserve

The announcement last week by the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of quantitative easing part three (QE3) came as a surprise....More
Sep 11, 2012

Enthusiastic About the Future of Agriculture: Top-10 Countdown

Recently, a longtime friend who is now an agricultural news broadcaster asked me an intriguing question: “You've traveled 8 million air miles, been....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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