Ag News, February 26, 2013

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USDA’s Record Farm Income Forecast Bullish for Land Values

USDA’s first call on 2013 ag income paints a bullish picture for farmland values. The agency’s Economic Research Service (ERS) forecasts 2013’s net farm income will reach $128.2 billion, a 14% increase versus 2012. USDA also notes that after adjusting for inflation, 2013’s forecast level is expected to be the highest since 1973. Login to Member Resources to download the latest issue.

Crop Insurance to Take Top Billing
Kiplinger Agriculture Letter

As Congress hammers out a new farm bill… Crop insurance is sure to take top billing. It’s by far the most expensive farm program, likely to cost USDA about $13 billion in FY ’13 to subsidize farmers’ premiums and insurers’ costs plus pay for losses from last year’s disastrous drought. Its huge price tag has cost-cutters’ attention. Copyright 2013. The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. Login to Member Resources to download the latest issue.

U.S. meat exports racking up banner numbers as Japan eases restrictions
Hembree Brandon

Pig’s feet, beef tongue, hog intestines, hearts, and livers — while we in the U.S. may turn up our collective noses at the thought of chowing down on such things, these and other pork and beef parts are delicacies in other regions of the world and now constitute a major segment of the export market for U.S. meat, says Dan Halstrom.

Read more on the Delta Farm Press Website:

Concerns build over Western snowpack

Lower than usual snowpack accumulations have forecasters worried about available runoff for irrigation in parts of the West. (Rod Bain and USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey)
Listen to the audio on the Western Farm Press website:

Do You Know What to do After You Have Testified in Court?

All members of the ASFMRA are required to comply with the ASFMRA Code of Ethics. This is one way the ASFMRA is able to stand above the rest as the Society members are delivering the highest quality work. Within 30 days after you testify as an expert giving an opinion before a tribunal where another ASFMRA member testifies for the opposing party, you are required to file a case report with the Society. The ASFMRA Code of Ethics, Article 14 defines a tribunal as “…a body or individual who renders a final decision. Depositions are not final decisions.”

Regardless of your membership classification or specialty, this applies to all ASFMRA members. As noted by the ASFMRA Executive Vice President, “One of the advantages of belonging to a great professional Society like ours is this exact process. By submitting the testimony, we are policing ourselves to ensure ASMFRA members are delivering the highest quality and most ethical reviews and appraisals. “Most Trusted” is not just a tagline.”

If you find yourself testifying in court on opposing sides of another ASFMRA member, simply complete the Appraisal Review Case Report form and return it to Hope Evans with any additional information you wish to provide as indicated in Note 2 on the form. Please indicate on the envelope it is Confidential and include Hope Evans’ name then it will be delivered directly to her unopened. Thank you to all ASFMRA members for making the Society one of the elite organizations in the agricultural profession.

Welcome New Members

Thank you for being a part of the ASFMRA! Help the ASFMRA welcome our new members. The ASFMRA appreciates every member for choosing the Society as the association you desire to affiliate with. The ASFMRA continues to make every effort to offer member services which will be of benefit to you professionally and personally.

We are recognizing new members of the Society on a monthly basis. You may recognize your fellow peers in the following list and we encourage you to welcome them into the membership of the ASFMRA.

New Members

First Name Last Name Company Name City State Chapter
Roald Aageson   Great Falls MT Montana
William Arbuckle Louisiana Land Bank, ACA Lafayette LA Mid-South
John Arnold Farmland Management Services Modesto CA California
Mark Barricklow Farm Credit Mid-America Cambridge OH Ohio
Douglas Bell GrasslandsUY, LLC Dunedin FL Florida
Johan Bolle RaboBank, N.A. Fresno CA California
Reagan Boyer Farm Credit Services of America Scottsbluff NE Nebraska
Scott Bozzo UBS AgriVest Lodi CA California
Elizabeth Campbell Altus Group Limited Toranto ONT Ontario
Bradley Carroll Illinois State University Pontiac IL Illinois
Timothy Cobb Sharp and Hatley Spokane WA Washington
Michael Crowley Real Estate Consultants, Ltd. Spring Valley IL Illinois
David Davlin Texas Land Bank Midlothian TX Texas
Brian Feldpausch Peoples Company Beaman IA Iowa
Joshua Garretson Farm Credit East, ACA Bridgeton NJ Northeast
Daniel Hall Hall Valuation Service Marysville OH Ohio
Jacob Hartwig Farm Credit Services of America Harlan IA Iowa
Barbara Hegerfeld Northern Plains Appraisal Brookings SD South Dakota
Randy Heinzen Vineyard Professional Services Templeton CA California
Brian Hopf Farmers National Company Stanton IA Iowa
Jeff Jens Ag Appraisals, LLC Kiel WI Wisconsin
Terri Jensen Farmers National Company Omaha NE Nebraska
Frank Kaech American AgAppraisal Escalon CA California
Ryan Kay Hertz Farm Management Mt. Vernon IA Iowa
John Kennedy Farmers National Company Monmouth IL Illinois
Michael Kersten ML Kersten Carrollton TX Texas
Gregory Kuntz Ag Credit Country Mortgages Bowling Green OH Ohio
William LeDuc Agri-Realty LLC Mankato MN Minnesota
Dennis Luis Farmland Management Services Turlock CA California
Brian Massey Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Monticello IL Illinois
Robert McNamara Halderman Farm Management Wilmington OH Ohio
Taylor McWilliams   College Station TX Texas
Robert Merriman MGW Appraisal Services, Inc. Sycamore IL Wisconsin
Nancy Milford   Cunningham KS Kansas
Emily Oberbroeckling Farm Credit Services of America Decorah IA Iowa
Fred Olsen Farmers National Company Manhattan KS Kansas
Cara Peters Farm Credit East, ACA Bedford NH Northeast
Adam Pfeiffer Pfeiffer Appraisal Service, LLC Oak Harbor OH Ohio
Katie Rinde Westchester Group Fresno CA California
Kyle Rule Farmers National Company Lafayette IN Indiana
Mayo Ryan Paramount Farms, Inc. Lost Hills CA California
Nick Schramm Beck’s Hybrids Springfield IL Illinois
Joni Seeley Warren Land and Livestock, Inc Billings MT Montana
Peter Spirk Farm Credit Services of America Grand Island NE Nebraska
James Turlington Turlington Valuation Associates Hunt Valley MD Northeast
Scott Twillmann Natural Resource Planning Services Waxhaw NC North Carolina
Dustan Waaraniemi Crown Appraisals, Inc. Barnesville MN Minnesota
Michael Ward USA Dept of Interior OVS Anchorage AK Colorado
Mikki Warnock Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Marion IN Indiana
James  Weatherford Nevitt & Associates, LLC Chandler AZ Arizona
Tim Wellman Shea Appraisal Company LLC Denver CO Colorado
Nick Westgerdes Farmers National Company Godfrey IL Illinois
Kim Williams USDA-Forest Service Creswell OR Oregon
Patrick Wyatt Wyatt’s Real Estate and Appraisal Colorado Springs CO South Dakota
Durkin Young R.W. Young & Associates, Inc. Monmouth IL Illinois

Ask The Expert – What To Expect From A Professional Farm Manager
By Farmland Network on 01-26-2013 09:19AM in presents Ask The Expert….

Question: I am not a farmer but looking to buy some farmland. I am wondering about the advantages of working with a professional farm management company. What do they do help landowners?  Mike in California
Read the response from Howard Halderman, AFM on the Farmland Network blog:

UPDATED — Appraiser’s 2012 Guide to Green Building Now Available

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, Feb. 12, 2013) — An updated version of “The Appraiser’s Guide to Identifying Green Building Features in Homes” is now available.
The 98-page guide was originally created in 2009 to help appraisers recognize the many newly popular features and products that make homes energy efficient, comfortable, durable and healthier than typical homes. The 2012 version was created to coincide with the three-year update of most building codes and green building standards.
Real estate journalist Kathy Price-Robinson created the guide and the update with funding provided by The Appraisers Research Foundation (TARF), a non-profit located in Houston that funds research projects beneficial to the appraiser community.
The updated guide can be accessed, free of charge, at the TARF website or downloaded in a PDF version. (Go to and click on Research Results.)

Staffing Changes

In December and January we had some staffing changes.  We said goodbye to our long time Shipping Clerk, Jeremy Lewis and hello to Michele Stockman as the new Shipping and Receiving Coordinator.   Michele has experience in operations in the retail business, corporate relocation, and  managing food and beverage at a hotel and at a local elementary school.  Michele will be here every day from about 9-2 and can be contacted at or 303-692-1218. UPLOAD PHOTO.

Veteran Consultants Launch “GROW: The Family Business Advisors”

Michigan-based consultants Barb Dartt, AAC, Stephanie Edsall, Mike Fassler, AAC and John Williams have launched a new independent consulting firm, GROW: The Family Business Advisors. GROW supports family businesses and farm operations as they plan for their future. They specialize in succession planning, financial management, strategic planning, and helping clients build teams that work together effectively. Download the press release to read more.

OUTLOOK 2013 – California’s Premiere Agribusiness Conference – Celebrates Agriculture’s Success Stories

The California Chapter, ASFMRA is excited to be presenting OUTLOOK 2013, March 20th & 21st at the Hilton Arden West Hotel in Sacramento. The full day conference on Thursday, March 21st will celebrate agriculture with a number of the state’s top industry leaders on the program. Attendees will hear from California Department of Agriculture Secretary, Karen Ross, and California Farm Bureau President, Paul Wenger, to kick things off. As we move into commodities, the lineup of speakers is nothing short of outstanding. California’s Citrus Successes will be covered by Joel Nelson, President of California Citrus Mutual. A Nut Industry Panel has been assembled that includes Richard Matoian, Executive Director of American Pistachio Growers; Richard Waycott, President/CEO of the Almond Board of California; and Dennis Balint, Executive Director of the California Walnut Board. Successes from the California Wine Grape Industry will be shared by special guest, Jean Arnold, Founder of the Jean Arnold Group and President of Hanzell Vineyards, along with Nancy Light, Director of Communications from the Wine Institute.

The conference will then move to a session focusing on the Berry Industry. VP of Marketing, Douglas Ronan, will speak on behalf of industry giant, Driscoll’s, along with Karen Halliburton Barber from Rabobank who will share information from her group’s report on the US Berry Boom. The commodity portion of the day will wrap up with Barry Bedwell, President of the California Grape & Tree Fruit League discussing what is happening with table grapes and the many varieties of tree fruit grown throughout the Golden State.

A hallmark of the spring conference is the distribution of the latest issue of the California Chapter’s Trends in Agricultural Land & Lease Values publication. Society veteran and ‘land value guru’, Tony Correia, ARA, will lead an enlightening closing session as he discusses land values and trends from a view of 30,000 feet.

The California Classic BBQ and Scholarship Auction will be held the evening of March 20th at the Aerospace Museum of California where attendees will enjoy an evening of great barbecue, lively networking, and the many exhibits and displays throughout the museum. Two F16 simulators will be available for those who wish to experience the thrill of flying a fighter plane! The annual Scholarship Auction will be held following dinner with all proceeds used to fund scholarship and internships for both members and students.

If you’ve never been to the Califoria Chapter’s Spring Conference, this is a great year to attend! Visit for registration details or call the California Chapter at (209) 368-3672.

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