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Farm Management in the Delta
When you partner with Ritter Farm Management, you can expect a hands-on approach delivered by our experienced team of professionals.
Our Experience. Your Land. Season after Season.
If you are looking to invest in Mississippi River Delta farmland or you have a family farm that’s been passed down for generations, choose Ritter for your farm management needs. When you do, you’ll enjoy 3 key advantages:
Our Experience Works for You
No one knows Delta farmland better than Ritter. We’ve been in business since 1886 helping farmers, landowners and business owners in the Mississippi River Delta boost profitability and productivity. Our commitment to the region is evidenced by:
- Owning 32,000 acres of Mississippi Delta farmland that receives the same care and attention we give yours
- Owning two inland grain facilities with 8 million bushels of storage and having experienced Grain Merchants on staff to identify marketing opportunities
- Working with Delta-area realtors to stay current on available farm properties and interested buyers of Delta farmland
You’ll Benefit from Our Relationships
The Ritter team cultivates long-term relationships from land owners to farmers through our hands-on approach to farm management. In part, we do this by:
- Hiring Accredited Farm Managers and tasking them with a fraction of the acres to oversee than our competitors do–which enables them to make frequent site visits and stay actively engaged in your farm’s management
- Developing an optimal rent structure to meet your financial goals with an acceptable risk level
- Issuing quarterly reports that make note of crop marketing positions, acres and conditions; seasonal agronomic progression; expenditures; marketing trends; and financial reporting
- Monitoring government programs related to agriculture and conservation, and enrolling eligible properties in programs with cost-share opportunities
Your Land Will be Farmed Sustainably
For Ritter Farm Management, sustainability isn’t motivated only by a responsibility to conserve natural resources. We also know well that conservation can preserve your farm’s long-term value and deliver financial consistency. We maximize your yield and profitability while minimizing your environmental impact with the help of these conservancy efforts:
- Project management oversight from start to finish, including the design of buffer zones of inland waterways
- Participating in multiyear studies with the United States Department of Agriculture and major universities to find out how farming practices impact nutrients and sediments in water runoff
- Engaging in a Mississippi River Basin Initiative to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff through voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability
Put Ritter’s advantages to work for you today by contacting one of our farm management team members below.
Our Farm Management Team
Kevin Wright, AFM
Kevin joined Ritter Agribusiness as Operations Manager for its Crop Services Division in the fall of 2010, became Vice President of the Farm Management Division in the spring of 2012, and became President of Ritter Agribusiness Holdings, Inc. in January 2015. He previously worked for Greenway Equipment Inc., one of the largest John Deere dealership groups in the southern United States, as Branch Manager and Manager of the Product Support division. Kevin received a BS in Agribusiness from Arkansas State University and is an Accredited Farm Manager.
Jason Brewer, AFM
General Manager, Farms
Jason began his career with Ritter Agribusiness in the summer of 2010 as a Location Manager of the Ritter Crop Services' Marked Tree store. He remained in the retail business with Crop Production Services when RCS sold its retail business in February 2012. He rejoined Ritter Agribusiness as a Farm Manager in March 2014. Jason's prior experience also includes branch management and management of product support for a large equipment dealership. He also owned and operated his own custom application business and farmed with one of his larger customers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Arkansas State University and is an Accredited Farm Manager.
Phil Neri, AFM
Phil graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a degree in Finance and began working with Ritter shortly thereafter as a Business Development Analyst. Phil obtained his Accredited Farm Manager credentials and completed his experience requirements. As an AFM, Phil manages farmland operations on behalf of landowners in the Mid-South region with a predominant footprint inside the Mississippi River levee system.
Woody Ray, AFM
Woody joined Ritter Agribusiness in 2011 as a Farm Manager. Woody began his business career in commercial banking before working for 25 years on his family’s farm in Northeast Arkansas. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Commerce from Washington and Lee University. Woody is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He serves as a board member of the Crittenden County Conservation District and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts.