Ag News, July 30, 2013

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Brad Kelley, the farm boy with 1 million acres
By Chris Bennett in Farm Press Blog

Brad Kelley has a million acres to play in. He privately owns 1 million acres of land in the United States — approximately 1,600 square miles of land. On the U.S. square mileage chart, that ranks Kelley above Rhode Island (1,584 square miles) and below Delaware (2,489 square miles).

Kelley, 55, Franklin, Tenn., is a billionaire that doesn’t care to shine. He shuns e-mail and avoids media interviews. Most Americans have never heard of Kelley and that’s the way he wants it. Raised on a Kentucky farm, he bought his first land (a farm) at age 17 and eventually made a fortune in discount cigarettes and tobacco after selling his business for about $1 billion.
Read more about Kelley as well as the three top land owners in the U.S.:

How will massive amounts of sidelined money in the economy affect agriculture?
Hembree Brandon | Delta Farm Press

The lowest interest rates in history, coupled with growing worldwide demand for commodities, have been a boon to American farmers at a time when much of the rest of the U.S. economy has been in the cellar.

But what happens when those near-zero interest rates start rising? How much a factor will inflation be as massive amounts of liquidity flow into the economy?

“One of the unique things about today’s situation, says Brian Briggeman, “is that at the same time the Fed has dropped interest rates to zero, they’ve also pushed historical amounts of liquidity into the marketplace.
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Thursday, August 1 is the deadline for Awards Nominations

Submit your nomination now for awards given at the 84th Annual Meeting in Reno, NV, Nov 11-15, 2013. Get complete details:

Fraley, Kohl and Conway – Speakers Announced for ASFMRA’s 84th Annual Meeting and Trade Show

The Program Committee for AgroNomics, Vision 2014 and the 84th Annual Meeting and Trade Show are pleased to announce the speaker lineup for this year’s meeting.  Top notch speakers on key industry topics to be presented in Reno include:

• Dr. Robert T. Fraley – Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer; Monsanto Company
• Dr. David Kohl – Professor Emeritus; Virginia Tech
• K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE – Chief Economist for Colliers International | USA
• Karen Ross – Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
• Daniel A. Sumner – Frank H. Buck, Jr. Professor; Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics; University of California, Davis

In addition to reviewing the latest economic influences on agriculture, this year’s meeting will also include a strong focus on the latest technology in agriculture. Ernest Earon, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer; PrecisionHawk Labs and Erik Ehn – Trimble Navigation Agriculture Division, Precision Farming and Guidance  will cover drones and their use in the agricultural professions. With the continuous advancements in agricultural technology it is imperative that ASFMRA members stay on top of the latest developments. Join us as some of the latest and greatest in agricultural technology is presented to attendees.

Be sure to join us in Reno, Nevada on November 11-15 at the Peppermill for these top notch presentations.  For more information on these speakers, to see descriptions of their presentations, and to view the rest of the program, please visit

Soybeans to fetch a solid $11/bu

With the harvest beginning in a month or so…Look for soybeans to fetch a solid $11/bu. for the next marketing year that will start in Sept.
Though down from this year’s $14 average…Not bad, in light of a likely record U.S. crop: 3.4 billion bu., cashing in at $38 billion in receipts… more than a sixth of total U.S. crop receipts. Copyright 2013. The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. Login to Member Resources to download the latest issue:

Chapter Directors for Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Board of Directors Meeting will be held in Reno on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Please read this Notice carefully and either e-mail or call Hope Evans at: or 303.692.1216 with any questions.

The current Board of Directors Roster is available for you to view on AgProLink. Here are instructions to login to AgProLink:
Go to:
Login: Your user name is your first and last name altogether, no spaces and your password is your member ID#
Go to:
●  Resources
●  Select All Libraries from drop down menu
●  Select Membership Library
●  Click on: Board of Directors Roster – Reno November 2013
●  Select: Board of Directors Roster – Reno November 2013

If your Chapter does not have a Director listed and you are interested in serving as your Chapter Director or Alternate, please contact your Chapter Secretary to let them know you are willing to serve in that position. All Chapters were requested to submit the names of the Director(s) from their Chapter to ASFMRA by July 1, 2013.

The Director(s) elected by the Chapter will serve a term from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 which includes the Annual Board Meeting in Reno. If your Chapter fails to elect its Director(s), then (according to the ASFMRA Bylaws) the following Chapter Officers shall serve as the Chapter Director(s) in the following order: President, President-Elect, Vice President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Secretary-Treasurer.

Remember: Alternates for Directors must be named in advance. A Chapter Director must resign in writing before an Alternate can fill the Director’s position. Should the Chapter’s Director(s) not attend a Board Meeting, an “Alternate” cannot be self-nominated or appointed as the Chapter’s Director. However, if the current Director resigns his or her position a vacancy is created which the Chapter can fill. The Director will have to provide written evidence to Hope Evans ( of his or her resignation before the Alternate is allowed to serve as Director. The Chapter’s designated “Alternate” will then fill the vacancy created by the resigning Director. Once a designated Alternate(s) becomes the Chapter’s Director(s), the resigning Director(s) cannot return to office for that term.

Director proxies are not valid. Colorado law does not allow a Director to give a general proxy to a non-Director and only allows the grant of a specific proxy to another Director if the Bylaws so provide. ASFMRA Bylaws do not allow for such proxy voting by Directors. Therefore, it is imperative that your Director(s) are present at Board Meeting(s) or an Alternate Director is designated.

Pay Your Dues Online

This is a reminder to take advantage of the member benefit that allows you to pay your dues and obtain a receipt online. The ASFMRA membership renewal dues invoices are being sent via e-mail according to your billing month. You can simply go to the ASFMRA Web site (, log in, choose Update Profile, from the drop down menu choose ‘Pay Bills Online’, click Go, and your ASFMRA renewal dues invoice will appear. Then select the items you want to pay, click ‘Pay Selected Invoices’, and complete the information. It is that easy!

Need a receipt? You can go to the ASFMRA Web site (, log in, choose Update Profile, from the drop down menu choose ‘Order History’, click Go, from the second drop down menu choose which one you want such as ‘Orders placed in the past 6 months’, click Go, and your ASFMRA orders within the time period you specified will be listed. Click on the ‘View’ on the right hand side of the order you want to see. Your receipt for that order will appear. There is also a Printer Friendly option you can click on and then print the receipt. There is nothing else you have to do. It really is that simple!

Remember: Your Username is your First and Last name altogether with no spaces and your Password is your member ID number. This information is also conveniently located at the bottom of your dues invoice in the Notes area.

THANK YOU for your continued support of the ASFMRA. If you have any questions about dues or membership, please contact Hope Evans at 303-692-1216 or e-mail at

Donate to the Auction Today!

Plan now to attend this year’s Education Foundation Auction in Reno on Thursday, November 14, 2013. You do not want to miss your opportunity to bid and win!

A Farm Theme Quilt which is a Queen/King size homemade quilt has been donated by Roos & Associates, Inc.

The Northeast Chapter of ASFMRA has donated a Weekend at the Track. This is a weekend in Saratoga, New York for two tickets to the Thoroughbred Race Track and lodging.

Donations of all sorts are welcome, from baskets of goodies to vacations. Proceeds from the Auction go to support the Education Foundation and helps to create and/or update education for all members.

Please use the Auction Item Donation form (  to submit items for the Silent and Live Auctions. The deadline for submitting Auction items is October 29, 2013.

Auction items should be shipped directly to the Peppermill Hotel & Casino to arrive no later than Thursday, November 7, 2013. Please address packages as follows:

HOLD FOR: Hope Evans
ASFMRA Annual Meeting / Nov. 11 -15
c/o Peppermill Bell Desk
Peppermill Hotel & Casino
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
*Recipients contact cell phone number (not required but highly recommended)

For more information, visit the AgroNomics Web site or contact Hope Evans at (303) 692-1216 or

Chapter News

Wyoming Chapter Fall Meeting, September 12-13, 2013 in Cheyenne, Wyoming featuring a speaker from the Wyoming Oil & Gas Commission and a meet and greet with the UW Ag Business and Ag Econ students. Registration info coming soon.

News from The Appraisal Foundation

The Appraisal Foundation Seeks Candidates for Business Valuation and Personal Property Resource PanelsApplication Deadline is August 30, 2013 Get complete information:
Paula Douglas Seidel
Direct phone 202.624.3048

The Un-Comfort Zone
By Robert Evans Wilson, Jr.

Surprise: Creativity is a Skill not a Gift!
You can reacquire your natural creative ability with these steps.

In today’s highly competitive business climate, creativity can no longer be limited to artists and inventors. The marketplace is changing rapidly, and in the words of Intel Chairman, Andrew Grove, companies must “Adapt or Die!” Every organization needs people – at every level – who can bring new ideas to the table. People who can come up with new uses for old products… new techniques to close sales… new methods for increasing productivity… or, in this era of downsizing, new ways to do more with less! Read more: Download the pdf to read in an easier format.

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