Ben is from Appleton City, Missouri where he grew up on a diversified row crop and cattle farm and was active in 4-H and FFA. Ben received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 2015 in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy. As a student at K-State, he was a student assistant to Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh learning agricultural policy and as a legislative assistant in the Office of the University President under Dr. Sue Peterson. Ben worked closely with K-State’s Research and Extension system and the College of Agriculture to advance policy initiatives that benefited university students and extension patrons as well as involvement with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility project. He received a Master’s in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Missouri- Columbia where he was a graduate assistant to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI-MU). His area of focus was on current U.S. farm policy with specific work on the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Commodity Programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014.
At Ohio State Ben hopes to create a Farm Management Program that shares knowledge between department faculty, industry, and extension specialist in the areas of Farm Risk Management. Areas of focus include: cooperative management, commodity markets, agricultural policy, farm financial health, land and rent markets, and cropping system aids.