A celebration was held in the local Pat Barrys Bar to welcome the president elect home.
James, from Kilmartin, a member of the national council who has served as Munster vice president and national competitions chairperson, will take over from Seán Finan next month.
The production supervisor with Wisetek and occasional farm relief worker,said: “There is little doubt that joining Macra has played an influential part in making me the individual I am today.
“Through my membership, I have gained much from the opportunities provided and I want to make sure these and more opportunities will continue to be available for all members into the future.
“For this to happen, we must work together as a team to allow Macra to grow and prosper.
"I firmly believe that my overall rounded experiences provide me with the key skills and attributes to serve as Macra president and to help ensure our team works to the best of its abilities for the betterment of Macra na Feirme.”
James is the seventh Cork representative to serve in the role, following in the footsteps of Patrick Quinlan (1953-1955), Declan Martin (1971-1973) Tommy Sheahan (1973-1975) Flor Riordan (1981-1983), Catherine Buckley (2007-2009), and Alan Jagoe (2011-2013) Seandun, Cork.
To grow the membership and to increase levels of engagement in all key programme areas at all levels of the organisation
Capitalise on the feedback gathered following the extensive consultation with members and push for a CAP that gives young progressive farmers the confidence develop their business.
Ensure Macra is a leader in the area of farm safety, by creating awareness and providing preventative training through Skillnet and Young Farmer Development Groups.
Work closely with the Ag Affairs Committee to highlight issues and lobby on behalf of Young Farmers both at nationally and EU level
Strive to increase participation levels in all competitions and sports by facilitating workshops, demonstrations and encouraging regional novice rounds.
Facilitate better membership confidence and awareness by communicating and insuring adequate transparency in budgeting and decision making.
Better promotion of exchange opportunities available.
James will officially take over the role on May 6.