Farm Manager / Real Estate Sales
1450 Ridge Rd P.O. Box 128
Gilbertsville, Kentucky 42044
Real Estate Broker:
Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri.
Crop Insurance License: Illinois.
Southern Illinois, West Kentucky, South East Missouri,
High School Diploma: Lowes H.S. (Graves Co. KY)1977
BS Agricultural Business: Murray State University 1981
Graduate School at MSU: 1981-82
1993-Present: Farmers National Company: Senior Farm Manager/Land Broker: Iuka,IL, Nashville,IL, Gilbertsville,KY
1984-1993: Pioneer Hi Bred International:(now Pioneer DuPont)
1984-85: Ass't Plant Agronomist: Litchfield,IL;
1985-93: District Sales Manager: Albion,IL, Xenia,IL, Iuka,IL.
1983-1984: Farmers Home Adminstration Emergency Loan Technician-Clinton,KY
Responsibilities at FNC:
Manage and broker farms in Southern Illinois, East-Central Missouri, and Western Kentucky to exceed the goals and expectations of my clients.
Increase Farmers Nationals Company's footprint in assigned area through: Increased Propety Managed, Sale of real estate and Insurance in area.
Increase visibility of FNC and profession in territory through attendance at industry and trade meetings, conferences, and field days
Farmers National Company Awards:
Real Estate Sales Awards, President's Gold Eagle Award:($2 mil to $5 mil in sales) 2008, Silver Eagle Award: 2014
Million Dollar Sales: 1998-2000, 2002-2004, 2006
Business Development: Top 5 in Territory Growth, 1999,2005,2009
Insurance Awards: East-Central Area Top Producer Award: 1998, 2001-2004,2007-11
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers:
Accredited Farm Manager: 2000
Annual Meeting Program Committee: 2003, 2004, 2005
Ag Innovations Session Selection Committee Chair: 2004-2007
Government Relations Committee: 2007-15
Leadership Institute Participant: 2009
Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers:
Past President,2011 President,2009-10 President-Elect, 2008-09
Nominating Comittee & Honorary Award Comittee Chair: 2011
Government Affairs Committee: 2001-2016,
Fall Tour Co-Chair, 2000, 2017
Summer Tour Committee: 2008,2010
Public Relations Committee: 1996-1999, 2014-16
Regional Land Value Program Committee: 2002-2016
International Farm Managers Conference (IFMA 17):
Volunteer and Planning committee: 2008-09,
Hotel Host and Participant-2009
Murray State University- Hutson School of Agriculture
2013 Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus
Murray State University Ag Alumni Association:
President-Elect, President, Past President, 1998-2000
Alpha Gamma Rho - Alpha Omega Chapter: Alumni Chapter: President, Secretary and BOD Member, Nominating Committee
Illinois Ag Leadership Program: 1990-92
(2 year program, with 14- 3 day seminars plus 10 day National Seminar- DC & Quebec, and 14 day International Seminar-Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)
International Leadership Alumni Conferences: Attended:
1995- Chicago, IL, 1996- Little Rock AR, 1998- San Antonio, TX,
1999- Columbus, OH, 2001- Melbourne, Canberra, & Sydney- Australia
Certified Crop Advisor: since 1995
St. Louis Ag Business Club:
Membership Committee Co-Chair: 2001-2003
First Vice President: 2005-2006
Past President: 2007-08
Nominating Committee Chair: 2008
25th Anniversary Program Co-Chair Sept. 2006
Southern Illinois AgBusiness Club: Member and Past President
Lighthouse Community Church:
Building and Grounds Team: 2009-2014
Leadership Team 2003-2006, Community Impact Team 2000-2003
Mission Fundraising Team Leader 2006-07, Hospitality Team: 2000-2014 Small Group Bible Study- Host and leader 2009-16
Married- Susan since November 1985, She is the Payroll Accountant at Innertech-Nasvhille owned by Grupo Antolin.
We have been blessed with:
Daughter- Cassy born April 1991.
University of Evansville: Graduated May 2016 DPT Doctor Physical Therapy & May 2013 BS Exercise Science
Her Universityy of Evansville Activities included:
5-time Recipient of Illinois Elks Pysical Therapy Scholarship
2-time Recipient of Farmers National Co. Scholarship
2009-13 UE Purple Aces Swim Team.
Deans List and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority
Currently licensed and practicing DPT at Sports Plus Aqua Therapies in Jackson, TN.
Thanks for your great management of the farm. From the first days you took over the responsibility, and the abysmal state the arrangements were, this operation has been nothing but an owner's dream. Thanks
Director, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
"My farm manager is very thorough in taking care of my farm and looking after my interests. He communicates with me throughout the year keeping me well informed on everything I need to know. I am happy with my association with Bret Cude and have recommended the services of Farmers National Company to others."--Dr. Erick Albert Lodi, CA
"I was just reviewing your Analysis Report and wanted to write you and thank you for all you have done for us this past 12 years. I have never been concerned about the operation and have trusted you completely. You have earned that trust! Thank you for representing us in the sale of the property and in so many other ways. I feel you were doing this as if it was your own property and you represented us well. You saved me countless hours of frustration and worry." -- LaRoy R. Roper Cape Girardeau, MO.
“Our family farm has been managed by Bret Cude at Farmers National Company for more than a decade, and throughout that period of time we have been well informed on the management of our farm. The farm analysis reports and account information were timely and professional, but most importantly the farm was well managed by our trusted advisor to provide a source of worry free income! Thank you, as well, for representing us in the sale of our family farm, and insuring that we received best market pricing for this property. We are very pleased with your services as our farm representative and valued advisor.�-- Ken Powell Watkinsville, GA
Year started with FNC: 1993