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 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
in Road Warrior Apr 22, 2014

Thoughts on farm transition management

At a recent seminar, panelists concluded that there is no cookie-cutter template for farm transition, and that each plan must be customized to meet....More
in Road Warrior Apr 15, 2014

Ag lender perspectives: transition, interest rates, land values

Interest rates, land values and cash flow are top of mind topics in the agricultural world. Expect ag lenders to financially shock test your cash....More
in Road Warrior Apr 08, 2014

Is weather affecting economic indicators?

One major questions people have asked David Kohl this winter is whether the “blah” economic indicators, domestically and globally, are the result of....More
in Road Warrior Apr 01, 2014

Dos and Don’ts for Younger Agricultural Producers

To the younger generation desiring to farm or be involved in agribusiness, a business plan is critical. Also, have your risk management plan, i.e....More
in Road Warrior Mar 25, 2014

Dos and Don’ts for Older Agricultural Producers

A challenging question David Kohl received at a recent conference was: “What is one do and one don’t you would recommend to younger and older....More

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