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Meet the ASFMRA Instructors!

ASFMRA courses and seminars instructors are highly experienced appraisers, reviewers and managers who have earned at least one ASFMRA designation, and who have successfully completed the ASFMRA instructor training program consisting of classroom training and practice instruction. They are all practicing professionals who bring real life experience to the classroom. Many are leading experts in the subject matter they instruct and many also have years of experience instructing.

Updated as of: 07/21/2014

List of Instructors

Howard Audsley, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Howard Audsley, ARA
Missouri
haudsley@tranquility.net
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Cost Approach for General Appraisers – Online, Administrative Review of Appraisal, Best in Business Ethics, Best in Business Ethics Webinar, Legal Descriptions, Sales Comparison Approach

Howard Audsley, ARA was raised on the family livestock and grain farm in Carroll County, MO, and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a BS in Agriculture. He is currently an independent fee appraiser, DBA Audsley & Associates LLC, which offices out of Columbia, Missouri.

Howard holds the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He is a Missouri State Certified General Appraiser and licensed Real Estate agent in Missouri.

Howard’s activities with ASFMRA include role as Past President of MO Chapter; service on various national committees, including Bylaws, Ethics, Appraisal Education and Accrediting. He has served on the governing Council as Vice President, representing District IV.

Education activities include over 20 years service as an instructor of ASFMRA courses, including most of the core courses and numerous seminars. He has developed several courses and seminars, including the previously offered A-10 Internet and is currently the developer and co-instructor of A301 Online Cost Approach, being offered by the University of Missouri.

 
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Jeff Berg, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Jeff Berg, ARA
Minnesota
JeffBerg@CrownAppraisalsInc.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Best in Business Ethics, Appraising Agricultural Land in Transition, Cost Estimating, Income Approach Applications, Key Issues of Grain Elevators, Sales Comparison Approach

Jeff is a Minnesota native, growing up on a family farming operation in west central Minnesota.  Crown Appraisals was established in 1987.  The Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation was earned in 1991.  In 1994, Jeff earned the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation in the machinery and equipment appraisal specialty from ASA.  In 2009, Jeff gained the MRICS designation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Jeff is an instructor for many of ASFMRA’s courses and is a National USPAP instructor.  Jeff was chairman of the ASFMRA Appraisal Education Committee for three years and remains on the Appraisal Education and Accreditation Committee.  Jeff served as the ARA Accrediting Chairman and shepherded over one hundred ARA candidates through the accreditation process in 2007 and 2008.  Crown Appraisals, Inc. specializes in the appraisal of grain elevators, seed conditioning plants and fertilizer facilities as well as other equipment intensive agribusiness facilities.  Jeff is a regional expert in the appraisal of grain elevators, seed processing plants and fertilizer/agronomy facility appraisals.  

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Cindy Best, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Cindy Best, ARA
Michigan
cindy.best@raboag.com
Instructs: Appraisal Principals (101) Basic Appraisal Prodecures (102), Cost Approach for General Appraisers (301), and Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (302)

Senior Appraiser with Rabo Agrifinance located in East Lansing Michigan since June 2013. Formerly with Greenstone Farm Credit for 27 years. Currently licensed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Accredited member of the ASFMRA since 1993, former District III VP and Instructor since 1996. Specializing in appraising large dairy operations throughout the mid-west.


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Justin Bierschwale, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Justin Bierschwale, ARA
Texas
jbierschwale@gmail.com
Instructs: Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301), Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Income Approach Applications for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Income Approach Seminar, Wind Power

Mr. Bierschwale is currently a part owner and appraiser with Bierschwale Land Company, LLC, in Junction, Texas, where he works alongside his father, Paul Bierschwale, ARA, FRICS, CRE and brother, Aaron Bierschwale, ARA. Mr. Bierschwale has experience in appraisal work in a multitude of areas. His primary expertise lies in the area of natural resources. During his involvement with Bierschwale Land Company, LLC, notable clients have included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Federal Aviation Administration, Texas Department of Transportation and the Lower Colorado River Authority as well as numerous privately held companies and individual land owners.

Mr. Bierschwale’s previous job was as a Real Estate Appraiser and Right-of-Way acquisition agent with JMP Land Services, LLC. There he was responsible for performing appraisal reports on commercial, rural, industrial and residential properties. He was also responsible for the negotiation of the purchase of right-of-way easements for various purposes including electric transmission, gas pipeline, water transmission, wastewater, and crude products. Mr. Bierschwale was responsible for Project Management on several Right-of-Way acquisition projects during his time at JMP.

Prior to employment with JMP Land Services, Mr. Bierschwale was employed with the Texas Real Estate Research Center stationed on the campus of Texas A&M University. During his employment with the Research Center, Mr. Bierschwale helped research, prepare and track real estate markets throughout the State of Texas. Research included the gathering of data in the form of current market transactions, general economic shifts and tastes and preferences experienced. Mr. Bierschwale also contributed to the analysis of data utilized to form the urban market studies conducted by the Real Estate Center on an annual basis.

Mr. Bierschwale graduated from Texas A&M University in December of 2002. He then obtained a Master’s Degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in May 2004. He is currently serving as Secretary for the Austin Chapter of the Appraisal Institute where he holds an MAI designation. Mr. Bierschwale has served on many levels of committees within the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) including the Governance Committee, Auction Committee, Program Committee and the Cooperative Efforts Task Force charged with looking at relationships with other organizations, most notably RICS. He is currently serving as the chairman for the National Education and Accreditation Committee for ASFMRA. Mr. Bierschwale received his ARA designation at the ASFMRA National Convention in 2008.

Mr. Bierschwale is co-author of ASFMRA’s Wind Powered Generators and their Impact on Land Ownership seminar. He is the sole author of the updated 2011 version of the Appraisal of Natural Resources seminar.

Mr. Bierschwale has also been an active member with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Americas division. He was asked to be a member of a group known as “the think tank” shortly after unification efforts failed among the largest appraisal organizations in the United States. The group researched various avenues to keep the goal of obtaining professional recognition alive and ultimately settled on RICS as being the vehicle to accomplish the goal. Mr. Bierschwale became a MRICS shortly after and entered a chairman position on the RICS Americas Valuation Council for Rural Property. He was then asked to participate in the writing of a global text book project centering on rural property and natural resources which is currently under way.

Mr. Bierschwale is an active member of his local community. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Junction where he has served as an Elder on the Session, a past board member of the Junction Economic Development Board, a volunteer coach with the Youth Baseball Association and a board member of the Hill Country Fair Association. He is married to Carmen Bierschwale and the two have three children, Jade Emily Bierschwale, Brock Aaron Bierschwale and Koda Michael Bierschwale.

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Paul Bierschwale, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Paul Bierschwale, ARA
Texas
pbier@ctesc.net
Instructs: Basic Appraisal Principles (A101), Basic Appraisal Procedures (A102), Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A3101), Sale Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Administrative Review of Appraisal, Appraising Agricultural Land in Transition, Cost Approach Applications, Cost Estimating, Appraising Rural Residential Properties, Sales Comparison Approach

Paul Bierschwale, ARA received both his B.A. Degree in Agricultural Economics and M.A. Degree in Real Estate Economics from Texas A&M University. He has been active in field appraising of all types of real property since 1977.

Mr. Bierschwale joined the American Society in 1977 and received his ARA designation in 1981. As a Certified Instructor for the American Society, he has instructed the Fundamentals of Rural Appraisal (A-10), Principles of Rural Appraisal (A-20), Advanced Rural Appraisal (A-30), Eminent Domain (A-25) and Standards and Ethic (A-12) courses.  He has also taught classes for the Production Credit Association.  

In addition to instructing for the American Society, he was President of the Texas Chapter of the ASFMRA in 1987 and has served on the Legislative Committee at both the national and chapter levels of the American Society.  He also served as President of the Texas Appraiser Coalition. Mr. Bierschwale served on the ASFMRA Appraisal Review Committee and was President of the American Society in 2006.

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 Chuck Bowey, AFM ASFMRA Instructor

Chuck Bowey, AFM
Montana
cbowey@rachresources.net
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2

Chuck is a partner in Ranch Resources, LLC a management company located in beautiful southwest Montana. In 2007 he earned his AFM accreditation which he uses in serving clients on over thirty ranches in the state. His areas of expertise center on land conservation, integrating agricultural practices and natural resource values, financial and capital analysis, client relations, and GIS technologies. He married his college sweetheart 25 years ago and has three teen-aged children. He makes time to do the things he loves, including camping, Dutch oven cooking, riding mules, and hunting.

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Andy Brorsen, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Andrew P. Brorsen, ARA
Illinois
andy@brorsenappraisals.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114)

Andy has the MAI and  SRA designations from the Appraisal Institute, and the ARA designation from the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.  He is also a Certified General Appraiser in the State of Illinois.  He has been appraising since 1972, and has experience in appraising commercial, industrial and farm properties.  He is a certified instructor for the Appraisal Institute, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and  the Appraisal Foundation.

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James Cannon, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

James Cannon, ARA
Kansas
jcannon11@cox.net
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Administrative Review of Appraisal, Cost Approach Applications, Cost Estimating, Dairy Appraisal Seminar, Appraisal Through the Eyes of the Reviewer

Jim earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1965 from Oklahoma State University and has been active in the appraisal field since his graduation.  He has national appraisal experience in agricultural, natural resource, transitional and commercial/industrial properties. His experience includes both asset appraisal and business valuation.  He concentrates in specialty agricultural and commercial appraisals, with the majority of his work being farms/ranches, confinement livestock operations, food storage/processing facilities and agribusiness. His practice also includes appraisal reviews.

Jim holds a General Certified Real Estate Appraiser License in Kansas, Oklahoma and California and the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and the ARA designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).  Jim is an instructor of appraisal courses for ASFMRA.  Jim served on the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) for a two year term beginning in 2005.

During Jim’s career he held numerous credit and management positions in the Farm Credit System headquarters in Wichita, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; and St. Paul Minnesota.  Before establishing the predecessor of Cannon, Lechtenberg & Associates, Inc. in 1992, he was Senior Vice President of the St. Paul Farm Credit Bank supervising the appraisal, loan review and credit policy departments.  Jim is a partner in Cannon, Lechtenberg and Associates, Inc. and serves as President.

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Clay Caver, AFM, ARA, RPRA ASFMRA Instructor Clay Caver, AFM, ARA, RPRA
Tennessee
ccaver@aegonusa.com
Instructs: Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303)

Clay is a native Mississippian, but after 30 years living in Tennessee, considers the Volunteer State as home. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Agriculture and Finance from Mississippi State University and afterwards accepted a position in farm management with a small firm in the Delta. His work in farm management brought him to Memphis, Tennessee with the Travelers Agricultural Finance Group initially managing REO properties during the economic crisis of the 1980’s. Clay received his AFM designation in 1989 and as he transitioned back to lending, continued with appraisal education. In 1992, after moving back into agricultural lending with Travelers, he received his ARA designation and soon after, began a fee appraisal business focusing on agricultural and conservation properties in the Mississippi Delta. In 1998, Clay accepted an offer to return to agricultural finance as Regional Manager with Equitable Agribusiness in Memphis. He continued with the organization through its eventual acquisition by Rabo AgriFinance, Inc. in 2003. His career with Rabo Agrifinance moved from lending to Senior Regional Appraiser. His duties primarily consisted of appraisal reviews in the Mississippi Delta and Southeastern United States. In 2008, Clay received the RPRA designation from ASFMRA. In 2011, after being promoted to Regional Vice President with Rabo, Clay accepted an offer to return to Equitable Agrifinance, which brought him back to working directly in the Delta region that he loves. Clay has over 20 years experience appraising agricultural, recreational, urban influence and large agribusiness properties. He joined the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1986 and is currently is a member of the Mid-South Chapter. Within ASFMRA, Clay has served as President of the former Tennessee and Mississippi Chapters, as well as the consolidated Mid-South Chapter. In addition, he has served as Chair of both the ASFMRA Ethics Committee and Appraisal Review Committee.
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Art Clapp, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Arthur E. Clapp, ARA
Massachusetts
aclappara@earthlink.net
Instructs: Requirements of UASFLA – The “Yellow Book” and Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Administrative Review of Appraisal, Cost Approach Applications, Appraising Rural Residential Properties

Art is a graduate of Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts where he earned degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics.  He was raised on a dairy farm in Western Massachusetts and has worked in or with agriculture and rural property for his entire professional career.

From 1974 through 1986, he was employed by the USDA/FmHA as an Assistant County Supervisor; by the Southern New England Farm Credit Service as a loan officer and Branch Office Manager; and by the First Farm Credit District as an appraiser, Chief Appraiser, and Vice President of Quality Control.  In 1986, he joined the AEtna Life and Casualty Companies as a Director, Vice President, and manager of the AEtna agricultural portfolio.

From 1991 through 2005, Clapp operated a fee-appraisal business.  He specialized in valuation and consultation services for rural and agricultural properties throughout the U.S.  His practice placed emphasis on Conservation Easement Valuation (particularly for the purchase/sale of development rights), intensive livestock businesses, resource properties, and cranberry valuation.  Art began employment with the U.S. Department of Interior as Deputy Chief Appraiser, Appraisal Service Directorate in February 2006.  He served as Senior Advisor to the Chief Appraiser – Compliance and Education.  While employed by the DOI, he was responsible for developing, implementing a consistent appraisal policy, developing, and implementing a comprehensive compliance review program.  He also served as a resource for complex valuation problems.

Since March 2009, Clapp has detailed from the DOI to the Department of Justice.  His position with the DOJ is as a forensic appraiser conducting reviews, assisting litigation teams, counseling appraisers, and working with representatives of the Department of Homeland Security (Customs and Border Patrol).  His area of focus has been the Strategic Border Initiative in Southeastern Texas (the ‘Border Fence project’ in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, Texas).

He has been active in the Society since he joined in the late 1970’s and earned the Accredited Rural Appraiser (“ARA”) designation in 1985.  Clapp has served as a chapter officer and has been active on the national level including serving on the Appraisal Education Committee; Young Professionals Committee; the Ad Hoc Committee on Joint Education; the National Public Relations Committee; the Appraisal Summit Committee; the Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report Committee; the Structure Ad Hoc Committee; the Strategic Planning Committee; the Financial Review Committee; the Alliance Team; and on the ASFMRA Executive Council from 1990 through 1992 and 1996 through 2000.  Clapp was President of the ASFMRA in 1998-1999.  

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Rick Costin, AFM ASFMRA Instructor

Rick Costin, AFM
Kentucky
rcostin@uky.edu
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2, Ag Land Management 3, Ag Land Management 4

Rick Costin provides Consulting and Farm Management expertise throughout the United States and Internationally. After retiring from a 34 year career with the University of Kentucky he concentrates on working with individuals, companies and governments in improving Farm Management skills. Rick has been an instructor for the American Society the past 8 years. The Costin’s live on a small farm in central Kentucky where they have cattle, horses and many other family critters.

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 Ken Daw, RPRA ASFMRA Instructor

Ken Daw, RPRA
Wisconsin
kenneth_daw@ois.doi.gov
Instructs: Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’

Ken is a State-Certified General Appraiser with more than 25 years of appraisal experience and has earned the RPRA designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. His experience includes working as a private sector commercial fee appraiser in Central Florida and as a government review appraiser for State and Federal government agencies. Ken has provided valuation services in most states and is an instructor for the ASFMRA appraisal review courses and the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions. He enjoys spending time with his wife Jane and family camping, hiking, and other types of outdoor recreation.


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Thomas Dobbin, RPRA
Idaho
thomas_dobbin@blm.gov
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’

Tom was born and raised in Idaho and is a Certified Licensed Appraiser in Idaho and Oregon. Tom has been appraising rural agriculture properties since 1977 and worked with Farm Service Agency as a lead appraiser and is currently a Lead Review Appraiser for the Office of Valuation Services in the Northwest specializing in USPAP and UASFLA appraisal reviews.   Tom has had the RPRA designation since 1993 and is Past President of the Idaho/Utah ASFMRA Chapter and is currently serving on the ASFMRA Government Relations Committee and the ASFMRA National Review Committee. Tom is a National USPAP Instructor and is a certified ASFMRA Instructor for all of the Review Classes (A-360, A-370, A-380, and A390); he is also an ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Class Instructor.

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picture coming soon Ron Geer, ARA
Maine
rngeer@gmail.com
Instructs: Identifying Intangible Assets

Ronald N. Geer, ARA, Maine Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, New Jersey Certified General Real Estate Appraiser; Pennsylvania Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, Arizona Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, plus temporary certification and inactive certification in several States.

Mr. Geer is the owner of Essential Valuation LLC, a Portland, Maine, an agricultural business valuation, and real estate consulting and appraisal firm. He was previously the Chief Administrative Appraiser and Vice President, Quality Control for First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA. He worked for Farm Credit Associations from 1972 to 2006. His responsibilities included lending; appraising; supervising, and reviewing loans and appraisals on real estate, businesses and personal property. The loans and appraisals were located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Since entering private practice, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Colorado were added.

During his career, his appraisal assignments included greenhouses and nurseries, conservation easements, dairy farms, tobacco farms, timber tracts, poultry farms, cranberry bogs, vacant land, residences, and many other types of property: business, real, and personal.

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 Bernard Gehris ASFMRA Instructor Bernard F. Gehris
Colorado
gehris@msn.com
Instructs: Current Environmental Issues

Bernard Gehris devotes his legal practice to water law, environmental law, agricultural law and general litigation. He represents agricultural and municipal water providers, including special districts, and frequently lectures on western water law and rural environmental due diligence matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Gehris served for fifteen years as a commercial agricultural loan officer for Travelers Insurance Company and the Farm Credit System. Mr. Gehris is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, where he is a member of the Arapahoe County Bar, the Colorado State Bar, and the American Bar Associations. Mr. Gehris also currently serves as a member of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Oncology Center Advisory Committee, and a director on the Cherry Creek Vista Park Board. He was raised on a grain farm in Northern Illinois, and enjoys reading, bicycling, hiking, and spending time in the great outdoors with his family.

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 Richard Gilmore, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Richard Gilmore, ARA
Massachusetts
rgilmore@meganet.net
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’, Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Non Real Property Valuation, Dairy Appraisal Seminar, Sales Comparison Approach, Understanding Conservation Easements Valuation

Richard Gilmore, ARA, FASA, FRICS graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Gilmore is currently the Consultant in Asset and Risk Assessment, International with headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. He performs risk management and valuation consulting nationwide for commercial banks and Farm Credit Associations. He was employed by Cobank and the Farm Credit Bank of Springfield as a credit reviewer and appraiser for thirty years. His appraisal experience includes farms, ranches, and all types of specialty agricultural and industrial assets. Dick also has extensive experience valuing agricultural production related machinery, equipment, inventories, receivables and intangible assets.

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Chris Greenwalt, ARA, RPRA ASFMRA Instructor

Chris Greenwalt, ARA, RPRA
Colorado
chrisgreenwalt@aol.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Administrative Review of Appraisal, Best in Business Ethics, Mineral Appraisal Seminar, Appraisal Through the Eyes of the Reviewer

Chris has retired as the National Appraiser for USDA/NRCS, National Resource Conservation Service after over 36 years of service with the Federal Government.  The primary focus of this position is development and implementation of the real estate appraisal process, acquisition and approval of real estate appraisals for use in purchasing conservation easements around the country for five different easement programs for the Agency.  Prior to this he was employed by USDA/FSA, Farm Service Agency as Chief Appraiser in Washington, DC from March 1996 to April 2005 establishing policy and direction for appraisals used in loan making and loan servicing decisions nationwide and in various positions in Colorado with Farmers Home Administration including Farm Loan Chief and Senior Appraiser.

Chris was born and raised around Ft. Collins, CO on an irrigated farm and livestock operation and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University.

Chris received his Real Property Review Appraiser designation in 1993 and his Accredited Rural Appraiser designation in 1994 from American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and his Fellow designation in 2009 from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He is a Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Instructor, State Certified General Appraiser in Colorado, teaches several appraisal courses for ASFMRA and served 6 years as an Appraiser Qualifications Board Member in 2000 -2006.

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Doug Hodge, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Doug Hodge, ARA
Michigan
dhodge2@tiaa-cref.org
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Introduction to the Valuation of Permanent Plantings

Doug is currently employed by TIAA-CREF as the Sr. Agricultural Reviewer/Director for the Risk Management department.  He is responsible for the retention of rural appraisers on a global basis for the company as well as performing reviews on valuations completed on properties owned by TIAA-CREF and affiliates around the world.  He was formerly employed as the Eastern District Appraisal Manager for Farmers National Company and prior to FNC was president and owner of Capstone Realty Resources in Lapeer, Michigan.  Doug has extensive experience in the valuation of production agricultural and agri-business properties having completed appraisals in many states throughout the country.  In addition his former practice included forensic valuations for many purposes including eminent domain, bankruptcy, divorce, and many other types of litigation support.  He has served as an expert witness at all levels of courts and has also testified in tribunals and tax court.  He began his career as a dairy farmer in Michigan then worked for Federal Land Bank and Doane Farm Management before starting his own firm.

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 James Jeffries, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Jim Jeffries, ARA
Texas
jjeff@swbell.net
Instructs: Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’, Understanding Conservation Easement Valuation

James J. Jeffries, ARA, MAI, has been a real estate appraiser for over thirty five (35) years with the last twenty (20) being focused on rural and ecologically significant properties. He has assisted in the creation or expansion of a number of different wildlife refuges, state parks and local preserves. He specializes in the valuation of Conservation Easements and has taught the ASFMRA Course, “Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Property” as well as the “Yellow Book” class. Jim is a self-employed appraiser with offices in Georgetown, Texas.

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Paul Joerger, AFM ASFMRA Instructor

Paul Joerger, AFM
Massachusetts

pjoerger@hnrg.com
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2, Ag Land Management 3,Ag Land Management 4, Best in Business Ethics, Best in Business Ethics Webinar

Paul is responsible for US and international farmland operations, property-level risk management, underwriting, valuations (appraisal) and finance. Prior to joining HAIG, he was an Area Vice President for the South Central US for Farmers National Company. In this role he was responsible for the management of nearly 400,000 acres of land. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics degrees from North Dakota State University. He is an Accredited Farm Manager with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers(ASFMRA). In the fall of 2012, Mr Joerger will become the President of the ASFMRA. Mr. Joerger grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota.

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 Terry Kestner, ARA, RPRA ASFMRA Instructor

Terry Kestner, ARA, RPRA
Iowa
terry.kestner@raboag.com
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Income Approach Applications, Highest & Best Use Seminar

Terry L. Kestner, ARA, RPRA, a native of Illinois, was raised on a family grain and livestock farm. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business from Western Illinois University.

Terry has been with Rabo AgriFinance, Inc. in Cedar Falls, IA since April 2007. He was promoted to Chief Appraiser in January, 2013. Prior to accepting the Chief Appraiser responsibilities, his duties primarily consisted of appraisal reviews in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Before joining RAF, he worked for Farm Credit in Macomb, IL. He worked as a loan officer for 5 years before making the change to the appraisal department in 1989. Terry has experience appraising agricultural, recreational, urban influence and large swine confinement properties. In addition, he taught the Rural Appraisal Course for the Agriculture Department of Western Illinois University for 7 years.

Terry joined the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1989 and received his ARA designation in 1995 and RPRA designation in 2008. He currently is a member of the Iowa and Illinois Chapters and serves as the IA ASFMRA Chapter President for 2014/15.

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  Randal Kyles, ARA ASFMRA Instructor Randall Kyles, ARA
Alabama
rkyles@firstsouthland.com
Instructs: Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Sales Comparison Approach Seminar

Randall Kyles, ARA, is a native of Southeast Alabama and is a State Certified General Real Property Appraiser in Alabama. He is a graduate of Troy State University with a B.S. in Finance. He is currently a Principle Appraiser with First South Farm Credit and has held that position since 2003. His work experience includes poultry, timber, recreation, rural residential and various agriculture properties. He joined the ASFMRA in 2004 and received his ARA designation in 2009. He has served in multiple roles in the Alabama ASFMRA Chapter, including the current role of President.

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 Henri LeMoyne, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Henri LeMoyne, ARA
Idaho
henri@lemoynerealty.com
Instructs: Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interest in Real Estate

Henri specializes in the valuation of rural properties including the valuation of water rights, various other property rights along with irrigated farms and livestock ranches. Some areas of his practice include; fish propagation facilities, properties affected by conservation easements, utility easements, avigation easements. The main area of practice is Southern Idaho although various specialized assignments have taken him in other areas of the western United States. Henri began appraising in 1973 and was accorded the ARA designation in 1982 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RRICS) and a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). He has taught numerous appraisal courses and seminars and has been part the development team of ASFMRA courses related to conservation easements, partial interests and water rights.

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Mark Lewis, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Mark Lewis, ARA
Texas
mark@LewisSeely.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301), Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Integrated Approaches to Value (A304), Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’, Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Appraisal Through the Eyes of the Reviewer, Cost Approach Applications, Cost Estimating, Best in Business Ethics, Income Approach Applications, Appraising Rural Residential Property, Sales Comparison Approach, Timber Property Valuation

Mark A. Lewis has been engaged in real estate appraisals and consultations since 1984.  Mark began his appraisal career as a contract appraiser for Dickerson-Seely & Associates, Inc., a full service appraisal firm in Lufkin, Texas.  After 28 years with the same firm, today he and Scott Seely manage the firm, now known as Lewis & Seely Appraisals, Inc.

Mark joined the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1996 and earned his A.R.A. designation in 1999.  Since that time he has served ASFMRA as President of the Texas Chapter, Chair of the Appraisal Education/Accreditation Committee, and District V Experience Review Chairman.  On a local level, he has also served as President of the Lufkin Multiple Listing Service and Chair of the Grievance Committee for the Lufkin Association of Realtors.

Mark has been lead instructor for many of ASFMRA’s core courses and was activity involved in the writing and design of the current Sales Comparison and Income Approach course.  He has also taught many seminars on various subjects through the years and is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor.

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Eddie Lumpee, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Eddie Lumpee, ARA
Colorado
elumpee@qwestoffice.net
Instructs: Basic Appraisal Principles (A101), Basic Appraisal Procedures (A102)

Eddie is owner and president of NeWEST Real Estate and Agriculture in Pueblo West, Colorado.  Appraisals of mountain, rural and agricultural properties throughout the state of Colorado and surrounding areas are his specialty.  Other services provided include commercial appraisals, real estate brokerage and consulting.  His clients include a number of State and Federal agencies as well as banks, attorneys and private parties.

He was born and raised on a farm and ranch in eastern New Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Animal Science from New Mexico State University.  In the past, he has also served in a variety of positions within the Federal Land Bank, now known as Farm Credit Services, including service as president of the Federal Land Bank Association of Western New Mexico.

Eddie is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and has held numerous positions on chapter committees throughout the years.  He is currently serving as chapter secretary.  He has taught a variety of courses for Farm Credit Services and is currently an instructor for the American Society.

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 Leonard Meador, AAC ASFMRA Instructor

Leonard Meador, AAC
Indiana
l.meador@embarqmail.com
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2, Ag Land Management 3, Ag Land Management 4, Best in Business Ethics, Best in Business Ethics Webinar, Best in Business Ethics Refresher Webinar, Planning the Transition of My Business

Leonard Meador is a leading authority on business management assistance to the food production industry worldwide. He develops customized management programs and on-site production and management risk evaluation assessments. Leonard has been an international industry consultant for 30 years. His candid speaking approach and years of experience has benefited his many clients as well as those attending his seminars. Leonard is the owner and CEO of his company and has many years of experience developing and implementing practical, cost-effective methods for business management. His secondary education is in Business Management from Indiana Business College.

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 Sharon Moore, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Sharon Moore, RPRA
Arkansas
mooreappraisalsllc@yahoo.com
Instructs: Appraising Agricultural Land in Transition

Sharon is an active member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, achieving their designation for review appraisers, Real Property Review Appraiser (RPRA) in 2000.  She is currently on the education committee for the Mid-South Chapter.  She has developed the A-380 Appraisal Review under UASFLA (Yellow Book) course for ASFMRA as well as recently updated the seminar titled “Agricultural Lands in Transition”.

She recently retired from Federal service and opened my own appraisal office in Arkansas contracting for appraisals/appraisal reviews.  She is currently a Certified General Appraiser in Arkansas, Missouri, and Colorado.  She is also serving as a mentor co-signing with a Certified Residential Appraiser aspiring to achieve his General Certification.

Most recently, her experience has been focused on rural properties in the southern states with emphasis on timbered tracts and administrative site disposals gaining additional knowledge in residential/office property types.  She has also reviewed appraisals for several Forest Legacy Program assignments over the past three years involving not only fee acquisitions but conservation easement projects in Alabama, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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LeeAnnn Moss, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

LeeAnn Moss, ARA
Illinois
leeann@loranda.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Income Approach Applications, Integrated Approaches to Value (A304), Rural Case Studies 1, Sales Comparison Approach

She is an economist, real estate broker, auctioneer and appraiser with over 25 years of experience in the marketing and valuation of real property assets. She has been involved in the sale of thousands of acres of real estate via the public auction, sealed bid, and brokerage methods of sale across the country. LeeAnn has performed quality appraisal and valuation work for financial institutions, attorneys, corporations, landowners and investors. She holds the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation with the American Society of Farm managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), is an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) with the Realtors Land Institute, and is licensed as an Illinois Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
In 2000, LeeAnn received a Doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. She is an award-winning writer and educator and teaches real estate, auctioneering, appraisal, and small business management courses across the nation. She speaks regularly on issues relating to agricultural and transitional real estate,

LeeAnn serves as an instructor with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and is an Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) Certified USPAP Instructor who teaches appraisal standards across the U.S.

In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Quinn to serve on the Illinois Appraisal Administration and Disciplinary Board.

In 2012, she was appointed the ASFMRA’s Executive Council as Academic Vice President. She also serves on the Appraisal Education and Accreditation Committee and has been an instructor for the organization since 1998, teaching a variety of appraisal courses and seminars at both the chapter and national level.

LeeAnn and her husband John live southwest of Chicago, have been married for over 20 years, and have a son. She volunteers with Compassion International as an advocate for children who live in poverty, and in her spare time enjoys reading, music and traveling.

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  Bret Oelke ASFMRA Instructor Bret Oelke
Minnesota
boelke@innovusagra.com
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2, Ag Land Management 3, Ag Land Management 4

Bret Oelke is the owner Innovus Agra, LLC, an agricultural business consulting company that provides business management services to agricultural producers and the businesses that support them. He is retired from the University of Minnesota Agricultural Business Management Team. Bret received his B.S. degree in Animal and Range sciences from South Dakota State University, and his Master of Agribusiness degree from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. As a speaker, educator, and management coach, he has delivered talks and workshops on management issues, risk management and marketing for state and national farm organizations, commodity groups, farm credit associations and other agricultural businesses across the United States.


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James Peck, AAC
New York
jpeck@consulagr.com
Instructs: Environmental Risk Assessment, Environmental Permitting, Animal Agriculture’s Story: Economics, Impacts, Perceptions, and Ramifications for Agricultural Property Professionals

Jim has been a leading independent agricultural consultant in the Northeast for over 40 years. Jim grew up on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State and after graduation from Cornell University, farmed in a partnership with his father.  After the farm grew to 1800 acres of crops and to a 120-cow dairy, Jim left the growing farm business to other partners to devote his full time to the consulting practice.  Today, the farm continues as a thriving dairy farm.  ConsulAgr Inc. evolved from a consulting practice started in 1965.
    
Today ConsulAgr is a comprehensive professional consulting practice providing services in agronomy, crop production, dairy nutrition and management, agricultural business management, computer applications, and environmental issues.  ConsulAgr regularly works with over 100 regular clients, involving 50,000 acres of crop production and with over 12,000 dairy cows in New York and surrounding states.  In addition ConsulAgr has been recently involved with a farming enterprise as reality check for the consulting practice.
    
Jim is fully certified in New York State to prepare Comprehensive Nutrient  Management Plans as required for CAFOs.  Jim holds professional designations as an Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC), as a Professional Animal Scientist (PAS), and as a Certified Crop Advisor (AAC). Jim is a graduate of the Empire State Food and Agriculture Leadership Institute, is active at the regional and national levels in several professional organizations and is involved in several community activities.

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Dave Peterson, AFM, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Dave E. Peterson, AFM, ARA
Colorado
peteappr@aol.com
Instructs: Appraisal Issues and Client Relations

Dave is a State Certified General Appraiser in Colorado and Wyoming. The AFM (Accredited Farm Manager) and ARA (Accredited Rural Appraiser) designations are granted by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers to members who have met certain experience and education requirements.  Dave has over 40 years of appraisal experience, including both appraisal review and appraisal functions.  He has been appraising mostly rural properties since 1977, with emphasis on Conservation Easement appraisals in the last 10 years.  He is also an approved review appraiser and a member of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts.

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  Mark Peterson, AFM, AAC, ARA ASFMRA Instructor Mark Peterson, AFM, ARA, AAC
California
mark@kefacapital.com
Instructs: Best Appraisal Practices for Rural Properties (California), Cost Estimating Seminar, Cost Approach Seminar

Upon graduating from Purdue University in 1983 majoring in Management: Business and Farm, Mark began his career with Travelers Insurance Company in loan underwriting, farm management, and appraising in Illinois, with occasional assignments in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. In 1987, he transferred to Colorado where he performed the same duties in Colorado and New Mexico, eventually receiving responsibility for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. His responsibilities included appraising ranches and irrigated and dry farm properties as well as the management of several farms and ranches. While in Colorado, he coordinated and successfully completed a large auction of several farms as well as a ranch stock water improvement project in conjunction with the local ASCS office. In 1989, he transferred to California where he assumed responsibility for the management of several irrigated farms and permanent plantings, including almonds, vineyards, and citrus. He also started to develop a portfolio of loans secured by property in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

In 2005, Mark started the Hartford AgriFinance unit in California for the purpose of agricultural loan origination and reviewing properties for possible investments. During his employment at Travelers/Citigroup and the Hartford, Mark originated over $1.5 Billion in agricultural real estate loans on irrigated and dry farmland, permanent plantings (nuts, citrus, vineyards, and berries), ranches, dairies, wineries, and processing facilities (e.g. tomato paste, nut, etc.). These loans included several permanent planting development loans, with the loans converting to long-term financing upon the completion of the development. Mark has originated agricultural loans in Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and California.

Mark started Kefa Capital, Inc. in 2009, with emphasis on loan and real estate brokerage, farm management, and consulting. His 30 years of experience of providing various services to different types of agricultural operations across the United States makes Kefa Capital, Inc. uniquely positioned to add value to large and small operations as well as pension and investment fund managers.

Mark received his Accredited Rural Appraiser designation in 1994 and his Accredited Farm Manager and Accredited Agricultural Consultant designations in 2013. He was a member of the California Chapter team that developed Best Appraisal Practices for Agricultural Properties and was responsible for editing the course to its final edition. Mark has taught Best Appraisal Practices in California, Washington, Iowa, and Minnesota. He has also been the instructor for the Cost Estimating and Cost Approach Seminars. Mark has held various board positions at the California Chapter and National levels and was the District VII Appraisal Experience Chair for several years. As President Elect, Mark will serve as the California Chapter President for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Mark resides in Clovis, California with Sally, his wife of 29 years. They have a 27 year old daughter, Maggie, a UC Irvine graduate and sixth grade teacher, 25 year old son, Jonathan, a UC Davis graduate and cross country (All American) and track & field standout while at UC Davis and currently runs for USA Team Minnesota and Brooks, and 25 year old son, Michael, who is in his last quarter at UC Davis and a pole vault athlete.

Mark’s hobbies and outside activities include woodworking, playing guitar in his church choir, President of the Central Section Unit of the California Track Starters Association, and is an USA Track & Field National Official.

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 Corey Prins, AFM ASFMRA Instructor

Corey Prins, AFM
Minnesota
corey@nfmco.com
Instructs: Ag Land Management 1, Ag Land Management 2, Ag Land Management 3, Ag Land Management 4, Best in Business Ethics

Corey Prins is an AFM (Accredited Farm Manager) and CCA (Certified Crop Adviser) from Northwestern Farm Management Company in Marshall, MN. Corey received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agribusiness and Agronomy minor from South Dakota State University. Corey worked 7 years as an area seed sales manager before beginning his career as a farm manager.

Corey and his wife, Cindy, have three children: Kianna, Kaylee, and Carter.

Corey is a Certified Crop Advisor and served as Minnesota’s ASFMRA Chapter Management Education Chair from 2008 – 2011, and is currently the MN Chapter President. Corey served on the ASFMRA Ethics Committee for one year, has served on the Management Education Committee since 2008, and started instructing Management Education in 2010.

In his local community Corey is a member of Rotary International , served on Church Council, teaches Sunday School and Wednesday night Youth Group, referees Jr. High Basketball and serves as School Board Chairman at the school his children attend! In his spare time Corey enjoys running, spending time with his family, helping his dad on the farm or just spending time outdoors!

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Kansas
annroehm@canvalue.com
Instructs: Using Excel in Specific Appraisal Applications, Excel for Managers

Ann W. Roehm earned her B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas in 1984. In 1988, she completed her M.Ed. at University of Missouri in Kansas City in Computer Programming and Curriculum and Instruction. She taught for 20 years at the high school and college levels including math, programming, and mathematical methods for business management. She is certified by Microsoft as an Office® Users Specialist.

Ann has five years experience in appraising. She has completed the General Appraisal Certification education program through the Appraisal Institute. Her appraisal experience includes specialized software applications and industrial properties. She is a Licensed Provisional Real Property Appraiser in the state of Kansas. Ann is a Staff Appraiser for Cannon, Lechtenberg & Associates, Inc.

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  Erik Roget, AFM, ARA, AAC ASFMRA Instructor Erik C. Roget, AFM, ARA, AAC
California
erik.roget@ubs.com
Instructs: Best Practices for Rural Property Appraisals

Director, Western Region, UBS AgriVest LLC. Mr. Roget is responsible for managing farmland assets in California and Arizona and is based in Lodi, California. He has been actively involved in California and Western U.S. agricultural real estate for over 33 years. Prior to joining the staff of UBS AgriVest LLC in 2010, he was Regional Vice President, Western Region, with Rabo Agri-Finance. Mr. Roget has extensive farmland real-estate lending, appraisal and management experience having also served with Correia-Xavier, Inc. and the Farm Credit System. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agri-Business from California State University-Fresno. He holds the designation “Accredited Rural Appraiser”, “Real Property Review Appraiser” and “Accredited Farm Manager” awarded by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and holds a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser’s license in California.

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Scott Seely, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Scott Seely, ARA
Texas
scott@lewisseely.com
Instructs: Basic Appraisal Principles (A101), Basic Appraisal Procedures (A102), 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301), Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A 302), Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’, Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Cost Approach Applications, Timber Property Valuations, Understanding Conservation  Easements Valuation

Scott graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics.  Mr. Seely is co-owner of Lewis & Seely Appraisals, Inc., and has worked for the State of Texas, General Land Office.  His appraisal experience includes farms, ranches, and rural homesites for Veteran’s Land Board Program.  He has been a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) since 1979 and received his ARA designation in 1979.

Mr. Seely is currently serving on the Text Book/Review and Appraisal Education committees of the ASFMRA. He has chaired the Appraisal Review and Education Reciprocity Committees as well as the Appraisal Education Committee and the Accrediting Committee. He has also served on the Executive Council as District V Vice President.

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Lee Smith, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Lee Smith, ARA
Nevada
soxrealty@sbcglobal.net
Instructs: Eminent Domain (A250), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400)

Lee is an independent appraiser from Carson City, Nevada.  He has been an appraiser since 1971 with experience in agriculture, recreation, urban fringe, water rights, commercial, business, residential and special use properties.  He is an American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and Appraisal Institute course developer and instructor.  Mr. Smith is a contributor to the 10th, 11th, and 12th Editions of the Appraisal Institute’s The Appraisal of Real Estate, and the 2nd Edition of the Appraisal Institute and American Society of Farm Managers Rural Appraisers’ The Appraisal of Real Property.   

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  Greg Snyder, ARA ASFMRA Instructor Greg Snyder, ARA
Pennsylvania
greg@snyderassociates.us
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290)

Gregory L. Snyder, ARA, has 27 years agricultural and rural real estate valuation experience. He is president of Snyder Appraisal Associates, a Lancaster, PA based fee appraisal company founded in 2000, focusing on Conservation Easement appraisals as well as specialized agricultural and rural property valuation.

Raised on a family farm in Lehigh County, Greg graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS Degree in Animal Industries. He worked with Keystone Farm Credit for 14 years; first as a loan officer, then as a staff appraiser.

Greg is past president and currently secretary/treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and holds the designation of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA). He is a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and The Land Trust Alliance.

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Brent Stanger, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Brent Stanger, ARA
Idaho
brent@lemoynerealty.com
Instructs: Eminent Domain (A250), Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301), Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers (A302), Income Approach for General Appraisers, Part 1 (A303), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Cost Approach Valuation, Income Approach Valuation, Sales Comparison Approach, Understanding Conservation Easements

Brent Stanger, ARA, is a partner in LeMoyne Appraisal, LLC based in Twin Falls, Idaho. He is a Certified General Appraiser in the States of Idaho and Nevada and has been actively involved in the appraisal profession since 1992. He is also a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Idaho. Brent’s appraisal experience includes a wide array of property types in Idaho and Nevada. He has a great deal of experience in appraising large commercial irrigated farm properties, livestock ranch operations and recreational ranch properties. His appraisal practice has also included considerable appraisal work with eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, commercial properties and some agriculturally based specialized facilities. Brent joined the ASFMRA in 1995. He received the Accredited Rural Appraiser, ARA, designation in 1999. He served two years on National Accreditation Committee and six years on the Appraisal Education and Accrediting Committee with two of those years as the Committee Chairman. He has served as an instructor for many of the ASFMRA appraisal courses and has participated in the development and review of much of the latest Appraisal curriculum. Brent has resided Twin Falls, Idaho with his wife and two children since 1992.

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  Steve Stephens, ARA ASFMRA Instructor Stephen R. Stephens, ARA
Kansas
steve.stephens@fcswks.com
Instructs: Regression Analysis Uses in Appraisal

Stephen R. Stephens, ARA, received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture economics from Kansas State University in 1980. In addition, he received a Master of Agribusiness degree from Kansas State University in 2000. He has completed numerous appraisal courses presented by USAgBank (aka Farm Credit Bank of Wichita), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and the Appraisal Institute. He received certification from the Kansas Real Estate Appraisal Board as a Certified General Real Property Appraiser in 1993 and received the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 2006.

He has thirty-two years of rural appraisal experience in western Kansas and has completed numerous appraisals on farms, ranches, rural homes, and specialized facilities. Areas of experience include feedlots, dairies, and grain handling units.

Stephens is a member of the Kansas Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (KSFMRA) as well as the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and is an Associate member of the Appraisal Institute.

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 James Synatzske, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

James Synatzske, ARA
Texas
1jasyn@embarqmail.com
Instructs: 15 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114), General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Administrative Review of Appraisal, Appraising Rural Residential Properties

James Synatzske has been an appraiser for 34 years, earning his ARA in 1984. He has operated an independent fee appraisal business since 1985 with a 12 year stint as a Chief Appraiser for two Farm Credit lenders. He is in private practice in Stephenville, Texas and typically performs appraisals, reviews and consulting services on highly improved and complex agricultural properties, commercial, rural residential and farm/ranch properties. He is a Texas Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and has work experience throughout Texas and several other states. James has been an approved instructor for the ASFMRA since 1983 and has authored/developed several teaching modules and courses. He is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and in November 2010 was the recipient of the Excellence in Appraisal Education Award by the ASFMRA.

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  Brenda Taylor, JD, LLM ASFMRA Instructor Brenda Taylor, J.D., LL.M.
Arkansas
brenda@farmlandstrategies.com
Instructs: Succession and Estate Planning

Brenda Vassaur Taylor, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) has practiced law in the areas of estate, business, and tax planning for over 30 years. She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and completed her Masters in Law in the area of Taxation from Southern Methodist University. Prior to law school, Brenda received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Baylor University. She has also passed the CPA exam.

She is licensed to practice law in the state of Arkansas and U.S. Federal Courts. Currently she is a member of the state and county bar associations; she holds membership with national and local groups, such as the American Agriculture Law Association; Wealth Counsel, LLC; the Advisors Forum, LLC; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.; Christian Legal Society-Gift, Estates, and Trusts Section; Leave a Legacy; and the Northwest Arkansas Estate Planning Council. She has served as the Estate Planning Chairman of eXtention–an Agriculture Legal Practice Community.

She currently uses her teaching skills to educate professionals and lay persons across the country concerning the value of goal-oriented best practice legal strategies that encompass succession planning, asset protection, and advanced estate tax savings techniques. She works with her clients to design and implement plans uniquely tailored to coordinate their special needs, plans, and wishes–placing their “wealth in sync. “TM

Due to her background and work experience, she also has gained significant experience in agricultural, elder, and real estate law and has developed her current practices accordingly. She is founder of a business strategies organization, Private Client Services Group LLC, which works with its clients to coordinate the use of specific areas of professional services: law, land management, accounting, tax, and financial services.

In addition to her law firm, she is the principal founder and owner of two additional companies-Farm-Land Strategies, LLC, a professional farm services company, providing her opportunities to work with her love of agriculture, and Accounting Strategies, LLC which is committed to making accounting work for her clients. Brenda is also co-founder/owner of MYOB, LLC, a publishing company which seeks to publish works of lessons learned well.

When not working, Brenda stays involved with her family -even though all four children are professionally involved in her company structures. She is blessed with one grandchild and continues to be involved in providing pro bono legal service to various civic and non-profit councils and boards, including the Arkansas Baptist Foundation, and as a founding member of Arkansas Women in Agriculture, Inc. Brenda also remains active in various civic and political organizations which promote the greater good of Arkansas as well as our country at large.

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James "Nardie" Vine, Jr., ARA ASFMRA Instructor

James “Nardie” Vine, Jr., ARA
Texas
jbvine@satx.rr.com
Instructs: 13 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP (A114)

Nardie, earned his B.B.A. Degree from Texas A&M University.  He has been engaged in real estate appraisals and consultations since 1971.  His experience includes consultation and appraisal services to real estate investors and lenders, including buy/sell advice, collateral inspections, and risk evaluation.  He is qualified as an expert witness in State District Courts in Texas and Tennessee, in Federal District Courts in Texas and Illinois, and in Federal Tax Court in Texas.  Mr. Vine has also had experience in analyzing and/or appraising various real properties, special purpose properties, and personal properties.

Mr. Vine is a Past President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  He is Course Coordinator and Developer of the Advanced Rural Case Studies (A-40) course and served as Appraisal Education Committee Chair in 1994.  He is Past  President of the Texas Chapter and has served on several committees – Legislative, Meetings, etc.

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California
jvoris@agloan.com
Instructs: Best Practices for Rural Property Appraisals

John was raised on the family’s cattle ranch near San Luis Obispo, California. He attended Fresno State University and after graduation spent several years working for a diversified tree fruit and table grape packing company in the Fresno area.

He took advantage of an opportunity to work for Merced PCA (Farm Credit) as an appraiser/fieldman in 1983 and moved to Merced. An association merger a few years later moved him to a brief stay at the Merced County Assessor’s office for tax appraisal work. In 1988 he went back to Farm Credit as part of the Sacramento appraisal group and then on to Central Valley Farm Credit, which eventually merged with American AgCredit.

In 1991 he received both his California Certified General License and his professional designation as an Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He currently manages an eight member staff appraising ag property in both the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. Assignments include cropland, rangeland, permanent plantings, dairies, recreational property and nut processing. A growing number of the appraisals are completed for private fee clients as well as assignments centered in confined feeding facilities located in American AgCredit’s Midwest lending territory.

John and Cindy have three children. Two are attending college in the Midwest and a daughter is a junior in high school.

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 JoAnn Wall, ARA ASFMRA Instructor JoAnn C. Wall, ABA
California
jwall@centralcoastagappraisal.com
Instructs: Introduction to Vineyard and Winery Valuation

Central Coast AgAppraisal, Inc. was formed in 2009 by Accredited Rural Appraiser, JoAnn C. Wall. Following graduation from Cal Poly SLO in June 1998 with a BS in Daily Science and a concentration in Agribusiness, joAnn joined the appraisal staff at the Salinas Branch of American AgCredit (AAC) after interning with the lender over the summer. joAnn received her Certified General license in March 2000 and attained the level of ARA through the ASFMRA in October 2008. During her time at AAC, joAnn worked on a broad range of use-types, including irrigated row crops, greenhouses, vineyards, wineries, and cool storage facilities, and often took on assignments outside of the Central Coast. After relocating from Salinas to Templeton in August 2007, JoAnn accepted a position with Schenberger, Taylor, McCormick, and jecker, Inc. (STIvIj) in San Luis Obispo. As an Associate Appraiser/Agriculture Specialist, much of her work centered on agricultural use-types in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, but also exposed her to commercial and industrial properties as well. In November 2009, JoAnn made the decision to start a new firm, focusing on agricultural use-types, with particular emphasis on the vineyard and wine industries. Central Coast AgAppraisal, Inc. is an innovative new company that focuses on green business practices and utilizing new technologies to put a different spin on tried and true appraisal techniques. JoAnn is an active member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. She currently sits on the Appraisal Education and Accreditation Board for the National Organization. In 2012, joAnn wrote the “Introduction to Vineyard and Winery Valuation” course for ASF1vIRA and teaches the class throughout the United States.

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John Widdoss, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

John Widdoss, ARA
South Dakota
johnwfly@hughes.net
Instructs: General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (A290), Advanced Rural Case Studies (A400), Requirements of UASFLA – The ‘Yellow Book’, Valuation of Conservation Easements and Other Partial Interests in Real Estate, Minerals Appraisal Seminar, Understanding Conservation Easements

John received his B.A. Degree in Economics from Concordia College in Minnesota.  Mr. Widdoss is a partner in Hall-Widdoss & Company, a firm established in 1981 as a real estate appraisal and consulting business covering the states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.  The firm specializes in urban investment property, agricultural, mineral, recreational, and subdivision land appraisals.  Additionally, Mr. Widdoss has experience with rangeland, irrigation and dry cropland management.

Mr. Widdoss is a Past President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  He is author of the ASFMRA’s Advanced Rural Appraisal (A-30) and Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report (A-22) courses; co-developer of the Advanced Resource Appraisal (A-34), Advanced Appraisal Review (A-35), and Advanced Rural Case Studies (A-40) courses; was involved in the revision and rewriting of the Appraisal Report Writing (A-15) course; and has authored several appraisal seminars for the ASFMRA.  He has also contributed to the second edition of the “Appraisal of Rural Property” – a joint venture with ASFMRA and the Appraisal Institute.  His most recent endeavor has been development of the Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report (UAAR) Form, Guidebook and Software and the Standard Appraisal Review Report (SARR) Form.

Mr. Widdoss received his ARA designation from the Society in 1982 and has been an instructor since 1984.  He has served on the Appraisal Education, Membership Development Committees of the ASFMRA, the Executive Council as First Vice President and President, on the Advisory Council of the Education Foundation Committee, chair of the Strategic Planning committee of the ASFMRA, Chair of the Awards Committee, and the 2005 Program Committee.

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  Mark Williams, ARA ASFMRA Instructor Mark Williams, ARA
Michigan
mark@valuemidwest.com
Instructs: Basic Appraisal Principles (A101), Basic Appraisal Principles (A102)

Mark A. Williams is owner and Vice President of Williams & Associates Inc. He is a Michigan native, growing up on a family dairy/cash crop farm in the “thumb” of Michigan. Mark established his appraisal practice in 1994 and obtained the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation in 2008.

Williams & Associates, aka “Value Midwest”, specializes in the valuation of commercial, agricultural specialty properties throughout the Midwest. In addition, Mark has extensive knowledge and experience with market analyses, eminent domain, conservation easements, and partial taking appraisals. Mark is also a qualified reviewer for Yellow Book and Eminent Domain appraisals. He enjoys the challenge and adventure of appraising unique properties throughout the United States. In the past 10 years he has completed projects in 31 different states.

Past and current clients include United States Forest Service, Department of Interior, National Parks Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Natural Resources Conservation Service in addition to many local and regional lending institutions.

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Julie Young, ARA ASFMRA Instructor

Julie Young, ARA
Florida
julie@young-appraisals.com
Instructs: 13 Hour National USPAP Course (A113), 7 Hour National USPAP Course (A114), Best in Business Ethics, Best in Business Ethics Webinar, Appraising Agricultural Land in Transitions

Julie is a rural appraiser, affiliated with Armfield and Wagner, Appraisal and Research, a full service appraisal company located in Vero Beach, Florida.

Julie has been a member of the ASFMRA since 1988, earning her ARA designation in 1993.  She served as District II Vice President from 1996 to 1999 and has served on numerous national committees, as well as numerous Florida ASFMRA committees.  She is currently the Florida chapter secretary / treasurer.  She was the coordinator for the AQB USPAP CE-7 hour course development committee for 2005.

Julie is a graduate of Cal State Poly University. She has been engaged in real estate appraisal and consultation since 1986, with background in residential, commercial, and rural appraiser.  She specialized in appraising rural and transitional properties in east-central Florida.  She is qualified as an expert witness in Federal District Courts in Florida, is a state certified general real estate appraiser in Florida, and an AQB Certified USPAP instructor.

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Wayne Young
Texas
wayne.young@cfctx.com
Instructs: Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301), Cost Approach Applications

Wayne is the Senior Vice President for Appraisal Services for Capital Farm Credit.  Capital Farm Credit is an Agricultural Credit Association (ACA) and is a part of the national Farm Credit System. The association is headquartered in Bryan, Texas, and has 23 lending offices located throughout Central, South Central and Southeast Texas.  Capital Farm Credit is ranked as one of the top ten lenders in the Farm Credit System.

Since 1986 Wayne has worked as an independent appraiser, the State Appraiser for the Farm Service Agency in Texas and for Capital Farm Credit.  Most appraisal work for Capital Farm Credit is for the bank with limited outside appraisal assignments.  While with Capital he has worked in approximately 70 counties in Texas along with assignments in Kansas, New Mexico, and Hawaii.  The bulk of his experience is with small to large agricultural lands typically trending toward more urban, residential and recreational uses.

Wayne Joined the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1986 and received his ARA designation in 1998. 

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