Ag News, May 27, 2014

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Think Differently About Farm’s Transition

With the growth and change that many farms have seen, especially in the past decade, farm families are needing to think differently about how the farm will transition to the next generation. Continue reading.

Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures

Join ASFMRA on July 13-17, 2014 for Summer Education Week. Basic Appraisal Principles (A101) and Basic Appraisal Procedures (A102) are being offered back-to-back as well as Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301). Early-bird registration ends on June 21, 2014!

Nominate Professional Farm Manager of the Year!

It’s that time of year again! Submit your nominations now for the 2014 Professional Farm Manager of the Year Award co-sponsored by Syngenta, the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and AgProfessional magazine. This award recognizes professional farm managers whose dedication and commitment to agriculture have benefited their clients, the American consumer and our most precious commodity – the land. To be eligible, a professional farm manager or a farm management team must have at least five years farm management experience and hold membership in ASFMRA. To submit your nominations, visit

For a list of professional farm managers in your state, click here.

Nominations are due by June 14. The award will be presented during this year’s ASFMRA Annual Convention, which will be held Oct. 27– Nov. 1 in Tucson, Arizona.

Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) Announcement

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has issued the following:

Exposure Draft of a Proposed Revision to the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.  All interested parties are encouraged to comment in writing to the AQB before the deadline of July 11, 2014. Respondents should be assured that each member of the AQB will thoroughly read and consider all comments. Written comments on this Exposure Draft can be submitted to Magdalene Vasquez,

California Citrus Exports May Return to China

Todd Fitchette, Western Farm Press Daily - Last year the Chinese government shut the door to California fresh citrus after some export samples were discovered with brown rot, a move that likely cost the state’s fresh citrus industry tens of millions of dollars. That door may be opening once again. Read more.

Soybeans Planted Early Equal Higher Yields in Deep South

Brad Haire, Southeast Farm Press Daily - Interest in soybeans in the Southeast is growing due to relatively good prices. But to really compete for acres against cotton and peanuts, soybeans need to average higher yields. Can Deep South growers get a higher yield? Sure, if they want it. Read more.

USDA See Lower Prices for 2014 Most Major Crops

The trend to lower corn, soybean and cotton prices is expected to continue for 2014 crops,according to USDA. Read the entire issue of LandOwner.

From Rodeo and Hoe to Helicopter and GPS, brothers farm 21st Century

Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press Daily - Back when they were youngsters, Roby and Billy Watson worked all week on their father’s farm then took off on Saturday afternoon to compete in rodeos within driving distance of Leonard, Texas. They always made it home in time for church on Sunday mornings. Read more.

Drones:  The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

Sasha Khokha, KQED Science | WUD Headline News - Farmers represent a growing share of the market for drones.  The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group that represents drone producers, predicts farms will eventually account for 80 percent of the commercial drone market.  Read more.

Another U.S. and World Record for Corn Production?

Elton Robinson, Delta Farm Press Daily - USDA is projecting records for U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014-15, as well as record production for global corn and Brazilian soybeans. Read more. 

Farmland Prices Flatten in Mid-South and Southeast

AgProfessional Weekly - The pace of farmland price appreciation across the Mid-South and Southeast U.S. continued to flatten in the first quarter, according to the latest Farmland Market Survey released by Farmland Investor Letter. Read more.

Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy Gaining Farmer Awareness, Participation

Agri-Pulse Daily Harvest – Farmers are increasingly familiar with the state’s nutrient reduction strategy and nearly three of four plan to implement practices included in the strategy this year according to a just-completed survey by Agri-Pulse and Iowa Soybean Association. Read more.

Pistachio Production Prospects Show Signs of Improvement

Greg Northcutt, Tree Nut Farm Press - By the third week of May California pistachio growers were breathing a little easier than in early April. That’s when the bloom ended, a period when, this year, the female trees flowered before the males. Growers were concerned that this poor synchrony, possibly the result of insufficient chilling hours to release the trees properly from dormancy, reduced pollination success. Read more

Northeast Texas Wheat Poised for Good Crop

Ron Smith, Delta Farm Press Daily - Jim Swart, Texas AgriLife integrated pest management specialist at Commerce, Texas, pulled a handful of wheat stalks together, examined the heads, looked at the disease-free leaves, the near perfect stand and declared this could be one of the best test plot crops in some 30 years. Read more

Texas Drought – How Many Cotton Acres Will Be Harvested

Elton Robinson, Delta Farm Press Daily - For the next few months, U.S. cotton prices are likely to rise and fall on the ongoing Texas drought, which for the last three years has cost the state nearly half of its planted acres. Will Mother Nature relent this summer, or will misery and misfortune continue? Read more.

NRCS Provides Assistance for Agricultural Producers to Improve Water Quality

USDA Natural Resources - NRCS will provide $33 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers in 174 priority watersheds who voluntarily make improvements to their land to improve water quality. Read more.

Farm Credit System Faults Farmer Mac Over Director Powers

Agri-Pulse.Com -  Farmer Mac, the $14 billion Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation created by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to provide a secondary market for farm real estate loads, is in the midst of a family feud with on of its major stockholder groups – The Farm Credit System (FCS). Read more.

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Industry News from AgProfessional Magazine

U.S. Farm Industry Seeks Rules on Data Privacy - Read more.

Farmers National Company - announced four internal promotions to the position of SVP, David Englund, David Smith, Michael Pfantz and Terri Piccolo.

Thick Data:  First Understand the Grower - Read more.

Co-Star Suing Appraisers for Mis-Use of The Licensing

Peter Christensen, Appraiser Law Blog - In the last week, CoStar Realty Information has filed several lawsuits against commercial appraisers and real estate brokers for intentional copyright violations and fraud relating to the alleged use of CoStar property data and photos without proper registration/payment. Read more.

Appraisers – You Don’t Have To Be a Rocket Scientist!

Please consider being a presenter during the Rapid Fire Sessions at the ASFMRA Annual Meeting!

“It’s not rocket science…but an opportunity to share with peers a challenging for difficult project. It is not about writing the perfect report, but the challenges we faced and the decisions we made. It’s not a critique of my work but an opportunity to have a two-way conversation with peers in a constructive environment.

I would encourage all who have experienced difficult or challenging appraisal projects to share.  It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your career!”

Mark A. Williams, ARA
Williams & Associates Inc.

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