ASFMRA Chapter News, May 8, 2014

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ASFMRA established the Young Professionals Network (YPN) in 2012, with the mission of promoting “…career development and personal success while transitioning to the next generation of leadership,” says Brian Field, ARA and YPN leader from Minnesota. “The YPN allows our younger members, as well as those new to the professions of farm management and appraisal, to build their network of colleagues and friends in the industry.”

Currently, YPN leadership is in the process of planning the July 13th, 2014 Summer Education Week (SEW) training in Des Moines. The group is working on a presentation around generational communications. ASFMRA is encouraging Chapters to form their own local YPN and both Iowa and Illinois have started the process. ASFMRA is now looking for a single point of contact or a point person (under 35 years of age) for each Chapter. Please forward your contact person name and contact information to Brian Stockman.

Read more about in Brian Field’s update to the Minnesota Chapter.


Basic Appraisal Principles (A101) and Basic Appraisal Procedures (A102) will be offered July 9 -12, and July 13 -16, 2014. Attendees can sign-up for one course, or take advantage of this unique approach to delivering both the solid foundation of basic appraisal principles in conjunction with the procedures, including reaching a final opinion of value and communicating the appraisal.

Career Day – This year’s Career Day program will include a tour to a farm near Des Moines, where students will experience a life in the day of a farm manager and an appraiser. Our thanks go out to the folks at Hertz Farm Management for their help in coordinating this event. On July 13th, ASFMRA will hold the annual Career day followed by a reception and free evening.

Is your Chapter sponsoring some college students to come to career day this year? One of the best ways to attract the best and the brightest young people into this profession is to get them to Summer Education Week. Many students have taken advantage of this great networking event and secured internships or jobs, thanks to their Chapter’s sponsorship and the support of potential employers who attend this event.


Leonard Meador, AAC of Indiana, has been working very hard to line up demonstrations, speakers, and panelist on the use of UAV’s for management, consulting and appraisal. He has now locked in Robert Blair, who will be talking about his journey with precision agriculture starting in 2003 using a PDA for simple mapping. That evolved into all different types of equipment, including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in 2006. Robert’s use, vision and advocacy of these technologies helped him become the Precision Ag Institute’s 2009 International Farmer of the Year. Since being named as International Farmer of the Year, Robert has received an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2011, taking him to South America for six weeks studying these technologies. During the fall of 2012, he spent three weeks in Germany on a McCloy Fellowship for agriculture. In Idaho, he was recognized as one of the most influential University of Idaho, College of Agriculture and Life Science alumni and in 2013 received the Governor’s Award for Agriculture Technology and Innovation. Robert is the current president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers Research & Technology Committee, an Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president, as well as an initial member of Idaho’s UAS steering committee.

Cheryl Cooley ASFMRA’s Meeting Manager and the 2014 Program Committee have put together a terrific lineup of speakers for this year’s ASFMRA Annual Meeting in Tucson. The focus of this year’s meeting is Performance through better Technology, Economics & Data Management, and will feature a full half day on UAV’s and their use in management, appraisal and consulting. The great speaker list covers economics, big data, politics, technology and more. Speakers for the Tucson event include:

  • Jim Borel, Executive VP of DuPont Pioneer – Economics Update
  • Joe Shultz – Chief Economist for US Senate Ag Committee, Ohio
  • Jim Zion – Meridian Nut Growers – Tree Crops Investments & Development
  • Tyler Hogrefe – John Deere – Big Data Management Option
  • David Smith, CPL – Farmers National Company – Minerals Appraisal – Oil & Gas
  • Dr. Bruce Sherrick – University of Illinois – Farmland Economics
  • Lannie B. Philley, AFM & Gary Thien, AFM, ARA – Farm Bill / Investments
  • Mark Dotzour – Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
  • Deon van der Merwe, BVSc, PhD – Kansas State University – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on-site demos
  • UAV Panel – Vendors & Users from the management and appraisal side


LeeAnn Moss, ARA is being asked to serve “as a Representative Member to represent the viewpoints of appraisers relative to the development of regulations by the Appraisal Subcommittee and to develop recommendations for the ASC’s consideration.” The Appraisal Subcommittee Advisory Committee’s objective is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the ASC from the perspective of industry participants, including appraisers, lenders, consumer advocates, real estate agents, and government agencies. The Committee is made up of 17 members who represent a balance of expertise in these areas. ASFMRA is honored to have someone as talented as LeeAnn to serve in this capacity.


ASFMRA has a variety of new Appraisal and Management Seminars to assist your Chapter in providing quality education and ensuring that our members are staying up-to-date. Appraisal Seminars:

  • Introduction to Vineyard and Winery Valuation
  • Regression Analysis
  • Rural Case Studies 1
  • Appraising Natural Resources
  • Using Excel in Specific Appraisal Applications,
  • Agricultural Chattel Valuation – 2 ½ days
  • Business Valuation – 4 hours

New! Available after Summer Education Week:

  • Key Elements of Grain Elevator Valuation
  • Introduction to Commercial Greenhouse Appraisals
  • Introduction to the Valuation of Permanent Plantings

Management Seminars:

  • Excel for Managers
  • Capital Improvements, Budgeting & International Consulting Workshop
  • Succession and Estate Planning

Contact Andrew Barlow for more information.


We are working to raise the awareness of ASFMRA and our designations. We sent emails and packets to the top land grant colleges and universities asking key contacts to let their students know about Summer Education Week and to post flyers, etc. around campus.

We included a referral advertisement in the inside back cover of the Membership Directory that was mailed last month to members. Please refer colleagues for membership at and we will email or mail a new membership packet, providing information on ASFMRA and the benefits of being part of the community of trusted rural property professionals.

During the month of May, the Membership Directory will be mailed to key contacts at the largest agricultural lending institutions, inviting them to access ASFMRA members in their area for their appraisal and farm management needs.

We also have Membership and Educational Promo videos out on YouTube to use in college presentations, etc. We are working on shorter versions for strategic placement on our website. You can access the videos at:


It has been a long time coming and our database conversion in now complete! While our entire website hasn’t changed, we have added some new features to help members improve their ability to interact with ASFMRA National, connect with colleagues, stay up-to-date on the latest news and educational offerings, as well as showcase their expertise to the public. Read more on accessing AgProLink.


Illinois Chapter
Don McCabe, AFM, Bourbonnais, IL, was named to the Hall of Fame for the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers at the organization’s annual meeting held in February. This is the highest award the Society gives to members of the organization. Read the ISPFMRA Spring 2014 Newsletter.

Mid-South Chapter
The Mid-South Chapter will hold its annual meeting on June 5-6 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Highest and Best Use Seminar will be offered to appraisers while the farm managers will have a variety of speakers from farm policy to rice irrigation management for their continuing education. The Chapter will also host a social event at the Arkansas Travelers baseball game on June 5!

Northeast Chapter
The Northeast Chapter met in Vineland, New Jersey for its spring chapter meeting and continuing education offering on April 28 – 30. This year’s seminar included the one day income seminar and the new greenhouse valuation seminar, developed by David GaNun. The seminars were followed by a tour of two large commercial greenhouses. The Northeast Chapter thanks Ivy Acres of New Jersey and Lucas Greenhouses for hosting us!

Ontario Chapter
The Ontario Chapter held their one day spring meeting on April 14th in Woodstock, Ontario. Twenty-five people were in attendance including members, friends of the Chapter, guests and Timothy Harpster, District One Vice President. Round table discussions were held throughout the day on current farm land marketing conditions and other challenges and opportunities impacting agriculture. The general consensus from the round table discussions were that farm prices have levelled and the tendering process is no longer a preferred choice for marketing your farm.

Oregon Chapter
The Oregon Chapter will hold their 2014 Spring Meeting on May 15th and 16th in Portland, Oregon. The robust agenda includes a Northwest Agricultural Commodity Update, tours and could include up to 9 hours of continuing education credits. Access the agenda and register! Oregon Meeting Program

South Dakota Chapter
The South Dakota Chapter is very involved with South Dakota State University (SDSU) and recently Jesse Ball their Student Involvement Chair, and Troy Swee made a presentation to the Farm and Ranch Management Class. The presentation included information about ASFMRA, the South Dakota Chapter, careers in agriculture, scholarships funded by the Chapter and internships. In addition, Brian Gatzke and Paul Sickler attended the spring Economics & Management Career Fair on the SDSU campus. From the ASFMRA booth, they handed out information on ASFMRA, talked about Summer Education Week and created an awareness of the great career opportunities for individuals interested in Farm Management and Real Estate Appraisal. Read more in the South Dakota Chapter Newsletter

Texas Chapter
The 24th Annual Outlook for Texas Land Markets was held in San Antonio on April 17-18. The conference hosted 453 real estate professionals. The Texas Chapter released the newest edition of the Texas Rural Land Value Trends for 2013 during this conference. The Texas Chapter is the recognized source for current Texas land value estimates and projected future trends. Chapter members from all the regions of Texas provide data to develop the annual market study. This annual study was fostered in the late 1990’s in cooperation with Dr. Charles Gilliland, Research Economist at The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The concept grew to include the information currently provided on the pages and the credibility of the data is well recognized by market participants. Individual members are located throughout the State to assist with specific valuation, consultation or management needs.

This year also marked a milestone for the Texas Chapter. Together with Farm Credit Bank of Texas who sponsored the project and Lands of Texas magazine who put the publication together, we were able to present a high quality book for everyone at the conference. This publication can be found on the Chapter’s new website, The Chapter will continue to work to grow the content and information in future publications.

Washington Chapter
The Washington Chapter held their spring meeting in Spokane, WA. There were more than thirty attendees for USPAP and Marshall & Swift training. The meeting also included a luncheon presentation by Mr. William Perry Pendley, President of Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley is a property rights attorney that has defended cases before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Wyoming Chapter
The Wyoming Chapter held a Wyoming Water Law class in Laramie on May 1st and 2nd and had over 40 individuals attend the class. University of Wyoming (UW) students attended and networked with ASFMRA members during the two days. A special dinner was held May 1st for members and the students, to hear presentations from UW staff on research currently being conducted at the University of Wyoming.