Ag News, July 10, 2012

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Structural Changes to Committee Service
By Jeff Berg, ARA; President, ASFMRA

In ten to fifteen short years, Generation Y will be in charge of ASFMRA!  GEN Y’s are currently 18 to 34 years of age.  As Baby Boomers retire, we will be replaced by GEN Y.  ASFMRA is assertively working to become an attractive and appealing home for younger professionals.  Here’s one positive adaptation that is being implemented this year—the number of members on National Committees is being reduced to allow smaller, more responsive, nimble committees the opportunity to develop.  Additionally, two GEN Y members are being seated on each committee to allow younger members to participate in the national committee process.
It is a proven observation that members who participate on a national level tend to be the most involved and active members within our organization.  Actively committed members benefit both Chapter and National organizations.  Inclusion of younger members on National Committees allows them to gain a level of exposure to the national organization which will cement their long term involvement and support.  Historically, members who have national committee experience tend to be our longest term, most supportive members.

Please don’t feel slighted by being ‘retired’ from a national committee.  Your fellow ASFMRA members greatly appreciate all the service you have given to our organization!  As you retire from a committee, you are giving a young person the opportunity to build the relationships and knowledge base that you enjoy.  This process affords the opportunity to train ASFMRA’s future leaders and to allow GEN Y to learn lessons from seasoned leaders.  Sometimes, membership on a national committee has become a ‘life sentence’.  That tradition needs to change so that as we enter committee service, we have an expectation of our commitment’s time frame.  Cycling our many talented members through committees provides the committees with continual exposure to new creative ideas.  Your leadership team is working hard to prepare ASFMRA for the next generation!  Thanks so much for the time and service you have so graciously contributed to ASFMRA!

US tops still light wine market, overtakes Italy

In a watershed for the global wine industry, the U.S. overtook Italy in 2011 to become the largest single still light wine market. According to the IWSR, still light wine sales in the U.S. reached 300.6m cases in 2011, a rise of 4.2 percent over 2010. Meanwhile, the Italian market declined by 1.2 percent to 297.3m cases. France also continued its long-term decline, falling by 0.8 percent to 271.6m cases.
Read the entire article on the Western Farm Press website:

Publications Survey Results

A huge thanks goes out to all of you who contributed to our data collection by taking the 2012 Publications Survey. For those of you who love data please feel free to download the results from the survey (33 pages). ASFMRA publications rated high in general. Here are some things that we found out:

• Even though a good share of you all have smart phones and/or tablets, only 12% are reading the E-News on their phones or tablets
• Ag News is slightly more well-read than the Legislative News
• 28% of members would find a membership directory app useful
• 80% of members use the website to look up course info instead of the education catalog

Specific answers to E-News Comments:

• You can still view and/or print the entire newsletter from the web page. Just click on READ this newsletter on the ASFMRA website in the left column Quick Links. Or when you go to read more on a specific article will be taken to the entire newsletter, just need to scroll up or down.
• You should not have to log into Member Resources to read the newsletter. It is no longer behind the login Member Resource pages. You do need to login to download Kiplinger or LandOwner. Because of our contracts with Kiplinger and LandOwner we need to keep these publications behind the login/members only part of the website.
• For those of you having trouble viewing the newsletter in your inbox use the link at the top: Having trouble viewing this email? Click here.

Areas we are definitely expanding on:

• Appraisal techniques and practices
• Ag News from all parts of the country
• California News beyond Western Farm Press

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
John Albright with Albright Appraisal Consulting in Winamac, IN (Indiana Chapter)
Andrew Broaddus with Wells Fargo Bank N.A. in Sacramento, CA (California Chapter)
Rachel Daberkow with AgStar Financial Services, ACA in Worthington, MN (Minnesota Chapter)
Patrick Evans with CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. in Carlinville, IL (Illinois Chapter)
Kary Griffith in Copperopolis, CA (California Chapter)
John Hillas with Hulberg & Associates, Inc. in Modesto, CA (California Chapter)
Colt Kokel in Georgetown, TX (Texas Chapter)
Samual Kyzer with AgGeorgia Farm Credit in Sandersville, GA (Georgia Chapter)
Denise Martinka with Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal, Ltd. in Georgetown, TX (Texas Chapter)
Brian Olson with Hertz Farm Management, Inc. in Humboldt, IA (Iowa Chapter)
Jennifer Riethman with Farm Credit Mid America in Celina, OH (Ohio Chapter)
Andrew Rollins with Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal, Ltd. in Georgetown, TX (Texas Chapter)
Darrell Thorvaldson with Thorvaldson Appraisal Ltd. In Winnipeg, Manitoba (Ontario Chapter)
Andrew Warner with GreenStone Farm Credit Services in East Lansing, MI (Michigan Chapter)

Getting Ready for ‘LifeStyle Agriculture’ … the Next Revolution in Agriculture

The last few years have been termed the “Golden Age of Agriculture” as the financial conditions in the agricultural industry have been the best in modern times.  Yet major changes in consumer expectations and lifestyles during the next generation will create more opportunities for agriculture than at any time in history.  Healthcare, energy and ecology will all be driven by the “new” agriculture, an agriculture that is highly technical but also very “soft” as plants, animals and people all merge in ways never dreamed. In his presentation, ‘How Agriculture Dominates 21st Century Economics’, Lowell Catlett, keynote speaker at the AgroNomics, Vision 2013 Conference this Fall, will introduce attendees to the next revolution in agriculture…LifeStyle Agriculture.

In his presentation, Dr. Catlett will talk about the strength and size of the U.S. economy and the agricultural sector as well as the growth potential of agriculture worldwide. How will healthcare, energy and ecology be dominated by agriculture in the future? What exactly is LifeStyle Agriculture and what does it mean to the agricultural industry?

Dr. Lowell Catlett is the Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is an exciting and highly entertaining futurist who promises to deliver a thought provoking outlook on the future of global agriculture. You don’t want to miss this session at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Dr. Catlett is scheduled to speak at the closing session Friday, November 2nd at 10:45 a.m.

See more about AgroNomics, Vision 2013 and the 83rd Annual Meeting of ASFMRA. Registration opening soon!
Include photo of Catlett.

Thank You for Your Generous Donations

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Peterson Appraisal Company (CO in the amount of $50), the Colorado Chapter (CO in the amount of $100), and Edward Lumpee, ARA (CO in the amount of $50) for their generous donations to the Education Foundation in honor of Henry C. Hall, Jr.
If you are not already aware, the Education Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to serve the professions of agricultural consulting, farm management, rural appraisal, and review appraisal through the development of educational programs for professional advancement. In addition, tax-deductible contributions such as Peterson Appraisal Company, the Colorado Chapter, and Eddie Lumpee’s along with that of many other members, state Chapters, and corporate sponsors continue to help the Foundation to fund significant educational programs; continued maintenance, editing, and development of ASFMRA education; leadership development; and knowledge of agriculture.

Consider a contribution in one or a combination of the following areas:

 Donate your tax deductible item to the Auction by completing the Auction Donation Form or participate in the Auction at the Annual Meeting.
 Include a donation along with your dues invoice.
 Make an Annual gift or consider an Endowment.
 Encourage your Chapters to make a donation.
 Make a donation in Memory of or in Honor of a deceased fellow member.

These types of donations can be a great way to support the Education Foundation that has been beneficial to so many. Any expression of support is greatly appreciated, and as you know, your contribution is tax-deductible. Thank you!

Donate to The Auction Today!

Everyone believes their state is the best. Here’s your chance to brag on home and show everyone else that your home state is truly the best! The Education Foundation Auction Committee is looking for the “Best of the Your State”. Donations of all sorts are welcome, from baskets of goodies to vacations. Proceeds from the Auction go to support the Education Foundation and helps to create and/or update education for all members.

Please use the Auction Item Donation form available at to submit items for the Silent and Live Auctions. The deadline for submitting Auction items is October 16, 2012.

Auction items should be shipped to the Westin Indianapolis to arrive no later than Monday, October 29, 2012. Please address packages as follows:

ATTN: Hope Evans
c/o The Westin Indianapolis
50 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Hold for: ASFMRA / Oct. 29 – Nov. 2
Catering/Convention Service Mgr: Rebecca Moore

For more information, visit the Agro-Nomics Web site or contact Hope Evans at (303) 692-1216 or

Chapter News & Offerings

Kentucky Chapter Offers Sales Comparison and Cost Approach

The Kentucky Chapter ASFMRA will host the following qualifying education courses.
Sales Comparison Course (qualifying appraiser education – 30 hour class w/ 2 hour exam)
August 27 – 30, 2012.

Registration deadline is August 3 for the Sales Comparison

Cost Approach   (qualifying appraiser education – 30 hour class w/ 2 hour exam)
January 14 – 17, 2013.

Holiday Inn Hurstbourne
1325 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY  40222
502-426-2600           Fax: 502-426-0231
Tammy Risen, Director of Sales

During these weeks, rooms are blocked at $79/night/person + 15.01% tax.
Room block will be released August 11 for the Sales Comparison course.

For registration, contact:
Andy Peak, Bluegrass Chapter Secretary
859-254-1741, office phone

You may also register directly through, using your credit card.

IL Chapter Offers Using Excel in Specified Appraisal Applications

August 15, Champaign, IL

For the beginner to advanced user, this seminar will move attendees from basic spreadsheet concepts to advanced analytical techniques. Everyone will pickup hints and techniques for adding graphics, formatting and debugging. Participants will be able to use Excel appropriately in each of the approaches and gain objective mathematical tools for adjustments. Appraisers and managers will learn to compare sales using soils data, land-use mix and building mix through automated scoring. This course qualifies for 8 hours of Professional Continuing Education Credits. Download the flyer and get complete info.

World’s Premier Soil Survey Laboratory Named After Soil-Pioneer Charles Kellogg

LINCOLN, Neb., June 4, 2012 — On Monday, the National Soil Survey Laboratory was named after Dr. Charles E. Kellogg, an American pioneer of soil science who was instrumental in bringing a national focus on the value of soil data for the public good.

In a dedication ceremony at the laboratory in Lincoln, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, Ann Mills, spoke about Kellogg’s remarkable career dedicated to helping land users conserve and improve America’s natural resources by better understanding the Nation’s soils.

Kellogg achieved one of the most distinguished careers in the history of soil science and made a significant and lasting impact on the soil survey program of USDA by redirecting and refining its mission during his more than three decades of leadership.

“It seemed only fitting, that the world’s premier soil survey laboratory have a name synonymous with our mission,” said Jon Hempel, Director of the National Soil Survey Center. “Dr. Kellogg represents our commitment to providing leading soil analysis for the benefit of the land user and the Nation as a whole.”

The Kellogg Laboratory is part of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Soil Survey Center, and is the primary source for the Nation’s soil information. It also maintains one of the largest archives of soil samples in the world and employs a team of leading soil analysts to provide technical assistance for a wide range of planning issues affecting both farm and nonfarm uses as well as homeland security needs.

Joining for the dedication was Stephen Kellogg, the grandson of the late Dr. Kellogg, numerous state and local officials and representatives for Nebraska Senators, Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns.

For more info contact: 
Linda Greene
(402) 437-5879

Update Your Calendars with the Latest Meetings and Education Schedule

Stay current with all the programs and activities taking place within ASFMRA and the industry. Bookmark the ASFMRA website and check the calendar regularly. Click here to view the complete schedule of ASFMRA courses.

7/16-20  ASFMRA Summer Education Week – Des Moines, IA
9/9-13  Leadership Institute – Washington, DC
10/28-11/2 ASFMRA 83rd Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Indianapolis, IN
7/TBA Nebraska Chapter Summer Meeting in Conjunction with Syngenta – York, NE
7/TBA Kentucky Chapter Summer Meeting – TBA
7/13 Appraisal Standards Board Meeting – Denver, CO
7/16 Introduction to Vineyard & Winery Valuation – Des Moines, IA
7/16 Succession and Estate Planning – Des Moines, IA
7/16-18 Ag Land Management 1 – Des Moines, IA
7/16-18 Ag Land Management 2 – Des Moines, IA
7/16-18 Ag Land Management 3 – Des Moines, IA
7/16-19 A303 Income Approach for General Appraisers Part 1 – Des Moines, IA
7/17 Going Concern Value and Intangible Assets – Des Moines, IA
7/17 Risk Management, Market Outlook and Insurance – Des Moines, IA
7/18 Appraising Natural Resources – Des Moines, IA
7/18 Emerging Technologies and Issues – Des Moines, IA
7/19 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Class – Des Moines, IA
7/20 Preparing for DODD-Frank: Appraisal, Management, & Review – Des Moines, IA
7/25-27 Kansas Chapter Summer Meeting & Education – Seneca, KS

8/1 Sales Comparison Approach – Perry, GA
8/2 Appraisals Through the Eyes of the Reviewer – Perry, GA
8/2 Georgia Chapter Meeting – Perry, GA
8/7-8 Valuation of Intangible and Non Financial Assets – Austin, TX (FCB)
8/16-17 Illinois Chapter Summer Tour – Champaign, IL
8/27-30 A302 Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers – Louisville, KY

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