The Scoop's

40 Under 40

The Scoop recognizes these 40 individuals under the age of 40 as leaders in the ag retail industry. They represent a broad geography and assume a wide range of day-to-day roles as trusted advisers to farmers. This year's 40 Under 40 is sponsored by Nufarm.

Tyler Adam

Title: Regional Manager, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Location: Guadalupe, California

 

Age: 31

 

Tyler started his career with Simplot as an Intern, moved into operations support for night application for a little over a year, shifted into a Crop Advisor position, then went to become Market Manager for the coastal market, and now serves as Regional Manager for the Southwest region.

Johnny Arruda

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Location: Cantua Creek, California

 

Age:  38

 

Having grown up on the westside of the San Joaquin Valley, Johnny is active in the community as a supported of Riverdale and Caruthers FFA, he’s the former president of the Riverdale Rodeo, and he’s coached youth t-ball. Johnny had held previous positions as a field checker and PCA. His application says, “he is active in the community, experienced in a wide array of crops and excels in grower relations.” Johnny served in the in the U.S. Navy from 2001-2006.

Garrett Asmus

Title: Business Data Analyst, Asmus Farm Supply

 

Location: Rake, Iowa

 

Age:   26

 

Twitter: @GarrettAsmus

 

Garrett is the third generation coming into an established, respected ag retailer. He’s also interned with FMC and run contract projects for FMC and BASF. He is a first responder, takes volunteer shifts with the Buffalo Center Ambulance, and is a fireman with the Rake Fire Department. He says, “I like to work with our agronomists and growers and make sure they have the business tools and data to optimize programs and production.”

Benjamin Benson

Title: President/CEO, Big Cob Hybrids

 

Location: Seward, Nebraska

 

Age:  35

 

Twitter: @Bigcobhybrids

 

In 2009, Ben and a partner started Big Cob Hybrids, which focuses on a unique process to select and place hybrids. He says his favorite part of the business is working with farmers and finding success saying, “People still want to work with people that care.”  This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic Ben bought meals for employees from four local restaurants three days a week in an effort to help support those businesses.

Jason Christensen

Title: Agronomist, Asmus Farm Supply

 

Location: Rake, Iowa

 

Age:  37

 

Twitter:  @jrchristensen34

 

As a CCA, Jason partners with growers to make sustainable recommendations to optimize production. He’s also a stakeholder in his family’s farm, which he says, “being able to be on both side of the desk is a huge advantage as customers have even more trust in my recommendations.” Jason is involved in the local fire department.

Dan Cormier

Title: Services Program Manager at WinField United

 

Location: Arden Hills, Minnesota

 

Age:  34

 

Twitter: @dannycormier

 

Dan has been instrumental in the building of WinField United’s grower financing platform SECURE. He has also contributed to the development and acceleration of services including Advanced Acre Rx and Impact Rx. Dan has also been a loyal volunteer with Meals on Wheels for the past decade.

Savanna Cox

Title: Associate Manager, Customer Support at GreenPoint Ag

 

Location: Decatur, Alabama

 

Age:  25

 

As the lead for GreenPoint Ag Sustain, Savanna works to market and promote the program, train staff, recruit growers and collect data. She has played a key role in partnership with Truterra and the US Cotton Trust Protocol. She is active in her church and has a passion for mentoring, including being very active in recruiting for GreenPoint Ag’s intern program.

Ethan Davis

Title: CFO, Texhoma Wheat Growers, Inc
 

Location: Texhoma, Texas
 

Age: 24

 

Ethan serves as Chief Financial Officer but is always looking at ways to help the bottom dollar at the retail store. He worked to integrate new lines of feed, and he goes out of his way to deliver feed. He’s very involved in the community including 4-H and FFA, as well as being a youth leader at his church. And he’ll regularly help local farmers by checking on livestock or driving a truck or tractor during harvest.

Joshua Dexter

Title: Sales Agronomist, Hefty Seed

 

Location: Wood River, Nebraska

 

Age:   30

 

Twitter: @JoshuaDexter

 

In his role, Josh shares his “unparalleled knowledge and solutions for any row crop questions.” He’s previously worked as an agronomist at two ag retail cooperatives, and his favorite thing about his role in ag retail is helping farmers be successful. He’s involved with his local Catholic church.

Amarinder Dosanjh

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 33

 

Having grown up on a farm, Amarinder enjoys finding creative ways to solve problems. His nomination cited his “exceptional customer service and relationships.” He’s involved in various community events in the Bakersfield area.

 

 

Corey Evans

Title: Crop Protection Marketing Manager, WinField United

 

Location: Arden Hills, Minnesota

 

Twitter: @beanboycorey

 

Age: 28

 

Corey has responsibilities covering the state of Minnesota and supports WinField United retailers with grower calls, Answer Plot grower events, and product training. His takes a creative approach to his role as an CCA including launching the “MidWeek Review” enewsletter for farmer customers, which has since spun into a weekly EZ Insights video series, as well as pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in finance. He has served for both the state soybean and corn checkoffs and leads the University of Minnesota campus recruitment for WinField United.

Carson Fast

Title: Applicator. Tabor Lumber Coop

 

Location: Tabor, South Dakota

 

Age: 21

 

Described as an all-around team player, Carson wears many hats including his primary role of applicator. He started at Tabor Lumber Coop as an intern and has consistently demonstrated great initiative and sound judgment.

John Finneseth

Title: Agronomist, Heartland Cooperative

 

Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

 

Age: 34

 

As sales agronomist, John serves farmers through three of the co-op locations positing seed, crop protection, fertilizer and precision ag services. While being the co-op’s highest grossing salesman, he applies his advocacy for soil health, conservation practices and improving water quality. He’s president of his neighbor’s homeowner’s association, on the school PTO board and a Polk County Fair volunteer.

Dustin Fouch

Title: Owner, Fouch Agri-Service

 

Location: Grand Junction, Iowa

 

Age: 36

 

Twitter: @FarmerFouch

 

Dustin started the Channel dealership with his wife, Megan, in 2007, and they have since expanded to include seed treating, short line equipment and crop insurance. Ten years after the business started, a new headquarters was built on Main Street of Grand Junction. Fouch Agri-Service regularly sponsors youth events including Little League teams and Greene County Fair events.

Trent Frye

Title: Sales Agronomist, Crop Service Center

 

Location: Abilene, Kansas

 

Age: 24

 

Now in his third role in the ag retail industry, Trent is a CCA who “genuinely strives to see producers succeed.” Per his nomination, he “strives to build the business and demonstrate that that CCA oath he took is truly meaningful and more than just a signature on a paper.” Trent is currently a Kansas Corn Ambassador for the Kansas Corn Growers Association.

Jonathan Garcia

Title: Market Manager, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Bakersfield, California

 

Age: 32

 

With previous roles as a field scout and in water management, Jon has a breadth of experience he applies as a leader with crop advisors on the Simplot Grower Solutions teams. His nomination referenced how he is “exceptional at grower relations” as he applies a principle to help guide growers with options that best serve their business. Jon is a director and board member of the King County Farm Bureau and sits on the King County Fair Foundation board.

Jeremey Geerts

Title: Salesman, Rock River Lumber & Grain Co.

 

Location: Morrison, Illinois

 

Age: 36

 

Although his primary responsibilities are selling seed, fertilizer and crop protection, Jeremey is a jack of all trades and regularly lends a hand when needed with blending and application equipment as well. From his application, he excels at “being about to present new industry concepts to growers.” He is actively involved in the county’s Young Farmers organization and Farm Bureau, he’s been superintendent of the Carroll County sheep show, and he serves on his church board.

Michael Gehling

Title: Yield Point Specialist, CHS Rochester

 

Age: 29

 

 

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

 

Twitter: @mgehling24

 

As the lead of a soil sampling program covering tens of thousands of acres, Michael leads the team in all fertilizer and planting prescriptions. He’s also an ace at troubleshooting equipment and technology issues with farmers. His application cited “work ethic and determination to do the best possible for every grower we work with.” He has a passion in educating school-aged kids about agriculture.

 

Brad Horton

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 38

 

Location: Lamesa, Texas

 

Brad has managed a 3,000 acre cotton farm, been a commercial fertilizer applicator and now works as a crop advisor at Simplot. His application says, “he is well respected in his community for his efforts to improve customers’ farming operations.” He serves as the vice president of the Borden County Junior Livestock Association.

Kylla Hummel

Title: Key Account Manager, WinField United

 

Age: 32

 

Location: Jackson, Minnesota

 

Kylla works with agronomy business leaders across Minnesota to create strategic plans. Her nomination said her most recognizable characteristic is her passion to serve people in agriculture, and she is relentless in her pursuit to find innovative ways to create value for ag retailers and help them accelerate their ability to create value for the grower of tomorrow. She is an FFA career development volunteer and a mentor at the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences.

Chad Hunter

Title: Area Manager, Ag Resource Management

 

Age: 39

 

Location: Garner, North Carolina

 

Chad directs the market activity for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and he applies a tremendous passion for service and solves grower's financial problems with a true servant's heart and their profitability at the center of every decision. His nomination form said, “His desire to keep farmers farming is unsurpassed in the industry.” Chad has supported and volunteered for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and served on the board of the Carey Emergency Management Services.

Adam Ivey

Title: Business Unit Lead, WinField United

 

Age: 36

 

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

 

Twitter: @aivey_5

 

As the lead for its Western Business Unit, Adam manages 32 WinField United team members across ag technology, digital e-commerce, seed product sales, crop protection product sales and technical product experts. His nomination said, he has “been instrumental in shaping the independent retail and locally owned cooperative seed go-to-market strategy around choice management and the need to navigate an ever changing economic and trait landscape.” Adam is a member of the Land O Lakes Young Professionals Network and the University of Tennessee at Martin alumni group.

Connor Lankford

Title: Precision Ag Manager, Valley Agronomics

 

Age: 32

 

Location: Nampa, Idaho

 

Conner spearheaded the cooperative’s efforts to standardize its precision ag offering. He has also led training and internal adoption of technologies, including implementing a digital engagement e-commerce platform. His nomination stated, “he works diligently to bring digital tools and solutions to his customers.” Conner serves his local community as a youth mentor and youth group leader, and he’s worked with the local school district in developing a pathways to career program in agriculture. Connor has also volunteered with a group here in American Falls called Read, Talk, Play that promotes early childhood education.

Judson Limmer

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 34

 

Location: College Station, Texas

 

Judson’s role primary focuses in serving pasture and rangeland customers and per his nomination “his recommendations on his large ranches have increased forage quality and production to allow increased herd sizes while maintain optimal cattle growth.” He is involved in his church and the Round Top community.

Brendon Lowe

Title: President, Mumme’s

 

Age: 33

 

Location: Hondo, Texas

 

Twitter: @blowe87

 

Overseeing all grain, feed ingredient and retail activity, Brendon also manages the development of new sales markets and facility improvements. Per his nomination, Brendon’s favorite role in ag retail is building relationships with customers, and those customers value his expertise. He’s active in the Lion’s Club, Texas Grain and Feed Association, Texas Deer Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Texas Wildlife Association, National FFA Alumni Association, Medina County Livestock Show Committee, South Texas Country Elevators Association, and Purina Emerging Dealer Council.

Tyler Martin

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 31

 

Location: Dumas, Texas

 

Tyler’s nomination noted his understanding of the business from the farm to the delivery service. In his role as crop advisor he is honest and upfront in helping farmers grow their business, and he enjoying teaching and learning about new things. Tyler is involved in the West Texas A&M alumni association and the White Deer Riding Club.

Rob Matherly

Title: Marketing Manager, Smith Fertilizer and Grain

 

Age: 39

 

Location: Knoxville, Iowa

 

Rob plays a key role in Smith Fertilizer and Grain’s online presence. He works with technology behind the scenes to relay high-quality information from SFG’s agronomy and animal nutrition experts to farmers in South Central Iowa. Rob oversees the company’s website and social media profiles, and is co-producer of the weekly video blog SFG Top Performance. Outside of work, Rob has served as platform chair for the Appanoose County Democratic Party, rules committee member for The Iowa Democratic Party 2nd Congressional District, and assistant coach for his son's baseball team.  Currently he serves on the Congregation Council of First Lutheran Church, Centerville, and is an active member of both Jackson Masonic Lodge #42 and Iowa York Rite. When he is not at the office Rob enjoys reading, woodworking, and being outdoors.

Kyle McIntosh

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 36

 

Location: Wheatland, Wyoming

 

Kyle regularly goes “above and beyond” in his service to his customers. He is responsible for scouting and input recommendations. As he has built his career in ag retail, his nomination form cites he has “assumed leadership role at every junction and has helped whenever needed.” Kyle has volunteered as a youth basketball coach, and has volunteered with FFA and 4-H.

Micah Mensing

Title: Growing Forward Specialist, Farm Credit Mid-America

 

Age: 24

 

Location: Sugarcreek, Ohio

 

Twitter: @MicahMensing

 

Through this position, he works daily with young and beginning farmers by providing financial education and overseeing the Growing Forward program for Ohio. He makes every person feel like they have a seat at the table and seeks opportunities to collaborate and engage people in the industry that he cares so much about. Micah recently was named winner of the Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion meet and is actively engaged in the Young Ag Professionals group within Ohio Farm Bureau. In addition to his Farm Bureau engagement, he has served Agriculture Future of America in a Student Advisory capacity as well as an industry professional. Micah is also engaged in more local capacities such as a FFA CDE judge and coach.

Marie Orth

Title: Junior Partner, Lyssy & Eckel

 

Age: 30

 

Location: Poth, Texas

 

Marie has broad financial responsibilities for all five Lyssy & Eckel stores. She began her career at the retailer as a cashier, and she’s the third generation in her family business. Marie serves on the Poth City Economic Development Corporation.

 

 

 

Madelyn Rabenhorst

Title: Field Sales, Dekalb/Asgrow

 

Age: 27

 

Location: Salem, South Dakota

 

Twitter: @maddyrabenhorst

 

As an agronomist Maddy works with farmers to improve the soil and yields in South Dakota, where she also actively farms with her husband. Her nomination noted she “deeply cares for these producers and their families  physical, metal and financial health. She is a board member on the county conservation district and a board member on the local communications/internet board.

Katie Reames

Title: Director of Nutrition Sales and Marketing, CFC Farm & Home

 

Age: 39

 

Location: Culpeper, Virginia

 

Katie is responsible for the company’s animal nutrition division, including sales and marketing, grain marketing, formulating customer rations and managing manufacturer relations. Her nomination noted her positive change on the business as she is “helping to grow the company, hiring a younger more diverse staff and building alliances with other organizations.” Katie is the director of a regional livestock show, President of the Virginia State Feed Association, on the Culpeper County Farm Bureau Board, a Class V Fellow of the Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results program, and a member of the county planning commission.

Alexander Reichert

Title: Co-Founder & CEO, AgVend

 

Age: 31

 

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Twitter: @reicherttweets

 

On a day-to-day basis, Alexander works with current partners and prospective retailers to strengthen their relationships with their growers through the implementation of digital strategies. His application noted, “Alexander is a big believer in the role technology can play to connect the industry rather than disrupt it, and is very optimistic about the future of ag retail and agriculture as a whole.” Alexander is a strong supporter of the National FFA Organization and enjoys mentoring youth interested in agricultural technology. He also volunteers as a coach with a program for disabled sailors and regularly helps out at his community’s food bank.

Kayla Rock

Title: Production agronomist, Corteva Agriscience

 

Age: 31

 

Location: Constantine, Michigan

 

Hard-working and resilient, Kayla’s application noted how she is involved from start to finish in every project. Her people skills and passion have helped her maintain and grow business with a focus on partnerships and success. She volunteers with a local organization and shelter (R.I.S.E.) and works to raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

Preston Schrader

Title: Seed and Trait Technology Development Representative, Bayer Crop Science

 

Age: 31

 

Twitter: @prestoschrader

 

Location: White Heath, Illinois

 

Across central Illinois, Preston supports all Bayer brands and licensees in the seed and digital ag business. He is committed to help retailers and farmers best use technology and maximize profitability. He is a CCA, and his research on hybrid response to management is used by retailers across the state. Preston is involved in the Piatt County Farm Bureau and enrolled in the Illinois Ag Leadership Program. He also hosts the Podcast, Focus on Agriculture.  

Matt Storby

Title: Agronomist, Bayer/Dekalb

 

Age: 41

 

Location: Lake Mills, Iowa

 

Matt serves farmers with crop scouting, soil testing, seed selection and seed services within a 35 mile radius of Storby Seed Sales. Per his nomination, he’s “on top of the latest ideas and new technology.” He displays great respect for all farmers he works with, farms himself, and he’s engaged in many local charities.

Cassie Twigg

Title: Precision Ag Specialist, Southern States Cooperative

 

Age: 29

 

Location: Ranson, West Virginia

 

Twitter: @cwalls13

 

Cassie helps the sales team and farmers with Southern States’ precision ag programs, and she leads the satellite imagery program as well as the WinField United R7 suite of tools. She helped build the precision ag program in a territory where the tools and technologies were underutilized, and she did do masterfully by adding each piece and helping growers learn the full capabilities of each. She is active in helping the area’s FFA and 4-H programs, volunteers with the county development authority board, and works with Helping Hands Ministries to serve the homeless.

Katherine Vail

Title: Certified Crop Advisor, Carolina Eastern-Vail

 

Age: 25

 

Location: Salem, New York

 

Twitter: @CaroVail

 

Katherine works with several large-scale dairies and row crop farms focusing on recommendations for crop health and sustainability. She’s also CaroVail’s marketing lead and leads its initiative in the 4R Nutrient Management program. Katherine is also working toward her master’s in plant health management. She serves on the executive board of the New York State Agribusiness Association. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she organized a large milk donation to the Greenwich NY food pantry. In 2019, she organized the Toys for Tots drive for all CaroVail locations.

Eric Woolard

Title: Operations Manager, Southern States Cooperative

 

Age: 36

 

Location: Warsaw, Virginia

 

Eric began his career in ag retail as an applicator, and he’s also been on the precision ag team. Today, he leads operations at a retail location, including all data collection, as-applied maps and prescription data. Per his application, he is very detailed oriented and farmers trust him to have what they need for government programs and field management. He’s a volunteer with Little League baseball as well as Cub Scouts.

John Zaunbrecher

Title: Crop Advisor, Simplot Grower Solutions

 

Age: 31

 

Location: Eunice, Louisiana

 

Having grown up on a farm and still farming with a rice and crawfish operation today, John is driven to help farmers produce the maximum yields starting with the soil profile all the way through the harvest date. His nomination said he is an aggressive salesman who is focused on achieving and maximizing profitability. He is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.