The AgroNomics, Vision 3013 Ag Investment Conference & Trade Show held in conjunction with the 83rd annual meeting of ASFMRA drew more than 450 attendees to Indianapolis over Halloween week.

With an extensive program featuring more than 30 speakers and an enlarged industry trade show, the conference provided an informative, timely and highly relevant venue for anyone involved with agriculture.

One of the highlights of the ASFMRA Conference is the Accreditation and Awards Ceremony where individuals are honored for their outstanding contributions. The American Society was proud this year to award designations to 24 members.

Accredited Farm Managers (AFM)

•           Matthew Clarahan, Hertz Farm Management, Inc., Mount Vernon, IA

•           Steven Diedrich, Martin, Goodrich, & Waddell, Inc., Sycamore, IL

•           Patrick Gooding, Farmers National Company, Savoy, IL

•           Adam Gore, Halderman Real Asset Management, Carmel, IN

•           Jeffrey Hignight, Glaub Farm Management, Jonesboro, AR

•           Daniel Leith, U.S. Trust Bank of America, Fresno, CA

•           Benjamin Price, Farmers National Company, Earlham, IA

•           Jack Ray, Jr., Ritter Agribusiness, Marked Tree, AR

•           William Thompson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, San Angelo, TX

•           Kenny Traynom, Ritter Agribusiness, Memphis, TN

•           Morgan Troendle, Hertz Farm Management, Inc., Waterloo, IA

•           Eric Wilkinson, Hertz Farm Management, Inc., Kankakee, IL

•           Luke Worrell, Worrell-Leka Land Services; Jacksonville, IL

•           Matthew Wyss, Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Bloomington, IL

Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC)

•           Job Springer, The Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation, Ardmore, OK

Accredited Rural Appraisers (ARA)

•           Gary Bratton, American Forest Management, Inc., Sumter, SC

•           Judd Brooks, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Great Falls, MT

•           M. Chad Dugger, Chas. S. Middleton & Son, Lubbock, TX

•           Jeremy Hill, Progressive Farm Credit Services, Sikeston, MO

•           Cary Matthews, Farm Credit Midsouth, Jonesboro, AR

•           Rebecca McWilliams, Texas Land Bank, Thorndale, TX

•           Wade Schroeder, Lakewood, CO

•           Benjamin Ward, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Ontario, OR

Real Property Review Appraisers (RPRA)

•           Teresa DeMuri, USDA-Forest Service, Florence, WI

In addition to these newly accredited members, the following individuals were honored for their outstanding achievements:

Appraisal Professional of the Year Award

Donald A. Fisher, ARA, Pomeroy Appraisal Assoc., Inc., Syracuse, NY

Professional Farm Manager of the Year Award

Brent R. Bidner, AFM, Hertz Farm Management, Inc., Monticello, IL

D. Howard Doane Award

Ray L. Brownfield, AFM, ARA, Land Pro, LLC, Oswego, IL

Early Career Award

Corey D. Prins, AFM, Northwestern Farm Management Co., Marshall, MN

Meritorious Service in Communications Award

Troy & Stacy Hadrick, Advocates for Agriculture, Faulkton, SD

H.E. Buck Stalcup Excellence in Education Award

Richard R. Edmunds, ARA, AAC; Edmunds Enterprises, Delevan, NY – Manager; Paul E. Bierschwale, ARA, Bierschwale Land Company, LLC, Junction, TX – Appraiser

Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service in Agriculture Award

Mike Duffy, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Visit the AgroNomics meeting website at to view photos, handouts and speaker presentations from the Indianapolis conference. The American Society looks forward to 2013 and 84th annual meeting of ASFMRA will be Nov. 11-15 at the Peppermill Hotel Resort Casino in Reno, Nev.