Ag Tour & Rapid Fire Sessions

Tuesday, November 14th

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Technology Rapid Fire

Details Coming Soon

Wednesday. November 15th

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DuPont Pioneer Farm Management Ag Tour

DuPont Pioneer is proud to continue their long tradition of enhancing the experience of ASFMRA Annual Conference attendees by sponsoring the 2017 Ag Tour. This year’s Ag Tour is focused on visiting and learning about the interesting and unique challenges of the local area and focuses on The Story of the Vidalia Onion, Ottawa Farms and Faulkville Fiber Supply.

Starting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa the tour will head to the growing region of Vidalia – for a visit of historic Vidalia Onion Country.

The Vidalia Onion story takes root in Toombs County, Georgia over 60 years ago, when a farmer by the name of Mose Coleman discovered in the late spring of 1931 that the onions he had planted were not hot, as he expected. They were sweet! It was a struggle to sell the onions at first, but Coleman persevered, and in the 1940s, the State of Georgia built a Farmers’ Market in Vidalia. The small town was at the juncture of some of South Georgia’s most widely traveled highways so the market had a thriving tourist business. Word began to spread about “those Vidalia onions.” Through the 1950s and 60s, production grew at a slow but steady pace, reaching some 600 total acres by the mid-1970s. Beginning in 1990, technology borrowed from the apple industry was adapted to begin the controlled atmosphere (CA) storage of Vidalia Onions. Now, some 125 million pounds of Vidalia Onions can be put into CA storage for up to 7 months, thus extending the marketing of Vidalia’s through the fall and into the holiday season.

Once you have had a “taste” of those sweet Vidalia Onions, the tour will depart of Ottawa Farms a 3rd generation family operation. The Waller family has owned and operated this farm since the 1800’s. Pete Waller, the owner, is the third generation to actively participate in farming this 700-acre farm. Ottawa Farms is more than just a “farm” and has been “green” before that was a popular pastime. The Waller family has always tried to be good stewards of the land and open their farming operations to groups on a regular basis. The farm annually hosts the Strawberry Festival, Cattle Field Days and the Fall Corn Maze. 
After visiting Ottawa Farms, the tour will head to Faulkville Fiber Supply, one of International Paper’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. Their entire business depends upon the sustainability of the forests and continuing to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come. Join DuPont Pioneer to see just how Falukville Fiber Supply fulfills International Paper’s mission to “transform renewable resources into products people depend upon every day.”

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rapid Fire Case Studies

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Ready to Stigma? – Identifying and Analyzing Impact of (Non-Environmental) Stigma, Donald A. Fisher, ARA, MAI
This presentation will identify several types on non-environmental stigma scenarios, the type of actual and perceived stigma causing devaluation of nearby properties, methods of measuring possible value losses, and the results of stigma studies completed by the presenter.

Bio: Don Fisher is Executive Vice-President of CNY Pomeroy Appraisers which was formed from the merger of Pomeroy Appraisal Associates, an 85-year old real estate appraisal and consulting firm headquartered in Syracuse, NY, and CNY Appraisers, another local appraisal and consulting firm. Don has been providing appraisal services throughout Upstate New York and in other selected areas for special projects for over 43 years. He has expertise in many types of real property for most types of valuation needs, including eminent domain, conservation easements, financing, assessment issues, Indian land claims, and environmental damages.
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8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Automation and Robotics Impact on Agriculture Values 2017, Richard Gilmore, ARA
A look at automation and robotics as it impacts all of agriculture. The changes are impacting the farm, the food chain and all forms of agriculture. This program will explore the latest and greatest technological developments and their impact on agricultural asset values.

Bio: In 2012, Dick Gilmore and Jodi Pries joined forces to create AgVisory LLC. There are three divisions of services they provide to clients: Valuation (Appraisal), Review & Audit, and Consulting.
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9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Appraisal Reviews by the Market, Fred Geyer, ARA
Appraised values are compared with market prices for over 60 auction sales of farms mostly in Northeast Indiana. The data represents one member’s experience over a 30-year period. Explanations are offered for the variance between appraised values and selling prices.

Bio: Born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in northern Indiana. Graduated from Purdue University and Michigan State University, earning a PhD in agricultural engineering in 1967. Worked as a financial analyst for CPC international in New York from 1967 to 1979. Joined the Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company in 1979. Performs farm appraisal work and also managed real estate auction staffing for 15 years. Currently semi-retired.
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 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

FSA Guidelines, Thomas Dobbins, RPRA
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Supplemental Documents: FSA Appraisal Guidelines, FSA Appraisal Guidelines Poultry Addendum

10:45 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Appraising Unique & Oddball Properties, Mary Marshall and Mark Williams, ARA
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12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Appraising Intangible Assets, Ward Nefstead, PhD
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1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Timber Valuation for Non-Foresters, Morgan Mellette
The purpose of this presentation is to enable the appraiser who has no forestry background to be able to comply with the Competency Rule of USPAP. While in many states, only a registered forester can appraise timber, understanding these principles and techniques will enable an appraiser to communicate more effectively with foresters when appraising timberland properties. The information contained in this presentation will include the following:
• Sources of timber price information
• Factors affecting the value of timber
• Units of timber measurement
• Estimating the value of premerchantable pine plantations
• Estimating the contributory value of timber

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1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Property Rights & What is Fee Simple / Partial Interests, Justin Bierschwale, ARA and John Widdoss, ARA 
Description & Bio Coming Soon

6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

YPN Evening in Savannah
Monsanto is once more proud to sponsor the Young Professionals Evening in Savannah!  Join Monsanto and other young professionals at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront.  Set on vibrant River Street, the Bohemian Hotel provides for an exciting dining destination to experience delicious food and dynamic entertainment in the comfortable, casual atmosphere of Rocks on the Roof.  Savor tapas-style cuisine while cozied up to the fire pit, and enjoy breath-taking views of the Savannah River and Historic District.   The is rooftop lounge has quickly become one of Savannah’s most popular hotspots!