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Basic Ag 101 - June 2023
Monday, June 12, 2023, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
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Basic Ag 101 

June 12-13, 2023 
In person 8:00am - 5:00pm daily 

Holiday Inn & Suites 
St. Cloud, MN 

Online exam at course conclusion  
available to take independently on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13  

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  Registration will close June 5, 2023 or when course size limit is reached. 

Description: Developed and instructed by the MAAO Agricultural Committee and the MAAO Course Curriculum Committee, Basic Ag 101 is a 15 hour, 2-day course that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the basic properties of agricultural property.  The focus is placed on the basic attributes of agricultural land, buildings, and data management.  Students will have a better understanding of agricultural property as a whole and develop confidence to apply the knowledge from this course into their field inspections of agricultural properties.  Topics will include legal descriptions; agricultural classification; types of farms; agricultural legislative programs; valuation of agricultural properties; agricultural buildings; public relations and best practices; proper data collection techniques; data management; the three approaches to value; and highest and best use.  The students will have the opportunity to participate in a case study to apply their learning at the end of the course.  

This course may include a field trip on Monday afternoon to a nearby modern dairy farm.  Students will travel by bus to the farm; the tour will last approximately 2 hours, and the bus will return to the course venue around 5:30pm.  A social dinner will likely be arranged following the tour for those interested. 

NOTE: While MAAO does not monitor the experience level of course registrants, it is VERY important to note that this course has been developed with the new, inexperienced appraiser in mind. It is highly recommended that course registrants are not seasoned appraisers but rather newer appraisers. 

Credits: Developed and instructed by the MAAO Agricultural Committee and the MAAO Course Curriculum Committee, Basic Ag 101 is a 15 hour, 2-day course. This elective course has been approved by the State Board of Assessors for 15 hours of continuing education. This course is approved as 15-hour Property Specific course required for AMA licensure; you must take the exam. You do not need to take the exam if you only need CEHs, in which case you will only receive 14 CEHs. 

Instructors: MAAO Ag Committee Members

  • Sue Schulz, SAMA, McLeod County Assessor
  • Mike Dangers, SAMA, Aitkin County Assessor
  • Katelyn Nytes, SAMA, Scott County


Fee: MAAO Member - $225.00, Non-Member - $330.00 

Payment: Credit card only


Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 75 37th Ave S, Saint Cloud, MN 56301 

Prerequisite: Basic Appraisal Principles & Basic Appraisal Procedures recommended 

Requirements: None

Textbook: Course materials will be provided in person during the course.


Hotel Group RateFor your convenience, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn & Suites Saint Cloud, 75 37th Ave S, Saint Cloud, MN 56301 for $98 per night. Reservations are the responsibility of individual attendees and must be made by June 4, 2023 to ensure the group rate. Reserve by calling the hotel at 320-253-9000, option 0, and mentioning the MAAO room block or by clicking this booking link. 


Student Expectations: This course includes 14 hours of classroom instruction during which students will be expected to participate in discussions, group activities, and coursework that may include but is not limited to reading, homework, problem solving, etc. both during and outside classroom hours.  There is also a 1 hour exam at the end of the course the student should plan to review for.  If alternative testing options are required, please contact [email protected] via email as soon as possible to discuss, and we will attempt to make reasonable accommodations. 

Food and Beverages: For student, instructor and employer convenience, lunch and a limited variety of refreshments and snacks are included in your registration fee for this course. 


ADA Policy: If you have a disability and may require some accommodations at any event, please notify us via email to [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the course, and we will attempt to make reasonable arrangements.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation requests received prior to 8:00am five business days prior to the start of the course will be issued a refund, less a $30 administration fee. Cancellation requests received after this time or registrants who fail to attend the course are responsible for the entire fee.  If a registrant is unable to attend the event, a substitute from the jurisdiction that paid the registration fee can attend at no additional charge. Please send written notification of this change or cancellation requests to [email protected]. Although it is not the policy of MAAO to cancel a course or seminar, MAAO reserves the right to do so and provide a full refund if the minimum enrollment level is not reached. Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of the course or conference. 


COVID Considerations: MAAO is following the current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. Each educational offering is subject to cancellation if mandated by the Governor or due to a change in COVID conditions. A 100% refund will be processed for any registrant due to a COVID-related cancellation. Attendance at any course is at the risk of the employer and attendee. MAAO will not be held liable.

Additional Information: Refer to MAAO's education FAQs and policies.


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 Registration will close June 5, 2023 or when course size limit is reached.

If you are not currently a member of MAAO and would like to join to receive member-based pricing, click here to learn how to join MAAO.  Please allow one business day for membership application processing prior to registering for courses and seminars.

Contact: [email protected]