The Professional Farm Manager of the Year Awards was presented to Brent Bidner, AFM of Hertz Farm Management, Inc. in Monticello, IL. This award recognizes professional farm managers whose dedication and commitment to agriculture have benefited their clients, the American consumer and our most precious commodity - the land. The award is sponsored by The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, AgProfessional magazine and Syngenta. Bidner handles farm management for more than 18,000 acres in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Colorado. He has been with Hertz Farm Management since 1989 and provides professional farm management services as well as serving as Vice President. Since 1989, Brent has been a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In 1994, he received the designation of Accredited Farm Manager. Brent lives in Monticello with his wife, Lisa, and has two sons, Jake and Ryan.
Appraisal Professional of the Year
The 2012 Appraisal Professional of the Year was Donald A. Fisher, ARA, MAI. Each year this award honors an ASFMRA Accredited Member for their outstanding experience and commitment to excellence within the agricultural appraisal profession, including their industry contributions. Don Fisher is President of Pomeroy Appraisal Associates, an 82-year old real estate appraisal and consulting firm headquartered in Syracuse, NY which provides services throughout Upstate New York and in other selected areas. Fisher has expertise in many types of real property for most types of valuation needs, including eminent domain, conservation easements, financing and assessment issues. This award is sponsored by The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and Rabo AgriFinance.
D. Howard Doane Award
The 2012 D. Howard Doane Award was presented to Ray L. Brownfield, AFM, ARA of Land Pro, LLC in Oswego, IL. The D. Howard Doane Award is held in great esteem in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. It is given annually to a member or non-member who has demonstrated such qualities and outstanding contributions in the field of agriculture with emphasis on farm management and rural appraisal. Ray L. Brownfield, AFM, ARA, ALC was born and raised on an east-central Illinois grain and livestock farm. Ray graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Ray joined American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1966. Within five years, he earned the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation, and four years later, earned the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation. He served as President of the Illinois Chapter and Chairman of the American Society Ethics Committee. Ray is the recipient of the Illinois Chapter Hall of Fame Award, the Honorary Holbert Award from the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture, serves on the ISU Department of Agriculture Alumni Board, is on the Dean’s College of Applied Science and Technology Advisory Board and is the recent recipient of the College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame Award. Currently, Ray is nearing the end of his term as President of national REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) where he holds the Accredited Land Consultant designation. After retirement from CAPS in 2003, he started a new company called Land Pro, LLC, and currently manages approximately 4,500 acres, and is a real estate broker with John Greene Land Company in Oswego, IL. Ray and his wife, Patty, reside in Naperville, Illinois. Ray has two children, Scott and Heather, and two grandsons, Trevor and Aiden.
Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award
This award, named after a previous distinguished ASFMRA member, is presented each year to an individual in appreciation for service to agriculture other than directly in the farm management and rural appraisal professions. The recipient of the 2012 Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award was Michael D. Duffy, Ph.D. Dr. Duffy received his Ph.D. in Ag. Economics from Penn State in 1981. Dr. Duffy works as an Extension Economist in farm management at Iowa State University. He is the Director of Graduate Education in Sustainable Agriculture. Dr. Duffy is currently responsible for the annual land value survey, land tenure survey, cost of crop production estimates, Iowa farm costs and returns publication and he is state leader for the Extension Farm Financial Planning Program.
Early Career Award
The ASFMRA Early Career Award recognizes an outstanding early career member, someone who is making outstanding contributions to their local chapter, the ASFMRA and to their local communities during their first 10 years of ASFMRA membership. The recipient of the 2012 ASFMRA Early Career Award was Corey D. Prins, AFM. Corey Prins was born and raised on a corn, soybean, alfalfa, swine and beef farm in Southwestern Minnesota. Corey received a two year Ag-business Degree from Willmar Vocational School and then transferred to South Dakota State University and graduated with a BS in Ag –Business and a Minor in Agronomy. Following graduation he worked for Garst Seed Company for 6 years before joining Northwestern Farm Management Company in 2006. Corey is a Certified Crop Advisor and served as Minnesota’s ASFMRA Chapter Management Education Chair, and is the current 2nd Vice President for the MN Chapter.
Meritorious Service in Communication Award
The Meritorious Service in Communication Award acknowledges an individual, company, or association involved in promoting understanding and goodwill between producers and consumers of agricultural products. The 2012 recipients of the Meritorious Service in Communications Award were Troy & Stacy Hadrick, and their company, Advocates for Agriculture.
H.E. “Buck” Stalcup Excellence in Education Award
The H. E. “Buck” Stalcup Excellence in Education Award is awarded to individuals who have contributed his or her knowledge and countless hours toward the advancement of the ASFMRA education program. The 2012 H.E. “Buck” Stalcup Excellence in Education Awards went to Richard R. Edmunds, ARA, AAC of Delevan, NY for management education and Paul Bierschwale, ARA of Junction, TX for appraisal education.
Gold Quill Award
Every major professional Society and Association has a Journal that publishes the thoughts, ideas, and new developments of the organization and its members. The ASFMRA Journal includes those items and invites each member to consider submitting an article for publication. The Gold Quill honor is awarded to the author or authors of the most outstanding article published during the year in the Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The ASFMRA Editorial Committee presented the 2012 Gold Quill Award to Nicholas D. Paulson, Ph.D. for his article entitled, "Revisiting Flexible Cash Lease".
The 2012-2013 ASFMRA President, Paul J. Joerger, AFM noted “I am excited and proud to be a part of such a great organization. The 2012 Annual Meeting was one of the American Society’s best meetings yet. It was a great honor to recognize so many who have given so much to the Society and the professions we serve.” President Elect S. James Rickert, AFM, ARA added “Planning is already underway for the 2013 Annual Meeting to be held in Reno, Nevada. We are looking for another great line up of speakers, education, and networking opportunities. Mark your calendars now for November 11-15, 2013 for another great meeting.”
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The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) is recognized as the premier organization for rural property professionals, providing excellent education, networking opportunities, and legislative representation for its members. The American Society was founded in 1929 and has 35 local chapters within seven regional districts throughout the U.S.