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Advanced Ag - June 2024
Monday, June 24, 2024, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
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Advanced Ag


In person Monday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 25, 2024

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time daily


Holiday Inn & Suites

St. Cloud, MN


Online final exam available to take independently on your own device from any location with Internet access following course conclusion Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 26 at midnight Central Time


Click here to register

Registration will close on May 24 or when course capacity is reached.


Description: Developed and instructed by the MAAO Agricultural Committee, Advanced Ag covers many unique challenges presented in assessing agricultural properties. The main goal of this course will be to instruct attendees and assist in developing the confidence to work with agricultural properties on a practical basis. This advanced agricultural course will cover the following topics in depth:

1. The classification, split classification, and tools to use in determining agricultural classification.
2. Valuation strategies, rates, and tables to aid in the valuation of agricultural properties.
3. CER, CPI, ABC soil ratings, and how to utilize them. The emphasis will be on converting to CPI soil ratings.
4. Tips on determination and applying strategies regarding both functional and economic obsolescence for agricultural facilities.
5. Tips on valuing re-purposed agricultural buildings.
6. Determining the requirements for agricultural homesteads and linkage of homestead properties under various scenarios.

Credits: Advanced Ag 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 a 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.

Class size: MAAO Advanced Ag will be limited to a maximum of 48 registrants.  A minimum of 26 registrants is required to hold the course.

Instructors:  MAAO Ag Committee

Fee:  MAAO Member - $225, Non-Member - $330

Payment: Credit card only

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 75 S 37th Ave, St. Cloud, MN

Prerequisite:  Basic Ag 101 recommended

Course Requirements:  Participants are expected to bring their own handbook to the course. Registrants will receive an email containing a link to the handbook when it is available and no later than one week prior to the course. Please print it and bring it with you. 

Exam Requirements: The exam is online-only and can be taken independently between course conclusion on Tuesday and Wednesday until midnight Central Time. The exam may be taken from any geographic location. Exam takers must have the following available during the exam:

  • Calculator
  • A reliable Internet connection
  • Computer with webcam and microphone that is not connected to multiple monitors or a docking station - Please review complete requirements for ProctorFree, our online proctoring service, here
  • Current version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari on a computer running Windows 7, 8, or 10 or Mac OS 10.11+ (El Capitan) or greater
  • If accessing the course using a mobile device, it must be a large-screen device such as an iPhone 6+ or iPad
  • It is highly recommended that your computer is plugged in to an AC outlet while taking the exam

Textbook: Course materials will be provided digitally prior to the course via the email address provided during registration. Participants are expected to bring their own hard copy of the handbook to the course.

Hotel Group Rate: For your convenience, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 75 S 37th Ave, St. Cloud, MN. Room rates per night are $107 per night. To reserve your hotel room, call 320-253-9000, dial 1, and mention "MAAO" or via this booking link before  May 24, 2024.  It's your responsibility to make your own reservations by the requested due date.

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 independently taken online proctored 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 accommodation.

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 accommodation 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 risk for the employer and attendee. MAAO will not be held liable.


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Registration will close on May 24 or when course capacity 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.







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