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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
Oct 22, 2012

Top 4 Management Tips for Success in the Ag Industry

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
Sep 04, 2012

Global Synchronized Slowdown

If you have heard me speak or have followed my columns in recent years, you know I have discussed the great super cycle and how it brought prosperity....More
Aug 28, 2012

Student Debt Jail House Rock

Based on the title of this column, many of you probably think I have been listening to too much of the Elvis Channel on satellite radio during my....More
Aug 21, 2012

Farm Family Living-Cost Trends

In the last article I indicated that farm family living cost increases were hotter than this summer’s sun-baked fields. With average farm family....More
Aug 14, 2012

Farm Family Living Costs Spiral Upward

Farm family living costs appear to be hotter than the searing sun scorching the landscape across a good share of North America. The annual family....More
Aug 07, 2012

The Job Shadowing Experience

In some of my recent columns I have been a bit critical of the educational system and today’s young people. I guess it must be that I am getting old....More
Jul 30, 2012

Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

The summer season is in full swing and my Road Warrior travels are taking me to various venues to address youth and their educators, including the....More
Jul 24, 2012

Perspectives on Working Capital

I just finished teaching at the 14th annual National School for Experienced Ag Lenders in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year's group of 70 ag lenders....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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