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NEW YORK CITY (JG-TC) — Lake Land College alumna Cari Rincker of New York City has been named the “Best Livestock Lawyer” for the third year in a row in the Best of Barns Competition.

As a native of Shelbyville, her website,, describes that her start in agriculture came from the family farm she grew up on and her involvement in 4-H and FFA in her hometown.

She was raised on a seedstock Simmental cattle operation in Shelbyville, where she spent significant time working on her family’s farm.

In her blog published Nov. 16, 2009, she wrote that her father, Curt Rincker, at the time the agriculture division chairman at Lake Land College, “greatly impacted the agriculture industry and my life.

“I would come home from kindergarten and lead a heifer on a halter tied up to a tree in our front yard or sit alongside my father on the tractor ... as I got older, I began understanding more about what my father did,” she blogged.

In her youth, she showed cattle through 4-H and FFA at both the local and national levels and was involved with the American Junior Simmental Association.

In her early college days, Rincker attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, where she earned her associate’s degree in agriculture science and had a successful career on its livestock judging team, including being selected as first place in Oral Reasons at the National Western Livestock Show and first place overall at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Most recently, the Best of the Barns is a nationwide awards program held annually to recognize leading businesses and individuals in the livestock and agriculture industry.

The winners of the 2013 Best of the Barns Awards will be announced at the Ranch House Designs booth at the National Western Stock Show in Denver and recognized in the January issue of The Showtimes magazine, according to a press release from Lake Land College.

According to her website, Cari Rincker Law, she is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. She is a general practitioner in New York City with concentrations in food, agriculture law and family law. She is also mediator, prolific writer, and articulate speaker, the website stated.

Before starting Rincker Law, PLLC, she was an associate at Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC in Cheyenne, Wyo., where her broad practice areas ranged from agriculture, environmental and natural resource issues to federal lands, wind energy development, crop insurance, property law, commercial law, and probate with clients located all over the West.

Following graduation from Lake Land, Rincker transferred to Texas A & M University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and was a member of both the Livestock and Meat Animal Evaluation Judging Teams.

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After Texas A & M, Rincker returned to Illinois to complete a master’s degree in Ruminant Nutrition at the University of Illinois, where her concentration was in beef feedlot nutrition. Rincker moved on to complete her Juris Doctor from Pace University, School of Law, in White Plains, N.Y., according to her website.

Her hobbies and interests include: international travel, distance running, playing volleyball, watching both Illini basketball and Aggie football, and sitting in the “cheapseats” for baseball games.

Community service remains a high priority for Rincker as she serves the New York metropolitan area through her church and non-profit organizations.

“The older I get, the more I respect my parents and what they have accomplished. It is challenging to juggle a family, a successful career and a growing cattle operation,” she blogged in “Thank a Farmer Week: I Am Thankful for My Father.” (Nov. 16, 2009)

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