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 Jun 14, 2016

Are U.S. farmers supported by government programs?

Recently, I traveled outside the borders of the United States and a major question posed by farmers and bureaucrats was whether American farmers are....More
in Road Warrior Jun 07, 2016

Ag issues in Canada

Prices, regulations, transition and uncertainty are significant issues for any agricultural operation, regardless of its location. Only time will....More
in Road Warrior May 31, 2016

Crop input costs are adjusting

Is there any hope for reduction of crop input costs including cash rent expense? The short answer is yes. According to data, rent, fertilizer, fuel....More
in Road Warrior May 24, 2016

Willingness to repay: Ag loan repayment plans

With more farmers incurring negative margins, the "willingness to repay" will be increasingly scrutinized, and could be a challenge. Therefore, a....More
in Road Warrior May 16, 2016

You're not special: The value of customer service

Unfortunately, human interaction is often an overlooked skill. Whether it is a farmer, rancher, lender, supplier or agribusiness professional, the....More
in Road Warrior May 10, 2016

5 considerations for fixed vs. variable interest rates

Now that interest rates have increased, many producers want to know whether they should fix interest rates on their loans or continue on with a....More
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

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