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 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
in Road Warrior Feb 23, 2016

Cost-cutting 101: Fuel, family living, fertilizer

This is a starting point in the cost-cutting process, as suggested by producers. Granted, this is a tough process that requires time, examination and....More
in Road Warrior Feb 16, 2016

Visible signs of the economic reset: Liquidity and supply in ag

As a globally interconnected industry, those in agriculture must continue to watch economic factors like manufacturing, oil, grain supply, land sales....More
in Road Warrior Feb 08, 2016

Farm equity doesn't pay the bills

Regardless of crop or livestock prices, the global economic forces of the U.S. strong dollar and weaker demand continue to suppress revenues. Coupled....More
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

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