Ag News, September 11, 2012

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83rd Annual Meeting Offers Activities for Spouses and Welcome Dinner at NCAA Hall of Champions

The ASFMRA Annual Meeting is not just for members – there are plenty of things for spouses, too! Be sure to let your spouse or potential guest know about the Spouse/Guest Meet & Greet, the popular Spouse Guest Breakfast and the variety of tours that are available throughout the week. There is a wonderful historical tour offered on Wednesday, a tour out to quaint Brown County on Thursday and also a ‘Get to Know Indy’ Tour at the end of the week on Friday. Plus – the Westin is located in the heart of downtown with so much to do literally within steps of the hotel. The Opening Reception and Auction Night are two other conference events they won’t want to miss. Full details can be found in the Conference Guide.

Also – be sure to plan your trip to take in the Indiana Chapter welcome Dinner at the NCAA Hall of Champions on Tuesday, October 30th. Sponsored by the Indiana Chapter, ASFMRA; Dow AgroSciences; Farm Credit; and Halderman Farm Management, this event will be a treat for all! The NCAA Hall of Champions allows attendees to get their hands on 23 different sports and experience the heart and dedication it takes to be an NCAA student-athlete. There are a variety of interesting things to do and see such as a downhill skiing simulator, video games where you throw real balls at moving targets, and so much more. Food stations will offer delicious choices of popular All American choices like BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fried Chicken, Bratwurst, Corn on the Cob and Potato Salad!

Register Online by October 4th and save on conference registration fees. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis this fall!

Please direct Annual Meeting questions to Cheryl Cooley at or (303) 692-1215 or Jeremy Lewis at or (303) 692-1218.

U.S. farm income will remain robust in ’13

U.S. farm income will remain robust in ’13 aided, ironically, by this year’s widespread drought, which has sent prices for most field crops soaring. ’12 will be impressive on nearly all counts: U.S. net farm income…a nominal record of $122 billion…nearly a record if adjusted for inflation. Copyright 2012. The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.
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ASFMRA Joins Farm Bill Now! Coalition

ASFMRA signed on with a number of other groups  to ask Congress to get a farm bill done and now! With the sessions winding down we only have days left to get something accomplished.  ASFMRA members are in DC this week and will participate in a rally event with the coalition on Wednesday, September 12th.   Leasing and planning season is upon us.  We ask Congress to get their job done so we can proceed with getting our jobs done.

Coalition groups include:   25x’25 Alliance, , Agricultural Retailers Association, American Beekeeping Federation, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farmland Trust, American Feed Industry Association, American Pulse Association, American Seed Trade Association, American Sheep Industry Association, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, American Soybean Association, American Sugar Alliance, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Biobased Products Coalition, Council of State Governments East, Council of State Governments Midwest, CropLife America, Farm Credit Council, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of Counties, National Association of Development Organizations, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Organization, National Farmers Union, National Grange, National Milk Producers Federation, National Onion Association, National Potato Council, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, Northharvest Bean Growers Association, Northeast State Association for Agricultural Stewardship, Produce Marketing Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, The Nature Conservancy, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, United Dairymen of Arizona, United Egg Producers, United Fresh Produce Association, U.S. Apple Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Cattlemen’s,  U.S. Dry Bean Council, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, USA Rice Federation,  Western Growers Association,  and the Western Peanut Growers Association.

2013 Education Schedule

We are pleased to Announce our 2013 Education Schedule. Registration will be opening soon. Stay tuned. Check out the course descriptions and list of approvals via this link:

Brazilians watching farm bill development closely
Elton Robinson

Although Brazil is struggling with various concepts of the STAX plan, which could be a key component for cotton in a future farm bill, they are showing a willingness to work with it to resolve subsidy disputes, according to Darci Vetter, USDA deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
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Farm Policy Important for Risk Management
Agri-Pulse Update 9-10-12

Why a new farm bill is important for risk management, problems with extension:

Appraisal Subcommittee Proposal to Revise ASC Policy Statements

The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) has published in the Federal Register a proposal to revise ASC Policy Statements.  The proposed Policy Statements provide guidance to State appraiser regulatory programs for compliance with Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, as amended.  The proposed Policy Statements, if adopted by the ASC, would supersede the current ASC Policy Statements.
Below you will find a link to the proposal to revise ASC Policy Statements published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2012.  If you would like to comment, please do so by October 29, 2012.  Thank you.

The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese
The Un-Comfort Zone with Robert E. Wilson, Jr.

My title this month is a funny metaphor for a common opinion that I found written on a bathroom wall. The understood part of the graffiti is that the first mouse must die springing the trap before the second one gets the prize.

After observing big failures, it’s human nature to be a little wary of trying new things. Fear of failure tends to make us less likely to take risks even if we’re not putting our lives in jeopardy. No one likes to lose money, or even lose face on an idea that doesn’t work.
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RICS Summit of The Americas Conference

This year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) event will be held October 18-19 in Miami Beach, Florida. The Summit is set to unite professionals across industries, geography and special interests for a program that is forward thinking, strategic and international in scope. Educational tracks in real estate markets, construction and valuation focus on timely issues that are shaping the profession and solutions that yield tangible results. Learn more at

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.

9/9-14  Leadership Institute – Washington, DC
10/28-11/2 ASFMRA 83rd Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Indianapolis, IN
9/11-13 COBRA – RICS International Research Conference – Las Vegas, NV
9/14 Appraiser Qualifications Board Meeting – Dallas, TX
9/18 Tech Tips for Appraisers Webinar – Internet
9/24 Ag Land Management 4 – Denver, CO
9/25-26 AFM/AAC Accreditation Exam – Denver, CO
9/27 7 Hour National USPAP Update Course – Austin, TX (FCB)
9/27 Best Practices for Rural Property Appraisals – Pasco, WA
9/27-28 Washington Chapter Fall Meeting & Education – Pasco, WA
9/29–10/2 LTA – Rally 2012 National Land Conservation Conference – Salt Lake City, UT
9/30-10/1 Ontario Chapter Fall Meeting – Port Dover, ON – CANADA

10/2-3 Wisconsin Chapter Fall Meeting – Tomahawk, WI
10/3-5 California Chapter Fall Meeting – Lodi, CA
10/4-5 Texas Chapter Fall Meeting & Education – Abilene, TX
10/7-10 ASA – International Appraisers Conference – Phoenix, AZ
10/10-12 Appraiser Qualifications Board Meeting – Washington, DC
10/10-12 Oregon Chapter Fall Meeting & Education – Grand Rondo, OR
10/11-12 A360 Introduction to Appraisal Review – Grand Rondo, OR
10/12 Appraisal Standards Board Meeting – Washington, DC
10/12 State Regulatory Advisory Group Meeting – Washington, DC
10/13-16 AARO 2012 Fall Conference – Washington, DC
10/14-16 American Bankers Association Annual Convention – San Diego, CA
10/17 SDSU Career Day – Brookings SD
10/17-20 NAIFA National Conference – Secaucus, NJ
10/18-19 RICS – Summit of the Americas – Miami Beach, FL
10/18-19 Dairy Appraisal Seminar – Brookings, SD
10/22-24 Basic Appraisal Approaches – Austin, TX (FCB)

11/1-3 Board of Trustees Fall Meeting – Portland, OR
11/4-7 National Agricultural Bankers Conference – Milwaukee, MI
11/7-9 NAFB 69th Annual Convention – Kansas City, MO
11/9-12 RLI – Realtors 2012 Conference and Expo – Orlando, FL

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