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Glendale, CO - November 17, 2017 - The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) announce the installation of their new District Vice Presidents for 2017-2018. New ASFMRA District Vice Presidents include Randall Kyles, ARA from Enterprise, AL; Paul T. Reisch, ARA from Watertown, SD and Mark J. Peterson, AFM, ARA, AAC from Clovis, CA. Full Text
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Glendale, CO - November 17, 2017 - The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) announce the installation of their new president, David W. GaNun. GaNun, Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) is the Senior State Certified General Appraiser for Farm Credit East in Lebanon, New Jersey. Full Text
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Glendale, CO – November 17, 2017 – The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) recently recognized long-standing members at their Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Full Text
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Glendale, CO - November 17, 2017 – The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) recognized Kirk D. Weih, AFM with the 2017 D. Howard Doane Award during the 2017 ASFMRA Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia held November 13 – 17, 2017. Full Text
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Glendale, CO – November 17, 2017 – The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) recently awarded designations at their Annual Conference, including the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation, the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) and the Real Property Review Appraiser (RPRA) designation. Full Text
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Glendale, CO - November 17, 2017 - The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) announced honorees at the 2017 ASFMRA Annual Conference in Savannah, GA held November 13 - 17, 2017.  Full Text
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Glendale - CO, November 17, 2017 – More than 500 rural property land experts attended the 88th American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers® (ASFMRA®) Annual Conference, held Nov. 13 - 17, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. Full Text
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ASFMRA and 21 Other Organizations Respond to Waiver of Appraisals Request TriStar, a Tennessee Community Bank, submitted a request to the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) for a temporary waiver of appraisal for 2018. The waiver would apply to all property types. The request is based on a reported shortage of appraisers resulting in increased fees and reduced turn times on appraisals. See the TriStar Letter . ASFMRA in conjunction with 21 other professional appraisal organizations signed a letter urging the ASC to gather market participant information as well as to be transparent in regards to the waiver request. The letter notes that TriStar’s request included ...
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Senate Passes Tax Cut Bill, Conference Committee to Iron Out Differences Last week the Senate passed its version of the tax cut plan on a party-line vote (51 -49). The only Republican Senator to vote against the package was Senator Corker (R-TN). Senate passage follows the House approval of its version in November and sets up a conference committee process to iron out the differences between the two versions. While there are a host of differences between the two bills, none of them are insurmountable. Republicans hope to have a final package to President Trump before Christmas. More News: Be Prepared For the ‘Winter’ of The Farm Economy ...
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Now that our new website is up and running you might need some help navigating it.  Included in this guide is a brief overview on how to: Find course information Update your profile Use the Ag Open Forum Download the logo New Website How To
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Farmers Who Gain From Tax Bill Wary of Losing Subsidies Later (Bloomberg) -- Farm lobbyists are warily watching the tax-overhaul legislation moving through Congress, which comes with some favorable terms for them now but may have a big catch later: Less money for farm programs crucial to producers dealing with lower commodity prices. The farm groups are looking beyond the tax debate to a new farm law due in 2018 that could get squeezed if a bigger deficit caused by tax cuts makes less money available for farmers. Multiple independent analyses of the Republican tax plan anticipate it would boost the federal budget deficit by as much as $1.5 trillion over ...
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Happy Thanksgiving! May those that surround you this Thanksgiving remind you of the friendship and love that they bring to your life. We are grateful for the blessings that you bring to our lives, and on behalf of the ASFMRA Executive Council and the ASFMRA staff, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Please note the ASFMRA’s offices will be closed on November 23 and 24, 2017 in observance of the holiday. More News: House Passes Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Senate Finance Committee Clears Tax Bill White House Requests Funding Alternative Farm Bill Investor Interest in Farmland Continues Sonny Perdue in California Killing the ...
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Farmland Values Edge Downward in Midwest and Plains The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says the prolonged decline in farm income pushed farmland values lower in the Central and Northern Plains, “but at a modest pace” of 3% for nonirrigated land during the summer. The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank said land values, although relatively stable for the past year, fell 1% during the summer. “Although the magnitude of recent declines has yet to approach the magnitude of the 1980s, the duration of recent declines has yet to approach that of the 1980s,” said the Kansas City Fed in a quarterly report. High inflation and an agricultural recession sapped the farm ...
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House Releases Tax Cut and Jobs Act Last week House Ways and Means Chairman Brady (R-TX) released the House plan to cut taxes. The bill is called the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and will be marked up in the Ways and Means Committee this week with the goal of passing the bill in the House before Thanksgiving. The Senate Finance Committee may release its version this week. Highlights from the House bill include: Collapses personal tax brackets from 7 to 4 (12%, 25%, 35%, 39.6%), with a doubling of the standard deduction, and an increase of child and dependent tax credits. Phases out the Estate Tax after 2023, with an immediate doubling of the exemption, while fully ...
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Ibach Sworn in as USDA Under Secretary Gregory Ibach has been sworn in as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA. He was confirmed by the full Senate on Oct. 26. “Greg’s experiences as a rancher and dedicated public servant to the state of Nebraska for nearly 20 years will serve USDA and rural America well,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. “I’m proud the Senate Agriculture Committee and our colleagues in the Senate worked in a swift and bipartisan manner to get Greg to work at USDA.” “Greg Ibach will bring experience and integrity ...
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Who has better advice for a college student looking to make a career in ag than a recent graduate?  We asked ASFMRA Student Member Delaney Drost, a 2017 graduate of Colorado State University how she navigated college and began her career in ag.  Originally, from Carlsbad, California she graduated with a degree in agricultural business and is currently training to be a rural appraiser at McCarty Land & Water Valuation, Inc. Q: What got you interested in ag/made you want to pursue a career in it? A: My family has been ranching since the early 1900s in western Colorado, so I spent time every summer near Craig and Steamboat. Being around the sheep ...
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Difficult People: We all know them, but how do we effectively communicate with them? Everyone encounters a difficult person at work from time to time.  Whether it be a coworker or a client, here are some tips for dealing with difficult individuals: Listen, Listen, Listen Focus on what the other person is saying, not what you want to say and try not to interject.  They want to feel like they are being heard.  Once they feel that they have been acknowledged you can continue the conversation. Stay Composed Losing your temper or getting frustrated won't help the situation.  Take deep breathes and try to stay calm.  Letting them vent and keeping ...
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Land Prices Improving As fall harvest 2017 rolls along, the Iowa farmland market continues to show signs of stability and some slight price improvement in areas. Early harvest yield reports have been supportive to upcoming land sales. This confirms the recent survey of real estate agents that reported land values increasing 2% since March 2017, and 2.9% for the full year-over-year period. The relative sale price strength from neighborhood to neighborhood (or sale to sale) can seem somewhat inconsistent, depending upon the strength of the local neighborhood. Strongest values continue to be seen in the sale of top-quality farms with highly productive soils, ...
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The desire to work in big-time finance in a small town environment lead William (Bill) Barnes, ARA to make a career in rural appraisal.  He joined ASFMRA in the 80’s for the appraisal education and professional growth opportunities and has held membership ever since.  “I have stayed a member for the professional networking opportunities, the relationships I have developed over 30 years all over the country and still the excellent agricultural appraisal education opportunities,” said Bill.  “No matter where in the United States Farm Credit of Southern Colorado may have a potential loan, I “know a guy” I can call to help us accurately value that property for ...
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USDA Issues ARC/ PLC Payments for Crop Year 2016 USDA announced it will issue nearly $8 billion in Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for crop year 2016. Payments are being made to producers who enrolled base acres of barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, wheat and canola. In the upcoming months, payments will be announced after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the remaining covered commodities. Those include long and medium grain rice (except for temperate Japonica rice), which will be announced in November; remaining ...
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