Skye is the Founder of Root Agricultural Advisory where he manages and grows farmland portfolios throughout the Western USA. He also works as an agricultural consultant and sells biological fertilizers (BMZ Biological) for on farm application. Prior to starting his company, he worked as a Senior Vice President for Westchester Group Investment Management, a global farmland asset manager. Prior to Westchester, he was a water rights consultant for WestWater Research, a leading advisory firm in the water rights industry.
Skye is a native of Eastern Oregon and currently resides in Boise, Idaho. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and has Master’s Degrees in Public Policy and Business Administration from Oregon State University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC), Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), and Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP). He is also a licensed real estate broker in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado & Utah.
Skye has served or serves on many boards and committees, including the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), CFA Society of Idaho, Young Investors Society, Boy Scouts of America, BYU Management Society, Farmer to Farmer, and Realtors Land Institute.
In his spare time, he enjoys teaching and farming. In addition to teaching for the ASFMRA, he consistently teaches economics and personal finance at the university level. Skye grew up on a large organic alfalfa and cow-calf operation and along with his wife, Becca, and their four children, still runs cattle with his parents and helps when he can on the family operation. Skye’s hobbies include church service, snowmobiling, airplanes, and triathlons.
Jim is a Senior Farm Manager for Root Agricultural Advisory assisting in the management of agricultural assets and sourcing farmland real estate across the western US. Prior to joining Root Agricultural Advisory, he was a Vice President for Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Jim helped develop a large portfolio of agricultural investments and provided comprehensive management of the portfolio.
Throughout Jim’s career, he has focused on environmental and agricultural management, engaging in native ecosystem management, disturbed ecosystem rehabilitation, environmental spray field operations and production agricultural management. Globally, he has a proven record of farming or consulting in Jamacia, Nepal, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan. Jim is an Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) and a Certified Crop Advisor-Sustainability Specialists (CCA-SSp).
Jim grew up on a Sheep, Cow/Calf and Hay Ranch in northwest Colorado where he developed a love for agriculture, ecology, and the outdoors. These experiences and interests led him to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and onto Colorado State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Agriculture.
Nikki works as an Analyst for Root Agriculture Advisory where she assists with the day-to-day operations of the various business units. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in Financial Economics. Nikki is currently furthering her education in farmland appraisal and real estate.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their Great Dane, Hank, and her extended family.