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 23, 2013

Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 2

Will the hard-charging producers renting high-priced farm ground on multiple year contracts be the canary in the farm downturn coal mine? Only time....More
in Road Warrior Dec 17, 2013

Perspectives on Farm Finance: Part 1

The great commodity super cycle has kicked in with high prices. However, the top 20% of producers have developed a total system of management which....More
in Road Warrior Dec 10, 2013

The Stages of Farm Investment

Early in the boom cycle when prosperity was running high with record profits, farmers were making land investments. Later in the cycle, we are....More
in Road Warrior Dec 03, 2013

Farm Balance Sheets: 2010s vs. 1980s

The U.S. farm balance sheet from a debt and equity position is much stronger now than it was in the 1980s. The debt to asset ratio in the 1980s....More
in Road Warrior Nov 26, 2013

Tips for high-quality balance sheets

High-quality balance sheets initially can be difficult and time-consuming to prepare, particularly given all the livestock and crops involved in....More
in Road Warrior Nov 19, 2013

Business tips for low-equity, young farmers: Part 2

If you're a young, low-equity farmer, David Kohl recommends examining incentive programs specifically for beginning farmers, building capital when....More
in Road Warrior Nov 12, 2013

Business tips for low-equity, young farmers: Part 1

What advice would you have for a low-equity young producer either launching or growing their business? This was a question from a group of 34 lenders....More
in Road Warrior Nov 05, 2013

Is There a Future for Mom-and-Pop Farms?

One of the questions posed to us concerned the future of mom-and-pop farms. First, this term needs to be defined because it can be very difficult to....More
in Road Warrior Oct 29, 2013

Institutional Knowledge

The U.S., other developed countries and, to some extent, North American agriculture could experience a tremendous loss of institutional knowledge as....More

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