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Iowa farm management firms announce merger

Aspen Grove Investments and Agri-Management Services merge and buy Growthland Ag Realty.

Rod Swoboda

January 18, 2019

3 Min Read
farm and farmland
SERVING AG: Three well-known Iowa-based farm management firms recently joined as one company to share their expertise and experience.

Three Iowa-based firms involved in ag real estate sales and farm management earlier this month announced they’ve combined their operations and formed a new company.

Aspen Grove Investments Inc. of Cedar Rapids has merged with Agri-Management Services of Marion, and the merged entity has purchased Growthland Ag Realty of Humboldt. The resulting company is called Agri-Management Services and will continue to do business under the Aspen Grove, Agri-Management and Growthland brands.

Agri-Management Services is a leading provider of rural real estate appraisals, real estate sales and acquisitions, and ag property management in Iowa and surrounding states. In 1990, Richard Isaacson started Agri-Management Services and was the sole owner until 2016, when Ben Isaacson and Aspen Grove Investments became part owners.

Merger expands footprint across Iowa
Richard “Dick” Isaacson has 40 years of experience and has worked in over two-thirds of Iowa’s 99 counties. He’ll continue providing farm management and agricultural appraisal expertise to Agri-Management Services. “The new company expands our footprint across Iowa and the surrounding states,” he says. “The knowledge base of our professional staff will be exceptional. The merged entity will have the capacity to tackle major projects in business and agriculture.”

Ben Isaacson will assume more leadership responsibilities for Agri-Management Services and continue to be involved in operational aspects of each area of the business. “It’s exciting to create a team with such diversified knowledge, abilities and experiences,” he says. “We look forward to providing our menu of services to create value for our clients.”

Aspen Grove Investments, founded by Maurie Cashman in 2008, provides certified business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, ownership transition planning, and business and agricultural financial consulting. Aspen Grove Investments has been part of Agri-Management Services since 2016, and Cashman will increase his ownership as a result of the merger. He’ll continue to provide leadership of the Aspen Grove brand and provide financial and strategic leadership to Agri-Management Services.

Farm management, real estate and more
“We are bringing together over 150 years of high-level experience in agriculture and business to provide customers with the services and advice they need to make complex planning decisions,” says Cashman. “Our strategy is to make our senior advisers available to support our staff while focusing on complex customer needs across a variety of advisory, appraisal, sales and management situations. We’ll be able to provide a higher service level to more customers by working together than we could on our own.”

Growthland Ag Realty provides real estate appraisal and valuation services, specializing in highly improved ag real estate and modern large-scale livestock operations across the Midwest and residential real estate sales in north-central Iowa.

Dave Dodgen, president of Growthland Ag Realty, will lead the Growthland brand by continuing to work closely with the appraisal and sales of commercial livestock facilities, as well as the local real estate business in north-central Iowa. 

Expanding services, helping clients
“I am pleased to join Aspen Grove and Agri-Management Services in our continuing effort to provide professional financial and real estate marketing services to the Midwest livestock industry and northwest Iowa,” Dodgen says. “This new association will allow us to expand our services and reach to our valued clients of over 40 years and provide a growth and continuation plan for our owners and employees.”

For questions or information, contact Maurie Cashman at [email protected], or 319-377-1143.

 

 

 

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