Agricultural, Forest + Urban, Green By-Product Marketing + Recycling
Nicholas B. Cartwright (Nick), coordinates special projects and assists in strategic business and market development plans.
His diverse experiences range from working in the steam ship industry to coordinating special offshore geophysical surveys in Canada and Alaska. He holds a degree in Industrial Technology. For over 20 years, Nick has supported the North State agricultural and food-processing industries by providing specialized cleaning solutions and wastewater treatment systems to customers.
Tim Lynch, Owner in charge of Marketing and Sales, joined Agra Marketing Group in 2002. Tim has over 31 years of experience in developing markets and sales of organic by-products in the agriculture, forest and urban solid waste business. He has conducted and organized business resource studies for clients wishing to relocate or install new operating facilities in California. The studies included Biomass power plants and polyethylene plastic recycling facilities. In each of those studies, bulk raw material supplies and transportation logistic issues were addressed extensively. Tim holds a B.S. in Forestry with a minor in Economics from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
Bob McGowan joined Agra Marketing Group in May 2007. He joined his multi-generational family farming business in 1973 after receiving his BA from UC Davis and a teaching credential from CSU, Chico the following year. For 17 years, Bob managed the company's rice-growing operations, leading personnel management, crop production and equipment and chemical purchasing. The family farmed rice, wheat, beans, prunes and almonds.
Bob was also involved in local agriculture organizations and politics, including lobbying and water management groups. For six years he served on the board of the Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) and was president for two of those years.
After the family's rice fields were converted to wildlife preservation lands, Bob returned to secondary education, teaching mathematics, science and English for 10 years. Most recently, he managed the shipping department of a local high-tech manufacturing firm, overseeing order fulfillment and specialized shipping requirements on custom testing equipment for the semiconductor industry.
A Chico, California native, Bob has returned to his agribusiness roots working for Agra Services, Inc., where he is actively involved in the sales and marketing of organic fertilizer and soil amendment products. In 2010 Bob became a California Certified Crop Advisor.
Del McGill is the newest member of the Agra Marketing Group team. He brings an extensive depth of knowledge and experience to this position. He joined the team as an expert in compost, soil amendments and the dairy industry. His current focus is the new product – Agra Peet, a dairy by-product, peat moss alternative for the nursery, soil blending and landscape market. His service area includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California. But with his expertise and network of contacts Agra has plans for him to cover the entire western United States.
Del is a third generation farmer with a 90 year family history in Oregon. His experience with farming ranges from tilling the soil to taking the product directly to the consumer and all aspects in-between. He has experience as an equipment operator, investment advisor, Congressmen liaison and small business owner. He co-founded a composting company that grew to be one of the largest in North America. It is this knowledge and experience that Agra Marketing Group is taking advantage of. All of his experiences have contributed to the dynamic team member that he is.
Del served two years as Congressman Jim Bunn’s liaison with the constituents of Oregon’s 5th District. He proved himself to be a skilled negotiator, able to handle conflict with a goal of resolution, and an emphasis on efficiency and practicality. He was selected because of his background in Natural Resources and Agriculture, and was valued for his attention to detail, knowledge and sensitivity.
Del went to college and obtained a certification in Farm Mechanics. He holds a Class A commercial driver’s license and several investment advisor licenses. He has operated multiple types of construction and heavy equipment. He speaks Spanish. The reality is that there is very little Del hasn’t had experience in that enhances his ability to service the agricultural market.
When you meet Del you know immediately that he is not only knowledgeable and articulate, but he is a man of integrity and honesty. His professionalism and diverse background are two of the reasons Agra has him on their team. After one conversation with Del you know you have someone on your agricultural team as well. His straight forward, no nonsense, honest opinion is his standard communication style. Ask him anything and he will deliver the answer, or get back to you promptly with valuable information that you can use to increase your production.
Del has produced and marketed millions of pounds of compost in his career – which is one of the reasons Agra Marketing Group is proud and excited to have his extensive knowledge and background as a resource for the team. He welcomes your contact – let him know if you have any questions or need any information about Agra Peet.
Tim Mifsud is the Tracy Yard Manager for Agra Marketing Group. He is responsible for the 40 acre commodity storage yard and solar drying facility near Tracy, California. He oversees the daily operation and coordinates all of the commodity storage and solar drying. This facility has a full size computerized truck scale for accurate and timely recording of all loads in and out of our yard.
Tim has over 30 years of agricultural experience. He has lived and worked in the Tracy area almost his entire life. He is a third generation farmer/rancher and he brings that background and experience to his management of our Tracy yard. He also has multiple years of experience in hay hauling, both from driving for other haulers and owning his own business. As a business owner he has experience in all facets of an agricultural related business – especially equipment and vehicle maintenance.
Tim is a devoted family man. He lives a short distance from Tracy with his wife of 22 years and his two children. Both of his children are interested in careers in agricultural related fields. In his rare free time he enjoys being outdoors with his large extended family to barbeque, fish and hunt.
Tim is a dedicated employee of Agra Marketing Group since he joined the team in 2014. He can answer any of your questions about the Tracy yard, storing and solar drying commodities, and he is an important part of our new product development with Agra Peet – a dairy by-product, peat moss alternative. Contact him with your inquiries.
Richard Brisco brings over 35 years of experience in transportation and commodities marketing to his work at Agra Marketing Group. He specializes in bringing together buyers and sellers of agricultural by-products, with an emphasis on marketing dairy feed, rice and almond by-products. Rick is in the field everyday working to get the best prices for both sides of the trade.
Rick was born in Colusa and has been working in northern California his entire life. He has developed an extensive network of contacts that he utilizes on a daily basis. His experience in transportation has given him additional insight into what is needed and available for delivery of specific commodities. His network of contacts for agricultural by-products is what makes him successful when bringing together buyers and sellers of commodities.
Rick joined the Agra Marketing Group in 2012, and has utilized his background to make a positive impact on the northern California commodities market. Give Rick a call or Email him to get the best price when you buy or sell your agricultural by-products.