Open Fields Blog Brief

New Law Protects Ag Sales and Tax Exemptions

The signing of House Bills 4561 and 4564 – protecting agriculture’s sales and tax exemptions – by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley in late April inspired this blog post. GreenStone staff and members were instrumental in creating the language and amplifying the conversation in local communities and with legislative representatives during the decision-making time regarding the bills.


When Will the Pendulum Swing for Milk Producers?

Milk producers are into their fourth year of low profit, or unprofitable production, prompting many to question when will the pendulum swing? However, there appears to be some relief in sight. Read the full outlook on the dairy industry in this blog post.


Understanding Interest Rate Calculations

If you are in the market for a new home or vacant land loan, you have a number of considerations to make when choosing the right lender. For many buyers, interest rates and loan fees drive the selection process. Understanding how interest rates are calculated and the factors used in determining them may help to comfort you as you make your decision. Sam Schafer, a financial services officer at GreenStone, shares tips on how to understand interest rate calculations in this blog post.


Series: Dr. Dave Kohl Articles

We are excited to feature regular comments from Dr. Dave Kohl, professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Kohl has traveled over 8 million miles throughout his professional career and has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, Farm Credit, FSA, and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups.


Series: Meet the 2018 Summer Interns

This year’s class of student interns are well underway in their summer projects at GreenStone. We share their stories and unique perspectives in our intern blog series. Follow along as we feature all of GreenStone’s interns throughout the summer.


Series: GreenStone in the Community

Engaging in local activities is one way GreenStone gives back to places where we work and live. Our employees carry out our passion for community engagement through a variety of activities both as GreenStone representatives and as volunteers, watch for more community engagement blogs each week.


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