James F. Fitzgerald (Jim) grew up on a family farm located in Asotin/ Garfield Counties. The family’s homestead was established in 1876 and remains within the family. Jim graduated from Washington State University and then worked for the Federal Land Bank, as a loan officer for two years before returning to the family farm. After farming dryland wheat, barley and cattle for twenty years he accepted a position with USDA as the Farm Service Agency Executive Director for Washington State from 2001-2006 and served from the State Office located in Spokane, Washington. Fitzgerald then served as Chief of Staff for USDA Rural Development in Washington DC from 2006-2008 where he was in charge of day to day operations for over 6800 employees located in 832 offices across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. Fitzgerald accepted the position of Executive Director with the Far West Agribusiness Association in August 2008.
Jim retains a farm and enjoys spending weekends there while maintaining a small Angus cow herd. Jim is married to his wife Christine of 33 years and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.