Ag News, March 13, 2012

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As more barriers to ag trade with Mexico fall…

U.S. ag exports south will jump to $19 billion or so this year, surpassing last year’s $18.4 billion, near what top buyers China and Canada each bought.

By summer, Mexico will slash red tape on its sanitary certification of fruit and veggies, cutting the time and costs of shipping U.S. items there.

Trade with Mexico will also benefit from U.S. approval for Mexican trucks to start moving on all U.S. highways. Copyright 2012. The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. Login to Member Resources to download the latest edition and read more.  Your login is your first and last name (NO space) and your password is your member ID#.

Record $14,100 Per Acre Paid for Central Illinois Cropland
From LandOwner Newsletter

Central Illinois saw the price of quality farmland move to a new plateau February 21 when 159.8 acres of McLean County cropland sold for a record $14,100 per acre.

The land is located six miles west of Bloomington along Illinois 9 and featured 157 billable acres. It had 77.5 farm program corn base acres with a direct yield of 121 bu. per acre and 76.3 soybean base acres with a farm program direct yield of 37 bu. per acre. It sported a Productivity Index of 139.3 (147 maximum) and maintained high fertility levels.

The farm also had two grain bins with a dryer, a machine shed and crib. Login to Member Resources to download the latest edition and read more:

Limited water, crop prices shape 2012 cotton acreage
Cary Blake, Western Farm Press

Limited water supplies amid volatile commodity prices are definitely on cotton producers’ minds. Short-term hopes of a wet winter have evaporated as disappointing rain and snow levels have let farmers down once again. Read the entire article:

Understanding new federal pesticide regulations
University of Illinois

NPDES pesticide permits don’t apply only to farmers. People with water on their property – streams, ponds, or lakes – that connect with the waters of the United States are also bound by this requirement. Read the entire article on the Western Farm Press website:

California growers say yes to Table Grape Commission
California Table Grape Commission

California’s fresh grape growers affirmed the continuation of the California Table Grape Commission and its research, issues management and promotional programs for another five-year period. Kathleen Nave, president of the commission, announced the results of the two-month voting period.

Just over 51 percent of the growers eligible to vote, representing 81 percent of the state’s fresh grape volume, voted. Of those voting, over 82 percent of the growers by number and 70 percent by volume voted to continue funding the organization.
Read the entire article on the Western Farm Press website:

Welcome New and Reinstated Members

Thank you for being a part of the ASFMRA! Help the ASFMRA welcome our new and reinstated 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 and reinstating 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
Charles Ormesher with Peterson Appraisal Company in Denver, CO (Colorado Chapter)
Ann Roehm with Cannon, Lechtenberg and Associates, Inc. in Hutchinson, KS (Kansas Chapter)
Valerie Scott with Farm Credit of New Mexico in Roswell, NM (New Mexico Chapter)

Reinstated Members
Charles W. Ryan with Ryan Valuation Services in Redding, CA (California Chapter)

THANK YOU Idaho-Utah Chapter

The Education Foundation of the ASFMRA wishes to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Idaho-Utah Chapter and the members in that Chapter for their generous donation of $1,190.00 to the Foundation!

This donation, along with those from members, other Chapters, companies, and sponsors who have contributed to the ASFMRA Education Foundation, allows education development to continue.

For those unfamiliar with the Education Foundation of the ASFMRA, you may wonder how to or when to donate or even why to donate. Donations provide for continued maintenance, editing, and development of ASFMRA education such as the new Management Education Modules, the modularization of our core Appraisal education, development of Seminars, and much more.

Have you benefited from the Education Foundation? If so, here is a chance to give back. Consider a contribution in one or a combination of the following areas:

  • Donate an item to the Auction or participate in the Auction at the Annual Meeting.
  • SAVE THE DATE – November 1st (Tentatively scheduled) Education Foundation Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana!
  • 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!

Halderman Among Ten to be Honored with Purdue Agriculture Top Award

Howard Halderman, AFM was one of ten alumni who received the college’s highest honor, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award on Friday, March 2 on campus in West Lafayette, Ind. Download pdf and read more: Ten to be honored with Purdue Agriculture

Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting Held
by Larry D. Trede, Chapter Secretary-Treasurer

Nearly 125 Iowa Chapter members, guests, and speakers attended the Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting held in Ames on February 1-2, 2012.  Program activities included a scholarship luncheon, a member recognition ceremony, and a two-day educational program.  Featured speakers for this year’s annual meeting included motivational and inspirational talks by Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters, Lebanon, Indiana and Troy and Stacy Hadrick, Advocates for Agriculture, Faulkton, South Dakota.  Other speakers included Stephen Frerichs, Jason Logsdon, CFO, The Maschoffs Progressive Farming; Jody Farhat, US Army Corps of Engineers; Martin Grosse, Organic Valley Family of Farms, LaFarge, Wisconsin; Arlan Sudermann, Farm Progress Publications, Wichita, Kansas; and Gary Thien, Thien Farm Management, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

At the Member Recognition Luncheon, Matt Mann, AFM, Hertz Farm Management, Waterloo, Iowa was recognized as the 2012 winner of the Iowa Chapter Early Career Award.  Matt has been active in the Iowa Chapter having served on the Chapter’s Scholarship Committee, planning committee for the Iowa Chapter ASFMRA/RLI Spring Seminars, and the FFA Ag. Perceptions and Issues Committee.  He earned his AFM accredited title in 2011.  He has also taken course work towards the ALC accreditation with Realtors Land Institute.  Matt served on the planning committee for the Ag. Innovations session at the 2008 ASFMRA Annual meeting.  He joined ASFMRA in 2007.

Election of officers and directors for the Iowa Chapter was held at the Chapter’s business meeting.  Serving as officers and directors for 2012 are: President, Roger Williams, AFM; President-Elect, Jeff Troendle, AFM; Vice President, Terry Kestner, ARA, RPRA; Past-President, Ken Schmitt, AFM; Secretary-Treasurer, Larry Trede, PhD; Director, Mike Downey, AFM; Director, Tom Volding, ARA; Director, Dan Kriener, AFM; Director, Tim Janssen; Director, Ben Watson, AFM; and Director, Bruce Ahrens, AFM.

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The Un-Comfort Zone with Robert Wilson, Jr.
“Example is Everything”

Things are looking pretty grim. You’re not just sinking; one of the decks below is on fire. Plus, all your sails are aflame, lighting up the night and making all the damage to your ship clearly visible.

You can see that half your crew is dead. You were outnumbered to begin with, now the odds seem impossible… (to read the entire article click here):

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. 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
3/15-16 North Carolina Chapter Spring Meeting & Education – Cary, NC
3/15 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Cary, NC
3/16 Appraising Rural Residential Properties – Cary, NC
3/19-22 A301 Cost Approach for General Appraisers – Denver, CO
3/21-22 Illinois Land Values Conference – Bloomington, IL
3/21 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Bloomington, IL
3/28 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics for New Members Webinar – Internet
3/28-29 California Chapter Spring Ag Outlook Conference – Visalia, CA
3/30 Farm Management/Agricultural Consulting II Seminar – Visalia, CA

4/2-4 A250 Eminent Domain – Denver, CO
4/2-3 Oklahoma Chapter Meeting – Bartlesville, OK
4/3 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Bartlesville, OK
4/4-5 Florida Chapter Meeting & Education – Bartow, FL
4/4 Dairy Seminar – Bartow, FL
4/5 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Bartow, FL
4/9-12 A102 Basic Appraisal Procedures – Austin, TX (FCB)
4/12 Best Practices for Rural Appraisal Seminar – Ames, IA
4/12-13 Washington Chapter Spring Meeting and Education – Prosser, WA
4/12 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Prosser, WA
4/13 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Class – Prosser, WA
4/23-26 A302 Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers – Denver, CO
4/30 Current Environmental Issues Seminar – Lancaster, PA
4/30 – 5/2 Valuation of Conservation Easements & Other Partial Interests – Denver, CO
4/30-5/2 Northeast Chapter Meeting, Tour and Education – Lancaster, PA

5/3 Appraising Agricultural Land in Transition – Jackpot, NV
5/4 Highest and Best Use Seminar – Jackpot, NV
5/4 Appraiser Qualifications Board Meeting – Chicago, IL
5/7-10 A290 General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use – Denver, CO
5/17 Board of Trustees, Sponsoring Organizations, and NACAO Meeting – San Antonio, TX
5/21 Cost Approach Seminar – Austin, TX (FCB)
5/21-23 A380 Appraisal Review under UASFLA – Denver, CO
5/23-25 A390 Advanced Appraisal Review Case Studies – Denver, CO

6/4-8 A400 Advanced Rural Case Studies – Denver, CO
6/5 Implications of AQB Personal Property Guidelines Webinar – Internet
6/12-13 Administrative Review of Appraisals – Austin, TX (FCB)
6/21-22 Minnesota Chapter Summer Tour & Education – LuVerne, MN
6/25-28 A304 Integrated Approaches to Value – Denver, CO

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