2021 ASFMRA Award Winners
Each year, the ASFMRA recognizes distinguished ag land professionals with awards that honor the individuals' contributions to their craft.
The 2021 winners will be recognized during the ASFMRA Accreditation & Awards Ceremony, sponsored by Hertz, on November 3, 2021.
D. Howard Doane Award
This award is given to a member or non-member who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture with emphasis on farm management and rural appraisal.
2021 Winner: Fred L. Hepler, AFM AAC; Edmond, Oklahoma | Hepler & Associates, R.E.
Meritorious Service in Communication Award
This award acknowledges an individual, company, or association involved in the area of communications that has promoted understanding and goodwill between producers and consumers of agricultural products.
2021 Winner: Vance Crowe; Saint Louis, Missouri | Articulate Ventures LLC
Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award
This honor is usually awarded to a non-member in appreciation for distinguished service to agriculture other than directly in the farm management or rural appraisal professions.
2021 Winner: Senator Chuck Grassley; Iowa | US Senator in Congress
Early Career Award, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science
This national award, given annually by the ASFMRA, recognizes an outstanding “early career” member. This award recognizes “early career” members who are making outstanding contributions to their local chapter(s), the ASFMRA, and their local communities during their first 10 years of ASFMRA membership.
2021 Winner: Ryan T. Kay, AFM; Mount Vernon, Iowa | Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Henry A. Long, Jr., Appraiser of the Year, sponsored by Rabo AgriFinance
This award recognizes an ARA or RPRA designation member who has made an impact on the profession through involvement in the appraisal education courses, service on professional appraisal boards, community involvement or activities and whose clients, peers and colleagues affirm their professionalism and excellence within the appraisal profession.
2021 Winner: Chris L. Greenwalt, ARA, RPRA; Greeley, Colorado
Farm Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Syngenta, AgPro Magazine and ASFMRA
This award recognizes an AFM designation member who has made an impact on the farm management profession.
2020 Winner: Mark Callender, AFM
Gold Quill Award
Selected by the Editorial Committee, this award is given to the authors of the most outstanding article published during the year in the Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
2021 Winners: None
Silver and Gold Plow Awards
This award recognizes those Chapter Secretary/Treasurers with 10 years of service for the Silver Plow and 20 years of service for the Gold Plow. Records are retained by National for award purposes.
- Silver Plow Award - 10 years of service
- Lyndsy Bock; Mt Pleasant, Michigan | Greenstone F.C.S.
- Gold Plow Award - 20 years of service
- Boyd Harris; Centralia, Missouri | Boyd Harris Companies, Inc.
H.E. Stalcup Excellence in Education
This award recognizes individuals who have contributed his or her knowledge and countless hours toward the advancement of the ASFMRA educational offerings.
- Appraisal Education
- Brian J. Gatzke, ARA; Brookings, South Dakota | Northern Plains Appraisal, LLC
- Management Education
- Dennis Reyman, AFM, ARA; Storm Lake, Iowa | Stalcup Agri Service, Inc.
View Past Award Recipients
A special thanks to the following ASMFRA Chapters who supported all Award recipients and newly Accredited members at the 2020 ASFMRA Virtual Annual Conference, sponsored by LIA: