The California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) will present the 2008 Spring Ag Outlook Conference on Thursday, April 10 at the Holiday Inn Select in Bakersfield. The conference will feature information on the state’s key agricultural issues and commodities, agricultural land and lease value information, and will include distribution of the 2008 Trends in Agricultural Land & Lease Values publication.

Water will play a key role in the 2008 south valley conference. A two day Water Infrastructure Seminar and Tour will precede the conference on April 8 & 9, offering a first hand look at agricultural water conveyance issues in the southern part of the state. Conference speakers will then focus on a variety of related topics under the theme, “Water Flows–Food Grows: Sustainable Agriculture for the Future.”

The Spring Ag Outlook Conference is open to the public. For cost and registration information, please contact Suzie Roget with the California Chapter, ASFMRA at (209) 368-3672. Registration materials will also be on line at www.calasfmra.com in late February.

ASFMRA was founded in 1929 and is the premier association for property economic professionals who provide management, consultation and valuation services on agricultural and rural assets. Society members manage over 40% of the absentee farmland in the country; provide approximately 175,000 appraisals a year on 30 million acres of land and provide consulting services for over 5,500 clients who collectively represent over 7 million acres of rural real estate. The California Chapter is the second largest ASFMRA affiliate in the United States.