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 Dec 22, 2015

21st Century agriculture: What's next?

Undoubtedly, the 21st century’s first 15 years were laden with change, challenges, and opportunities. Sound management and financial practices offer....More
in Road Warrior Dec 15, 2015

How do I cut per-acre costs?

Regardless of the target number for cuts or income, innovation and creativity will be required to maintain success. Luckily, those are well-....More
in Road Warrior Dec 08, 2015

Is it good to be a farmer?

Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is....More
in Road Warrior Dec 01, 2015

New farmer blues: How to position your farm business for tough times

In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use....More
in Road Warrior Nov 24, 2015

Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others....More
in Road Warrior Nov 17, 2015

Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

As the agriculture industry continues to reset, these stories should command particular attention. Changing trends and lack of accurate financials....More
in Road Warrior Nov 10, 2015

How is the financial status of your farm business?

In agriculture, negative margins and declining asset values place many producers in this same financial mindset. What are some of the key items you....More
in Road Warrior Nov 03, 2015

Financial ratios for ag operations

Producers who manage for profit and sustainability should use ratios to measure performance. Then, identify the source of any problems and....More
in Road Warrior Oct 27, 2015

Farm business finances: Impact of family living withdrawal

When managing a farm business for success and sustainability, all variables must be evaluated including, family living withdrawals and investment....More
in Road Warrior Oct 19, 2015

What's the state of the ag economy in late 2015?

As economic scenarios continue to play out in the emerging nations, it will be interesting to see which options the pilots of our economy choose with....More

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