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Teams Working Remotely

To our customer-owners and friends, During this evolving coronavirus pandemic, our priority remains to safely serve you. In following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance, we’re limiting...

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Lenders' View of Profitable Producers

Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech University Much discussion about the attributes that lead to success in business is occurring in the agriculture...

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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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