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 Mar 15, 2016

Will family living costs put your farm out of business?

Farmers need to get serious and truly appreciate how much family living expenses can impact the profitability of a farm business. The numbers tell us....More
in Road Warrior Feb 29, 2016

Cost-Cutting 101, part 2: Land rent, capital expenses, labor costs

With this list of potential reductions, including land rent, capital expenses labor and other costs, hopefully our producer focus groups provided....More
in Road Warrior Feb 23, 2016

Cost-cutting 101: Fuel, family living, fertilizer

This is a starting point in the cost-cutting process, as suggested by producers. Granted, this is a tough process that requires time, examination and....More
in Road Warrior Feb 16, 2016

Visible signs of the economic reset: Liquidity and supply in ag

As a globally interconnected industry, those in agriculture must continue to watch economic factors like manufacturing, oil, grain supply, land sales....More
in Road Warrior Feb 08, 2016

Farm equity doesn't pay the bills

Regardless of crop or livestock prices, the global economic forces of the U.S. strong dollar and weaker demand continue to suppress revenues. Coupled....More
in Road Warrior Feb 02, 2016

International trade risk impact on agriculture industry

Historically, agriculture has led the rest of the economy going into an economic downturn. Will this historical pattern hold true again for the U.S.?....More
in Road Warrior Jan 25, 2016

4 tips to help set farm business goals

By Groundhog Day, one needs to have business family, and personal goals clearly written out for the year. These written goals should be SMART:....More
in Road Warrior Jan 19, 2016

State of the ag economy, part 2: Economic growth, inflation, unemployment

It is important to note that the leading economic indicators show concerning signs of a slowing or contracting U.S. economy. Specifically,....More
in Road Warrior Jan 12, 2016

State of the ag economy

In order to successfully navigate the economic reset, one must factor in outside influences. Factors such as the U.S. economy will bear direct impact....More

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