Ag News, January 24, 2012

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Stand Out Even Among the Land Experts!

Advertise your business in the ONLY directory dedicated to the Most Trusted Land Experts of ASFMRA. The 2012 Membership Directory will be released in March of 2012.  Be sure that your name and business stand out by reserving your advertisement space now.  Visit the ASFMRA website to see all the different ad size and price options.  Deadline to advertise is Feb 15th – don’t miss out!  Contact Cheryl at or visit for more information.

Technology – Regulation & Information

Technology, Regulation, Information – are all impacting you in your business. Your Professional Society, ASFMRA wants to be of greater help to you. In just a few weeks the Executive Council will meet for their annual planning meeting. Your input on the member survey will be used as a guiding tool for the 2012 -2015 planning. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions and give the Executive Council and Staff your input as they plan for the future. Thank You!   Please reply by January 27th. Take the survey now:

2012 Membership Directory – Cell Numbers Now Included!

That’s right – The ASFMRA 2012 Membership Directory will include your cell phone number! Members requested this be listed in the directory and 2012 will be the first year with this addition. Make sure your listing is correct today as the information will soon be pulled, printed, and published.

Simply go the ASFMRA Web site (, log in (your Username is your first and last name, altogether, no spaces and your Password is your member number), and choose Update Profile. Information listed there will include: your main contact information, phone/cell (if provided), e-mail address, your membership information, disciplines, your qualifications, degrees you have earned, other designations you hold, your mailing address, and your alternate address.

Your listing in the ASFMRA 2012 Membership Directory will come from this information. Remember: Your directory listing consists of your name, membership classification, mailing address, telephone number, cell phone number, fax number, e-mail address, Web site, and any additional designations you have listed that you hold.

You read that correctly – Your cell phone number will be listed in the ASFMRA 2012 Membership Directory. If you have your cell phone number listed on your membership information, but do not want it listed in the directory, please opt out by sending an e-mail with the Subject line of: No Cell Listed in Directory and include your complete name to Hope Evans at:

Please review this information and make any necessary changes to ensure your listing in the Membership Directory is correct. You may also contact Jeremy Lewis at 303.692.1218 or with your changes.

Ag Careers

Over the past 30 days, the Ag Careers page has been the most visited pages on the ASFMRA website.   The goal of the Ag Careers page is to introduce employers to potential candidates, and visa versa. As placement of Ag Career listings is complimentary, this has become a popular resource for companies looking to hire ASFMRA’s most trusted land experts.    If you are looking for something new, have a position needing filled, or know of someone looking for a job, take a few minutes to visit the Ag Careers page:

California’s Water Supply – I’m Glad That We Have Our Reservoirs!
By Art Dawson, PH.D. 

January 10, 2012 and the California Snow Pack is at a meager 19% of average for this time of year! If the snow pack persists at this level until April, the total amount of precipitation from snow will be 7% of a “normal” year.
A drought in the making? We don’t know yet, but it seems sure that our snow melt water supply will be very much behind the abundance of last year and perhaps will be drastically below normal.
The water supply prospect for 2012? Thankfully, this is likely to be adequate. The snow pack of last year was 200% of this year’s present snow pack and much of the resulting water supply was captured in the State’s reservoirs. For example, Lake Oroville in Butte County, the California State Water Project’s principal storage reservoir is currently at 115% of average. That level is 72 percent of Lake Oroville’s total capacity. Lake Shasta, the federal Central Valley Project’s largest reservoir is at 108 percent of average for this time of year. San Luis Reservoir is at 139 percent of average capacity.
Why is this important? Well, the mountain snowpack that feeds these reservoirs and various streams and aquifers provides approximately 1/3 of California’s total water supply. With nearly 1/3 of California’s water supply needs for 2012 already in storage, there is still a good chance that our short term water needs will be covered. But, with or without mountain snow we will need local rainfall and mountain rainfall…….and lots of it.
Water storage capacity…..this year seems to be the year when the value of our reservoirs will be obvious to everyone. Survival of our State’s economy could be compromised without this storage capacity. Growth of our State’s economy will be impeded without more of it.
Water use efficiency….this year seems to be just another year when every farmer and rancher must make the best use of his water supply. Just another example of why The Dawson Company is happy to be on the cutting edge of water use technology along with our colleagues at Ag Water Chemical Co in Fresno. We will share some of Ag Water Chemical’s products and strategies in coming issues.

Tips & Tricks
From Eldon Krull, AFM

Eldon Krull, AFM,  shares tips and tricks to use for working with Excel, Word, or other programs to make management, sales, or appraisal more efficient. As an example:

When I built a spreadsheet to calculate estimated profit and loss for a farm for the coming year, I made a ‘master copy’ that I put on my computer desk top. Then I used the same spreadsheet for each client farm but linked all the input data for each spreadsheet to the ‘master copy’ that is on my desk top with appropriate adjustments if necessary for location compared to the source for the input (e.g. futures prices for corn minus basis for a specific area). I repeated the procedure for each of my farms— linking all to the master sheet. Then when I want to update input costs, I only need to update the ‘master’ and all spreadsheets for each of my client farms are updated simultaneously for costs such as fertilizer. Sure saves time and impresses clients when they call and ask what the estimated P/L looks like for their specific farm, and I can give a quote in seconds. Check out more discussions and tips on AgProLink:  Feel free to share your own tips and tricks. 

Re-packaged Management Ed Offered in California

On January 11th the California Chapter of ASFMRA and ASFMRA National partnered to offer selected modules from our Ag Land Management program to management personnel from farm and ranching operations in California.  The course targeted people involved in farm management who worked for a specific operation as opposed to a manager who oversee operations for multiple landowners.  The event was an outstanding success!  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Chapter, attendance was great with turnout of Thirty-five people.  This program was the brainchild two members of the California Chapter, Dan Whisenhunt, MBA and Nat DiBuduo, AFM, who recognized a need and worked exhaustively with the Chapter and Leonard Meador AAC and Mike Krause, AFM, of the ASFMRA Education Committee to make it a reality!  Based on this success, another offering is already in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for more on this story….

Mid-South Member Griffin Joins CrescoAg

ASFMRA member and Mid-South Chapter Secretary Terry Griffin, PhD, has joined CrescoAg LLC as Vice President – Applied Economics.  Griffin will join the company focused on developing new products that will help farmers utilize existing data from yield monitors and other precision ag equipment to make better decisions for their operations.  Terry plans to remain active in the Mid-South Chapter and the ASFMRA.

A PR Newswire story notes: Griffin joins CrescoAg from the University of Arkansas where he was a professor of row crops economics, extension specialist and team coordinator of the Working Group on Precision Agriculture.   Terry specialized in utilizing spatial technologies to improve agricultural production systems and quality of farm life.  He also served as farm management and spatial technologies specialist for the University of Illinois Extension.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Terry Griffin join CrescoAg.  He is a leading expert in helping growers make the most of their precision ag data, and brings a combination of academic excellence and real-world experience to our product development team,” said Charles Michell, executive vice president of CrescoAg.

Griffin has also served as a consultant to a number of companies and has been invited to deliver more than a dozen keynote speeches and workshops across the U.S. and Canada each year.  His practical agricultural knowledge stems from his involvement in his family’s row-crop farm that is still in operation in northeastern Arkansas.

Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria

Beginning January 1, 2015, applicants for the Certified Residential and Certified General classifications must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Because of this change, ASFMRA will also adopt this requirement for the ARA and RPRA designations.

What does this mean for you? If you are planning to get your ARA or RPRA and you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you need to plan to sit for the exam prior to this change beginning in 2015. If you have questions, please contact Debe Alvarez at 303-692-1225 or

To see the other changes from the AQB that will go into effect in 2015, you can download them at

Cheese Maker Plans $15M Expansion In Idaho
From Food Manufacturing

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Officials with the cheese manufacturer Glanbia Foods announced Friday that it is spending up to $15 million to build a corporate headquarters and innovation center in Twin Falls.

The expansion is expected to add 100 jobs when the facility opens in March 2013, with plans to expand to 150.

Glanbia president and CEO Jeff Williams told The Times-News that the city has been talking with the company about the expansion for the past five years. Read more:

Henri LeMoyne, ARA Interviewed on Farmland Valuation

ASFMRA member, Henri LeMoyne, ARA, FRICS, was interviewed by Oregon Public Broadcasting on Farmland Valuation. Read more on the AI website:

Chapter News & Announcements

Colorado Chapter
The Colorado Chapter will be holding its spring meeting on February 15 and 16, 2012 in Colorado Springs.  The 7-hour USPAP update will be offered on February 16, 2012.

Arizona Chapter
The Arizona Chapter will present two days of credit offerings on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24 at the PERA Club in Tempe. Thursday’s offering is the 7-hour USPAP Update. Tuition is $165 and includes course materials and lunch. On Friday the chapter will present the 2012 Spring Ag Forum.  Topics include Arizona’s economic and real estate outlook, institutional investment interest in Arizona agriculture, Arizona groundwater right issues and groundwater analyses via monitoring wells. Chapter members will provide an agriculture commodity update and discuss statewide trends in value and lease activity for farms, dairies and ranch properties. The cost for the Ag Forum is $110 and includes a catered lunch. Attendees will qualify for 7 hours of continuing education in both appraisal and real estate. For more information visit or contact Shawn Wood at 623-386-7597, or Tom Van Hofwegen at 602-431-4161.

In addition, the Arizona Chapter will hold their annual meeting at the PERA Club after Thursday’s USPAP update, between 5:00 and 7:30 pm.  The casual evening will include the business meeting, dinner and drinks.  Please plan to attend and RSVP to

2012 Illinois Land Values Conference
March 21, 22
Bloomington, IL

The IllinoisLandValuesConference Program will feature the following:

• Core 1654 Course — Illinois Real Estate License Law
• Core 1655 Course –Disclosure and Anti-Trust Issues in Real Estate
* 7-hour USPAP Update Course
* Upcoming Changes in the New Farm Bill
• Land Investments from a Global Perspective
• Changes in Farm Leases and Cash Rent Arrangements – A Panel Discussion
• 2012 Illinois Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report

Wyoming Chapter
The Wyoming Chapter President Mike Hastings announced that he is working with the State of Wyoming and the South Dakota Chapter to sponsor a three day Range Camp near Gillette, Wyoming in June 2012.  Details will be made available as soon as possible.

6th Annual Wildland Fire Litigation Conference

ARA appraisers have participated in the last 20 years of wildland fire litigation in the American West.  The San Diego Fires (October, 2007 – Witch Creek, Rice Canyon and Guejito) burned over 2,000 residences, ranch lands, lands subject to conservation and environmental easements, citrus and avocado orchards, wholesale nurseries and commercial flower gardens.  The San Diego fire cases are still in mediation with over $2 Billion in settlements to date.  These complex cases have advanced the theories and protocols for determining fair market value loss of fee interests subject to environmental and conservation easements, of the environmental and conservation easements and land trust holdings themselves, the separate components of orchard and landscape trees evaluation, timber valuation, and long term effects of fire damage including analysis of habitat equivalency (“replacement environmental services approach”).
Several relevant and compelling programs will be part of this year’s 6th Annual Wildland Fire Litigation Conference which is being held at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento, CA (formerly the Radisson) on April 20 – 22, 2012.

All details regarding Program, Faculty, Tuition, Accommodations, Registration and Continuing Education Credits can be found at:    

In Memory

A. Seth Johnston, AFM, ARA-Retired
Monroe, Ohio
Seth was welcomed into the membership of the ASFMRA in 1957. He obtained his Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation and went to the Accredited membership classification on January 1, 1961. He obtained his Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation on January 1, 1972. He maintained his membership in the Accredited classification until 1999 when he transferred to Retired. ASFMRA has just received notification that Seth passed away on April 24, 2011. He made many friends through his association with the Society and will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Carl S. Johnson
Denver, Colorado
Carl joined the Society in 1972. He maintained his membership in the Professional classification until 1992. He was a member of the 1977 Program Committee. Carl was very supportive of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers as well as the Colorado Chapter.  The Colorado Chapter states that Carl had a tremendous effect serving as the Chapter Secretary for nearly 20 years and that he was also active in planning great meetings with excellent speakers and education. The Colorado Chapter commented that Carl was the spark plug that made everything work. He made many friends through his association with the organization who will miss him greatly. Carl was 96 years old.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Download the obituary: Carl Johnson Obit.

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
1/23-24 North Dakota Chapter Meeting & Education – Fargo, ND
1/23 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Fargo, ND
1/23-25 Valuation of Conservation Easements – Sacramento, CA
1/24 Appraisals Through the Eyes of the Reviewer – Fargo, ND
1/25-26 Minnesota Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Mankato, MN
1/25 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Mankato, MN
1/26 Capital Improvements, Budgeting & International Consulting – Mankato, MN
1/26 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Sacramento, CA
1/26-27 Idaho-Utah Chapter Annual Meeting – Logan, UT
1/26 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Logan, UT
1/27 AgWare ClickForms Presentation – Logan, UT
1/27 The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council General Session Meeting – Washington, DC
1/30-31 Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting and Education – Keizer, OR
1/30 ASFMRA Best Business Ethics Class – Keizer, OR
1/31 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Keizer, OR
1/31-2/2 Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting – Ames, IA

2/7-8 Montana Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Billings, MT
2/7 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Billings, MT
2/8-9 New Mexico Chapter Meeting – Ruidoso, NM
2/10 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Ruidoso, NM
2/10 Appraisal Standards Board – Savannah, GA
2/13-14 Indiana Chapter Winter Annual Meeting & Education – Lafayette, IN
2/14-16 Nebraska Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Kearney, NE
2/14 Sales Comparison Approach Seminar – Kearney, NE
2/15-16 Colorado Chapter Spring Meeting & Education – Colorado Springs, CO
2/15 7- Hour National USPAP Update Course – Bloomington, IL
2/16 7- Hour National USPAP Update Course – Colorado Springs, CO
2/16-17 Illinois Chapter Annual Meeting – Bloomington, IL
2/22-24 Kansas Chapter Annual Meeting & Education – Salina, KS
2/22 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Salina, KS
2/23 Animal Agriculture’s Story: Economics, Impacts, Perceptions and Ramifications – Salina, KS
2/22-25 A101 Basic Appraisal Principles – Denver, CO
2/23-24 Texas Chapter Spring Meeting and Education – Fort Worth, TX
2/23-24 7- Hour National USPAP Update Course (2 Half Days) – Fort Worth, TX
2/23-24 Arizona Chapter Spring Ag Outlook Forum – Tempe, AZ
2/23 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course – Tempe, AZ
2/26-29 A102 Basic Appraisal Procedures – Denver, CO

3/5-6 A360 Introduction to Appraisal Review – Denver, CO
3/7-9 A370 Appraisal Review Under USPAP
3/8-9 Missouri Chapter Annual Meeting and Education – Jefferson City, MO
3/8 7- Hour National USPAP Update Course – Jefferson City, MO
3/9 Highest & Best Use Seminar – Jefferson City, MO
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 Iowa Chapter and RLI Spring Seminar – Ames, IA
3/21-22 Illinois Land Values Conference – Bloomington, IL
3/28-29 California Chapter Spring Ag Outlook Conference – Visalia, CA

4/2-4 A250 Eminent Domain – Denver, CO
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)
4/12-13 Washington Chapter Spring Meeting and Education – Prosser, WA
4/23-26 A302 Sales Comparison Approach for General Appraisers – Denver CO
4//30 – 5/2 Valuation of Conservation Easements & Other Partial Interests – Denver, CO

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