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These Ag Careers listings are not endorsed by the ASFMRA and should be fully investigated. The intent of this information is simply to introduce employers to potential candidates, and visa versa. ASFMRA staff reserves the right to accept, reject, and/or edit all listings that are submitted for placement in the Ag Careers Center section. Placement of Ag Career listings is usually complimentary.

Positions Available

ASFMRA Job Listing (#102714)

Job Title: Chief Investment Officer
Company: American Farms LLC
Position Location: Lincoln, NE 

American Farms LLC (AFL) is the US subsidiary of Agricultural Asset Management (AAM) that in turn is owned by Brown & Co (brown-co-international.com) and Dexion Capital (dexioncapital.com).

Brown & Co is a UK domiciled independent partnership specialising in Farm Management, Agribusiness Advice, Brokerage and Valuation services for clients across the agricultural sector, worldwide. Brown & Co has over 160 dedicated professional staff, of which 27 are full-time agriculturalists and operates from 14 offices worldwide. Since 2003, the group has had managerial and advisory roles on over 750,000ha/$5bn of farmland and has advised on the acquisition, marketing and sale of over $1bn of farmland.

Dexion Capital plc is a UK boutique investment bank specialising in the structuring, marketing and distribution of alternative funds. The Dexion group is employee owned and independent of any institution. Since its launch in 2000, it has undertaken 96 transactions, raising more that $13bn in partnership with leading investment firms.

AAM is a new venture that aims to grow to US$1bn of Assets under management within ten years. In the short term AAM is seeking to become one of the leading solutions led providers for institutional investors seeking exposure to Agricultural assets in the United States, UK and Central and Eastern Europe.
The partners have long been committed to agriculture and have identified increasing institutional demand for this asset class. To that end they have jointly established AAM specific objective of channelling and managing inflows of long-term institutional investment interest in agriculture in the UK and globally, and to provide the farming expertise to deliver expected returns. The initial focus is to manage portfolios on farmland in the US on behalf of these investors.

AFL has been set up as the US investment management arm of AAM. AFL has one full time CFO, currently based in Chicago and has sought to establish local asset management capability by entering into two on the ground partnerships Ritter Agribusiness in the Mississippi Delta region and Farmland Opportunity Partners in Illinois.

Ritter Agribusiness has been managing land holdings since the 1890s and has an agribusiness that consists of farmland, grain storage facilities and co-ownership of a cotton gin. Farmland Opportunity Partners has a strong track record of acquiring, managing and developing US farmland properties in Illinois.

AFL has started fund raising for the US offering and will use a US placement agent retained for this purpose. Dexion Capital is responsible for sourcing capital from non-US investors. The first fund is targeting a first close at $100m and currently targets a total size of $250m. AFL seeks to have $500m AUM by 2018.

AAM is now seeking an exceptional individual as CIO to AFL. This key member of the Senior Management team will possess:

  • A strong, demonstrable and transparent track record in acquiring and managing farmland over 15+ years on behalf of investors – across the United States.
  • A strong understanding of risk adjusted returns to investors in farmland and a strong strategic vision of a US wide agricultural portfolio construction.
  • A developed and established network of real estate brokers and investment advisory professionals.
  • A strong network of high quality prospective tenants/ custom farmers. 
  • A highly developed ability to research and evaluate investment characteristics and identify opportunities to change cropping and/ or made additional investments in order to re-develop properties in order to enhance overall returns.
  • A proven track record in agriculture.
  • The successful candidate will also possess:
  • High levels of integrity, professionalism and a strong credible reputation amongst peers.
  • A country wide understanding of different investment characteristics/ land market nuances. 
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, and an ability to work as part of a team.
  • An ability to re-locate if necessary.
  • A thorough understanding of production economics/ up to date farming systems and best in class farm based technology applications.
  • An ability to work up, in conjunction with the CFO – detailed financial models and farm based budgets to establish and subsequently monitor against individual farm performance.

The candidate will have dual reporting to the Managing Partner of Brown & Co and the Managing Director of Dexion Capital.

As CIO, the candidate will have responsibility for leading the US investments teams in establishing and implementing the strategies for acquiring and managing and exiting farmland portfolios. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for building out additional local capability as AFL’s operations expand across the US.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership and vision by coordinating the efforts of a Senior Investment origination team in achieving consistent superior risk adjusted returns for the Fund.
  • Drive the activities to source high quality deals into investment for the fund
  • Establish the annual Business Plan, investment performance targets and operational goals
  • Chair the Investment Committee 
  • Execute transactions with business & financial modeling, valuation, due diligence, negotiation, closing and exits.
  • Implement policies & systems to manage sales & workflow pipeline, budgets & projections, risk adjusted asset allocation & scenario models and performance reporting.
  • Promote and establish good working relationships with stakeholders and the financial community in general and develop alliances that result in high quality deal flow

An attractive overall package is available that is commensurate with this senior position that will reward performance and include options in AFL. The position is likely to be based in Denver, Colorado, or Lincoln, Nebraska.

Background of the Shareholders of AAM

Brown & Co

Brown & Co specialise in large scale agribusiness management, consultancy, brokerage and valuation advice for clients across the agricultural sector – worldwide. Since 2003 Brown & Co has had a managerial or advisory role on over 500,000 hectares/ US$5 bn of farmland and has advised in the acquisition, marketing or sale of over US$1bn of farmland worldwide. The firm has 160 dedicated professional staff (27 full time agriculturalists) and operates from 14 offices. Brown & Co is the only RICS accredited farmland advisory and brokerage entity with presence in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, North America and South America.

Dexion Capital

Dexion Capital plc is a boutique investment bank focused on distributing and placing alternative funds and providing advisory services to the asset management industry. The Dexion group was formed in 2000 and is independent of any institution or fund management firm.
Dexion provides distribution and marketing services to alternative investment managers and their funds, and has additional expertise in research, market making, corporate broking and fund administration for listed closed-end funds. The group also offers corporate finance advisory services to the asset management industry.

Since launch, Dexion Capital plc has undertaken numerous fundraising and related activities amounting to $12 billion* for a variety of fund structures and organisations, often in partnership with leading alternative investment managers.

The Dexion group consists of Dexion Capital plc, based in London, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and Dexion Capital (Guernsey) Limited, authorised and regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

To Apply: Contact Robert Whelan, CFO of Agricultural Asset Management at robert.whelan@agri-am.com

Closing date: 11-25-2014

 

ASFMRA Job Listing (#101814)

Job Title: Tenure Track faculty in Agricultural Business
Company: Dept. of Agriculture, Fort Hays State University
Position Location: Hays, KS

Job Description:

Instruction (60%):  The successful candidate will teach a variety of agricultural business and agricultural economics courses (12 credit hours each semester).  This individual also will participate in the department’s instructional outreach initiatives focused on providing coursework and degree programs through the University’s Virtual College.  Teaching opportunities include theoretical and applied coursework, both on-campus and through distance education platforms, in the areas of commodity marketing, farm management, agricultural technology, livestock economics, global agricultural trade, agricultural cooperatives and rural development, and other courses based on interests and programmatic needs that complement the department’s applied academic programs.  The successful candidate also will participate in undergraduate student advising.  

Scholarship (20%):  The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of scholarly pursuit in his or  her discipline area, preferably focused on topics of regional agricultural interest. 

Service (20%):  The successful candidate will be expected to serve on department and university committees, and to participate in other appropriate department, college, university, community, and professional service activities.

Ph.D. in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, or a related Agricultural area is preferred.  Individuals nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD), or possessing the M.S. degree with experience, will be considered at the instructor rank.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, photocopies of all post-secondary transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of employment), and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Craig Smith, Search Committee Chair, Department of Agriculture, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, KS 67601-4099.  Telephone: (785) 628-4196; fax: (785) 628-4183; e-mail: cmsmith11@fhsu.edu.   Priority will be given to applications received by January 15, 2015.   Electronic applications are preferred and will be accepted until the position is filled.  Successful finalists will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Closing date: 1-15-2015

 

ASFMRA Job Listing (#101714)

Job Title: Collateral Analyst-Fee Services 11296
Company: Farm Credit Services Mid-America
Position Location: Flexible locations in Ohio

Job Description: Collect and analyze real estate market information to support the collateral function. Effectively communicate results to the clients. Prepare appraisals and environmental site inspections, including complex appraisals for farm, rural, and non-farm real estate. Serves as a resource to provide appraisal training, reviews or special assignments when needed. Provide appraisal services and/or consulting services for external and internal clients. 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: 50% or as required

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.     Includes defining highest and best use, documenting area and property characteristics, identifying environmental risks, applying accepted valuation methods, supporting conclusions with written narrative, and documenting results in written appraisal reports.

2.     Collect, investigate, document and maintain comparable sales information. Includes searching public records, verifying sale conditions, making property inspections, verifying financing terms, abstracting sale price, platting, and documenting results.

3.     Analyzes comparable sales information to support land value trends, adjustment factors, depreciation rates, capitalization rates, and valuation methods. Communicates this information as required by client.

4.     Serves as a resource to credit and appraisal staffs which may include, but is not limited to, interpreting real estate market analysis, providing leadership or developing staff appraisal skills, performing appraisal reviews and answering technical appraisal questions.

5.     Verifies accuracy of legal descriptions and documents property location by preparing acceptable plats as required by client.

6.     Represents and communicates the mission and values of Farm Credit Mid-America and complies with its conduct policy, security policy and confidentiality expectations.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Business or related field.  Holds Certified General Appraiser License.  At least six years of experience in completing agricultural or rural real estate appraisals and associated analysis.  At least two years of experience in preparing complex farm and non-farm appraisals.  Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) or MAI designation preferred.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

To Apply: https://www5.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/fcsmidamerica/PublicJobs/Canviewjobs.cfm

Closing date: 11-10-2014

 

ASFMRA Job Listing (#101614)

Job Title: Collateral Analyst 11295
Company: Farm Credit Services Mid-America
Position Location: Western or Northwest Ohio

Job Description: Within the scope of delegated authority, conducts on-site appraisals and valuations of acquired properties and loan collateral (both real and chattel) including site inspections for environmental risks. Provides Farm Credit Mid-Americas’ Financial Services Officers and management adequate information to aid in their decision-making process. Develops and maintains comparable sales information.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: 50%

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

1.     Develops knowledge of the appraisal process by assisting in the collection, preparation and distribution of comparable sales information. Includes, but is not limited to, performing courthouse searches, verifying buyer/seller motivations, property inspections, sales abstraction, platting and documenting findings.

2.     Develops knowledge of the appraisal process by assisting in analyzing local and regional real estate markets. Includes, but is not limited to, determining farmland or rural values and trends, providing summary reports, developing information to support adjustments used in appraisal reports, and documenting community and economic data influencing property values.

3.     Develops knowledge of the appraisal process by assisting with appraisals of loan collateral and acquired properties. Includes, but is not limited to on site inspections, accurately defining highest and best use, documenting property characteristics, accurately applying accepted valuation methods, supporting conclusions with written narrative, and documenting results in written appraisal reports.

4.     Evaluates the impact of environmental risks. Includes, but is not limited to performing site inspections, record searches, owner interviews, and documenting findings in written appraisal reports

5.     Evaluates the impact of existing and proposed government programs regarding farming, taxes, zoning, and the environment on property valuations.

6.     Assists licensed appraisers in completing appraisals for loans greater than delegated authority.

7.     Represents and communicates the mission and values of Farm Credit Mid-America and complies with its conduct policy, security policy and confidentiality expectations.

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

         Education and Experience

Consistently exceeds expectations at lower appraiser grade levels. Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Business or related field and at least five years of proficient experience in agricultural or rural real estate appraisals with increasing responsibilities. Holds state Certified General Appraiser Classification.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

 To Apply: https://www5.recruitingcenter.net/Clients/fcsmidamerica/PublicJobs/Canviewjobs.cfm

Closing date: 11-10-2014

 

ASFMRA Job Listing (#1092014)

Job Title: Appraiser / Appraiser Trainee 
Company: Farm Credit East
Position Location: Bridgeton, New Jersey

SUMMARY OF POSITION: This position is accountable for accurate and timely completion of evaluations and appraisal of real and personal property in accordance with FCA, Bank and Association appraisal regulations and policies, and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  This position is responsible for performing reviews of appraisals, accurately completing environmental inspections, developing and maintaining “benchmark” farms, collecting auction and market information values, staff appraisal training, and other duties as assigned.

COUNTIES SERVED: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, Salem

AREA:  The branch is located in a suburban area, with rural communities and urban amenities conveniently located nearby.

TYPES OF BUSINESSES: he branch’s agriculture is diverse, including aquatic, nursery, livestock, vegetable, greenhouse, field crops, and fruit.  Farm related businesses and part-time farmers are also within Bridgeton’s target market.

“With minimal supervision, depending upon experience, the incumbent is accountable for the following:

• COLLATERAL APPRAISAL:  Contribute to the protection of Association loan assets through the timely and accurate completion of appraisals and environmental inspections on all types of collateral, meeting Association policy and FCA regulations.  Contribute to the effectiveness of the appraisal program by the successful completion of continuing education coursework required by the state in which the employee is General Certified.

• CLIENT APPRAISAL: Contribute to customer satisfaction and Association profitability through the professional, accurate and timely completion of appraisal reports.

• QUALITY CONTROL:  Contribute to the maintenance of high quality appraisals and collateral administration through the objective and accurate review of appraisals and collateral documents prepared by Association and outside staff.  Provide effective and timely feedback, supervision, and training to Association collateral evaluators and appraisers.

• RESOURCE INFORMATION & SPECIAL PROJECTS:  Contribute to a well informed credit and appraisal staff by providing timely and accurate resource information, effective training, and by completion of special projects as required.

• MARKETING:  Contribute to growth of Association credit and related services through effective, proactive marketing of not only appraisal services, but all of the Association products and services within the agricultural community. • MEMBER RELATIONS:  Contribute to an Association image of excellence by the prompt delivery of high quality service and product, current knowledge of agriculture/aquaculture, and participation in farm and appraisal organizations.  The application of skillful human relations techniques in dealing with members is required.

• TEAMWORK:  Assist the Branch and Association in meeting its goals and objectives through effective teamwork and cooperation. Promote open and constructive communications and the attitude of “What can I do to help you?”.”

Required Qualifications

Position requires a B.S. in Agricultural Economics/Finance or related field. Knowledge of agriculture, finances, credit and credit administration. Strong marketing and interpersonal skills are required, as are verbal and written communications and analytical skills. Must be team oriented. The position requires the ability to travel throughout the Association territory as needed.

Farm Credit East is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. It is our goal to make employment decisions that further the principle of equal employment opportunity by utilizing objective standards based upon an individual’s qualifications for a specific job opening.

See more details here.

Questions may be directed to Dave GaNun at david.ganun@farmcrediteast.com    

Closing date: Open until filled.

 

ASFMRA Job Listing (#9112014)

Job Title: Professional Farm Manager
Company: Northwestern Farm Management Company
Position Location: Marshall, Minnesota

Job Description: This is a career opportunity to work for a professional farm management company that has specialized in farm real estate management, farmland sales and farm appraisals for more than 50 years. Northwestern Farm Management Company is a regional company based in Marshall MN.  The company is the largest Minnesota-based farm management firm and operates in MN, northern IA and the eastern Dakotas.  Management clients are typically absentee landowners.

Training and education will be provided to perform the duties of this position which include:

  • Analyzing lease options (custom, share crop, flex cash rent, cash rent or bushel leases)
  • Selecting and recommending farm operators in accordance with the landowner’s goals.
  • Preparing inspection reports that analyze the best use of the farm and making recommendations on how to maintain and improve the land.
  • Marketing commodities grown and raised on the farm as well as making seed, fertilizer and pesticide recommendations and purchases.
  • Preparing and analyzing budgets, cash flow statements and financial reports.
  • Supervise capital improvement projects (e.g. tile drainage, irrigation, grain bin construction).
  • Promote and market farm real estate sales.
  • Complete farm land valuations for appraisals and sales.

Personal Attributes required for the position include:

  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Work independently and take responsibility for implementing farm operating and capital improvement plans.
  • Good oral and written communication.
  • Sharp observation skills and a willingness to challenge existing farm practices.  Observing problems or potential opportunities, to think through the consequences and to offer suggestions.
  • High personal standards – Honesty, integrity, loyalty, personal discipline and professional appearance.
  • Must be eager to work and have good time management skills.

The position offers a competitive wage and benefit package (including medical insurance and company profit sharing) and is a good long-term career opportunity.

To apply send resume to:                         

Northwestern Farm Management Company                                                        

C/O Randy Sook                                                               

301 S O’Connell Street

 Marshall, MN 56258                                                      

Phone 507-532-5120                                                           

Fax 507-532-0293

land@nfmco.com

Closing date: 11-01-2014

 

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