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Iowa rural appraiser earns highest professional status

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Kathy Pettinger, ARA, Hertz Farm Management, Nevada, Iowa, has been awarded the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA).

Pettinger earned the ARA designation by meeting stringent requirements in experience and education, in addition to passing a rigorous written examination and abiding by the American Society’s Code of Ethics. She joins a select 45 percent of the ASFMRA membership who have received the Accredited status and currently maintain it through the ASFMRA continuing education program.

“In Iowa, we have 220 members, of which 22 have their ARA,” Traci Schermerhorn, Executive Director of the Iowa Chapter of ASFMRA, said. “Of those 22, Kathy is our second female to obtain this designation. She put in a lot of work to get this designation and I’m really excited she was able to get it completed this year.”

“We are proud of Kathy’s hard work and professionalism,” Randy Hertz, President of Hertz Farm Management, said. “We are grateful to have Kathy on our team.”

Accredited Rural Appraisers understand the changing face of the appraisal industry and can ensure that an appraisal complies with regulations and requirements. Rural Appraisers work on a wide range of property types found in rural areas and can navigate the complexities involved in rural property valuation. In addition, Accredited Rural Appraisers possess specialized expertise beyond state certification and licensing requirements and are connected to a national network of professional resources and information.

You can connect with an ASFMRA member in your area by visiting https://www.asfmra.org/directory/find-experts2.