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About Us

This is a rural real estate appraisal firm with decades of experience in completing  high quality real estate appraisals and technical appraisal reviews delivered on time to our clients. The enclosed resume’ describes our experience both as a private appraiser and as an employee of the Minnesota Farm Service Agency. It is important to many of our clients that our appraisals have a long history of being readily accepted by the Farm Service Agency.


My family and I enjoy living and working in a major agriculture area of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. We live on a farm that has been in my wife’s family since 1867.


  • Resume
  • Specialties
  • Major Service Area


Work: Farmhouse Appraisals. 409 First Street East. Vernon Center, MN 56090. 507-327-5171


        Appraiser and Review Appraiser
        Farm Service Agency USDA                                                          January 2001-December 2011      

Appraiser/Private Consultant/Private Farm Management                       
Southern Minnesota                                                                                     1985-2001

Farmer. Blue Earth County                                                                            1982-2000


Vice President. Agriculture Loans
First State Bank. Good Thunder and Mankato, MN                                             1983-1984


Adult Farm Management Instructor                                                                              
Public School, Madelia, MN                                                                             1977-1983

        Economic Development Specialist
        Countryside Council. Consortium of Post Secondary Institutions
        Southwest State University, Marshall, MN                                                              

Farm and Business Management Specialist

Extension Service, University of Alaska, Palmer, AK                                         1972-1973


Other: Vocational Agriculture Instructor and Adult Farm Management Instructor, Pine Island, MN; Research Assistant with the Agronomy, Entomology, and Agriculture Education Departments. University of Minnesota.


Master of Arts degree. Agriculture Education, minors in Agriculture Economics and Distributive Education. Granted in 1976, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


Bachelor of Science degree. Agriculture Education. Granted with high distinction in 1971 by the University of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN


Numerous other education classes in real estate appraising, education, and school administration. Included in these appraisal courses are classes in rural appraising, farm land appraising, conservation easement appraising, USPAP, building construction, building inspection, farm appraisal software,  and technical review. These classes were taken from the Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers; Kaplan; AgWare, or  the Appraisal Institute.


         Appraisal Licenses. State of Minnesota. Certified General Real Property. #4001127
State of Iowa. Certified General Real Property. #CG03160


         Elected Supervisor. Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mankato, MN



Farmhouse Appraisals specializes in

        1. Midwestern farm land.

        2. Southwestern Minnesota/northern Iowa rural residences.

        3. Southwestern Minnesota/northern Iowa farmsteads.

        4. Swine buildings including finishing, nurseries, gestation and farrowing barns.

        5. Land with conservation easements.

We also have experience in appraising dairy facilities and rural businesses.


Major Service Area

We primarily serve the southern counties of Minnestoa and the first tier northern counties of Iowa. See the pink area on the map below.


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