AgroNomics...VISION for 2016
A US Ag Investment Conference
October 26 - 31, 2015 • San Antonio, TX
In Conjunction with ASFMRA's 86th Annual Meeting
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AgroNomics, Vision for 2016

Agriculture, Energy, and Policy

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State Approval Listing - This program has been submitted to most states for approval. This link is updated as approvals are received.

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Sunday, October 25

Cost Approach for General Appraisers (A301) - Day 1 - CANCELLED

This course is specifically designed to meet the 30 hours required by the Appraiser Qualifications Board for Qualifying Education for General Certified Appraisers. The course covers topics such as underlying Cost Approach definitions and concepts. Extensive site or land valuation techniques are presented because of the importance of land in rural properties. Comparable sales analysis is included for contributory value of land classes, as well as paired sales techniques, derivation and sequence of adjustments, analysis of properties with multiple land types, reconciliation, and case studies. Depreciation analysis covers age-life, modified economic age-life and market derived depreciation to include all forms of depreciation including physical, functional and external obsolescence. These topics are discussed with relevance toward the sometimes unique aspects of rural property valuation. The concepts are reinforced through classroom discussion, drill problems and periodic diagnostic quizzes.

Please Note: This course is designed to follow Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures. It is assumed the student has already gained the level of knowledge and understanding that is taught in the lower level classes.

Required Equipment & Textbooks: HP-12c, Hp-17bII or HP-19bII calculator; Appraisal of Rural Property, 2nd Edition

Optional Textbooks: Appraisal of Real Estate, Thirteenth Edition; Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, Fifth Edition

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm
CEUs: 27 hours + 3 hour exam
Schedule: Sunday - Wednesday
Room: Hill Country E
Instructor: Scott Seely, ARA & JoAnn Wall, ARA

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Monday, October 26

Appraisal Education Committee

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm
Room: Centerpoint Boardroom

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Tuesday, October 27

Executive Council Meeting

Council members should plan on breakfast starting at 7:00 am. The meeting will be called to order at 8:00 am. Lunch will be served in the Kerrville Private Dining Room.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room: Bandera

IRS Standards Panel

The first section of this presentation will be by Karin Gross, IRS Chief Counsel supervisory attorney, on valuation of donated real property, including conservation easements. Karin will discuss the 2006 Pension Protection Act changes to the appraisal law and the contiguous/enhancement rules for conservation easement valuations. Theresa Melchiorre, IRS attorney will also be presenting on behalf of the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, covering section 2032A issues, Special Use Valuation for Agriculture Property with Estate valuation. More information to be posted as it becomes available.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 am
Room: Uvalde

Developers / Instructor Workshop - CANCELLED

Individuals interested in the process of becoming certified ASFMRA instructors or seasoned veterans who are up for renewal are required to attend the Instructor Workshop once every three years in order to be able to instruct for ASFMRA. You will learn more about adult learning styles, tools and techniques and share best practices with your colleagues. New this year is a discussion with Gary Taylor of the Appraisers Qualification Board (AQB) to discuss what their requirements are for educational materials.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm
Room: Brady
Instructor: Leonard Meador, AAC

Rural Sales Analysis and Confirmation

The development of a reliable market database includes the discovery, confirmation, analysis, and archiving of real estate sales. The objective of this seminar is to focus primarily on the confirmation process. Analysis of the market data collected, for use in yield capitalization, and estimating accrued depreciation is a secondary focus. The class participant’s past experience in the two resulting steps are likely varied, but complete sales analysis is not possible without in-depth sales confirmation. The areas that will be reviewed in this one-day seminar are the following:

  • Standardization of terminology used in the confirmation process
  • Attributes/limitations of confirmation with traditional parties to a transaction
  • Components and merit of a well-designed sales sheet
  • Alternatives to traditional verbal sales sheet
  • Logical sequence of questions to overcome confirmee’s sensitivity
  • Special questions asked to extract yield capitalization and overall depreciation rates
  • Confirmation styles/methods demonstrated from role play sessions

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm
Room: Hondo
Instructor: Wayne Young, ARA

NRCS & USDA Conservation Easement Practices Panel

Conservation Easement and Agriculture Land Easement programs, valuation of easements by the Area Wide Market Analysis and a summary of the Farm Bill as it relates to statute with law on Agriculture Land Easements and divisions of funding options. The presentation will be by Robert Ramsey, who is a National Appraiser and Jeremy Stone, Agriculture Land Easement Director.

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Uvalde

Texas Underground Tour

Hidden beneath the rolling hills of the scenic Texas Hill Country is Texas’ largest network of caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns. Guests tour on foot through the North Cavern, exploring its depths design and geological beauty guests. Natural Bridge Cavern is a comfortable 70° all year round, the perfect temperature for exploring the natural grounds. Then, glide high above the Texas Hill Country by zip lining. Snap in to your harness, step to the edge of the zip line platform, raise your feet and – sail across the landscape. The thrill of the ride is matched by the beauty of your surroundings, a natural experience of flight.

Comfortable walking shoes that provide good traction on steep wet surfaces are recommended. The tour descends 180 feet below the surface of the Earth and is all walking. There are no elevators or escalators. Total walking distance is about 3/4 of a mile. There are low lighting levels inside of the cavern. The Caverns are not wheelchair/handicapped accessible.

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Buses: Load at 12:45 pm at the Ballroom Motor Court

Best in Business Ethics

The Society has made great strides in recent years fine tuning the ethics course and this revised offering is a fresh approach focusing on the real-life challenges professionals face applying ethical principles. Challenging ethical case studies taken from actual cases will be discussed. There will also be a review of key society rules and policies as they pertain to ethics.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm
CEUs: 4 hours + 1 hour exam for those that need it
Room: Uvalde
Instructor: Edward Lumpee, ARA

Texas Chapter ASFMRA Meeting

This meeting is for Texas Chapter members. This will be the Chapter's "annual" meeting. We will install new officers and directors for the 2016 year. Texas Chapter members are encouraged to attend since we will also discuss any final arrangements for the Skeet Shoot and Chapter dinner hosted on Wednesday evening.

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm
Room: TX Chapter Hospitality Suite (Room # TBD)

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Wednesday, October 28

Executive Council Meeting

Breakfast will begin at 7:00 am. The meeting will be called to order at 8:00 am.

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Room: Bandera

Management Education Committee

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm
Room: Centerpoint Boardroom

7-Hour National USPAP - 2016 Version

The underlying theme of all sections are USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. Discussion will focus on specific USPAP revisions and afford you the opportunity to apply this information through case studies and a review of frequently asked questions and responses of various USPAP topics. The material emphasizes the role of the appraiser, the appraiser’s impartiality associated with this role, and helps clarify concepts such as scope of work and when USPAP applies. The special responsibilities of the appraiser with regard to impartiality are explored in detail.

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm
Room: Brady
Instructor: Jeffrey L. Berg, ARA

Education Foundation Board Meeting

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 am
Room: Bandera

Committee Chair Lunch

Chairs of the ASFMRA National Committees are invited to join the ASFMRA Executive Council for lunch. This is the opportunity for the ASFMRA President to share the Society goals for the upcoming year.

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45
Room: Courtyard Deck or Kerrville Private Dining

Chapter Officers Workshop

Chapter leaders are encouraged to attend this workshop to share ideas, learn first-hand about changes within ASFMRA and have the opportunity to network with members from around the country as well as ASFMRA staff and Executive Council. All chapters are encouraged to send their leadership to the informative annual workshop.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: Hill Country G

National Committee Meetings

  • Appraisal Education Committee - (Monday, Oct. 26, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) - Centerpoint Boardroom
  • Appraisal Review Committee - Bandera A
  • Bylaws Committee - Bandera B
  • Editorial Committee - Bandera C
  • Education Foundation Board Meeting (10:45 am - 11:45 am) - Bandera
  • Ethics Committee - Uvalde A
  • Government Relations Committee - Uvalde B
  • Management Education Committee (7:30 am - 12:00 pm) - Centerpoint Boardroom
  • Sponsorship Committee - Uvalde C

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Unless noted differently
Room: See Committee Meetings Listed Above (Rooms subject to change)

Take a Shot! Sporting Clay Shooting

Everyone is welcome to join us at the National Shooting Complex. Whether you have never shot a gun or a super sharp shooter, you are invited to join in the fun. This is for all the ladies and all the men. All equipment will be provided. Basically, all you need to do is show up and shoot! The Texas Chapter will be out there cooking for the Welcome Dinner. The Texas Chapter will also be providing snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during the shooting. After the shooting is over, anyone can partake in the adult beverages that we’ll also provide as well as the amazing barbecue dinner being provided by the Texas Chapter, ASFMRA.

Upon arrival guests are welcomed into the Club House / Pro Shop area where National Shooting Complex staff will provide an overview of our facility in regards to the history of the facility, what / who we are, what we do / offer and what the afternoons event will consist of . Also at this time we will have a basic safety brief, to be covered in more detail at the shooting station(s) by the instructors prior to shooting, and distribute safety equipment (eye and ear protection). We also encourage questions and answers at this time.

Be sure your attire is comfortable for the weather and for an outdoor activity. The paths are asphalt and it is recommend that everyone wear closed toed shoes. Ladies, no overly baggy blouses as they tend to interfere with the mounting of the gun.

Be sure to thank the members of the Texas Chapter for this afternoon of fun and activity! Their organization and planning has made this afternoon possible.

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buses: Load at 1:30 pm at the Ballroom Motor Court
Sponsors: Texas Chapter, ASFMRA

Board of Director's / Membership Meeting / Officer Installation

ASFMRA members won’t want to miss the annual Board of Directors Meeting which includes the Installation of Officers for the coming year. See ASFMRA leaders in action as Director representatives from each chapter gather to assist in the decision making process for the Society.

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room: Hill Country D

Welcome to Texas Dinner - National Shooting Complex

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Texas Chapter, ASFMRA

Located along the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the National Shooting Complex is not only 671 acres of peaceful rolling hills and picturesque countryside, but to firearms enthusiasts throughout the United States and beyond, this multi-million dollar complex is known as one of the most complete sport shooting and recreational facilities in the world.

Join the members of the Texas Chapter for an outstanding welcome to Texas. The Texas Chapter will be providing great entertainment, fantastic BBQ, refreshing drinks, and an all-around warm Texas welcome!

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Departure: Buses load at 5:30 pm and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court
Sponsors: Texas Chapter, ASFMRA

Other Wednesday Events:

  • AgWare Users Group Meeting - RW Pavilion | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Hertz Company Meeting - Hll Country F | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Thursday, October 29

Rapid Fire Case Studies - Challenges & Solutions

Back by popular demand - and expanded to a full day – Rapid Fire Case Studies brings unique appraisal assignments to the table. The topics vary widely and the sessions are brief, so you're guaranteed a fast moving day filled with diversified material. (Note: The fee for this session includes lunch). Submitted for 6 hour appraisal credit.

David Bunton - Appraisal Foundation / Current Issues Around Standards and Alternative Standards
Thomas E. Dobbin, RPRA - USDA-Farm Service Agency-(FSA) Appraisals and Government Contracting
Richard W. Gilmore, ARA - Disruptive Technologies - 2015
D. Matt Marschall, ARA - Impact and Analysis of Water Costs, Availability and Reliability on Farmland Values in the Southwest
Ronald J. Rasmussen, ARA - One Appraisers View of Appraisal Techniques of a Cranberry Marsh
Cameron Stewart - 2014-2015 Rural Land Sale Price Trends
Mark A. Williams, ARA - Supersized & Stinky
Wendell C. Wood, ARA - Regression Analysis in Rural Appraisal

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 pm
Sponsor: Farm Credit
Room: Hill Country E-G

DuPont Pioneer Farm Management Ag Tour -

The Ag Tour is Full. You may still register and be placed on the waiting list.

DuPont Pioneer is proud to continue our long tradition of enhancing the experience of the ASFMRA membership and spouses attending the annual meeting. The Ag Tour is focused on visiting and learning about the interesting and unique history and aspects of the local area, particularly those relevant to agriculture. The 2015 DuPont Pioneer Ag Tour will focus on several sites at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, the Sauer-Beckmann Farm, the LBJ Ranch and the “Texas White House”, all near Johnson City, TX.

We’ll depart from the Hyatt Hill Country Resort at 7:30 a.m. and drive to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site outside of Johnson City in the small community of Stonewall on the Pedernales River. We’ll have refreshments and a break there at the visitor center and then each of the three buses will rotate between the three main stops of the morning.

  • The Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farm, presented as it was in 1918. Here a cluster of buildings functions as a living farm where volunteers in period costumes carry on their chores exactly as they would have done 100 years ago. The Sauers undoubtedly knew the Johnson family across the river since Augusta Sauer Lindig was the midwife for LBJ's birth. The Beckmann family acquired the property in 1900 and eventually constructed most of the buildings seen here today. In 1966 Edna Beckmann Hightower sold the site to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Victorian-style house porches were built by the Beckmann's after a bountiful cotton crop in 1915. The stone and log buildings next to it predate the Beckmann's and were built by the Sauer's as they built up the homestead in the 1800's.

  • The LBJ Ranch. Now part of the National Park Service and located just across the river from the State Park, The LBJ Ranch was where the President was born, lived, died, and was buried. After his death in 1973, Mrs. Johnson continued to live at the Ranch part-time until her death in 2007. We’ll tour the Ranch and see the President's birthplace and the Johnson family cemetery. We’ll stop at the Show Barn to admire the prizewinning Hereford cattle and hear from the cowboys that operate the ranch. Registered Herefords sold for breeding purposes constituted a large portion of a rancher's income, and stock shows played a large part in determining the worth of select animals. Johnson stipulated to park planners that the LBJ Ranch remain a working ranch, and not a "sterile relic of the past." To that end, the National Park Service maintains a herd of Hereford cattle descended Johnson's registered herd and manages the ranch lands as a living demonstration of ranching the LBJ way.

  • The Texas White House. The focalpiece of the LBJ Ranch is the LBJ Ranch House, the home of President Johnson and a center of political activity for more than 20 years. Leaders from around the world visited the Johnsons here, and during the Johnson Administration it became known as the Texas White House. President Johnson was the first President to create a functioning White House away from Washington. In 1972 the Johnsons donated the Texas White House to the National Park Service and the American people. After the President's death in 1973, Mrs. Johnson continued to live at the Ranch part time until her death in 2007. Mrs. Johnson kept on display many of the gifts the Johnsons received while in public service. The Texas White House is "a house full of gifts that's a gift to our nation."

After the tour stops, we’ll enjoy a locally-catered lunch and relax on the bank of the Pedernales River at the Dining Hall & Picnic Area of the LBJ State Park. We’ll return to the Hyatt Resort after lunch. The tour group should be back at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Space is limited so register early!

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Buses will depart 7:30 am
Sponsor: DuPont Pioneer
Departure: Buses load and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

AgWare Back to Basics

AgWare – Back to Basics is a beginner-level course that provides the participant with introductory concepts, basic skills experiences, and the opportunity to build confidence in using AgWare agricultural appraisal software to create UAAR format reports.
  • Methods used include instructor presentation, discussion, small and large group participation, and practicum on the user’s personal pc.
  • AgWare software supports the principles and practices of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).
  • Consideration of differences for Enterprise database users is provided as needed.
  • Participants are expected to have completed a minimum of one year of formal instruction in appraisal methodology and possess intermediate-level computer skills.
  • Required equipment: personal laptop with AgWare DataLog and AgWare ClickFORMS installed
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Deborah Martin
Sponsor: Ag Ware
Room: Uvalde AB

Arts and Gardens - Spouse/Guest Tour

The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum was founded in 1950 and is the first museum of contemporary art in Texas. The museum enchants visitors with the beauty of its collected works, landscaped grounds and elegant Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture. Next guests will enjoy lunch at the beautiful Paloma Blanca restaurant, a local favorite. Guests then walk through the Japanese Tea Garden which includes stone arch bridges, a Japanese Pagoda, lily pond, exotic plants, a 60-foot waterfall and a Japanese tori gate at the entrance. The lush year-round garden and floral display is truly breath taking.

It is recommended that guests wear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, etc. for this event.

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm
Buses: Buses load at 9:15 am and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

Accreditation Ceremony & Awards Presentation

The Accreditation and Awards Ceremony is a special part of each annual meeting. It is here that members are applauded for their hard work and dedication in achieving designations and industry professionals are recognized for their contributions to agribusiness and the ASFMRA. Don't miss this opportunity to share the excitement during what is truly a celebration of excellence!

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 pm
Room: Hill Country E-G

Trade Show Opening Reception Honoring Newly Accredited & Award Recipients

The ASFMRA Trade Show will set the stage for the Opening Reception of the 86th Annual Meeting of ASFMRA as well as the opening of AgroNomics, Vision for 2016. Congratulate the newly accredited members and award recipients who will have just been honored at the ceremony preceding the reception. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones as you mingle with vendors in the trade show hall. Following the reception, your evening is free to explore San Antonio and enjoy dinner with old and new friends.

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 pm
Room: Independence Ballroom

Evening on the Riverwalk

Enjoy an evening in downtown San Antonio on the Riverwalk. Buses will be available to transport you downtown where you will be dropped off at the Riverwalk. Enjoy an evening of dining and sightseeing. Buses will return to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country resort starting at 9:00 pm. The last bus will depart the Riverwalk at 11:00 pm.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 pm
Buses: Buses load at 6:30 pm and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

Young Professionals Network - Evening on the Riverwalk

Calling all YPN members! We are looking for all those young professionals in the 35 and under age category. This group will take advantage of the buses heading down to the Riverwalk and breakaway for some YPN socializing and a cocktail party at Casa Rio Restaurant. Enjoy the evening but don't forget that the last bus will depart the Riverwalk at 11:00 pm.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 pm
Buses: Buses load at 6:30 pm and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

Other Thursday Events:

  • Exhibitor Set-up
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Friday, October 30

Leadership Institute Alumni Meeting

Calling all alumni of the Leadership Institute. Greet fellow alumni and learn how the program has evolved over the years. Hear what recent attendees have to say about the 2014 event as they will have just returned. Meet representatives from DuPont Pioneer, key sponsors of the Leadership Institute, and learn about changes they have in store for the future of the program. *A full registration packet or a Friday registration must be purchased to participate.

Time: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Sponsor: DuPont Pioneer
Room: Charlie's Long Bar

Welcome and Opening Ceremony

Time: 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

The Natural Gas Landscape: Are we close to Harvest?

The day will start off with a presentation of the natural gas industry and price structure. This session will include an update of the development of natural gas export trends and uses including changes in the expected price structure, natural gas exploration and economic development. Hallerman will also include a discussion of how natural gas liquids prices will be changing in the near-term future.

Speaker: Detlef Hallermann, PhD; Associate Clinical Professor, Texas A&M University
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 am
Room: Independence Ballroom

Spouse / Guest Breakfast

A tradition at the annual meeting, the Spouse/Guest Breakfast is coordinated by the ‘First Ladies of ASFMRA’, the wives of the current and incoming society presidents. This is always a fun-filled time with a meaningful program and is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 am
Room: Kerrville Private Dining

Irrigation Technology to Address Farmers’ Varying Needs: Water Efficiency & Optimization, Improved Yields, and Reduced Runoff

Trimble will explain what they consider to be the main drivers that will force farmers to be more efficient with water, and how Trimble is contributing to these needs with technology. These technologies include data driven irrigation application control, field surface preparation and drainage water management solutions. Explanation will be provided on how these technologies are being used in different crops and geographies.

Speaker: Caroline McKinney; Product Manager – Irrigation; Trimble Navigation, Agriculture Division
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

Viva! San Antonio - Spouse/Guest Tour

Begin the day with a guided walking tour through the beautiful King William district. Then, the voyage continues on the Riverwalk aboard a river barge. Cruise the river while our charismatic aficionados give an exciting and entertaining narrative. Next, lunch at Mi Tierra, an institutional landmark that has authentic Mexican dishes, pastries and candies, year round Christmas lights and strolling musicians. Finally, El Mercado, with it’s rows of authentic crafts such as leather goods, paper-mache, blankets, apparel, pottery, jewelry and an assortment of colorful shops.

It is recommended that guests wear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, etc. for this event.

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm
Buses: Buses load at 9:15 am and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

Commercial Wind Energy Development in the United States (Appraisal Breakout)

Commercial scale wind development in the United States continues to be one of the most publicized forms of alternative energy development. This presentation will give a history of wind development in the United States, an overview of the economics behind wind development, political issues surrounding its continued development, and types of infrastructure currently utilized. The presentation will further explore standard leasing verbiage, methodologies utilized to value wind rights, and possible impacts to surface values.

Speaker: Justin Bierschwale, ARA, MAI, MRICS - Real Estate Appraiser, Owner, Bierschwale Land Company, LLC
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room: Hill Country E-G

EPA - The Threat to Agriculture (Management/Consulting Breakout)

EPA has made a strategic determination to reduce nutrient pollution to the waters of the United States. As a result, agriculture will feel the brunt of EPA power in a way agriculture cannot even imagine. EPA will use its powers under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Act and Pesticide Act to control agriculture in the U.S.

Speaker: Gary Baise, Partner; Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

Protecting the Surface When Negotiating an Oil and Gas Lease in Texas - (Appraisal Breakout)

Oil and gas production has occurred in Texas for over 100 years. During this time, the Texas courts has developed rules regarding the interaction of the surface and mineral estates when mineral exploration and production occur. Of primary importance, the mineral lessee (oil company) has the automatic right to use as much of the surface as reasonably needed to explore and produce the minerals without asking the surface owner for permission, paying surface damages or cleaning up when it leaves. This rule creates problems for landowners in protecting the surface and for appraisers who appraise the property. Strategies for protecting the surface will be addressed.

Speaker: Judon Fambrouch,Senior Lecturer and Attorney at Law with the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room: Hill Country E-G

Trends and Issues in World Agriculture - (Management Breakout)

Parry Dixon, Ph.D. will discuss the major trends in world agricultural markets over the past 25 years and current factors that suggest changes in the coming decades.

Speaker: Parry Dixon, PhD.; ADM, Decatur, IL
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

Land Report Deals of the Year

Eric O'Keefe is the editor of The Land Report. His magazine has a unique vantage point over the land market from crop land to recreational properties and large ranches. Eric will share his insights into the current market, trends he is observing and his thoughts on the current market direction.

Speaker: Eric O'Keefe - Editor - The Land Report
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

A Legislative Update

Join Stephen Frerichs, ASFMRA's Legislative Representative, as he provides the latest news from the Hill.

Speaker: Stephen Frerichs, AgVantage LLC
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Room: Hill Country E-G

Ag's Top Ten

Since Letterman has retired, Dr. Flinchbaugh will fill the void with a presentation on the top ten issues facing agriculture in the current dysfunctional political environment. Dr. Flinchbaugh will do this in his usual blunt and entertaining fashion. Issues will include water, climate change, trade, farm programs, bio-tech, etc. The selections will be controversial. If we agree with each other, it should worry both of us.

Speaker: Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor Emeritus; Kansas State University
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room: Hill Country E-G

Education Foundation Auction & Dance

The Auction Event is tradition at the annual meeting and brings young and older members together for a purely social evening. Enjoy the bidding at the Silent Auction that precedes the Live Auction and always offers a wide variety of exceptional items. Following dinner, you’ll know the festivities are about to begin when the auctioneer approaches the microphone. All proceeds benefit the Education Foundation which is the backbone behind the outstanding education program that is the heart of ASFMRA.

The true Texas hospitality and fun begins as the final gavel falls. Stick around and kick up your heels to BILLY MATA & THE TEXAS TRADITION! The Texas Chapter, ASFMRA is sponsoring this evening of music and dance by featuring Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition. This group has been highly recognized as "Traditional Country & Western Swing Music at its Best"! Be sure to take time and enjoy the opportunity to hear the most nominated band by Academy of Western Artists, Winner of the 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year, 2005 Entertainer of the Year, and the 2005 Male Vocalist of the Year! You will be treated to their music throughout the auction! Plus an evening of music and dancing will wrap up the night. Be sure to share your appreciation with the members of the Texas Chapter!

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Texas Chapter - Auction Entertainment: BILLY MATA & THE TEXAS TRADITION
Room: Independence Ballroom

Other Friday Events:

  • Ag Innovation Sessions
  • AgroNomics Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • Lunch in Exhibit Hall & Discussion Group Tables
  • Silent & Live Auction Event in Exhibit Hall
  • AM and PM Breaks in the Exhibit Hall
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Saturday, October 31

Bioenergy Opportunities: Assets of Land or Opportunistic Sources in Land Management

Are resources utilized for bioenergy true land assets, or can the energy source be a function of good land management practices? Texas Conservation Bioenergy is exploring this and the answers lie in economics, in historic land use patterns, and in opportunities for energy companies to utilize various feedstock sources for production of energy. Side benefits can include cleaner emissions and improved water quality. This presentation will explore some of these feedstocks, and help us to understand the benefits of using sources of bioenergy for both export and domestic production. Some feedstock sources may be cross beneficial in providing ecosystem benefits such as improved land health for grazing, improved water quality and quantity, and use of invasive and problem species.

Speaker: Mike Petter; Resource & Land Management
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Room: Independence Ballroom

A Primer on the Evolution of the US Oil & Gas Lifecycle

This presentation will cover the history of the Oil & Gas Exploration in the US and will shed light on the process of developing an Oil & Gas asset on land. Upon completion, participants will be familiar with the primary stages of drilling, completion, and production of a modern oil and gas well. Participants will also learn about the current regulatory structure and how the industry is utilizing technology for safety and environmental stewardship.

Presenter: Brandon Fos; Assistant District Manager for Halliburton in San Antonio and Seth Austin; District Technology Manager for Halliburton's San Antonio District
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Independence Ballroom

Texas History Tour - Group Tour

Today, guests tour the historical Mission San Jose, Known as the "Queen of the Missions", this is the largest of the missions and was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s. Guests will view and award-winning film that tells the story of the missions’ history. Next, Guests will visit Mission Concepcion, a stone church that was dedicated in 1755, and appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. It stands proudly as the oldest unrestored stone church in America! Last, a tour of the Institute of Texan Cultures , a museum and library that serves as the state's primary center for multicultural education, with exhibits, programs, and events.

It is recommended that guests wear, comfortable clothing, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, etc. for this event.

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Buses: Buses load at 12:45 pm and depart from the Ballroom Motor Court

Other Saturday Events:

  • AgroNomics Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • AM and PM Breaks in the Exhibit Hall

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San Antonio, TX
October 25 - 31, 2015

For more information about this conference, contact ASFMRA at or call 303-692-1215

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