Ben was born and raised just south of Menomonie, in Dunn County, Wisconsin. He grew up as a country kid; enjoying hunting, fishing, and hearing farm stories from his grandfather and mother. During high school, Ben took as many ag science classes as he could, then went on to Chippewa Valley Technical College where he earned Associates in Agriscience with an Agronomy emphasis and Landscape, Plant and Turf Management. After that, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and earned his Bachelors degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.
Through his schooling he worked on a grain farm that produced corn and kidney beans. He also worked for a company that assisted the NRCS and other government agencies with removal of invasive plants. Upon graduation, he worked for a local cooperative where he started as an Agronomist and Precision Ag specialist and quickly moved up to an Agronomy Facility Manager. After more than five years in the business, Ben made a career change. Currently, he works as an insurance agent for a Wisconsin farm-based insurance company. He also works for a local Pioneer Seed representative, assisting in seed sales, crop plans and precision agronomy services.
While working at the local coop, Ben met Haily, a contracted soil sampler and certified crop advisor who had grown up on a dairy farm in Trempealeau County Wisconsin. Along with growing up on the family farm, Haily enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. This led them to quickly hit it off and were married shortly after. In 2018, they purchased a track of land not far from where Ben grew up that gave them a piece of ground of their own to manage for wildlife and operate the tillable acres. Their grain farm consists of growing winter rye and soybeans while the fresh produce side includes sweet corn and zucchini to pumpkins and squash. Whether they are checking their crops, trail cameras or hunting stands, enjoying the great outdoors is something they hope to pass onto their daughter Ryelin.
In 2021 Ben earned his Real Estate License and joined the LandProz team. Ben feels that with his diverse background he will be able to bring multiple resources to better help serve you. Give Ben a call today!