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ASFMRA AgNews - June 11, 2019

By ASFMRA Press posted 06-11-2019 08:14

  

Rules for Planting Cover Crops or Second Crops with Prevent Plant


A recent Farm Journal Pulse indicates that about one-third of U.S. farmers will take prevent plant this season. With the potential for millions of acres to be barren you might be wondering what you can do to prevent erosion or provide feed opportunities for cattle.

Know the rules before you drop a seed into the ground after prevent plant. This is one area with no “gray” area, according to Cara Riekhof, agent with Crop Insurance Solutions, Inc., in Higginsville, Mo.

Get to Know the Rules.

Hot Springs Hemp Company First to Secure Farming in Arkansas


New Age Hemp LLC of Hot Springs is pioneering the Arkansas agricultural market for hemp — a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant that was legalized nationwide by the 2018 Farm Bill.

The company's founders — including CEO Nick Landers — expect Arkansas farmers to commit thousands of acres to hemp, which lacks the intoxicating marijuana element, but contains legal CBD.

Use of CBD oil is growing — it's already used to ease pain, anxiety, insomnia and other maladies, though it's been little studied in the United States, where all cannabis products were strictly outlawed for decades.

Will More Companies Get Involved?

Infarm Raises $100 Million to Expand its Urban Farming Platform to the U.S. and Beyond


Infarm, a Germany-based startup that distributes “modular farms” to grocery stores and other urban locations, has raised $100 million in a series B round of equity and debt funding led by Atomico, with participation from existing investors including Balderton Capital, Cherry Ventures, Astanor Ventures, and TriplePoint Capital.

The CO2 emissions produced by growing, farming, and transporting food around the world is significant, with some estimates pegging the food footprint (“foodprint”) at around one-quarter of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. By creating a system of vertical micro-farms in cities, which entails producing food indoors within a stack of glass cases in a controlled environment, Infarm is pushing to reduce the environmental burden that food production has on the planet.

When Will They Expand?

Soybeans Facing More Acres and Weak Demand


Soybean prices rallied over the last two weeks on planting issues across large swathes of the Corn Belt. Based on current consumption pace, soybean use this marketing year looks to end up at or below the USDA’s projection of 4.004 billion bushels. Given that two to three weeks remain until prevented planting dates on soybeans occur over most of the Corn Belt, the possibility of planting more soybean acres than needed under a weaker demand scenario looks inevitable.

As we enter the final quarter of the 2018-19 marketing year, the pace of consumption appears to be at or below the current USDA projection. Soybean crush remains on pace to hit the USDA forecast of 2.1 billion bushels. The forecast is 2.2 percent larger than the crush totals during the previous marketing year. Estimates for soybean crush during the first eight months of the current year exceeded that of last year by 3.4 percent. The year-over-year changes in crush slowed during the third quarter of the marketing year. Crush during the most recent three months reported by USDA (January-March) exceeded that of a year ago by .01 percent, down from an average of 6.5 percent during the first four months. To reach the USDA projection, soybean crush totals during the last four months of the marketing year need to hit the same levels of a year. In total, approximately 690 million bushels of soybean crush from May through August will reach the 2.1 billion forecast.

Will Prices Continue to Rally?

Crunch Time: 31 Million Corn Acres Unplanted


67%. Yes, that’s USDA’s latest take on the 2019 U.S. corn planting pace. Following the June 3 Crop Progress report, there was a collective thought of disbelief throughout farm country. Is it really possible that only 67% of the nation’s corn was planted by June 2?

The trade expected 71% and many analysts were encouraged by the weekend’s weather breaks. But the survey data from 3,600 respondents submitted on Monday, June 3 fell slightly under the 70% mark. As of June 2, only 67% of the country’s estimated 92.8 million corn acres have been planted. That means farmers have 31 million acres of corn still to plant. The five-year average for this week of the growing season is 96% of corn planted.

Will The Acres Remain Unplanted?

Trade War and Planting Delays Erode Farmer Confidence


U.S. farmers don’t expect the Sino-U.S. trade war to end soon, and fewer of them expect to be winners when it does, said a Purdue poll released on Tuesday. The monthly Ag Economy Barometer said farmer confidence was the lowest since October 2016, wiping out the “Trump bump” that followed the presidential election.

The Ag Barometer, based on a survey of 400 farmers and ranchers, fell by 32 points in two months, to its current reading of 101. The latest survey was conducted in mid-May, when persistently rainy weather delayed spring planting and after a rupture in trade negotiations but before the administration announced up to $14.5 billion in a trade mitigation payments on 2019 crops and livestock.

When Will Things Improve?

Facebook is Building a Massive Solar Project in Texas


Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy.

Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with Facebook on the $416 million project, just as Facebook is finishing construction of a data center near Albuquerque.

Read More on the Massive Project.

Citrus Greening Research at Crossroads


Show me the money! All of it!

The University of Florida has received $72 million from the Citrus Research and Development Foundation over the past 10 years, or 65% of the research money the Lake Alfred growers’ organization has spent. The foundation, a UF affiliate, is the primary agency supporting the research effort to find solutions to citrus greening, a fatal bacterial disease threatening the future of Florida’s commercial citrus industry.

Apparently that’s not enough for university officials and its Board of Trustees. The board is considering new regulations that would require its affiliates spend 100% of their money within the university and exclusively for its benefit.

What Could New Regulations Be?

The 2019 Nitrogen Challenge


One of the most pressing questions as planting continues into June after a very wet May is whether or not the high rainfall amounts over the past month have affected the amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed for the corn crop this year. This is a complicated question, related both to concern about how much early-applied N might be lost and to decreased yield potential from late planting that might lower the need for N. The recent price increase in corn also provides an incentive to make sure the crop gets enough N.

Will Heavy Rains Continue?

The Appraisal Foundation Pleased SB1722 Improves FHA Mortgage Process


The Appraisal Foundation, the nation’s foremost authority on the valuation profession, is pleased Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to improve the process of obtaining Federal Housing Administration (FHA)- insured mortgages and increase the number of real estate appraisers, particularly in rural areas that face severe shortages.

SB 1722 will allow licensed real estate appraisers to once again perform FHA appraisals. Currently, only certified appraisers, who must meet higher qualifications, are the only appraisers permitted to perform the work as a result of National Housing Act of 2008. Prior to passage of that law, FHA-backed mortgage appraisals could be conducted by both certified and licensed appraisers.

The two largest secondary mortgage market enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, allow licensed appraisers to conduct appraisals for mortgages bought by their organizations.

“Restoring the ability of licensed appraisers to perform appraisals for FHA mortgages is a positive move for the consumer, the federal government and the appraisal profession,” said David Bunton, President of TAF. “Licensed real estate appraisers are fully qualified to perform FHA appraisals and allowing them to do so will increase the number of professionals available to meet the demand for their services. That should result in quicker and more efficient closings for FHA loans,” he added.

“We applaud Sen. Thune and the bill’s co-sponsors for recognizing the need to provide more appraisers and offering a solution to a problem that is especially acute in rural areas,” said Bunton.

The number of active Licensed Residential real estate appraiser credentials fell by 74% from 2006 to 2018, according to data from the Appraisal Subcommittee. The reduction was most pronounced in rural areas, where licensed real estate appraisers often work in multiple trades or professions such as real estate brokerage, insurance, notary public and appraising.

“When part-time appraisers were faced with having to meet the higher qualifications for certification, many opted out and let their appraisal license lapse,” said Bunton.

“An increased pool of qualified appraisers is essential to maintaining the safety and soundness of the real estate transaction,” he added.

“The Appraisal Foundation urges the Senate to act promptly on this legislation. Swift passage of this bill will bring immediate relief to consumers, and additional work to real estate appraisers everywhere, especially in rural areas,” Bunton concluded.

Secretary Perdue Statement on Disaster and Trade-Related Assistance


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement on disaster and trade-related assistance:

“Whether it’s because of natural disasters or unfair retaliatory tariffs, farmers across the country are facing significant challenges and tough decisions on their farms and ranches. Last month, immediately upon China reneging on commitments made during the trade talks, President Trump committed USDA to provide up to $16 billion to support farmers as they absorb some of the negative impact of unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. In addition, President Trump immediately signed into law the long-awaited disaster legislation that provides a lifeline to farmers, ranchers, and producers dealing with extensive damage to their operations caused by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.

“Given the size and scope of these many disasters, as well as the uncertainty of the final size and scope of this year’s prevented planting acreage, we will use up to $16 billion in support for farmers and the $3 billion in disaster aid to provide as much help as possible to all our affected producers.

“I have been out in the country this spring and visited with many farmers. I know they’re discouraged, and many are facing difficult decisions about what to do this planting season or if they’ve got the capital to stay in business, but they shouldn’t wait for an announcement to make their decisions. I urge farmers to plant for the market and plant what works best on their farm, regardless of what type of assistance programs USDA is able to provide.

“In the coming weeks, USDA will provide information on the Market Facilitation Program payment rates and details of the various components of the disaster relief legislation. USDA is not legally authorized to make Market Facilitation Program payments to producers for acreage that is not planted. However, we are exploring legal flexibilities to provide a minimal per acre market facilitation payment to folks who filed prevent plant and chose to plant an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested and for subsequent use of those cover crops for forage.”

Background:

For frequently asked questions regarding the USDA Risk Management Agency’s prevented planting policy and losses resulting from floods, please visit, here. For several frequently asked questions regarding how USDA will treat prevented planting acres with regard to the recently announced 2019 Market Facilitation Program and 2018/2019 disaster relief legislation, see below.

1. What is the purpose of the Market Facilitation Program? What is the legal authority?

  • The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) assists farmers with the additional costs of adjusting to disrupted markets, dealing with surplus commodities, and expanding and developing new markets at home and abroad, consistent with the authorities of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act.

2. Last year, soybeans had the highest MFP payment per bushel, should I plant soybeans this year to get the highest payment if I have the opportunity?

  • You should plant what works best for your operation and what you would plant in any other year, absent any assistance from USDA. 2019 MFP assistance is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the MFP-eligible crops (outlined below) in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019, and therefore will not distort planting decisions. Your total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed your total 2018 plantings.
  • 2019 MFP-eligible non-specialty crops: alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, dried beans, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat.
  • 2019 MFP-eligible specialty crops: tree nuts, fresh sweet cherries, cranberries, and fresh grapes.

3. My fields never dried out enough to get any crop in, do I get a 2019 Market Facilitation Program payment?

  • No, USDA does not have the legal authority to make MFP payments to producers for acreage that is not planted. To qualify for a 2019 MFP payment, you must have planted a 2019 MFP-eligible crop. Producers unable to plant their crop should work with their crop insurance agent to file a claim.

4. I fied a prevented planting claim and I am going to plant a cover crop to prevent erosion, does that count for 2019 MFP if it’s on the 2019 MFP-eligible list you announced in May?

  • If you choose to plant a cover crop with the potential to be harvested, because of this year’s adverse weather conditions, you may qualify for a minimal amount of 2019 MFP assistance. You must still comply with your crop insurance requirements to remain eligible for any indemnities received.

5. I heard that I could get 90% of my crop insurance guarantee as a prevented planting payment through the disaster bill, is that true?

  • The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 gives the USDA the authority to compensate losses caused by prevented planting in 2019 up to 90%. While the authority exists, USDA must operate within finite appropriations limits. It is highly unlikely that the supplemental appropriation will support that level of coverage in addition to crop insurance. Congress appropriated $3.005 billion in assistance for a wide array of losses resulting from disasters throughout 2018 and 2019, requiring USDA to prioritize how it is allocated. The Department plans to provide assistance on prevented planting losses within the confines of our authority.

6. If I plant a second crop or cover crop, can I still get my full prevented planting payment? What about an MFP payment?
  • You must comply with crop insurance requirements to remain eligible for a full prevented planting indemnity. USDA encourages you to visit with your crop insurance agent to ensure you are aware of those various options for your operation. If you choose to plant a cover crop with the potential to be harvested, because of this year’s adverse weather conditions, you may qualify for a minimal amount of 2019 MFP assistance.

7. I have heard that only acreage in a declared disaster area will qualify for prevented planting under the Disaster Relief Act. Is that true?

  • USDA is currently evaluating the new authority provided under the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. However, it is generally true that producers with qualifying losses in a Secretarial or Presidentially-declared disaster area will be eligible for Disaster Relief Act assistance. Producers with qualifying losses outside of those areas will have eligibility determined on a case-by-case basis.

8. I have a revenue protection policy with a ‘harvest price option’, do I get the higher of the projected price or harvest price for my prevented planting payment

  • The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 gives the USDA the authority to compensate losses caused by prevented planting in 2019 and also provides additional authority to compensate producers on the higher of the projected price or harvest price. USDA is currently exploring legal flexibility to provide assistance that better utilizes the harvest price in conjunction with revenue and prevent planting policies.

9. If I am prevented from planting but manage to get a cover crop or a forage in the ground, am I able to hay or graze that prior to November 1, given the forage shortage we’re going to experience?

  • USDA encourages you to visit with your crop insurance agent to ensure you are aware of those various prevented planting, cover crop, and harvest options for your operation. USDA is currently reviewing the prevented planting restrictions in the Federal Crop Insurance Act to determine what options may be available to address this and other issues. Further clarity regarding this haying and grazing date will be forthcoming.

10. What if I don’t have crop insurance? How do MFP and disaster relief programs work for me if I’m prevented from planting due to natural disasters?

  • Crop insurance is not required to qualify for 2019 MFP assistance. However, USDA requires that a producer plant a 2019 MFP-eligible crop to qualify for the 2019 MFP assistance.
  • If you choose to plant a cover crop with the potential to be harvested, because of this year’s adverse weather conditions, you may qualify for a minimal amount of 2019 MFP assistance.
  • The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 gives the USDA the authority to compensate losses caused by prevented planting in 2019. Producers with qualifying losses in a Secretarial or Presidentially-declared disaster area will be eligible for Disaster Relief Act assistance. Producers with qualifying losses outside of those areas will have eligibility determined on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Long-Standing Members


We are recognizing long-standing members of ASFMRA on an annual basis according to their join date. The anniversaries are recognized in increments of five years. You may recognize your fellow peers in the list of Long Standing Members and we encourage you to extend your congratulations to them. Please note this list is for the 2019 year.

A round of applause is extended by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA or the Society) to our long-standing members for their continuous support. The Society appreciates every member for choosing us as the association you desire to affiliate with especially with many organizations vying for your membership. ASFMRA continues to make every effort to offer member services which will benefit your professional and personal life.

70 Years
Jesse M. Dowell, AFM, ARA-Retired, Champaign IL

55 Years
James G. Frevert, AFM-Retired Nevada
Virgil H. Holtgrewe, ARA, Estes Park CO

50 Years
D. Howard Doster, Ph.D., AFM, AAC, Waynesville OH

45 Years
Jim Rickert, AFM, ARA, Fall River Mills CA
Henri LeMoyne, ARA, Twin Falls ID
Gary L. Balke, AFM-Retired, Quincy IL
Don McCabe, AFM, Bourbonnais IL
Robert A. Pearson, AFM-Retired, Champaign IL 
W. Michael Bennett, AFM-Retired, Ducor CA 
Porter J. Martin, Traverse City MI 
Stephen F. Rutledge, AFM, Crestwood KY
Rodney J. Douma, ARA-Retired, Ripon CA 
Richard H. Hiatt, AFM, ARA, Pontiac IL 
L. Sam Middleton, ARA, Lubbock TX 
Sterling C. Young, AFM-Retired, Mason City IA 
William J. Holstine, AFM, ARA, AAC, Nevada IA

40 Years
David R. Jacobsen, AFM Humboldt IA
Edwin A. Roach, ARA-Retired Des Moines IA
Gerald L. Huffman, AFM Dunlap IL
Jeffrey T. Obrecht Iowa Falls IA
Tom Volding, ARA Eldora IA
Allan D. Worrell, AFM Jacksonville IL
Gregory D. Bynum, ARA-Retired Bakersfield CA 
V. Keith Barlow, ARA Midland TX
Robert M. (Myke) Morris, ARA Durant FL
James R. Rhine, ARA-Retired Russiaville IN
William K. Hodges, ARA Lafayette IN
Kenneth G. Kaiser, ARA-Retired Nordheim TX
Larry D. Kokel, ARA Georgetown TX 
Scott Seely, ARA Lufkin TX 
James Synatzske, ARA Stephenville TX
Jeffery D. Peterson, AFM Albany GA 
Richard R. Edmunds, ARA, AAC Delevan NY
John M. Murphy Mankato MN 
Michael S. Baltes, AFM Nevada IA 
Kelly E. Summy, AFM Council Bluffs IA 
Donald D. Jacobs, AFM Lexington IL
Steven R. Glascock, AFM DeKalb IL 
Norm Edwards, ARA Spearfish SD 
B. L. Jones III, ARA-Retired Lubbock TX 
Curtis H. Talley, Jr., AFM-Retired Grand Haven MI 
Norman Clark Wheeler, ARA Bozeman MT 

35 Years
Joe L. Beall, ARA Muncie IN
Van A. Bitner, ARA Mason City IL
Thomas V. Boyer, AFM, ARA, AAC Coalville UT 
Daniel A. Davis, AFM, ARA-Retired Columbia IL
Kevin J. Halfmann, ARA San Angelo TX 
Richard L. Hartley American Falls ID
William F. “Colt” James, Jr., ARA-Retired Alexandria LA
Jerry L. Moss Baylis IL
Mark J. Peterson, AFM, ARA, AAC Clovis CA 
Clifford M. Pettis, ARA Montrose CO 
Amy J. Sigg Davis Lebanon OH 
Kent K. Smith, AFM Storm Lake IA 
James F. Welles, ARA Albuquerque NM
Ronald C. Zitzow Saint Cloud MN 
Ronald D. Alexander, ARA Owasso OK 
Clayton L. Caver, AFM, ARA, RPRA Memphis TN 
Calvin B. Dickson, AFM Mason City IA 
David A. Dodgen Humboldt IA 
Ed Jackson, ARA Bozeman MT 
Patrick J. Karst, ARA Wabash IN
Steve Runyan, ARA Bakersfield CA 
Douglas E. Helvig Sioux City IA 
J. Collins Hewes, Jr., AFM Germantown TN 
David C. Luckey Columbus NE 
Thomas M. Luhrs, ARA Imperial NE 
Ernest D. Moody, AFM, ARA, AAC Springfield IL 
Michael D. Rozier, Sr., ARA-Retired Blackshear GA
Keith Sheckler, AFM-Retired Springfield IL 
Andrew G. Thompson, ARA Soperton GA 
Mark E. Akers, ARA DeKalb IL 
David Macy, ARA-Retired Longmont CO 
Jon W. Mask, ARA Boerne TX

30 Years
Joseph J. Ibach Bismarck ND
Kirk D. Petersen, ARA Harlan IA 
Richard H. Pulis Moses Lake WA 
David Baughman, AFM Savoy IL 
Randy K. Merriman Bakersfield CA 
Kenneth A. Kaiser Columbus IN 
Garry Streich, ARA Mankato MN 
Zachery T. Suddarth, AFM York NE
Timothy R. Timian, ARA Arthur ND 
Keith L. Watson Greenwood MS 
Bruce M. Huber, AFM, ARA Decatur IL 
Roger T. Durensky, ARA Fargo ND 
Harold L. Fitts, AFM Jonesboro AR 
Gregory J. Nienhuser Peetz CO 
Randal H. Edwards, ARA Hilmar CA
Rick D. Kjolsing Mankato MN 
Christopher G. Scow Lincoln NE 
Jonathan Scott Haffner South Windsor CT
Gary W. Helin Tulare CA 
Michael K. Van Horn, ARA Merced CA 
Joseph M. Herbold Jordan MT 
Michael W. Strickland Stedman NC 
Karl F. Armstead, ARA-Retired Fort Stockton TX 
Kim C. Bennett, PhD, ARA Big Timber MT 
Cynthia R. Best, ARA Clare MI 
Dean G. Kyburz Decatur IL 
Kenton B. Springer, AFM Lees Summit MO
Dave Miller Kewaunee WI 
Tony E. Windham, Ph.D. Little Rock AR 
Marty Tubbs, AFM Cleveland MS
Joseph W. Hickey, ARA East Lansing MI 
Michael D. Sutton, Sr., ARA Rocky Mount NC 
Terry L. Kestner, ARA, RPRA Cedar Falls IA 
Daniel D. Newton, AFM Jacksonville IL 
Jonathan M. Norvell, Ph.D., AFM Urbana IL 
Keith A. Aeder, ARA Fairgrove MI 
Brent R. Bidner, AFM Monticello IL 
Jerome Chvilicek Billings MT 
Darrell W. Atkinson, AFM, AAC Bakersfield CA 
Jill A. Eales, ARA New Paris OH 
Edwin H. Tillman Montgomery AL 
Brent Crane Pontiac IL 

25 Years
Jeffrey D. Williams, ARA Ellijay GA 
Erling J. Olson, ARA Alexandria MN 
Gregory L. Snyder, ARA Lancaster PA 
Herbert Meyer, ARA Edwards IL 
Kirk Sagouspe, ARA Fresno CA 
Dale R. Kellermann, AFM O Fallon IL 
Richard W. Gilmore, ARA Charlton MA
George E. Baird IV, AFM Collierville TN 
Barry Weissenborn Tucson AZ 
Brenda C. DeVries, ARA Great Falls MT 
Shawn W. Weishaar, ARA Lemmon SD 
Herbert Shedd, RPRA Carson City NV 
Chris S. Rodwell Kinston NC 
Jennifer Stites Rocky Ford CO 
Mark S. Sonderby, ARA Sheridan WY
Steven E. Blaschka Tampa FL 
Bret Cude, AFM Gilbertsville KY 
Robb M. Stewart, AFM Bakersfield CA 
Dale Weston, AFM Fargo ND 
Raylon Shumaker, ARA Altus OK 
Brian L. Hauss, AFM Fresno CA 
Nat M. DiBuduo, AFM Fresno CA 
Douglas D. Littau Cochise AZ 
Chad Hertz, AFM Cedar Falls IA 
Milan Lemaich, ARA Aylmer ON 
Robert Kacvinsky Lincoln NE 

20 Years
Larry W. Foltz Prentice WI 
Kenneth R. McBay, ARA Turlock CA 
Michael G. Ming, ARA Bakersfield CA 
Mark Thieleke Manitowoc WI 
JoAnn C. Wall, ARA Templeton CA 
Stephen C. Motsinger State Road NC 
Kevin Boyer Lena IL 
Chuck Schneider Westfield IN 
Alice Dalton, ARA Twin Falls ID 
Paul R. Edwards III, AFM Quincy IL 
Rodney D. Bortz Chariton IA 
Kevin M. Flaherty Storm Lake IA
Stephen V. Gleason, ARA Casper WY 
James D. Hollenbeck Sioux Falls SD 
Tim Janssen Newton IA 
Dale J. Knight Iowa Falls IA 
Kirk Manker Omaha NE
John P. McMahon Sioux Falls SD 
Larry D. Pope Lincoln NE
Donald G. Roehrs North Platte NE 
Joe A. Ross Carrabelle FL 
Ronald C. Rucker Yankton SD 
Rick Six Worland WY 
Craig R. Sommers Aberdeen SD 
Carl N. Stillman, ARA Salem OR
Michael Tometich Mount Pleasant IA 
David Tonsfeldt Hiawatha IA 
Jerry R. Juhnke, ARA, RPRA Enid OK 
Kevin Meiss, AFM Bloomington IL 
Bradley W. Swinney Austin TX 
John E. Van Zee Mitchellville IA
Dale Hudson, ARA Brewster KS 
Chad A. Wigestrand, ARA Grand Forks ND 
Shane Hatch Pasco WA 
Kathleen Rickett, ARA Belgrade MT 
Thomas J. Carlson, AFM Humboldt IA 
Adam V. Sylvester, AFM Mount Vernon IA 
Benjamin Watson, AFM State Center IA 
Larry L. Fishback Washington IA 
Leanne M. Murray, ARA Portland OR 
Michael Dennis Callon Fort Dodge IA 
Tyler D. Bowman, ARA Pendleton OR 
William R. Johnson, AFM McCook NE 
Jon Bohling Lincoln NE 
Charles E. Gilliland, Ph.D. College Station TX 
James G. Crecelius Denair CA 
Ivan T. Weleschuk, ARA Calgary AB 
David J. Cross, ARA Shamrock TX 
Kevin D. Shea Lakewood CO 
Sharon K. Moore, RPRA Hot Springs AR 
Tate W. Curtis, RPRA Delta CO 
Monty Smith, AFM Salina KS 

15 Years
Craig Turner, ARA North Logan UT 
Chris Pustejovsky Chico CA 
Bonnie M. Downing, ARA Dunning NE 
Kathleen M. Holmes, RPRA-Retired Scottsdale AZ
Arthur C. Bliss, Jr., ARA Somis CA 
Andrew Sherman Templeton CA 
Scott Heimes Yankton SD 
Randall L Kyles, ARA Enterprise AL
Paul E. Mausser, AFM Epworth IA 
Andrew T. Vance, ARA Lonoke AR 
Daniel K. Schmahl Elkhart Lake WI 
Charles P. Doom Brandon SD
Tracy S. Morgan Pasco WA
James Robert Rickey, Jr. Wynnewood OK 
Wendy Walker, ARA, RPRA Rolling Hills Estates CA
Nell Elizabeth Shiffrar Greenberg Napa CA 
Connie S. Burk Newcastle OK 
John Powell Jenkins, Jr. West Memphis AR 
Chris Goss, ARA Statesville NC 
Roger Meyer Faribault MN 
Josh Balding Turlock CA 
Monty Thornbrough, ARA Altus OK
John Connelley Omaha NE 
David W. Irwin Lincoln IL 
David Maxwell, ARA Devine TX 
Grant Page Paris TN 
Kevin Paulson Spokane WA 
Scott Williams Wausau WI 

10 Years
Henry Scott Calhoun Boise ID
Scott Dellenbach Elm Grove WI
Jeremy Hill, ARA Dexter MO
Jay W. Knuppe Sioux Falls SD 
Jeffery B. Moore, ARA Greeley CO
Lonnie Smith Lincoln NE
Sara Wilson, ARA Limon CO 
Todd M. Combs, ARA Temecula CA 
Randi J. Gathje, ARA, RPRA Stevens Point WI 
Jonathan James Kvols Laurel NE
Cary C. Matthews, ARA, RPRA Jonesboro AR
Mark T. Miller Rancho Santa Fe CA
Justin C. Patterson, ARA Jefferson City MO
Gerald W. Warmann, Ph.D. Brookings SD
Larry L. Janssen Brookings SD
Daniel J. Pike Jackson MN
Tim Terras, ARA Fargo ND
Patrick L. Tomlinson Decatur IL
Cody J. White Chickasha OK
Matthew D. Foos, AFM Spearville KS
Morgan Troendle, AFM Cedar Falls IA
Andrew Langemeier Fremont NE
Dennis Badger Louisville KY
Rebecca Marie Brenny Janesville WI
Adam Gore, AFM Boston MA
Nathan Wenger Pontiac IL
Jesse J. Ball Sioux Falls SD
Bruce M. Burger Bozeman MT
Alicia Massaro Wooster OH
Danielle Peebler Mt Pleasant IA
Tyler Mark, Ph.D. Lexington KY
James E. Gargulak Rice Lake WI
William E. Lundquist Loveland CO
Jason L. Rustan, ARA Bloomington MN
Bethany Toews Wolf Point MT
Laura Enger Mahomet IL
Bobby Keith Flora, AFM Richmond KY
Stephen J. Wright West Lafayette IN

5 Years
Bessie Richmond Jonesboro AR
Angela Brown Bickford Pickering MO
Brent R. Duey Albia IA
Brandon Kirk Marshall MN
Kim Larson Pierre SD
William G. Sellwood, ARA Minneapolis MN
Michael Garcia Paso Robles
Matthew Moxley Dublin GA
Joshua J. Palmer Fresno CA
Francisco A. Rivera Las Cruces NM
Gary D. Robinson Winnsboro LA
Adam Bradshaw Lakewood CO
Joshua Todd Robinson Portland OR
Shirley J. Smith West Plains MO
Stephen K. Armstead Midland TX
John M. Harris, ARA Palestine TX
R. Mike Lansford, AFM Fort Worth TX
Karen Fredenburg Anderson IN
Lindsy Coe Henderson Pittsfield IL
Jacquelyn Lahn Osseo WI
Jason Monroe Greeley CO
Adam Kestner, AFM Camp Point IL
Susan T. Morris Shepherd TX
Dana Long Great Bend KS
Denson A. Helms Enterprise AL
Thomas A. Bumgardner, RPRA Sherman IL
Harold L. Carter, Jr., ARA Cordele GA
Emily S. Lucke Pinedale WY
John Ritten Laramie WY
David J. Wyss, Jr. Flanagan IL
John R. Benz, AFM Quincy IL
Thomas Chandler Del Rey CA
Grant Fitzgerald, AFM Cedar Bluffs NE
Harrison Fosdick, AFM Fairbury IL
Jordan Miller Spokane WA
Kyle Ogden Mattoon IL
Ethan L. Smith, AFM Fort Worth TX
Nicholas B. Suess Decatur IL
Robert J. Warmbir, AFM Kankakee IL
Joel Ambrose Panora IA
Charles P. Dewanz Windom MN
Julian B. Lightle IV Memphis TN
Jacob C. Schlipf, Jr., AFM Bloomington IL
Brad A. Wisener Wapakoneta OH
Debbie Mercier New Franken WI
Daniel P. Barnett, ARA Athens TX
Paul A. Burgener, AFM Gering NE
James W. Thomason, RPRA Albuquerque NM
Joshua J. Whetham Rapid City SD
Ken Hobart Greenville MS
Larry Kreger, Jr. Phoenix AZ
Nicholas C. Pease Lewisburg PA
Jacob R. Zook, ARA Kingfisher OK
Nicholas E. Miller Bloomington IL
Trey Hayden, AFM Marked Tree AR
Mark Van Den Berg Marlette MI
Jason Boyd Brewer, AFM Marked Tree AR
John Deakin Keeney Kearney NE
Mason J. Troendle Storm Lake IA
Erin VanderHeiden Marion IA
Brooks Moser Twin Falls ID
Jason Lestina, AFM Oswego IL
Ryan Derstein Garden City KS
Steven Michael Johnston Nevada IA
Jonathan T Oltman, AFM Oakland IA
Bobbi Jo Statton Janesville WI
Seth A. Van Duyn, AFM Sioux Falls SD
Vincent Ross Albert, AFM Bloomington IL
Ross Perkins, AFM Bloomington IL
John Schuler Le Roy IL
Julie C Barraza Boggs Mer Rouge LA
John Brethour, Jr. Easton PA
Cory M Hohman New Riegel OH
Philip A. Sadler San Antonio TX
Benjamin Harlow Tong Stillwater OK
Kevin Kerns Nevada IA
Phillip Brown, AFM Woodstock IL
Matthew Slightom Carlinville IL
Deanna Lee Knapke Rockford OH
Michael W. Sharpe Laddonia MO
William Clayton Miller Denton TX
Tessa Noe Billings MT
Wade McAlpine Great Falls MT
Aaron B. Stark Cannon Falls MN
Craig Thompson Bloomington IL
Chad Gilbreath Roseburg OR
Justin Connolly Centralia MO
Joseph John Doran Rapid City SD
Brice Olsen Omaha NE
Meagan Stephenson Salem OR
Chad Anthony Crawford, RPRA Calhoun GA
Jason Disney Lexington KY
Tyler Foister Albany GA
Benjamin W. Gibson Ellenton FL
Emily R. Henkes Lancaster WI
Trevor Vann Milbourn Las Cruces NM
Donovan Lynn Solbreken Willmar MN
Diane Elizabeth Zelhart Normal IL
Kimberlie J. DeWees, AFM, AAC Rensselaer IN
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