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 ASFMRA members protect and serve the rural property owner with trustworthy valuation, management, consulting and marketing services.
ASFMRA offers education for pre-licensing and certified general education, continuing education and advanced designation education for rural property professionals. The society also provides an accreditation program for farm managers, appraisers and consultants, giving them a strong competitive advantage over their competition in terms of knowledge, networking and recognition as an ethical qualified professional.
The American Society was founded in 1929 and has 31 local chapters within seven regional districts throughout the U.S. Membership boasts leading managers, appraisers, review appraisers and consultants; as well as agricultural academic communities. For information on the many opportunities offered by ASFMRA, please visit www.asfrma.org.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
As a member of the ASFMRA, you will become a member of a premier organization for professionals who provide management, consultation and valuation services on rural and agricultural assets. The Society provides members with the resources, information and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services to the agricultural community.
The ASFMRA strives to:
- Protect and promote the interest of members before government, regulatory bodies and other organizations.
- Enhance member opportunities for professional development and interaction with peers through meetings, publications and educational offerings.
- Improve ethics, standards and quality of service offered by members.
- Promote awareness and confidence in the integrity, objectivity, competence and professionalism of the ASFMRA’s Accreditation program.
- Recruit and maintain a highly qualified, professional membership.
Membership Service Programs Include:
- Meetings—Membership, Governance, Regional and Chapter meetings.
- Publications—Newsletters, Journal, Directory, Education Catalog, press releases and collateral materials available to membership.
- Education and Continuing Education Programs—farm management, rural appraisal, consulting education and on-line education offered through the ASFMRA.
- Voice in government issues via representative in Washington, DC.
- In addition to the AFMs, ARAs, RPRAs and AACs there are Professional and Student members along with Associate, Academic, Affiliate and Retired members in the American Society.
ASFMRA MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS
- Accredited Members—This classification includes the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM); the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA); the Real Property Review Appraiser (RPRA); and the Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC). Accredited members are highly educated, thoroughly seasoned and experienced farming and rural valuation experts who have taken years of training to earn a designation.
- Professional Members—Those who manage, appraise, and/or consult for a fee or salary rural properties belonging to others and who have completed all work and education requirements.
- Associate Members—Those who manage, appraise, consult and/or review appraisals of rural properties belonging to others for a fee or salary and are eligible to advance to the Accredited or Professional classifications once all requirements have been met.
- Academic Members—Those whose work is primarily educational and who are devoting a major portion of their time working at the college level in agricultural consulting, farm and ranch management, rural appraisal, and/or appraisal review as instructors, researchers, extension workers or administrators and who have held such positions for two or more years.
- Affiliate Members—Those who are in a related profession but do not meet the requirements for other ASFMRA membership classifications. Affiliate members do not provide farm and ranch management, agricultural consulting, rural appraisal, and/or appraisal review services on rural properties belonging to others for a fee or salary.
- Student Members—Those full-time students studying in related fields. Student members do not provide farm and ranch management, agricultural consulting, rural appraisal and/or appraisal review services on rural properties belonging to others for a fee or salary.
- Retired and Retired Lifetime Members—Those Accredited, Professional, Associate and Academic members who have held such membership for at least ten (10) years and who no longer provide farm and ranch management, agricultural consulting, rural appraisal and/or appraisal review services on properties belonging to others for a fee or a salary.
- Honorary Members—Those members nominated by their Chapters whose service to their Chapter and the Society, as determined by and at the sole discretion of Council, merit special membership classification consideration.
- Inactive Members—Those Accredited, Professional and Associate members who no longer provide farm and ranch management, agricultural consulting, rural appraisal and/or appraisal review services. Members need to return to active status within three years.
Membership Applications can be found on ASFMRA’s website, here.