Ag News January 13, 2015

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‘Don’t bet the farm’ on the Agriculture Act of 2014, ag lender says

Forrest Laws | Delta Farm Press - No silver bullet in the new farm bill.  Read more.

FAA Makes Exceptions to Commercial Drone Ban

Associated Press | - Companies in agriculture and real estate will be granted permits to fly drones for commercial use. Read more.

Democrats deny Republicans veto-proof margin on Keystone

Phillip Brasher | - House Democrats denied Republicans a veto-proof margin on the Keystone XL pipeline, ensuring that the standoff with the White House over the project is likely to continue. Read more.

Top mobile apps for agriculture

Ignacio Ciampitti, Kansas State University | AgProfessional Magazine - In recent years, several companies and public institutions have developed Apps for mobile devices with the goal of providing a service to agricultural consultants and producers with educational materials and support tools. Read more.

Northeast land value uptick may be slowing 

Jim Dunn and Calum Turvey | Farm Progress - 2015 Northeast ag outlook analysts foresee land values weakening in certain areas due to declining grain and milk prices. Read more.

U.S. winter wheat seedings down 5 percent from year ago

Daniel Enoch | - U.S. farmers have planted about 40.5 million acres of winter wheat for harvest in 2015, down 5 percent from a year earlier, USDA said today in a report. Read more.

Agricultural shippers benefiting from improved US railroads

Christopher Doering, USA TODAY | Argus Leader - Agriculture producers who depend on freight trains to move their harvest have managed to avoid the major rail gridlock that plagued farmers across much of the Midwest last winter and into the spring. Read more.



OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION — Change in Policy and Procedure Manual

The following amendments to the Society’s Policy and Procedure Manual were approved by the Executive Council. You may obtain a current copy of the Bylaws and the Policy and Procedure Manual on the ASFMRA Web site – for the Bylaws click here and for the Policy and Procedure Manual click here.


Amendments to the ASFMRA Policy and Procedure Manual Approved by the Executive Council

The following amendments were approved by the Executive Council since the Policies and Procedures they reference are under their jurisdiction. Notification is being provided to the membership of these changes for informational purposes. The purpose for these changes are that a number of members are out of compliance with their three year cycle on continuing education of which most are not really out of compliance, but instead just do not have their record updated. To provide ample time for members to submit their continuing education hours showing they are in compliance, this one time change to the continuing education policy was approved. The Executive Council also at this time, approved the removal of the extension terminology on/or just after March 1, 2015 since the extension will be completed.


1.)                POLICY No. 13: CONTINUING EDUCATION

      1. The Society shall offer a continuing education program to its members. One continuing education cycle is three (3) calendar years except for the 2012-2014 cycle which will have an extended deadline to February 28, 2015. Members of the Society are required to comply with Continuing Education Policy. Failure to comply with this policy shall result in an immediate suspension of all member benefits….
      2. 2. b. An Accredited or Professional member must accumulate sixty (60) hours of approved continuing education during a consecutive three calendar-year period except for the 2012-2014 cycle which will have an extended deadline extended to February 28, 2015. Upon doing so, the Accredited or Professional member shall have met the requirements of the program for the next three consecutive calendar years, subject to the following…

3. a. Associate members must take the Society’s Ethics course during the first two (2) calendar years of their membership. Year one will be counted as the period from their join date to December 31st of that year, and year two is the next full calendar year to December 31st. Thereafter, the member must take the Society’s Ethics course every six years. The January 1-December year applies to all cycles except for the 2012-2014 cycle which will have an extended deadline to February 28, 2015.


ARA Fast Track Program

The ASFMRA Appraisal Education Committee approved the ARA Fast Track program for MAIs and other comparable designations during their committee meeting in Tucson, AZ last October. We hope to have the new Fast Track page up on the website this week as we have already had many inquiries about the program. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15. 

ARA Fast Track Program Requirements:

  • Applicant must complete the experience requirement. Experience must include five years of appraisal experience with a year consisting of at least 1,600 hours. Of the 1,600 hours, at least 600 must be in rural appraisal. No more than 100 hours of the 600 required rural appraisal hours can be from rural residential appraising or reviewing.
  • Hold current state certified general licensing in good standing
  • Hold membership in ASFMRA
  • Successfully pass ASFMRA Ethics course
  • Be an active member in good standing and holding a designation from an organization that requires passing a demonstration report,
  • Complete application for ARA accreditation
  • Pass ARA comprehensive exam

Your foundation $ at work 

Leonard Meador, AAC has been working closely with the ASFMRA Education Department to refine processes and timelines for updating current education offerings as well as new education programs.  Leonard’s work will be instrumental in ensuring that current ASFMRA provided education is up-to-date and that ASFMRA is on the cutting-edge of new content delivery.   The end goal of the process refinement is to ensure that the Education Committee along with developers, reviewers and staff are all working together to provide the best possible educational experience and product for you, our valued members.  

Sign-up for the YPN Newsletter

The Young Professionals Network monthly newsletter will launch Thursday, January 29th in an effort to better serve our next generation of leaders. The newsletter will be a way to get information on upcoming YPN events, volunteer opportunities and career advice. You can sign-up for the newsletter at: If you have suggestions or want to contribute to content to the newsletter, contact Erica Lindberg

ABQ Deadline for Comments January 31, 2015

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has issued the following:

Exposure Draft of Proposed Personal Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria 

All interested parties are encouraged to comment in writing to the AQB before the deadline of January 31, 2015. Respondents should be assured that each member of the AQB will thoroughly read and consider all comments.

Please note the proposed Criteria is intended to be a guide in establishing minimum education and experience recommendations in the credentialing of qualified personal property appraisers by educational institutions and professional organizations that offer designations for personal property appraisers. The Criteria estaliblishes minimum requirements for all personal property appraisers who are members of sponsoring organizations of The Appraisal Foundation.

Written comments on this Exposure Draft can be submitted by mail, email and facsimile.


Magdalene Vasquez
The Appraisal Foundation
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1111
Washington, DC  20005


Fax: 202.347.7727

If you have any questions regarding this Exposure Draft, please contact Magdalene Vasquez at (202) 624-3074 or

NEW MEMBERS: Learn about the benefits of your membership

Learn about the benefits you receive from your ASFMRA membership through this informative meeting which will consist of a power point and conference call. These New Member Orientation meetings/calls are done on a quarterly basis. This is the perfect way to afford new members the opportunity to get together with Executive Council and ASFMRA Staff for an open/interactive forum to be briefed on ASFMRA meetings, education, and other opportunities. If you are a new member, you will receive an e-mail invitation which will contain a link for you to join the power point presentation and the call in information for you to participate in the conference call portion of the meeting. Join us to learn about the benefits you receive from your ASFMRA membership. The upcoming schedule is as detailed below.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, April 16, 2015

9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, July 16, 2015

9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, December 17, 2015

9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET