ASFMRA Chapter News November 11, 2014

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What we learned in Tucson

Engagement, sustainability, communication, impact. These few powerful nouns represent just a handful of the ideas, concerns and themes that were brought up during the Chapter Officers Workshop at the 85th Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Tucson, AZ. 

What is the future of ASFMRA? How do we attract the younger generation and groom them to eventually take over our leadership roles? How do we have better communication between the Chapters and National? Where is the future of education heading? How do we meet the needs of our members? These are the kinds of questions that are on the minds of our Chapter leaders as we think about growth and sustaining our organization.

If you didn’t attend the Chapter Officers Workshop at the 85th Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Tucson, Arizona you missed a great Chapter Officers Workshop, not to mention some truly wonderful weather! The workshop was a super opportunity to share thoughts on the future of ASFMRA and we had terrific participation from everyone.  Attendees also had the opportunity to learn more about some updates in ASFMRA educational services, the streamlined membership application process and the new Chapter Community. We had a complete review of the Chapter Portal survey that was just completed where Chapter administrators, secretaries and other chapter leaders shared their views on what functionality the new portal should include.

You can access the portal survey results and  download the Chapter Officers Workshop book

The conversations, questions and discussions were so robust there wasn’t enough time to review some of the new marketing initiatives at the National level so look for an upcoming monthly conference call invitation so that you too can be informed and share your thoughts on how we grow membership and engagement in ASFMRA!

The Chapter Officers Workshop started with everyone introducing themselves and then teams pairing up to discuss the future of ASFMRA and how National and Chapters can work together.  Thoughts, ideas and questions included:

  • The new committee process provides an opportunity for all members who have a passion for ASFMRA to get involved.  How do we get more people to volunteer at both the National and Chapter level?
  • Can National help us with job descriptions for our volunteer positions so there is consistency and then the local chapter adds their own nuances?
  • Chapters are concerned about sustainability, how do we get the younger generation more involved?  Are we grooming younger people at the National and Chapter level to take over leadership roles?
  • How do we have better communications between the Chapters and National?
  • Where is the future of education headed?  Is National developing new seminars to meet the needs of our members? How do we partner with National to deliver what members are looking for at the local level? How do we get ASFMRA well-known?  We have a very long name, have we ever considered changing it and perhaps re-branding ourselves?
  • How do we have a smooth transition when leadership changes at the local Chapter level?  That can have an impact on the Chapter and the members.
  • Chapter and National need to work more closely together, tell us who needs Ethics, who need USPAP, how can we get more students to SEW?
  • Help us build relationships with other organizations, like colleges and universities; we need to get students excited about careers in farm management, valuation and consulting.
  • Chapters and National need to listen to our members to understand their needs and we need to work together to deliver on those needs.
  • Proud to be a part of the Society, how do we promote those members that are accredited?
  • Continue to improve the database and enhance the Find a Land Expert listing, provide additional search functionality.
  • Chapters want to partner with National. We rely on Denver to support our efforts; members are professionals, great to be a part of this organization.
  • If we need 103 new members each year just to break even, is slow and steady growth the answer, or do we need to go out on a limb?

It was a great two hours spent getting to know each other as well as gaining a better understanding of what both Chapters and National need from each other.  Make sure you plan to attend the Chapter Officers Workshop during AgroNomics, Vision for 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, October 26-31, 2015.

 

Chapter Support Makes the Annual Meeting a Success!

A profound thank you goes out to the following eleven chapters for their contributions and support of the 85th ASFMRA Annual Meeting:  Arizona, California, Idaho/Utah, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mid-South, Minnesota Chapter Education Foundation, Nebraska, and South Dakota!

  • Arizona Chapter – Welcome to Arizona Dinner
  • California Chapter – Trade Show Drawing Gift
  • Idaho/Utah Chapter – Trade Show Drawing Gift
  • Illinois Chapter – Bruce Sherrick, Ph.D.
  • Iowa Chapter – Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited and Award Recipients
  • Kansas Chapter – AV Support
  • Kentucky Chapter – Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited and Award Recipients
  • Mid-South Chapter – Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited and Award Recipients
  • Minnesota Chapter Education Foundation – Stephen Frerichs
  • Nebraska Chapter – Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited and Award Recipients
  • South Dakota Chapter – Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited and Award Recipients.

The support from these chapters truly helps to make this meeting a success. Thank you to each of these chapters and to all the members of these chapters.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  

 

The 85th Annual Meeting Continues…

The meeting may be over but that doesn’t mean we need it’s time for the communication to stop.  Visit the AgProLink community to see all the Speaker Presentations, Photo Highlights from the meeting, get the link to the Post Meeting Survey, or get involved in a Community DiscussionVisit the community and share your comments and thoughts about the 85th ASFMRA Annual Meeting and AgroNomics. 

  1. What was the best presentation?
  2. Share your best memory from Tucson!
  3. Tell us what you learned and took back to work!
  4. Upload any photos you snapped
  5. Give us your feedback!

 

Chapter Highlight: Washington Chapter Fall Meeting 

 FARMING PRACTICES IN SE WASHINGTON was the topic for the Fall Meeting of the Washington Chapter, held in Walla Walla, WA. Thursday focused on the dryland crops-wheat, barley, and garbs (garbanzo beans).  Presentations on the Farm Bill were excellent, followed by Grain Marketing. The latest in crop rotation and emerging straw industry equipment for these enterprises keep getting bigger, more tech filled, and expensive as presented by Pape Machinery representative. Watch an example.

Read the label on those onions you buy. If you want the sweetest onion produced it should read Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Grower Mike Locati traced the industry through generations of his family to the current marketing order and grower association. Alfalfa seed production is the dominant crop in near by Touchet, WA. Growers not only grow alfalfa but the bees needed to pollinate it.  DuPont Pioneer Corn Seed facility, located in Hermiston, OR., presented their operation and $70M investment in the area.

The group toured the new Railex Wine Services building (500×1000), with its 4 million cases of wine. (head count was taken before and after). 

Burbank Grain Shipping Facility was our last stop.  The older facility is now operated by Scoular Company out of the mid-west. This conveyor can load a barge at 15,000 by per hour from the half-million-bushel facility. 

 

Plan now for Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute provides a great opportunity every year to learn and interact with those who influence policy in our nation’s capital.  We anticipate 2015 will bring considerable discussion around the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill which could have significant impact on both appraisers and farm managers.  

At your upcoming meetings, please consider supporting a member or two of your chapter to attend Leadership Institute in Washington DC this upcoming September 14th through 18th.

Leadership Institute is like agriculture – each year is different and offers new learning experiences.  Past attendees can not only benefit from a return trip, but can also provide insight to first-time attendees.  We encourage all members to consider attending. 

More details will be made available through ASFMRA AgNews as the schedule comes together over the upcoming months.  However, now is the time to plant the seed for the 2015 Leadership Institute experience! 

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Chapter Membership 2013-2014 Year End Numbers

What a year it was for both the National ASFMRA and the Chapters. Many Chapters have experienced growth in their membership numbers and others have maintained their membership numbers. Please see below where your Chapter was at at the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year and then also at the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

 ASFMRA Membership per Chapter

2013-2014

Sep-13

Oct-13

Nov-13

Dec-13

Jan-14

Feb-14

Mar-14

Apr-14

May-14

Jun-14

Jul-14

Aug-14

Sep-14

District 1

Northeast

57

58

58

58

56

55

55

54

55

55

55

55

55

Consists of: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH

54

52

52

52

51

51

52

54

55

54

55

56

53

ONT

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Total Dist I:

116

115

115

115

112

111

112

113

115

114

115

116

113

                           

District II

AL

16

13

13

13

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

13

FL

15

13

12

14

13

14

14

14

14

14

16

17

15

GA

29

26

26

27

28

28

30

30

30

30

30

30

27

KY

47

44

44

46

48

51

51

51

51

51

50

48

46

Mid-South

95

93

93

94

100

100

101

102

102

102

105

103

99

Consists of: AR, LA, MS, TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NC

28

27

27

27

25

26

26

26

26

27

27

28

28

Total Dist II:

230

216

215

221

228

233

236

237

237

238

242

240

228

                           

District III

IL

259

250

250

247

252

254

259

262

262

265

266

268

241

IN

68

66

67

67

68

67

68

69

69

70

70

70

64

MI

32

31

31

32

30

30

30

30

30

31

32

32

30

Total Dist III:

359

347

348

346

350

351

357

361

361

366

368

370

335

                           

District IV

IA

192

189

189

191

189

187

192

198

193

196

197

196

192

MN

97

91

91

92

94

95

97

98

96

96

96

94

94

MO

36

33

33

35

37

36

37

37

37

38

38

38

37

WI

67

66

66

69

66

68

69

71

71

73

75

76

73

Total Dist IV:

392

379

379

387

386

386

395

404

397

403

406

404

396

                           

District V

CO

71

71

71

73

73

72

71

73

72

68

68

68

65

KS

52

51

51

51

53

54

54

54

54

55

54

55

55

NM

22

21

21

23

25

25

24

24

24

24

24

24

22

OK

28

27

26

26

26

25

25

26

26

26

26

25

25

TX

100

97

96

98

101

102

101

104

105

104

104

104

98

Total Dist V:

273

267

265

271

278

278

275

281

281

277

276

276

265

                           

District VI

MT

60

56

56

58

58

56

57

59

58

58

58

60

57

NE

121

116

116

119

118

121

121

123

125

127

127

127

125

ND

40

38

38

38

41

41

40

42

42

42

43

43

41

SD

66

65

65

63

64

65

65

69

69

70

71

70

71

WY

23

21

21

23

23

26

28

28

28

28

28

28

27

Total Dist VI:

310

296

296

301

304

309

311

321

322

325

327

328

321

                           

District VII

AZ

44

40

40

42

43

42

42

42

43

43

43

42

39

CA

252

247

246

256

255

256

259

259

258

259

257

258

242

ID-UT

66

63

63

65

66

66

67

66

66

67

67

67

61

OR

34

31

31

33

38

38

37

38

38

38

37

38

39

WA

43

40

40

41

43

43

43

3

43

43

43

43

42

Total Dist VII:

439

421

420

437

445

445

448

408

448

450

447

448

423

 

 

                       

Total:

2119

2041

2038

2078

2103

2113

2134

2125

2161

2173

2181

2182

2081

                           

Please Note: Members can belong to more than one Chapter if they choose. Therefore, a member may be counted more than once in the numbers above depending on the number of Chapters they belong to. 

 

District Update Calls – Schedule Announced

Mark your calendars now! You do not want to miss any of these District Update Calls. These meetings/calls are the perfect way to afford Districts and Chapters the opportunity to get together with the ASFMRA Executive Council and ASFMRA Staff for an open/interactive forum to exchange ideas, listen to concerns, and provide information.  These meetings/calls are done quarterly and consist of a power point presentation and conference call as well. You will be sent the link to the power point presentation and call in information for you to participate in the conference call portion prior to each of the meetings/calls. The upcoming schedule is as detailed below.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 

Districts I, II, III, & IV       8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET

District V, VI, & VII           9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, March 12, 2015 

Districts I, II, III, & IV       8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET

District V, VI, & VII           9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Districts I, II, III, & IV       8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET

District V, VI, & VII           9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Districts I, II, III, & IV       8 am PT / 9 am MT / 10 am CT / 11 am ET

District V, VI, & VII           9 am PT / 10 am MT / 11 am CT / 12 pm ET