Agricultural forum brings together local farmers and business leaders

Hosted by Sperry Van Ness in Maryland
Local farmers and business leaders gather at the 2014 Agricultural Forum in Fruitland, Md. SOURCE SUBMITTED
February 13, 2014

Ben Alder, senior advisor with Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, Md., recently hosted the 2014 Agricultural Forum at Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland, Md. The event provided useful information to more than 100 local farmers and agricultural producers regarding economics, land use and the agricultural market. John Ade, senior vice president of North American Grain for Perdue Agribusiness, was on hand to open the event.

Several of the event sponsors hosted breakout sessions during the forum. Nationwide Agribusiness led a session on estate planning; Miles & Stockbridge presented information about land-use laws and regulations; Mike Twining of Willard Agri-Service spoke about farm profitability, and Paradise Energy and Hoober/Case IH led a session on farm technology and the environment. Dan Manternach, director of operations for Doane Advisory Services, gave the keynote speech, "Global Look at Agricultural Markets & Delmarva."

“I truly enjoyed bringing this partnership together for the first agricultural forum,” said Alder. “Today’s agricultural sector on Delmarva is influenced by happenings from around the world. Bringing business leaders and agricultural leaders together around agriculture is good for the industry, and I believe the information provided by the presenters will help producers and the business community understand where agricultural markets stand today and what factors are shaping them.”

For more information about this event or to be added to the invitation list for next year, contact Ben Alder at or call 410-543-2440.

Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate, with offices in Salisbury, Md.; Annapolis, Md.;, Bethesda, Md.; Wilmington, Seaford, and Lewes, provides advisory, brokerage, consultation, and leasing services to clients in Maryland and Delaware, and asset and property management in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

SVN-Miller is an Accredited Management Organization. Its team includes a highly trained staff of Certified Property Managers, brokers who hold the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, and members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

For more information, call 410-543-2440 or go to

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