Ag News, September 25, 2012

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Farm Bill Expires on September 30

Though the farm bill expires on Sept. 30…throwing at least 100 USDA programs into limbo…
There’s no need to panic. It’s not unusual for farm bills to run out before Congress gets around to crafting, revising and passing their successors.
A new farm bill is coming…late this year, after the elections, or more likely, early in ’13.
But the expiration will stop some programs, Copyright 2012 The Washington Kiplinger Editors, Inc.
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Register NOW for Annual Meeting and Save…Early Registration Deadline October 4th

It ‘pays’ to register early! The deadline to receive discounted registration fees on the upcoming AgroNomics Conference and ASFMRA Annual Meeting is October 4th. Sign up before the deadline and save up to $200 on registration fees! It’s fast and easy to Register Online or download the Conference Guide and fill out the registration form located at the back. This year’s conference in Indianapolis promises tremendous content and unlimited networking opportunities. There are more than 30 speakers on the program schedule and a wide variety of companies signed up to exhibit in the trade show. You don’t want to miss Indy!

AgroNomics, Vision 2013 & 83rd Annual Meeting of ASFMRA
October 29 – November 2, 2012
Westin Indianapolis Hotel – Indianapolis, IN

Note regarding hotel reservations:  Rooms are filling fast! If you’re planning to attend this year’s conference, you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations at the Westin as soon as possible. The deadline for the discounted group rate is October 4th, but that is only while rooms are available. Call the Westin today at 317-262-8100 or make your reservations on line at  The Group Code to receive the discounted room rate of $149 is ASFMRA.


Notice to the ASFMRA Membership:  Prior notification of proposed changes was given to all ASFMRA members on April 10, 2012. Since that time, some additional proposed changes have been presented. Therefore, below is a combination of all the proposed changes to date.

Board of Directors Approval is needed for the following items for the Policy and Procedure Manual (#1 through #5), Bylaws (#6 through #8), and dissolution of the South Carolina Chapter (#9).  All of these amendments will be voted on at the Board of Directors/ Membership Meeting during the 83rd ASFMRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. You may view the tentative Board of Directors/Membership Meeting Agenda and Director Roster. Download the complete list of proposed changes.

Come Join the Fun at the 21st Annual Ed Foundation Auction

Come Join the Fun at the 21st Annual Education Foundation Auction in Indianapolis, November 1, 2012. The Fun starts at 6:00 pm with the final chance to bid on the Silent Auction items. Food and entertainment will also be available during the few free moments from bidding. Come wearing  your Favorite Team’s Colors, whether it be high school, college or Pro.  Last year, we had the St Louis Cardinals adding some excitement to the evening. The Silent Auction ends at 7:00, and the Live Auction starts at 7:30 pm. Music for the evening will be provided by Jim Cerone, a DJ from the Indianapolis area. The money raised from the evening goes to the creation and rewriting of the Education Courses provided by ASFMRA. The Auctions are a great way to have fun and give back to the education we all need and hopefully learn from.

The Auction works because of  ASFMRA members’ and guests’ participation.  Have you or your Chapter thought about donating an item? The theme for the Auction is “Best of Your State”. What is your State’s best kept Secret? Is it something handcrafted like a quilt from the Pennsylvania Amish or an Amana clock from Iowa? Maybe it’s a basket full of Chocolate covered goodies from Washington State or Nuts and Wine from California? These are all items from past Auctions that have helped support the Foundation. We are always looking for items and support. Be creative, show us why we need to come and visit your state, and support the local economy.

There is one change to the Shipping of Items this year. The Auction Committee will not be able to ship any liquor/alcoholic beverages  to the buyers.    Unfortunately, the rules of commerce and shipping have caught up with us. The shipping company that we use will no longer allow us to package up our own boxes, without them looking inside, so we will no longer be able to ship alcohol. That’s not to say that we don’t want the wonderful items that have been donated in the past to not be donated again. It just means that the buyers will have to be more creative in the packing, if they are flying home. The Auction Committee will be providing bubble wrap and packing tape to help protect the bottles of wine, bourbon, and other spirits.

Please think about joining the fun by donating and bidding. Download a donation form.

See Ya in Indy!

The 2012 Education Foundation Auction Committee

Young Professionals Network Planning for Future
By Sara Wilson

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) Leadership team has begun holding monthly conference calls to expand outreach and activities offered to the young professionals of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Young Professionals Network leadership team is comprised of five young professionals in the Appraisal and Farm Management sectors from across the country, along with Brian Stockman and Suzanne Gruba of the national office. The goal of the leadership team is to provide clear direction and leadership for the Young Professionals Network in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and to expand the Network’s activities and outreach.

During the first two conference calls, the group developed goals and activity ideas for the Young Professionals Network.   Additionally, the group formulated a mission statement. For 2013, the group will focus on developing materials and training for outreach to local colleges, universities and collegiate conferences, developing the use of the Ag Prolink tool, providing a training and education opportunity at Summer Education Week, organizing an educational fundraiser at the 2013 National Meeting of the ASFMRA and facilitating plans for member and collegiate student meet and greets at chapter or regional meetings.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Young Professionals Network, or organizing a collegiate or YPN event, please contact Executive Vice President, Brian Stockman at the national office. 303.692.1211 or

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
Tarrah Dunaway at the University of Kentucky in Wilmore, KY (Kentucky Chapter)
Jennifer Huff with Farm Credit Services of America in Lincoln, NE (Nebraska Chapter)
Boone McAfee in Lincoln, Nebraska
Joseph Rapp with Legacy Ag Group, LLC in Austin, TX (Texas Chapter)
Amanda Ruggles with Greenstone Farm Credit Services in Caro, MI (Michigan Chapter)

Welcome New ARAs and RPRA

The following have passed the ARA/RPRA accreditation exam in 2012.   Congratulations to all of them. This is a huge accomplishment. We hope to see them all in Indianapolis!
Gary Bratton
Sumter, SC

Judd Brooks
Great Falls, MT

Chad Dugger
Lubbock, TX

Jeremy Hill
Sikeston, MO

Rebecca McWilliams
Thorndale, TX

Wade Schroeder
Lakewood, CO

Benjamin Ward
Ontario, OR

Teresa DeMuri
Florence, WI

John Deere Pedal Tractor and More Could Be Yours!
Donate To The Auction Today!

Remember the excitement on the face of a young child on Christmas morning when they come down the stairs and there under the tree is a bright green shiny John Deere peddle tractor with their name on it! Make this a memorable Christmas for someone special in your life. You can do this by bidding on the John Deere Pedal Tractor at this year’s Auction which has been donated by Hertz Farm Management, Inc.

Never be late again! With this Amana Tambour Clock you will always be on time no matter where you are headed. This Tambour mantle clock is made in Amana, Iowa from native cherry and the ASFMRA logo is laser engraved. Quartz battery operated movements with choice of chimes. Make sure to get your bids in on this clock donated by Kirk and Ann Weih.

Barns of Illinois by Larry Kanfer is a must have Coffee Table Book which contains pictures and descriptions of Illinois barns. Don’t miss out on this book donated by Eldon Greenwood, AFM-Retired.

Taste of Illinois can be yours by winning three bottles of wine donated by Don and Doris Cochran. The Illinois Chapter has also generously donated three bottles of Illinois wine to provide you a better chance at winning this great wine.

Donations of all sorts are welcome, from large to small, 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

News from The Appraisal Foundation

The next public meeting of the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) is scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. Please take the time to register for this meeting if you plan to attend.

The Madison Hotel
1177 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Friday, October 12, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get complete information or register:

California Chapter Fall Meeting

The California Chapter is looking forward to its 2012 Fall Meeting which will include two education offerings and the Annual Installation and Awards Dinner. The meeting will be held at Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi, October 3 – 4, followed by a Board of Directors Meeting on October 5th. Nearly sixty individuals have already signed up for the new Federal and California State Laws & Regulations Course on October 3rd and the California Dairy Update Seminar on October 4th. Dorothy Bell, ARA will turn the gavel over to incoming President, John Maus, ARA during the Installation Dinner on October 3rd and board members for the upcoming year will be installed. For more information on the California Chapter, its programs and events, visit or call (209) 368-3672.

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.

9/9-14  Leadership Institute – Washington, DC
10/28-11/2 ASFMRA 83rd Annual Convention & Trade Show (Agronomics) – Indianapolis, IN
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)
10/29 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Webinar – Internet
10/29 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics – Indianapolis, IN
10/30 Using Excel in Specific Appraisal Applications

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

12/4 ASFMRA Best in Business Ethics Webinar – Internet

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