Ag News, September 24, 2013

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Desert Outlaws and Organic Produce: Join the DuPont Pioneer Farm Management Ag Tour – Register today!

Don’t miss this annual treat: The DuPont Pioneer Farm Management Ag Tour at the ASFMRA Annual Meeting, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

The 2013 DuPoint Pioneer Ag Tour is another great experience that’s a unique part of the ASFMRA annual meeting, this year in the northern Nevada high desert. This year’s tour will highlight two stops in the Fallon area, just east of Reno, Nevada.

First, welcome to Naval Air Station Fallon in Northern Nevada’s high desert! Home to the Fighting Saints of VFC-13, the Desert Outlaws of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, and the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon serves as the Navy’s premier tactical air warfare training center.

Set foot in the only facility known throughout the Navy where an entire carrier air wing can conduct comprehensive training while integrating every element of the wing into realistic battle scenarios. Fallon enjoys more than 300 clear flying days per year and gets the most out of each of those days with its four bombing ranges, the electronic warfare range and all of its other excellent training facilities. See its 14,000-foot runway, the longest in the Navy, and how it makes Fallon a one-stop training facility unequaled throughout the service.

You’ll discover firsthand how from its beginnings as a WWII Army Air Corps airstrip in the early 1940s, Fallon has served many different missions throughout the years. Originally designed as a fall-back airstrip to launch missions against a Japanese strike against the West coast, the air station has evolved into a versatile, comprehensive training facility known to aviators around the world as the pinnacle of air warfare training.

Over 3,000 active duty personnel, civilian employees and DoD contractors call Fallon home and enjoy a high quality of life on base and within the surrounding areas. Beautiful housing, convenient shopping and exciting recreational facilities provide a comfortable life on the base and the natural beauty of the Northern Nevada high desert as well as the exhilarating attractions of nearby Reno.

Next, enjoy a warm welcome by Rick and B.Ann Lattin, the proud owners of Lattin Farms. The Lattins are organic farmers in Fallon, Nevada, who have a passion for food, families, and fun, and for the past 35 years, have grown their farm from its alfalfa and small grains beginnings, to a local destination. You’ll see just why this hot spot, complete with organic produce, one of the biggest corn mazes in the U.S., and shelves of homemade jam, breads and canned goods, can reconnect you with the earth, demonstrate the importance of agriculture, and have some fun with your colleagues and loved ones.

The Lattins have grown crops for local farmers and organic produce for decades. On the tour, you’ll learn about the high desert environment in which they operate, and how they manage two of the key ingredients for their crops – sunshine and water. You’ll also hear about the many products they grow, the various issues they deal with such as migrant labor, regulatory issues, their involvement in a local CSA, and their relationship with a local Whole Foods. Most importantly, you’ll also enjoy a great lunch during your visit.

As always, space is limited on this tour. The tour is first-come first-served, so register today and reserve your seat.

U.S. farm economy poised to decline
Ron Smith

Farmers might need to get a bit defensive with marketing strategies in the next few years as bull grain markets begin to disappear.

Several issues are pushing corn and other grains and oilseed prices down, said Jim Wiesemeyer, senior vice president, farm and trade policy, Informa Economics, during the second annual Southwest Ag Issues Summit in Oklahoma City.
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Survey Confirms Flattening in Iowa Farmland Values
LandOwner Newsletter

Confirmation of the flattening in Iowa farmland values is found in the recent survey conducted by the Iowa Chapter of the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI), (Page 2). The survey shows the value of an acre of Iowa farmland rose a slim 1.2% from March 1 to Sept. 1. The chart at the right shows the dramatic downshift in the rate of increase following three-and-a-half years of gains. Login to Member Resources to download the latest issue.

Wine grape strategies improve Bien Nacido Vineyards
Cary Blake

Editor’s Note: This story featurs Chris Hammell a new ASFMRA member from California who is in line to get his AFM.
Anchored in the fertile farm ground in Southern California’s Santa Maria Valley is Bien Nacido Vineyards , a 3,000-acre ranch including 800-acres of premium wine grapes grown in this cool-weather paradise amid sprawling, picturesque hillsides.

Since 1969, the Miller family has owned and operated Bien Nacido Vineyards, located southeast of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. Today, Stephen Miller and sons Marshall and Nicholas lead the operation.
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New Study Refutes Land Use Change Myth
From Corn Action News

A new report released from researchers in the Netherlands shows that current models assessing the impact of crops grown for biofuel production on land use do not accurately reflect current production and land use realities. Given the impact of these models on bioenergy policy, “Biomass Research” makes a strong case for updating the way in which the true benefits of biofuels are assessed in order to insure policy decisions fully value the environmental benefits of ethanol.
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At the heart of Congress’ farm bill debate: Paying for food stamps and other food aid
Kiplinger Agriculture Letter

House Republicans want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, also known as SNAP… the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Senate proposes to trim $400 million a year, a reduction that President Obama would tolerate. He’d veto anything calling for much more than that. Copyright 2013 The Washington Kiplinger Editors, Inc.
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In Memory
Mack Pullman, AFM, ARA-Retired

Geneseo, Illinois
The Society has just received notification of the passing of a long standing member, Mack Pullman, AFM, ARA-Retired. The ASFMRA welcomed Mack into the Society in 1959. He originally joined as a Professional member. He obtained his Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation and went to the Accredited classification in 1962. In 1977, Mack obtained his Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation. He maintained his membership in the Accredited classification until 1999 when he transferred to the Retired classification. Mack made many friends through his association with the Society and will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

In Memory
Barclay Allibone, ARA-Retired

Winner, South Dakota
The ASFMRA has just received notification of the passing of a long standing member, Barclay Allibone, ARA-Retired. The Society was honored to welcome Barclay into the association in 1971. He was born December 10, 1921 and passed away on September 10, 2013. Barclay was honored for his 40 years of membership two years ago (see attachment received from the South Dakota Chapter). Barclay was a charter member of the South Dakota Chapter in 1978 and served as Chapter President in 1981. He also served on the Rapid City Summer National Meeting Committee in 1995-1996. He made many friends through his association with the ASFMRA. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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News from The Appraisal Foundation

The Appraisal Practices Board (APB) has issued the following document:

Concept Paper – Valuation Issues in Separating Tangible and Intangible Assets 
Written comments/input requested by October 31, 2013
Send Comments to
Questions?  Please contact Staci Steward, Practices Administrator

The Appraisal Complaint National Hotline
Jim Park, the Executive Director at the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC), gave an informative presentation at Valuation Expo this past June. In this session, Jim reviewed the functions and oversight duties of the ASC and current status and regulatory issues with the States. One of the more interesting topics covered in Jim’s presentation regarded the Appraisal Complaint National Hotline, which was established in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act, put into law July of 2010.

The National Hotline, which began taking referrals in March of 2013, acts only as a facilitator for complaints. In other words, the National Hotline identifies the Agency(s) to which the complaint is made through a series of questions on the referral form. The referral form can be completed on the ASC website, over the phone, or by Email.

From Jim’s description, the key to a successful outcome of a complaint is to first determine the complaint type. The hotline is responsible for two types of complaints, USPAP and/or Appraisal Independence. Jim noted the website offers resources to assist in accurately determining the nature of a complaint, as well as other helpful information.

The Director further clarified what the ASC and the National Hotline will not do for the complainant, including: initiating a complaint, acting on behalf of the complainant, arbitrating the complaint, assisting in appealing the outcome of a complaint, or following up on a complaint.
Here are some findings of the National Hotline to date:

• 3,075 complaints have been filed
• Complaints to State agencies and Federal agencies have totaled 450 and 175, respectively
• Appraisal independence complaints comprise 53%, while USPAP complaints are 47%
• The largest percentage of complaints are filed against appraisers (versus lenders, AMCs, or real estate agents) at 61%
• Who complains the most: 43% borrower or purchasers, 42% appraisers, 6% AMC’s, and 5% lenders.
• The Agencies receiving the majority of complaints include the CFPB at 79%, with all the remaining Agencies like the FTC, Federal Reserve Board, and regulators like the Office of Comptroller of Currency, FDIC and the NCUA in single-digit percentages.
• The five states with the greatest number of complaints are: AL, CA, KY, TX and IL. Jim considered CA, TX and IL as logical recipients due to their population size, but he was unsure why AL and KY were high on the list.

If you want to avoid UAD noncompliance issues do yourself a favor and become informed! The easiest way to do this is to go to and click on the “UAD News & Information” tab. There you’ll find UAD resources including videos and a directory of “go-to” links to things like Appendix D and other GSE guidelines.

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