Rod and Andrea Carter live in Chico, CA where they have established their home and businesses. Rod is a native of Burlington, Colorado where he worked on the home farm and other irrigated crop and livestock farms. During high school, he was active in FFA where he was chapter president and attained the state farmer degree. His course of study at Colorado State University was vocational agriculture with a concentration on animal science and business. His degree in agricultural education led to teaching agriculture and farm management at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
During the “exotic” cattle era of the 1970’s, he served as a district sales manager for a major artificial insemination and animal health company and was promoted to the position of national training director for that company. In that position, he was responsible for developing, presenting and administering all levels of technical, sales and management training for approximately 150 employees and 2,500 distributors. While at the home office, he became the product manager for an extensive line of animal health products and was promoted to assistant to the president of the firm.
Making the change to the finance and farm management business in 1979, Rod managed agricultural properties, qualified agricultural investments, appraised farms and ranches, and provided consulting services to numerous clients in more than 20 states. In 1984, Rod formed a new company to expand agricultural real estate services in Colorado and surrounding states. The services provided to clients included farm and ranch management, property sales, agricultural investments, appraisals, and a variety of consulting services, including an extended relationship with the Bank of Mexico to train agricultural advisors as they privatized their institutions. The business was merged with a larger, international company in 1991 through Rod’s negotiations.
In early 1992, he started a new agricultural management, brokerage and consulting company (Agricultural and Land Professionals, Inc.) which provided services to clients in Colorado and Wyoming. In addition to that business, Rod was executive director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Council, a private, non-profit organization chartered to enlarge the pool of trained leaders available to serve agriculture.
In December 1998, Rod joined Northern California Farm Credit, now Golden State Farm Credit, ACA, establishing a new division to provide agricultural business consulting services for existing and new customers. Rod and his associates provided a wide array of business consulting services to hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses throughout California, as well as providing board development, strategic planning and governance review services to numerous Farm Credit Associations and other agricultural entities in six states.
In 2015, having retired from Farm Credit, Rod with Andrea created Agriculture And Business Professional, Inc. to provide business consulting, management and related services for owners of farms, ranches and agri-businesses. In 2017 Rod added Real Estate brokerage to the services provided by Agriculture and Business Professionals, Inc.