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Education Pays

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University The American Bankers Association’s Agricultural Bankers Conference completed its seventh decade recently...

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SmartStart EXPRESS Loan was Fast and Easy

Aaron Bleacher and his dad, Alan, grow chickens for Coleman Natural Meats and farm corn, wheat and hay in southern York County. “We needed a tractor for our chicken barns and I wanted to make a...

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Outlook for 2020 and Beyond

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University Welcome to the new decade with all of its challenges, but also some bright opportunities. This decade...

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Profit in Chaos

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University The title of this article comes from a recent Farm Credit University face-to-face session for the online...

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Future Business Models of Farms and Ranches

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University The current economic environment in agriculture, characterized by low margins and extreme volatility...

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Food Fad or Trend?

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University The other day, I was making my weekly trek through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, the busiest...

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Is Leasing the Right Tool for You?

Mary Bixler, AgChoice Accounting Officer As the year winds down, now is the time to review your year-to-date records with your accountant to discuss tax projections and options for reducing your tax...

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Loan or Lease Benefits

Keith Walker, Executive Loan Officer and Leasing Consultant No matter if you are a full- or part-time farmer, agricultural producers have a number of capital needs to make their operations successful...

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Meet Board Member Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell owns and operates Apple Shamrock Farms, LLC, a 2,000-acre Crawford County farm where she and her family milk 1,000 Holstein cows and care for 875 replacements. Customer-owners voted...

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