About the ASFMRA Leadership Institute
The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers has had a leading voice in ag policy discussions for almost two decades. Through our lobbying efforts and the Leadership Institute, ASFMRA has gained a reputation in Washington and built solid relationships with key policymakers. Some of the previous years' speakers included: USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Dave Button with the Appraisal Foundation, Representative Mike Conaway, John Hays, Senior Vice President and Policy Analyst with Farm Credit Council and Bart Fischer, House Ag Committee Chief Economist—to name a few. Thanks to our sponsor, Pioneer we are able to bring communications and advocacy training prior to delegates individual visits with their state representatives.
The Leadership Institute is your chance to get hands-on leadership training that you can apply to both your personal and professional life. As a Leadership Institute delegate you will:
- Meet influential government officials and key staffers.
- Participate in pre-meeting preparation training including a webinar with ASFMRA lobbyist Stephen Frerichs.
- Receive top-notch communication and advocacy training from the Wixted Group.
- Make appointments with your state congressional leadership to discuss the biggest issues facing ag policy today.
- Receive an official ASFMRA dress shirt from Lands End
- Sightsee in Washington D.C.
- Discover your leadership potential.
For Farm Managers and Consultants:
The Farm Management and Consultant Program is specifically designed for individuals in these professions. Your Leadership Institute experience will be designed to cover the most important legislative issues you face in your daily business and is designed to bring you the most accurate information from government officials making the laws that affect you.
The Farm Manager and Consultant Program starts on the morning of Monday, September 14, 2020, and concludes with an overnight stay at the Chesapeake Farms. Those attending this program MUST plan to leave Washington D.C. no earlier than 4:00 PM on Friday, September 18. There are only 20 spots available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend, please pre-register to get your name on the list.
The Appraiser Program is specifically designed for individuals in the rural appraisal profession. The program starts on the morning of Monday, September 14, 2020, and concludes at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 17.
The appraisers have the opportunity to meet the United States Government Appraisal Services Departments for USDA –NRCS & FSA & US Forest Service, Department of Interior ASD, Department of Justice, US Treasury (IRS), US Corps of Engineering, Department of Transportation, and several other key departments with rural property exposure. This is combined with the presentations by Associations including American Banking Association, Farm Credit Council, and Bank of Cooperatives, including other associations active with rural property promotion such as The Land Trust Alliance, US Waterfowl (Ducks Unlimited), The Nature Conservancy, and other Environmental and Natural Resource Organizations including The Appraisal Foundation, The Appraisal Standards Board, and The Appraisal Qualifications Board, etc. Over the course of two full days, the appraisers have an opportunity to expand their own knowledge of the profession and expand on networking opportunities directly with the department of US Government and trade associations.
There are only 10 spots available for the appraiser program and they fill up fast! Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend, please pre-register to get your name on the list.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and gain useful tools you can apply to your professional life and get a birds-eye view of your government in action. While a number of attendees are chapter sponsored, individuals are also encouraged to apply. Remember, this leadership training is available and beneficial to managers, appraisers and consultants. Tuition to attend, your airfare to Washington, DC and back, plus any incidental expenses and meals not covered by the Institute. Your tuition includes a shared sleeping room. If you desire a private room, delegates are required to pay the additional costs for the nights you stay. Alumni of this event all agree that it is a very worthwhile ASFMRA event!