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 03, 2016

Recession impact on Baby Boomer retirement from farm business

The best approach to a retirement decision starts personally and requires examination of several factors. A plan that is thoughtful and thorough in....More
in Road Warrior Apr 26, 2016

Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue....More
in Road Warrior Apr 19, 2016

Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this....More
in Road Warrior Apr 12, 2016

What I learned from 4-H and FFA

Participation in groups like 4-H, FFA or similar programs gives young people a sense of belonging, confidence and teamwork that prepare them for a....More
in Road Warrior Apr 05, 2016

Who benefits from cheap commodities?

Low commodity prices can help some while hurting others. However, remember that commodity markets are extremely volatile and no economic cycle, up or....More
in Road Warrior Mar 29, 2016

3 concerns about American agriculture

David Kohl recently participated in town hall meetings with farmers, lenders, agribusiness people and students. The majority have 3 major concerns....More
in Road Warrior Mar 22, 2016

It's time to stress-test your farm business financials

With commodity prices falling and more negative margins, lenders are now asked to “stress test” your financial conditions as well as their....More
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

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