David Kohl

David Kohl

Dave Kohl, Corn & Soybean Digest trends editor, is an ag economist specializing in business management and ag finance. He recently retired from Virginia Tech, but continues to conduct applied research and travel extensively in the U.S. and Canada, teaching ag and banking seminars and speaking to producer and agribusiness groups. He can be reached at sullylab@vt.edu.

Posts by David Kohl

in Road Warrior Apr 28, 2015

Farm management best practices: Areas for concern

In an environment of reduced prices and relatively high costs, the financials can quickly get out of hand if they are not analyzed and monitored. As....More
in Road Warrior Apr 21, 2015

Farm management best practices

Best management practices are hot topics inside and outside of agriculture. Have you ever wondered how you stack up as an agriculture producer? This....More
in Road Warrior Apr 14, 2015

Oil prices & other economic factors impacting farm revenue

In my road warrior travels interacting with producers and agribusiness leaders, there is much discussion concerning oil prices and other economic....More
in Road Warrior Apr 07, 2015

Family dynamics in business: The curse of wealth and compensation

A “kiss of death” to businesses is bringing the younger generation into the business on a manager’s salary, but with hired employee work or skill....More
in Road Warrior Mar 31, 2015

Family dynamics in business: Handling employee issues

Handling employee issues in a farm business, particularly a family-run farm business, is tricky. Sometimes, a meeting is a better choice than an....More
in Road Warrior Mar 24, 2015

Impact of family dynamic on business dynamics

How often do we find a major change in operations or expansion makes perfect economic sense; however, the important human elements trump economics....More
in Road Warrior Mar 17, 2015

Do you have the sixth C of credit?

The five Cs are important criteria for credit, but a sixth C is very important in terms of management, which frequently makes a difference in the....More
in Road Warrior Mar 10, 2015

Impact of education on income and unemployment

Education does have an impact on employment, income, and who participates in the workforce. Moving forward, the agriculture industry will be starved....More
in Road Warrior Mar 03, 2015

Should I buy the farm?

The first question I ask is, “Will the farm purchase be consistent with your business, family, and personal goals?” Too often investment decisions....More
in Road Warrior Feb 24, 2015

Farm working capital 101

By definition, working capital is current assets, which can be turned to cash in one year or less, minus current liabilities due within one year....More

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