Ag News, October 23, 2012

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Almonds now California’s second-most valuable commodity

When California publishes its crop report in November, there will be a significant change in the ranking order of the state’s top agricultural commodities, the University of California, Davis, predicts Thursday.

In 2011, for the first time ever, the value of the California almond crop surpassed the state’s iconic grape industry to move into second place, behind dairy, the university says. Read more on the Central Valley Times website:

Countdown To Indy

With just a week to go, ASFMRA staff is in the final preparations for Indianapolis. Over 435 have registered from what promises to be another excellent Investment Conference and Annual Meeting.   Highlights this year include the Indiana Chapter Welcome Dinner at the NCAA Hall of Champions, an exceptional conference program with a record number of speakers on the agenda, an expanded AgroNomics Trade Show showcasing several new companies, a new format for the AG INNOV-8 presentations, and the always exciting Education Foundation Auction Event!

NEW!!! SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE ATTENDING:  There is a special exhibit at The Indiana State Museum on the history and development of Corn – Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn.  According to those who have seen it, it is well worth the price of admission. (And the museum is just several blocks from the Westin – in the middle of White River State Park next to the NCAA Hall of Champions).  Discount admission is available with your conference name badge!
There is still time to register for the conference and remember – a variety of registration options are available. Whether you come for a day or for the full week, you will benefit from your time spent with ASFMRA.

On-Line registration is simple and all of the links you need to review the program, register, and contact the hotel are included below. If you still have questions, click on the Contact Us link or call Jeremy Lewis at (303) 692-1218.

The ASFMRA could not put on a program of the AgroNomics caliber without the support of the many companies and chapters who contribute both financially and through in-kind sources. We are proud this year to have increased the number of organizations sponsoring the 2012 conference. They include:
AEW Capital Management, L. P
AgProfessional Magazine
AgriData, Inc.
AgWare, Inc.
AXA Equitable Agrifinance, LLC
Bayer CropScience
Beck’s Hybrids
Case IH
CDMS, Inc.
CGB AGRIfinancial Services
Crown Appraisals, Inc.
Dow AgroSciences
DuPont Pioneer
Farm Credit
Farm Press
Farmers Edge
Farmers National Company
FBS Systems, Inc.
Halderman Farm Management
Hertz Farm Management
Kifco, Inc
Land Owner Newsletter
LG Seeds
Land Pro, LLC
Lindsay Corporation
Mid States Farm Management Company
Plan B, Inc.
Rabo AgriFinance,LLC .
Reinke Irrigation
The Climate Corporation
Truax Company, Inc.
United Soybean Board
US Farm Data
Valmont Irrigation .
WineHawk Labs, Inc.
Winfield Solutions, LLC
Wyffels Hybrids

2012 Sponsoring ASFMRA Chapters
Arizona Chapter
California Chapter
Idaho/Utah Chapter
Indiana Chapter
Iowa Chapter
Kentucky Chapter
Michigan Chapter
Minnesota Chapter
Nebraska Chapter
North Carolina Chapter
Ohio Chapter
South Dakota Chapter

Dairy farmers can look to a brighter ’13

Dairy farmers can look to a brighter ’13… welcome relief from this year’s series of body blows:
Low prices for milk in the face of too much production and soaring feed costs brought about by the drought. Next year will bring stronger prices for milk and other dairy items, along with some cost breaks. Copyright 2012. The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Login to members resources and download the latest issue and read more.

Ag Technology Conference Dec. 13 in Commerce, Texas
Ron Smith

Pasture restoration, managing herbicide resistant weeds, variable rate technology and water issues will be featured at the annual Ag Technology Conference December 13 in Commerce, Texas. The annual conference will be held in the Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&M-Commerce campus. The Ag Technology conference is sponsored by Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas AgriLife Extension and Cereal Crops Research Incorporated.
Read more on the Southwest Farm Press website:

Smartphones and apps improve farmer efficiencies
Forrest Laws

Twenty-five years ago, CB radios were all the rage. Then came cell phones. Now smartphones are taking the consumer world by storm. That’s becoming true, as well, in agriculture where IT experts are dreaming up new uses for the handheld devices almost daily.
Read more on the Southwest Farm Press website:

Get Away to Mackinac Island By Winning This Auction Item!

You deserve some time away and bidding on this Gift Card for the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan at this year’s Auction in Indianapolis could be just the right trip for you! This can be used for hotel rooms, services, restaurants affiliated with the hotel, golf, gift shop, or a deposit on future reservations. Breakfast and dinner at the Grand Hotel are included in the price of the room. Williams and Associates, Inc. have donated this getaway to the Auction this year.

Galloping in, in a cloud of dusty appraisals, will be fine young Wooden Rocking Horse direct from the Missouri Chapter ASFMRA and headed straight towards the Auction in Indianapolis. This is a genuine, hand-made, Amish crafted, hardwood rocking horse. You can thank the Missouri Chapter for this donation when you give it to one of your children or grandchildren and they tell you you are the best!

Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation 1996 #2959 of 3500 – John Deere 4440 Tractor – Limited Edition. Donated by the Iowa Chapter. This tractor was donated by Jeff Berg to raise money from the IA Chapter Board for scholarships.

Be the favorite grandparent by giving this Teddy Bear Bag for Kiddos which has books, stickers, color books, toy bear, and animal masks all in a Teddy Bear cloth bag or give them the John Deere Bag for Kiddos which has books, toy combine, tractor, and cart, and animal masks all in a John Deere cloth bag. These two great items have been donated by Brenda DeVries, ARA.

Iowa Chapter is also donating a John Deere Precision 4010.

Pick your getaway – Niagara Falls Trip. Three days, two nights. Enjoy American Falls, Canadian Falls, Niagara on the Lake, wine tours, agriculture tours, shopping casinos, and more! Donated by Dick and Conni Edmunds. Or – 3 Day Weekend for Four in Minnesota. A three day weekend for four in west central Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Country. Enjoy a long weekend with Jeff and Jill Berg as your hosts, a Malibu Response professional ski boat is available for anyone who enjoys water skiing, enjoy fishing, and much more! Donated by Jeff and Jill Berg

Dick and Conni Edmunds are donating two One Gallon jugs of Maple Syrup.

The Washington Chapter has donated a variety of Chukar Cherries from Washington. You can choose from several different options including: Bridge Mix, Spiced Hazel Nuts, Cabernet Cherries, Truffle Cherries, and a four pac which has four separate boxed of a variety of Chukar Cherries.

Many other great items will be available at this year’s Auction in Indianapolis! You do not want to miss your opportunity to win any of these.

Remember, the Auction is drawing nearer. It is time to make your donation. You can donate something that is unique to your state, large or small item. Remember the 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 available at to submit items for the Silent and Live Auctions.

Auction items should be shipped to the Westin Indianapolis to arrive no later than Monday, October 29, 2012. Please address packages as follows:

ATTN: Hope Evans
c/o The Westin Indianapolis
50 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Hold for: ASFMRA / Oct. 29 – Nov. 2
Catering/Convention Service Mgr: Rebecca Moore

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

Tweeting during the Annual Meeting

For all you Twitter aficionados the hash tag for AgroNomics – Vision 2012 is #aginvest. The ASFMRA handle is @ASFMRA. Use the #aginvest hash tag in all your tweets and they will show up in the mobile event guide. This handy guide sponsored by Monsanto does not require you to go to the app store and allows you to access the entire events information in a fun and easy web-app. Include QR Code.

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ASFRMA QE Education East of the Mississippi

The Kentucky Chapter of ASFMRA will offer Cost Approach for General Appraisers January 14, 2013 through January 17, 2013 in Louisville.  ASFMRA and the Kentucky chapter both receive requests for core courses to be held in the east.  The Kentucky Chapter has taken this issue on and is working with ASFMRA to bring core education to the east. Please help us make this a great success.

About the Course:

Cost Approach for General Appraisers
Sets forth up-to-date techniques for establishing market value by estimating the current cost to reproduce or replace the existing structure. Teaches how to measure depreciation from market data. Covers when use of cost approach is most and least applicable and how to establish value when using this approach. Covers physical curable, physical incurable short lived, physical incurable long lived, functional curable, functional incurable, and accrued depreciation. Please Note: This course is designed to follow Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures. It is assumed the student has already gained the level of knowledge and understanding that is taught in the lower level classes.
This course satisfies the 30 Cost Approach requirement for a Certified General license.

To register, click here!

Upcoming RLI Courses

Hot Topic Web Seminar
Frank Belzar, VP of Corporate Training of Kurlan and Associates, presents “7 Keys to Power Consulting” by exploring what it takes in the 21st century to live up to the expectations of a true consultant.  Belzar will highlight 7 key elements to make you more effective at managing, serving, leading, and selling by implementing the right skills at the right time.

Land Investment Analysis Hybrid Course
This course combines self-study and real-time instructor-lead conference calls.  Participants will learn to determine relevant cash flows.  Other topics covered are the time value of money techniques to analyze cash flows, traditional indicators for investment analysis, and alternative investment analysis.

The Essentials of Negotiations Course
RLI is excited to offer Essentials of Negotiations in an online college classroom with instructor and student interaction.  This course covers concepts and theories of bargaining and negotiation to help you constructively “land the deal,” strategies, planning, ethics, negotiation power, effective communication, cross-cultural negotiations, and best practices which can lead to instant productivity.
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Update Your Calendars with the Latest Meetings and Education Schedule

Stay current with all the programs and activities taking place within ASFMRA and the industry. Bookmark the ASFMRA website and check the calendar regularly. Click here to view the complete schedule of ASFMRA courses.

10/28-11/2 ASFMRA 83rd Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Indianapolis, IN
10/22-24 Basic Appraisal Approaches – Austin, TX (FCB)
10/29 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Webinar – Internet
10/29 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics – Indianapolis, IN
10/30 Using Excel in Specific Appraisal Applications

11/1-3 Board of Trustees Fall Meeting – Portland, OR
11/4-7 National Agricultural Bankers Conference – Milwaukee, MI
11/7-9 NAFB 69th Annual Convention – Kansas City, MO
11/9-12 RLI – Realtors 2012 Conference and Expo – Orlando, FL

12/4 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Webinar – Internet

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