Ag News, November 13, 2012

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Women in Farming, Leading By Example
ASFMRA Member Mary Rickert

The foundation for a cutting-edge agricultural economy is good education, varied experiences and continuous learning. Mary Rickert comes from a long line of agricultural leaders. She is a descendent of one of California agriculture’s most influential families. Her grandfather Julian McPhee was instrumental in saving California Polytechnic State University from closure in the 1930s. In the process, he established an agriculture program that is highly revered across the country.

As a teen, Rickert was the first woman to show livestock competitively as a member of FFA. In those years, she not only showed cattle; she was also the first woman to receive the organization’s prestigious state farmer award. Her career as a leader in agriculture continues today. Rickert is a founding partner of Western Ag Services and a co-manager of the Prather Ranch in northern California.
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Wind farms drop property values

By Mary Burns Special to the Olean Times Herald Olean Times Herald, Olean, NY

The EverPower wind farm proposes 29 turbines, 494 feet tall, towering over homes on Chipmonk Road, Four Mile Road, Knapp Creek and Birch Run.

Many other homes and businesses in Allegany, Olean and Carrollton, including St. Bonaventure University, Rock City Park and St. Elizabeth’s Motherhouse will have a view of the turbines for decades ahead.

The Allegany Town Board members have been apprised of the concerns of property owners surrounding the wind energy facility.

A National Research Council (NRC) study submitted to the Allegany Town Board showed that of existing property value studies near wind energy facilities, few studies focus on non-farm, residential property in close proximity to (not bordering, but in the vicinity of) a wind farm, and “forecasts of property values in prospective host areas that are based on comparisons with existing host areas are of questionable validity, especially if there are significant differences between the areas.” Read more:

Census Countdown Begins for Farmers & Ranchers

Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census is a complete count of all U.S. Farms, ranches and those who operate them. This census data is used by all those who serve farmers and rural communities from federal, state and local governments to agribusiness and trade associations.

NASS will mail out census forms in late December, to collect data for the 2012 calendar year. Completed forms are due by February 4, 2013. Producers can fill out the form online at:  or return them by mail.

A Look Back at AgroNomics and the Annual Meeting…

Check out Photos, Presentations, Press Releases, Awards, and Media Comments at

With an extensive line up of over 30 captivating speakers and over 450 attendees, the AgroNomics Vision 2013 Conference and Trade Show in Indianapolis was informative, timely, and highly relevant to everyone involved with agriculture.  AgroNomics offered many opportunities to interact with the best and the brightest minds in the farm and land management, valuation, consulting, and property sales profession.  ASFMRA members, land investors and fund managers were able to gather relevant information and the latest tools for today’s ever changing business environment.

From engaging speakers to a fun filled evening at the NCAA Hall of Champions, the 83rd Annual Meeting of ASFMRA held something for everyone. Members spent the week attending program sessions, networking with vendors in the expanded trade show and catching up with colleagues from across the country.

The Indiana Chapter provided a treat for everyone with a Welcome Reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions. The venue provided ASFMRA members an opportunity to mingle with old and new friends as well as try out a variety of sports and experience the heart and dedication it takes to be an NCAA student-athlete.  Photos and memories will help keep the experience alive of watching friends and colleagues experiencing downhill skiing, shooting free throws, tossing footballs, and a couple of intense basketball free throw challenges.

DuPont Pioneer once again provided ASFMRA members with an opportunity to experience the unique aspects of local agriculture on their annual Ag Tour.  The tour visited DuPont Pioneer’s Rushville Production Plant; the Indiana Downs racetrack and training facility; and Buck Creek Winery. The tour was a sellout with 150 members enjoying a chilly day in the field courtesy of the representatives of DuPont Pioneer.

Sessions began early in the week with the very popular Rapid Fire Case Studies. This year’s program included a series of mini sessions that represented unique appraisal challenges for members of ASFMRA. The session offered seven different scenarios where the appraiser discussed a unique situation and his or her approach to the appraisal process.

AgroNomics Vision 2013 offered a two-day program with a full line up of top quality sessions and speakers.  The Opening Presentation was made by Steve Elmore, Global Economics Director for DuPont Pioneer who provided an economic update focusing on the major factors influencing U.S. agriculture, specifically, the changes in the macroeconomic and policy conditions and their impact on the major U.S. crop sectors.  This was followed up by Michael Swanson, Ph.D. Senior Vice President /Agricultural Economist and Consultant, Wells Fargo & Company.  Michael helped the attendees to have a better understanding of the drivers of the current global agricultural market and the relationship between land valuation and repayment capacity relative to alternative assets.  Stephen Kenney,  Vice President  of Business Development, Hancock Agricultural Investment Group and Hunt E. Stookey,  Director, AEW Capital Management, L.P. explained the increasing role of institutional investors in the farmland asset class and understanding the process from purchase to practice. The morning wrapped up with a presentation by Dr. Angus Selby,  Senior Principal, Private Investments  of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) reviewed the economics, drivers, politics and opportunities of agriculture around the world.  He also provided a discussion of agri-prices and the paradigm shift, global demand and supply forecasts, and what this means for U.S. farming.

The afternoon provided opportunities for more specialized presentations for the appraisal and farm management professions.  The appraisal side had the opportunity to listen to a panel of experts on the future of appraisal.  Leading this panel was  Gary P. Taylor, MAI, SRA, CCIM, Chairman,  Appraisal Practices Board; Larry Disney, Executive Director of the Kentucky Real Estate Appraisers Board; and John W. Ross, Director of the Office of Valuation Services, Office of the Secretary, U.S.  Department of the Interior. 

Farm Managers and Ag Consultants were able to learn more about Data – The New Cash Crop from Trevor Mecham, ASF Marketing Manager, Case IH Agriculture and Wade Barnes, Founder of Farmers Edge.   They also heard from Joel Wipperfurth, Master Agronomy Advisor and Tom Ryan, Master Agronomy Advisor, Western Team Lead of Winfield Solutions on turning farm data into land value.

To end the day, a general program session on U.S. Land Values in Transitions was held.  Speakers Mike Walsten, Editor, LandOwner and Mark Dotzour, Ph.D. , Chief Economist and Director of Research, Real Estate Center/Texas A&M University  lead a discussion on the impact of current economic trends on U.S. land markets including the outlook for job growth, interest rates, inflation, and what lies ahead for farmland values.

Day two began with a presentation by Stephen Frerichs, Owner of AgVantage LLC; Otto Doering, Ph. D. – Agriculture Economic Department, Purdue University.  “When the Dust Settles…What will the Election Mean for Agriculture?”  helped attendees gain a better appreciation and understanding of the context of the Farm Bill legislation and the alternative policies being suggested to solve problems.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Lowell Catlett,  Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics/Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University provided a lively and entertaining wrap up to this year’s conference. Dr. Catlett’s discussion on how the major changes in consumer expectations and lifestyles during the next generation will create more opportunities for agriculture than at any other time in history will not soon be forgotten!

Please note that many of the speaker’s presentations and photos from the conference can be found at  Copies of press releases and articles from the media are also available at

From committee meetings and workshops to the awards ceremony and organized activities for spouses and guests, there is something for everyone at the ASFMRA Annual Conference. You won’t want to miss next year’s event at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada November 11 – 15.
ASFMRA would like to thank all those who are attended the Indianapolis conference and the celebration of Agriculture. A special thanks is extended to the many sponsors whose contributions to this meeting and throughout the year provide tremendous support for the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  Read through the list of sponsors and be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Official Notification – Policy and Procedure Manual and Bylaws Changes

The following proposed amendments to the Society’s Policy and Procedure Manual (#1, through #5), Bylaws (#6 through #8), and dissolution of the South Carolina Chapter (#9) were presented to the membership. On October 30, 2012, at the ASFMRA Board of Directors Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, the proposed amendments passed. You may obtain a current copy of the Bylaws and the Policy and Procedure Manual on the ASFMRA Web site or on AgProLink for the Bylaws click here and for the Policy and Procedure Manual click here. Download the complete list of changes.

For skilled workers, Mississippi farmer Jeremy Jack recruits from South Africa
Hembree Brandon

As agricultural practices and systems become increasingly complex and the emphasis on efficiency in practices and resources becomes more demanding, the availability of competent, reliable local workers continues to shrink.

Which has led to more widespread use of migrant workers, particularly for vegetable, fruit, poultry, dairy, and other labor intensive agricultural operations.

For Jeremy Jack, a partner in Silent Shade Planting Company at Belzoni, Miss., the search for competent labor has taken him all the way to South Africa
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Testified in Court? What You Need to Know

If you recently testified in court on opposing sides of another ASFMRA member, according to the ASFMRA Code of Ethics, Article 14, “All Society members who testify as an expert and give an opinion before a tribunal where another member testifies for the opposing party are required to file a case report with the Society office within 30 days after date of testimony. A tribunal is 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.

2012 Education Foundation Auction – Another Success Thanks To You!

Auction Donors…Thanks for your Support!

AgWare, Inc. John Kirkpatrick, ARA-Retired and Shirley Kirkpatrick
Arizona Chapter ASFMRA Farryl Kluis, ARA
ASFMRA Mid-South Chapter ASFMRA
Howard Audsley, ARA Minnesota Chapter ASFMRA
Jeff and Jill Berg Missouri Chapter ASFMRA
Jeff and Jill Berg and Paul and Beth Moore Monsanto
Aaron Bierschwale, ARA & Wade Kubecka, ARA Montana Chapter ASFMRA
Bierschwale Family Steve & Jane Motsinger
Mac Boyd, ARA New Mexico Chapter ASFMRA
Ray & Patty Brownfield North Carolina Chapter ASFMRA
California Chapter ASFMRA Northeast Chapter ASFMRA
Cannon, Lechtenberg & Associates, Inc. Oklahoma Chapter ASFMRA
Capelle Appraisal Service Oregon Chapter ASFMRA
Don & Doris Cochran REALTORS Land Institute – RLI
Brenda DeVries, ARA Jim and Mary Rickert
DuPont Pioneer Roos & Associates, Inc.
Dick and Conni Edmunds John Ross
Farmers National Company Steve Runyan, ARA
Jim and Jean Farrell South Dakota Chapter ASFMRA
Lori and Don Fisher Winnie Stortzum, ARA
Florida Chapter ASFMRA Syngenta
Georgia Chapter ASFMRA Jerry & Naomi Warner
Glaub Farm Management Washington Chapter ASFMRA
Eldon Greenwood, AFM-Retired Washington Chapter ASFMRA and Agri-Corn Appraisals
Deon Herndon, ARA Washington Chapter ASFMRA and Sharp and Hatley Farm Management
Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Kirk and Ann Weih
Hoysler Associates Williams & Associates, Inc.
Illinois Chapter ASFMRA Wisconsin Chapter ASFMRA
Indiana Chapter Wyoming Chapter ASFMRA
Iowa Chapter ASFMRA Juliana Young, ARA
Tamara and Paul Joerger  
Kansas Chapter ASFMRA  
Kentucky Chapter ASFMRA  

Auction Buyers…Thanks for your Support!
Maurice Baker
David Bartlett, ARA
Jeff Berg, ARA
Cynthia Best, ARA
Aaron Bierschwale, ARA
Justin Bierschwale, ARA
Thoms Bosserd
I. Mac Boyd, ARA
Stephen Brunson, AFM
Henry Calhoun
Janet Capelle, ARA
Donald Cochran, ARA
Cliff Curtis, ARA
James Dunlap, ARA
Mark Elder
Max Evans, AFM, ARA
James Farrell, AFM
Timothy Fevold, AFM
David GaNun, ARA
Martha Gruhot
Joseph Hafley
F. Howard Halderman, AFM
Kurt Hardung, ARA
Timothy Harris, AFM
James Hastings, ARA
Fred Hepler, AFM, AAC
Deon Herndon, ARA
Douglas Hodge, ARA
Michael Kallstrom, ARA
Terry Kestner, ARA, RPRA
Kent Kraft, AFM
Michael Krause, AFM
Darrell Limkeman, AFM, ARA
Terry Longtin, AFM
Edward Lumpee, ARA
Jay Luse, AFM, ARA
Don McCabe, AFM
Herbert Meyer, ARA
Paul Moore, ARA, RPRA
LeeAnn Moss, PhD, ARA
Ward Nefstead, Ph.D.
North Dakota Chapter ASFMRA
Jim Ott
Mark Peterson, ARA
Rodney Phelps
Corey Prins, AFM
John Reynolds, ARA, RPRA
Jim Rickert, AFM, ARA
John Ross
Leo Smith
Lonnie Smith
Winnie Stortzum, ARA
Merrill Swanson, ARA
Robert Vincent
Jerry Warner, AFM
Mark Williams, ARA
Roger Williams, AFM
Robert Woodrow, AFM
Richard Wright
Juliana Young, ARA

Education Foundation Fundraising Results

Silent Auction Total: $5,645.00

Live Auction Total: $27,740.00

Other Cash Donations: $90.00

Total Raised in 2012: $33,475.00

The Education Foundation wishes to extend many heartfelt thanks to the Auction Committee, countless volunteers, bidders, and donors for your support of the 2012 Education Foundation Auction! Your dedication, energy, and participation made this event a success!

National Appraisal Board to Hold Public Meeting

November 30 in Chicago
Appraisal Practices Board to Discuss Development of Additional Voluntary Valuation Advisories

Washington, DC— The Appraisal Foundation, a non-profit education organization dedicated to professional valuation, is pleased to announce that its Appraisal Practices Board (APB) will hold a public meeting on November 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
Get complete info:

Paula Douglas Seidel
Executive Administrator
The Appraisal Foundation
direct phone 202.624.3048

I Dare You to Read This
The Un-Comfort Zone by Robert Evans Wilson, Jr.

Recently, a reader wrote me to suggest that rather than trying to encourage someone, a better way to motivate them is to issue a challenge. So, I felt challenged to write about it.

Whenever I think of laying down a challenge, I think of a classic story about Charles Schwab the magnate of Bethlehem Steel. One day, he was visiting his least productive mill to discover why it was underperforming. During his inspection, he discovered that everything seemed to be in order: the workers all knew their jobs, the equipment was top-notch, and the manager highly educated. Despite all of that, it was producing far behind all his others.
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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.

7/14-18 Summer Education Week – Omaha, NE
9/8-12 Leadership Institute – Washington, DC
10/28-11/1 ASFMRA 84th Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Reno, NV
12/4 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Webinar – Internet

1/14-17 Kentucky Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Louisville, KY
1/14-17 A301 Cost Approach for General Appraisers – Louisville, KY
1/17-18 South Dakota Chapter Winter Education and Joint Meeting with PAASD – Chamberlain, SD
1/17-18 Valuation of Intangible and Non Financial Assets – Chamberlain, SD 
1/23-25 Minnesota Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Minnesota
1/24-25 Idaho-Utah Chapter Annual Meeting – Fort Hall, ID
1/28-29 Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Oregon

2/1 Appraisal Standards Board Meeting – San Francisco, CA
2/12 Appraising Natural Resources Seminar – Kearney, NE
2/12-14  Nebraska Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Kearney, NE
2/14-15 Illinois Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Champaign, IL
2/20-23 A101 Basic Appraisal Principles – Denver, CO
2/21-22  Kansas Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Salina, KS
2/24-27 A102 Basic Appraisal Procedures – Denver, CO

3/4-5 A360 Introduction to Appraisal Review – Denver, CO
3/6-8 A370 Appraisal Review Under USPAP – Denver, CO
3/7-8 Missouri Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Branson, MO
3/11-14 A302 Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers – Denver, CO

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