Ag News, October 31, 2012

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Welcome New AFMs and AAC

The following applicants have completed all requirements and have been awarded the AFM designation this year.


Matthew Clarahan, Mount Vernon, IA

Steven Diedrich, Sycamore, IL

Patrick Gooding, Savoy, IL

Adam Gore, Carmel, IN

Jeffrey Hignight, Jonesboro, AR

Daniel Leith, Fresno, CA

Benjamin Price, Earlham, IA

Jack “Woody” Ray, Marked Tree, AR

William Thompson, San Angelo, TX

Kenny Traynom, Memphis, TN

Morgan Troendle, Waterloo, IA

Eric Wilkinson, Kankakee, IL

Luke Worrell, Jacksonville, IL

Matthew Wyss, Bloomington, IL


The following applicant has completed all requirements and has been awarded the AAC designation.

Job Springer, Ardmore, OK

If you would like to contact them to give your congratulations, I’m sure they would appreciate hearing from you. Most of these newly designated folks will be attending the annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Hurricane Sandy Does Not Detour Annual Meeting

With temperatures in Indianapolis dropping and wind speeds picking up, attendees to AgroNomics 2013 and the 83rd Annual Meeting of ASFMRA continued to arrive in Indianapolis. Council meetings and education courses began on Monday with full days of meetings, programs and tours scheduled through Friday at the downtown Westin Hotel. There were unfortunate cancellations from a few on the east coast due to the storm and our thoughts remain with them for safety as ‘Sandy’ passes through the area.
The 2012 AgroNomics Conference will leave its mark with ASFMRA as a meeting that featured a tremendous lineup of speakers and program sessions. The trade show is the largest in years with many new companies participating and the Welcome Dinner at the NCAA Hall of Champions promises to be a fun and interactive event. If you were unable to attend this year’s conference in Indianapolis, mark your calendar now for next year when ASFMRA will meet at the Peppermill Resort, Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada, November 11 – 15, 2013.

Indiana Member Howard Halderman, AFM Talks about AgroNomics

Howard Halderman, AFM talks about the exciting lineup of speakers at AgroNomics conference taking place in Indiana right now. AgroNomics is positioning itself as a premiere ag investing conference. Take a listen to Howard:

HelioPower completes sustainable solar power array at Prather Ranch

MACDOEL, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 – One of the nation’s most sustainable cattle, hay and farming operations has enhanced its mission of environmental stewardship with the completion of a 285-kilowatt solar power system designed, coordinated and constructed by HelioPower. ASFMRA member Jim Rickert, AFM, ARA and wife Mary and son James own and operate Prather ranch. Download the press release to read more.

Sales Volume Jumps Sharply to Beat 2013 Tax Collector

LandOwner – The land stampede we alerted you about in Iowa this year has spread across the Corn Belt. Sales listings are up sharply with settlement dates set prior year end to beat the 2013 tax increases.

What tax increases are on the books? Capital gains go from 15% to 20%, and the 3.8% Obamacare surtax lifts it to 23.8%. Taxes on dividends (some landowners receive their income as dividends due to their ownership structure) rise from 15% to 39.6%; the 3.8% surtax lifts the rate to 43.4%.
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U.S. agriculture needs a transfusion of youth
by Elton Robinson in Farm Press Blog

A recent USDA survey forewarns of an impending crisis in agriculture. It’s not about too many rules and regulations restricting farmer profitability, inadequate farm policy or rising input costs, although these factors could very well play into the crisis.

It’s not about land, or water or conservation. There are plenty of rules in place to preserve these resources. Read more on the Delta Farm Press Website:

San Joaquin Valley Farming Described by NYT

From the Federal Produce Policy website: The San Joaquin Valley has ideal farming conditions and produces a third of all the produce grown in the U.S. A New York Times reporter discusses the farming potential of the SJV. The reporter visited both large and small farming operations
Read more on the New York Times website:

Chapter News

SD Chapter Holds Successful Dairy Seminar

About thirty individuals gathered in Brookings, SD on Thursday October 18th to discuss key issues affecting the dairy industry and share how they approach dairy facility valuation. Participants were primarily from Minnesota and South Dakota but included appraisers from Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Ontario Canada.
SD Chapter Has Presence at SDSU Career Days
Chapter members attended the SDSU Ag Bio Career Days on October 17th.  Our Chapter was represented this year by Paul Sickler, Jesse Ball, and Jay Knuppe. Download the SD October Newsletter to read more.

IL Chapter Annual Meeting Scheduled for February 13-15

The Illinois Chapter has scheduled their annual meeting for February 13-15 in Champaign, IL. They will be focusing on education, technology and fun. Download the fall ISPFMRA Newsletter for complete details.

WI Chapter News

The Wisconsin Chapter of ASFMRA recently held its Fall Chapter meeting and sponsored a Forest Appraisal seminar the following day.  Trees are major part of the Wisconsin landscape and the seminar focused on sound methods to estimate tree values for both landscape and timber.  Approximately 40 members joined us for the Chapter meeting and 55 appraisers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois participated in the seminar.

The Chapter is planning to combine our Spring 2013 meeting with a seminar on common residential construction problems.  It will be held at the April 23 & 24 at the Comfort Inn and Suites in DeForest, WI.

Ontario Chapter

Photos from Ontario Fall Meeting - Strawberry Tyme Farms Tour

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. View the complete schedule of ASFMRA courses.
7/14-18 Summer Education Week – Omaha, NE
9/8-12 Leadership Institute – Washington, DC
10/28-11/1 ASFMRA 84th Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Reno, NV
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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