Leadership Institute

ASFMRA Leadership Institute


About Leadership Institute

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers will host its 2022 Leadership Institute, sponsored by Pioneer, on August 17-19 in Johnston (Des Moines), Iowa. Leadership Institute is your chance to get hands-on leadership training that you can apply to both your personal and professional life. When you participate in Leadership Institute, you have the opportunity to receive top-notch communication and advocacy training and network with other rising rural land experts while discussing the biggest issues facing ag today.

Come to Leadership Institute to unlock and discover your leadership potential!

Agenda Overview

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (half-day, afternoon)
Welcome Reception and Dinner, sponsored by Pioneer
Washington Update by ASFMRA Legislative Consultant Stephen Frerichs
ASFMRA Government Relations Survey Results presented by Government Relations Chairs

Thursday, August 18, 2022
Pioneer Welcome
ASFMRA's Structure, Overview and Staff
Educations Committees’ Roles, Responsibilities and Projects
Management and Appraisal Breakout
“The Economics of It All” with Steve Elmore, Chief Economist at Corteva
"The Future of Ag" presented by Steven Maulberger, Vice President at Crop Risk Services, Inc.
Pioneer / Corteva Tour
"Developing and Using Influence" by the Dale Carnegie Training Group
Farm to Fork Dinner at Middlebrook Farm, sponsored by People’s Company

Friday, August 19, 2022 (Half-Day, morning)
Communications Training with the Wixted Group

Accommodations at Hilton Garden Inn - 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston Iowa
Meeting activities at Pioneer/Corteva Headquarters

$575, with opportunities available for scholarship (see below).


Due to the limited number of appraiser spots and high interest in this event, we required an application process for 2022. The application period has closed and all appraiser spots are full. To be placed on a waiting list and a contact list for future Leadership Institute events, please fill out your name, email, and Chapter below.


Many ASFMRA Chapters provide scholarships for one or two members of their Chapter to attend the Leadership Institute. The scholarship typically covers tuition and lodging during the Leadership Institute however details may vary based on each individual Chapter.  To find out if your Chapter provides a scholarship please contact your Chapter Secretary/Administrator


Stephen Frerichs

Stephen Frerichs is the ASFMRA’s Government Relations Representative and owns and operates his own consulting company, AgVantage LLC in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Frerichs specializes in budget, agricultural and credit issues and has over 30 years of agricultural policy experience in Washington, D.C.

Steve Elmore

Steve Elmore is the Economics and Strategic Marketing Intelligence Lead for Corteva, and was the leading economist for DuPont Pioneer before that. Earlier in his career, Mr. Elmore worked as the U.S. Agriculture Market and Policy Analyst for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) in the Economics Department at Iowa State University.

Eileen Wixted

Eileen Wixted is a nationally recognized strategic communications and crisis management veteran who specializes in the financial services, nuclear energy, agribusiness, and health care industries. As a strategist and communications trainer, she has helped clients navigate brand damaging issues as well as coached them to face hostile media interviews and government investigations.

**Additional speaker information coming soon.**