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 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
in Road Warrior Jan 05, 2016

Kickoff for 2016: China's economy, farming costs, tighter credit

2016 certainly will not be a boring year. While agriculture has experienced various economic resets before, circumstances today are different. As an....More
in Road Warrior Dec 22, 2015

21st Century agriculture: What's next?

Undoubtedly, the 21st century’s first 15 years were laden with change, challenges, and opportunities. Sound management and financial practices offer....More
in Road Warrior Dec 15, 2015

How do I cut per-acre costs?

Regardless of the target number for cuts or income, innovation and creativity will be required to maintain success. Luckily, those are well-....More
in Road Warrior Dec 08, 2015

Is it good to be a farmer?

Regardless of the economic outlook, the cycle, or even where we are in the cycle, it is still good to be a farmer. The agriculture industry is....More
in Road Warrior Dec 01, 2015

New farmer blues: How to position your farm business for tough times

In tough economic times there is sometimes a tendency to ignore or deny reality and hope better times magically reappear. Instead, reach out and use....More
in Road Warrior Nov 24, 2015

Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others....More

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