American Society of Agricultural Appraisers Dual Membership Code of Ethics

  1. The appraiser shall achieve and maintain a high level of competence, shall keep him or herself informed as to all matters involving or affecting livestock and farm equipment values, and shall accept only those assignments for which he/she has the necessary background and qualifications.
  2. An appraisal assignment is a confidential undertaking between the appraiser and his/her client. No information regarding the appraisal assignment shall be disclosed to any third party without the express consent of the client.
  3. Although an appraiser may express an informal or preliminary opinion as to the value of livestock and farm equipment, he/she shall not do so until after he/she has obtained all of the pertinent facts and given them due consideration.
  4. All information appraisal reports shall be in writing, shall be signed and dated by the appraiser, and shall include the following as a minimum:
    1. A statement of the purpose for which the appraisal was made and a definition of the value estimated.
    2. A description of the livestock and farm equipment being appraised.
    3. A summary of the facts upon which the appraisal is based.
    4. A statement of the conclusions reached, together with any applicable qualifications or limitations on the conclusions.
    5. A statement of the assumptions and conditions applicable to the appraisal and to the conclusions reached.
    6. A statement that the appraiser has no present or contemplated future interest in the livestock and farm equipment being appraised, or a full and complete description of any such interest that may exist.
  5. The engagement to perform an appraisal and the fee charged shall be independent of the value reported.
  6. In the conduct of his/her practice, the appraiser will at all times observe both the letter and the spirit of applicable laws, regulations, and good professional practices.
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