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Ben grew up on a small farm in an agricultural community located in southern Minnesota. His father was a vocational agriculture teacher who greatly influenced Ben and his four brothers to become involved in agriculture. Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science. While at the University, he spent a year in New Zealand working with their Ministry of Agriculture on various research projects.
He joined Advance Trading in 1990, working with producers in North Central Iowa, helping educate and execute risk management plans for crops and livestock operations. Ben then moved to the Advance Trading corporate office in Bloomington, Illinois to focus on grain merchandising consulting within the country elevator industry. He continues to focus on country elevator merchandising consulting and producer/end-user price risk management. Ben continues to be a key figure in the growth of Advance Trading through his service on the Board of Directors and his instrumental activity in opening branches of Advance Trading across the Corn Belt. Ben is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys attending his daughters' school, sporting and music endeavors. He also enjoys working on a small prairie restoration property, allowing him to get outdoors where he enjoys hunting, fishing, working his hunting dog and photography.