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Job opening for an appraiser - Maricopa County Flood Control District
The Maricopa County Flood Control District seeks is seeking a Chief Appraiser. A full description is available here.

Dan Pietropaulo - In Memoriam
Dan Pietropaulo was the Executive Director of the Arizona Board of Apraisal and recently presented a paper at the Ag Forum in 2011. A full obituary is posted here.

Attend 2012 AZ Ag Forum and/or 7 Hour Course
The Arizona Chaper of the ASFMRA invites you to the 2012 AZ Ag Forum and/or a 7 HR Course taught by Keith Russell. The course is February 23 and the Forum is February 24, 2011.

Farmers find new cash crop in wind
Thank to Norm Edwards for the poiner to this article.

ASFMRA National President speaks to Recent Ag Land Values & Recent Ag Economics
Be sure to attend the National ASFMRA convention in Phoenix, Arizona - October 24th-28th, 2011.

On Open Mic this week, Kirk Weih, AFM an accredited farm manager and licensed real estate broker in Iowa who serves as president of ASFMRA, talks about the market forces impacting farmland - including the role of federal ethanol policy, who is buying at today's sky-high prices, and how steep the correction will be when it occurs. The interview runs about 9-and-a-half minutes and can be found at

USDA Designates 15 Counties in New Mexico and 3 contiuous Counties in Arizona as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Thanks to Norm Edwards for submitting the link:

Submit your Speaker/Topic suggestions for 2011 Ag Forum
We're always looking for fresh ideas - send your suggestions to Mark Keller ( / 602 236-8164).

Attend the 2010 Ag Forum
The Arizona Chaper of the ASFMRA invites you to the 7 HR USPAP Update Course and Spring Ag Forum on February 28, 2010. Details are posted here.

USDA Designates 13 Counties in Arizona as Primary Natural Disaster Area
Release No. 1528.09 Jonathan Groveman (202) 720-4178

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 13 counties in Arizona as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred during the period of January 1, through Dec. 31, 2009.

The 13 counties are: Apache, Greenlee, Pima, Cochise, Maricopa, Pinal, Coconino, Mohave, Santa Cruz, Gila, Navajo, Yavapai, and Graham.

"President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to the area and serious harm to farms in Georgia and we want to help," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to warm season grasses." |

Farm operators in La Paz and Yuma counties in Arizona also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Farm operators in the counties listed below in the adjacent states of California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

California: San Bernardino Colorado: Montezuma Nevada: Clark and Lincoln

New Mexico: Catron, Cibola, Grant, Hidalgo, McKinley and San Juan

Utah: Kane, San Juan

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Dec. 3, 2009, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at: FSA news releases are available on FSA's Web site at: via the "News and Events" link. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

2009 Officers Elected
Congratulations to this year's new officers:

  • President - Mark Keller
  • Vice President - Shawn Wood
  • Treasurer - Tom Van Hofwegen
  • Secretary - Fernando Gurrola

March 5, 2009

2009 Forum proceedings uploaded to the website
The presentations from the 2009 Spring Ag Forum have been uploaded to the website as Adobe PDF files.
March 1, 2009

Shawn Wood receives ARA designation
The Arizona Chapter of the ASFMRA is pleased to announce that Shawn Wood has completed all the requirements for the ARA designation - Congratulations to Shawn Wood, ARA.
January 5, 2009

2008 Ag Book has been uploaded
We hope to have more proceedings posted soon.
January 5, 2009

Join us at the 2009 Spring AG Outlook Forum
Friday, February 27, 2009
at the Pera Club in Tempe, AZ.
1 E Continental Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Don't miss our December Meeting
Monday, December 15, 2008 at Black Angus
2125 E Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ

Mark Findley and Leonard Meador honored at ASFMRA 2008 Meeting
November 18, 2008

Join us at the 2008 Spring AG Outlook Forum

Friday, February 29, 2008
at the Pera Club in Tempe, AZ.
1 E Continental Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

The 2007 Annual meeting in Atlanta is now Gone with the Wind
Fred Jaynes has written a summary.


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