Arizona members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers hear an optimistic economic review for Arizona crops last year, plus a mostly bullish forecast for the 2014 crop year, despite tightening water availability.
The 2013-2014 growing season for desert-grown lemons set a record price of $12-$15 per field box ($3 per box is profitable).
Interest in wine grape plantings continues to escalate with an estimated 1,000-plus acres in the ground.
1. The 2013-2014 American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Arizona Chapter Board of Directors include from left: President Tom Van Hofwegen (Farm Credit Services Southwest); Vice-President Steve Pendleton (Southwestern Ag Services); Secretary D
2. Speakers at this year’s ASFMRA Arizona Ag Forum include appraisers - from left - Charlie Havranek, Southwest Land Associates, Buckeye, Ariz.; Steve Pendleton, Southwestern Ag Services, Mesa, Ariz.; Mark Finley, Finley Appraisal Services, Willcox, Ariz.
3. Talking business during the ASFMRA meeting break are Thomas Baroni, left, Baroni and Associates, Gilbert, Ariz., and Warren Prosser, S.W.A.T. LLC.
4. Lemons bring great prices for some low desert growers during the 2013-2014 crop year which just ended.