2019 RLI APEX Awards

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April 2, 2020 (Amarillo TX) – George Clift, ALC of Amarillo, TX, Greg Good, ALC of Perryton, TX, and Hadley Perkins of Amarillo, TX were recognized as a part of the 2019 APEX Producers Club by the Realtors® Land Institute at the RLI APEX Production Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. These agents were recognized by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founders Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O’Keefe, at a special awards ceremony on Monday, March 30th, during RLI’s 2020 National Land Conference (NLC20).

“We are proud of these Clift Land Brokers associates, and all of our members that were recognized as part of our award programs for their accomplishments in 2019. They truly are the crème of the crop when it comes to land real estate professionals,” said Kobernus.

The RLI APEX Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report, celebrated its third year with a record 105 applicants totaling a combined $2.65+ billion in qualifying transaction volume and 3,535 sides represented. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI. Those recognized in the 2019 APEX Producers Club surpassed $4M in qualifying production volume. For more information on the award winners, please make sure to get a copy of The Land Report, one of the industry’s leading magazines for landowners and land professionals, which will publicize the top winners in their upcoming Spring 2020 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Learn more at rliland.com

 

Clift Land Brokers Donates to Area Schools

George Clift, ALC, owner of Clift Land Brokers, and Gary Sutherland, Associate Broker of Pampa, were in the area on Friday handing out checks to Miami and Canadian schools.  Several months ago, Clift Land Brokers was hired by Salem Abraham to sell the 12,160 acre Christie Ranch in Roberts County. Earlier this month, that ranch was sold to Travis and Kylee Chester.

“George and Gary did a great job selling the ranch” commented Salem Abraham, “and I think we all had fun working together.” George Clift said, ”After closing the ranch deal, Gary and I wanted to do something to give back to this area where the ranch was located. We feel it is important to help educate the next generation of leaders who will be in charge of agriculture in this area. This is a way we can help. We also enjoyed working with Salem and we know he and Ruth Ann share our concern for helping kids.”

A check in the amount of $4,000 was presented to the Miami High School FFA program. Two checks in the amount of $3,000 each were presented to the Canadian High School FFA program and to the Canadian High School FCCLA program.

Abraham said, “I think it is great that Clift Land Brokers helps out in the communities where they work. So often, we all see companies come to our community to make money, but they take the money they make here and give their donations back home. George and Gary recognize that our kids out here matter too, and I really appreciate that mindset.”

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Presentation to Canadian ISD (Back row, left to right) FFA Advisor Tonny Hamby, Gary Sutherland, George Clift, Salem Abraham, and FCCLA Advisor Paige Culwell; (front row) FFA’ers, Peyton Dockray and Emma Waters, and FCCLA’ers Allison Culwell and Lily Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presentation to Miami ISD FFA (From left to right) George Clift, ALC, Donna Hale (Superintendent), Tucker Long (Ag Teacher), Gary Sutherland, Associate Broker, and Salem Abraham

Associates Receive RLI APEX Awards

 

March 18APEX-Award-Winner-logo, 2019 (Amarillo TX) – George Clift, ALC of Amarillo, TX, Sheldon Snyder, ALC of Dalhart, TX, Eric Turpen of Littlefield, TX, and Greg Good of Perryton, TX were recognized as a part of the 2018 APEX Producers Club by the Realtors® Land Institute at the RLI APEX Production Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. These agents were recognized by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founders Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O’Keefe, at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 5, during RLI’s 2019 National Land Conference (NLC19) in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to the Top Producer Club, Sheldon Snyder, ALC was also recognized as a member of the 2018 Top 20 National Producers with over $37M in sales in 2018. READ PRESS RELEASE

Pictured from left to right: Eric Turpen, Sheldon Snyder, ALC, George Clift, ALC, Jeff Moon, ALC (AgWest Land Brokers) and Greg Good

Pictured from left to right: Eric Turpen, Sheldon Snyder, ALC, George Clift, ALC, Jeff Moon, ALC (AgWest Land Brokers) and Greg Good

Our Incredible Vanishing Farmland

https://www.drovers.com/article/our-incredible-vanishing-farmland

We lose three acres of farmland in the United States every minute. You read that right. Three acres every sixty seconds. This wakeup call comes courtesy of John Piotti, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT), who spoke about conservation and Farmland at the 2019 Trust in Food Symposium Jan. 15 and 16 in Chicago. “Over the last 20 years, we’ve lost 31 million acres of farmland—that’s equivalent to all the farmland in Iowa. That’s over 1.5 million acres a year, or three acres every minute,” Piotti says. READ ARTICLE

No Farms No Food

2018 USDA Land Value Report

Agricultural Land Values Highlights

The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,140 per acre for 2018, up $60 per acre (1.9 percent) from 2017 values. Regional changes in the average value of farm real estate ranged from an 8.3 percent increase in the Southern Plains region (includes Texas (9.1% increase) and Oklahoma (5.3% increase) to 1.4 percent decrease in the Northern Plains region. The highest farm real estate values were in the Corn Belt region at $6,430 per acre. The Mountain region had the lowest farm real estate value at $1,140 per acre.

This report from the USDA is a 22 page report.  Read the full report here.

Land Transition Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

Land Transition Can Lead to Unintended Consequences
by Allan Vyhnalek, University of Nebraska Extensions

Grandpa and Grandma farmed. They retired. They had two irrigated quarters. They had two sons who had started farming operations themselves. So, their transition plan was to give a quarter to each of the sons at their passing. Grandpa passed away, followed by the Grandmother about a year or so later. The lawyer handling the estate was not given specific instructions about the transfer of the quarters. He just put number one and number two in a hat, the sons drew a number.

Then there were problems. Turns out that one quarter was nearly perfect. Good soil, highly productive, and had a good well. The second quarter was sandy, alkali spots, significantly less productive and had a well that was in trouble, actually sucked air at times. There was a huge argument about being fair. One son felt it was fair that each got a quarter. The son who got quarter two didn’t feel like he was treated equitably at all.  See Entire Article