Randy Edwards, ARA is a 1988 graduate of California State University Fresno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business. Real Estate and Viticulture were his collegiate study concentrations. He spent two years with the USDA, Farmers Home Administration (now FSA) in Bakersfield, CA as an Assistant County Supervisor. The next seven years of employment was with Central Valley Production Credit Association (now American AgCredit) in Turlock, CA as a staff appraiser. He started Edwards Appraisal Service, on a part time basis, in 1996 that became a fully operational firm in 1997 in Hilmar, California. Randy and his wife Marie have been residents of Hilmar for over 16 years and they have three sons, Randy J., Jason and David. Randy and Jeff Lien, a long time associate with Farm Credit and in the outside fee appraisal world, formed the General Partnership of Edwards & Lien, Agricultural Appraisers and Consultants in 2001. The business flourished and was incorporated in 2003 as Edwards & Lien, Inc. with base operations remaining in Hilmar. Edwards & Lien, Inc. business territories span the entire San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys of California and into portions of Northern California, Northern Nevada and Southern Oregon primarily for specialized dairy assignments.
Throughout his career, he has been specifically educated in the appraisal of agricultural properties, now with 21 years of experience to his credit. He was awarded the professional designation of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) in 1995, the highest rank, and the only title conferred on rural appraisers by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In 1993 he was certified by the State of California as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.
Randy obtained his Real Estate Broker’s License in 2004 and concurrently joined The Ranch Company, Inc. (TRC) based in Visalia, CA. This further established the TRC Hilmar Branch operations, exiting since 2001, and was named Broker Associate and Office Manager. His real estate career also extends to the professional management of three multi-tenant commercial properties and two agricultural properties for family and personal concerns.
He currently serves on the Agricultural Business Advisory Board, and maintains membership with AG ONE and the Viticulture & Enology Research Center, all of which relate to California State University of Fresno. He also serves as Vice President of the Executive Finance Council for Holy Rosary/St. Mary’s Parrish and is the Vice President of the Hilmar Chamber of Commerce. Other memberships include the Merced County Sheriff’s Posse, San Joaquin Valley Ag Lenders Society (former chair), Stanislaus Area Farm and Land Brokers Exchange, and several county Farm Bureau organizations.
He is a past President of the California Chapter ASFMRA (2007). To name a few, he has served as the Chairman for the 2004 Spring Outlook Forum and on the Review, Membership and Education (past chairman) committees. He has been the Region 3 (San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties) Committee Chairman for the Trends in Agricultural Land and Lease Values since 1993 with various statewide oral presentations and annual local-speaking engagements on the topic.