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 Jul 01, 2014

Economic halftime report

Globally, the economic slowdown of emerging nations along with unrest in Ukraine, and now Iraq, bears watching. Remember, spikes in oil prices have....More
in Road Warrior Jun 24, 2014

Complacency: The Silent Killer

Complacency can be the silent business killer. Peer analysis and benchmarking can be the catalysts that motivate managers to focus on aspects of the....More
in Road Warrior Jun 17, 2014

Crucial farm transition management conversations: In-laws joining farm operation

How can a son-in-law or daughter-in-law bring up the conversation about joining the farm operation or possible ownership? Often the younger....More
in Road Warrior Jun 10, 2014

Working capital: The shock absorber

While 33% working capital to revenue is appropriate for cash grain and market livestock businesses because of significant inventory, is this level of....More
in Road Warrior Jun 03, 2014

China to overtake the U.S. economy

China is a rising economic power and with that status it will become a bigger partner in world economic trade. It will require China to step up to....More
in Road Warrior May 27, 2014

Economic indicators and confusing signals

The U.S. economy is showing mixed signals. The lead economic index (LEI) which foretells the future of the economy has been increasing in recent....More
in Road Warrior May 20, 2014

Lessons learned from the student athlete

The hour and a half flight to Roanoke seemed like ten minutes as the discussion flowed from investment strategies, to the state of the U.S. and....More
in Road Warrior May 13, 2014

Q&A: Introducing new family members to the farming operation

While I was traveling in Canada conducting seminars, my standard operating procedure was to take only written questions from the participants. This....More
in Road Warrior May 06, 2014

Ag lender’s role in agriculture business succession: Part 2

The lender can play a role as a quarterback, keeping the ball rolling by directing stakeholders, owners and managers, as well as diverting the....More
in Road Warrior Apr 29, 2014

Ag lender’s role in agriculture business succession: Part 1

Approximately 85% of agricultural businesses have no estate or transition plan in place. One of the most helpful resources a producer can draw upon....More

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