California Chapter Introduces 2017-18 Board of Directors

Congratulations to the CA Chapter ASFMRA Board of Directors whose term will run October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. The board will be installed at the Installation & Awards Dinner on October 12, 2017 at The Cliffs Resort as part of the 2017 Fall Meeting.

President – Dan Whisenhunt, AAC, MBA; Agcom, LLC/Dan Whisenhunt Consulting, Turlock
President-Elect – JoAnn Wall, ARA; Above and Beyond Real Estate Services, Inc., Templeton
First Vice President – Martin Seanez, ARA; Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc., Fresno
Second Vice President – Jim Pisani, ARA; Farm Credit West, Woodland
Board Member 2nd Year – Ken Peters, AFM; Capital Ag Property Services, Fresno
Board Member 1st Year – Mike Merkley, ARA; American AgCredit, FLCA, Fallon, NV
Immediate Past President – Tony Toso, ARA; Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc., Hilmar
Secretary/Treasurer – Peter Holmes, AAC; Valley Ag Loans, Inc., Woodland

Please see the Chapter News page for a list of the 2017-18 Committee Chairs.

California Chapter Honors Members for Service at Fall Meeting

Each year at the Fall Meeting, the California Chapter honors various members for their service and dedication to the organization during the past membership year. The following individuals were recognized at the Installation and Awards Dinner in Pismo Beach in October...

Chapter Service Award - John Maus, ARA
For years of outstanding service and continued efforts in the areas of Bylaws and Government Relations.

Presidents Pick & Shovel Awards -
Dale Arthur, AFM - Service as chair of the Management/Consulting Education Committee.
Julie Rose Gonsalves - Service as chair of the Scholarship Committee.
Melissa Sandlin, ARA - Service as chair of the Appraisal Education Committee.


Nominations for 2018 Distinguished California Agriculturalist and Agricultural Stewardship Awards Open

Each year, the Awards Committee of the California Chapter encourages members to nominate deserving individuals for its two prominent awards recognizing outstanding agriculture professionals. The Distinguished California Agriculturalist Award honors an individual who has, through accomplishment, contributed in a significant and highly visible way to the betterment of California agriculture throughout his or her career while the Agricultural Stewardship Award recognizes a California agribusiness or person who has demonstrated excellence in conserving, maintaining and improving our natural resources and environment by using innovative and progressive business practices. Please seriously consider potential candidates for these two awards and contact Jaime Bigham, ARA, Awards Committee Chair, with any questions at or (559) 276-4824.
2018 CA Chapter Awards Nomination Forms.pdf

Thank you 2017 Fall Meeting Sponsors

Thank you to the following companies who supported the CA Chapter, ASFMRA 2107 Fall Meeting in Pismo Beach with their sponsorships!

FARM CREDIT (American AgCredit, Yosemite Farm Credit, Farm Credit West, Golden State Farm Credit, CoBank, Fresno Madera Farm Credit)
AgSAFE Food and Farms

Two CA Chapter Members Attend 2017 Leadership Institute in Washington DC

Julie Rose Gonsalves and Mark Peterson attended the ASFMRA Leadership Institute 2017 in Washington DC September 10 - 15, representing the California Chapter. The Leadership Institute provides the opportunity for attendees to gain hands-on leadership training that can be applied to both their personal and professional life. Delegates were able to meet influential government officials and key staffers; receive top-notch communication and advocacy training from the Wixted Group; meet with state congressional leadership to discuss the biggest issues facing ag policy today; network with ASFMRA staff, leadership and members from across the country; and see the sights of Washington D.C.

Welcome 2017-2018 Committee Chairs

The CA Chapter welcomes the following members into Committee Chair positions for for this year. If you are interested in becoming more involved and serving on a committee, please contact the chapter office at or (209) 368-3672!

Audit – Dorothy Bell, ARA; Reno, NV
Awards – Jaime Bigham, ARA; Fresno Madera Farm Credit, Fresno
Bylaws & Government Relations – John Maus, ARA; Farm Credit West, Woodland
Appraisal Education – Melissa Sandlin, ARA; American AgCredit, Merced
Management/Consulting Education – Dale Arthur, AFM; Capital Ag Property Services, Fresno
FARMit® Education – TBD
Internal Operations – Jim Pisani, ARA; Farm Credit West, Woodland
Land Values Survey (Co-chair) - Janie Gatzman, ARA; Gatzman Appraisal, Oakdale
Land Values Survey (Co-chair) - Tiffany Holmes, ARA; Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc., Escalon
Marketing (Co-chair) – Kary Griffith; Yosemite Farm Credit, Modesto
Marketing (Co-chair) - Heather Ellingson; Farm Credit West, Yuba City
Outlook 2018 Agribusiness Conference – JoAnn Wall, ARA; Above & Beyond Real Estate Services, Inc., Templeton
2018 Fall Meeting – Dan Whisenhunt, AAC, MBS; AgCom, LLC, Turlock
Membership – Allison Clark, ARA; American AgCredit, Salinas
Nominating & Long Range Planning – Tony Toso, ARA; Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc., Hilmar
Newly Accredited & Professional Advancement – Carl Evers, III, AFM; Farmland Management Services, Chowchilla
Retired Members – Mike Iliff, ARA-Retired; Sanger
Scholarships – Julie Rose Gonsalves; Correia-Xavier, Inc., Fresno
Sponsorships – Suzie Roget; CA Chapter, ASFMRA, Woodbridge
YPN (Young Professionals Network) – Scott Bozzo, AFM; UBS Farmland Investors, LLC

Join ASFMRA - The Most Trusted Rural Property Professionals

Are you an agribusiness consultant, farm manager, or rural appraiser looking for resources to expand your business and broaden your expertise? The California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers empowers agricultural property professionals with the education and resources to meet the complex challenges of modern agriculture, as well as offering invaluable professional connections. Be part of the most exceptional group of agricultural professionals in the nation and become a member of ASFMRA today!

Order California Water & Irrigation District Maps

Don't miss the opportunity to order your copies of the California Water & Irrigation District Maps published as a joint effort between the California Chapter, ASFMRA and the Ag Lenders Society of California. The North Map covers the major agricultural areas from Shasta to Oakdale while the South Map extends from Stockton to Tehachapi. The maps are four color, double sided and are sold for just $10 each plus sales tax and shipping. Order on line or using the physical Order Form.
Water District Map Order Form.0314.pdf

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