AgSource Cooperative Services recognized James Rickert, Eldorado, for is leadership in the cooperative at their annual meeting March 24 with the Distinguished Leadership Award. The Distinguished Leadership Award is presented to an individual who, as a member of the cooperative, has demonstrated exceptional service and provided extraordinary leadership at all levels of the organization.
The Fond du Lac County producer, along with his family, has been a member of DHIA for over 60 years. He served 12 years on the AgSource Board of Directors and 20 years on his local association board. In 1994, he was elected to the AgSource Board of directors, and served four terms.
Rickert has been an active leader across the dairy industry as well. He joined the Wisconsin Holstein Association State Board in 2005, and has been a member of the Holstein Association for 30 years. He also spent nine years on the Fond du Lac County Forage Council Board and 15 years as a Select Sires delegate. In 1994, he was recognized as the Fond du Lac Outstanding Young Farmer and the First Runner-up for State Outstanding Young Farmer. Rickert was a charter member of the Eldorado Lions club and has served as secretary for 24 years. He has been a 4-H Club leader for the Rosendale 4-H Club and a Wisconsin State Fair Chaperone. He is active in his local church serving in various leadership roles including vice president.
Rickert and his wife Kelly milk 850 registered and grade Holsteins in a family farm corporation consisting of 1,800 acres that includes their parents and a brother. They have been married 27 years and have two sons, Andrew and David.
AgSource, headquartered in Verona, Wis., is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International and a member-owned cooperative that provides agricultural and environmental laboratory analysis and management information services to members and clients from North America and overseas from eight locations in the Midwest and Northwest.
AgSource Board President, Edward Strauss (right), presents James Rickert (left) with the Distinguished Leadership Award