Member Moment: Mary Rickert

Your name: Mary Rickert

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Your bio: Mary is a 42-year resident of Shasta County. She and her husband, Jim, established a farm/ranch management, appraisal and brokerage firm in the 1980s and live in McArthur. They currently manage 40,000 acres in five northeastern California counties and are the managing partners of Prather Ranch, a vertically integrated beef cattle operation. Not only does the ranch market a branded beef product in northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, this cattle herd supplies bovine raw materials for bio-medical companies.Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 9.19.52 PM

It’s a sustainable ranching operation, well known for its environmentally progressive practices. Prather Ranch has been recognized on the state, national and international level with many awards, including the Aldo Leopold Award, the Governor’s Economic and Environmental Leadership Award and the Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year Award in North America. The Rickerts and Prather Ranch were profiled recently in Oxford, England, at an International Agricultural Conference.

Mary  always has been a full partner in their family business, but also has spent any spare time she had raising three children and being actively involved in her community on many levels. She served on the Shasta College Ag Advisory Board, was the founding member of the Burney Fall River Education Foundation, Scholarship Chair of her AAUW, served on the Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Board, sits on the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Board and mentored a teen through Plus One Mentoring.

Mary is proud to be one of the founding members of The Women’s Fund of Shasta Regional Community Foundation. She recently stepped off her County Farm Service Agency committee and the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection as the range/livestock representative.

As the grandmother of five, she is committed to ensuring Shasta County is a healthy place for people to raise their children, build a business and retire. She recently decided to run for the Shasta County Board of Supervisors in District 3 and garnered 45 percent of the vote in the primary. Her name will be on the November ballot.

Mary treasures, more than anything, her time out on their ranch and farmland, riding around in her John Deere Gator with her grandchildren and husband, stacking limbs for burn piles, checking on the cows and counting goldfish in the water trough with the kids.

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