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Farm Managers/Appraisers Elect New Leadership

New leadership was elected by the members of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers at the organization’s annual meeting held here recently.

Mark Wetzel, AFM, with First Finance Bank, Danville, was elected as chairman and president of the 300-plus membership organization. He had previously served as vice president and president-elect.

Moving from his position as vice president to president-elect is Rich Grever, AFM, a farm manager with Hertz Farm Management, DeKalb. Bruce Huber, AFM, ARA, was elected to the position of vice president. He is with Hickory Point Bank Ag Services in Decatur. Immediate past president is Bret Cude, AFM, Farmers National Company, Nashville, IL.

Appointed to continue in their roles as Academic Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer were Phil Eberle, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Gary Schnitkey, Ph. D., respectively.

The Society was originally formed in 1928 and is the oldest and largest of the 28 Chapters in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The Chapter’s disciplines focus on managing farmland, valuing farmland and other rural real estate, and agricultural consulting. Its members are specialists who dedicate their efforts to professionally serving landowners and others with agricultural interests.

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