The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) announced S. James Rickert, AFM, ARA, of Fall River Mills, Calif., as their new President- Elect during their recent Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
Jim is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and received his ARA designation in 1975 and his AFM designation in 1979. Jim served as President of the California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1987 and as District VII Vice President for the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
In 2002, the Rickerts were recognized as the Farm Manager of Year by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Syngenta and Crop Decisions Magazine. The Prather Ranch, managed and co-owned by the Rickerts, was awarded the Commercial Producer of the Year Award in 2005 by the Beef Improvement Federation. The ranch was also recognized by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association with the Environmental Stewardship Award/Region VI and the State of California's Governor's Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership. Jim, Mary and James Rickert were selected as winners of the Livestock Category for the Leopold Conservation Award in 2006 and 2007 by Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau.
S. James Rickert, AFM, ARA graduated Phi Kappa Phi from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Agricultural Business and received a Master's Degree from Purdue University in Agricultural Economics. He was a fellow of Class 16 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Jim has served on many state and local boards such as the Shasta County Consolidated Farm Service Agency, Fall River Resource Conservation District and the California Polytechnic State University Agricultural Business Department Advisory Council.
Jim and his family specialize in organic beef production by marketing a branded beef product that is both organic and natural and supply bovine raw materials for bio-medical device companies. The Rickerts raise approximately 20,000 tons of alfalfa, timothy and grass hay and produce specialty crops such as wild rice and peppermint. Many of the properties they manage provide recreational opportunities for hunting and fishing.