About

Proudly Farmers First SM

FBN SM is on a mission to create a future of farming that puts Farmers First by democratizing information, providing unbiased analytics, and creating competition for farmers’ business.

Farm-Born Values

Farmers are the ultimate entrepreneurs — managing complex businesses on their own when the odds are often stacked against them. FBN strives to have the same values and work ethic as the farmer entrepreneurs in the network. Many FBN team members are farmers, grew up on farms, or have a deep connection to the land, so this is personal.

Farmers First

Independent and Unbiased

Honesty, Fairness, and Trust

Democratizing Information

Conceived by Farmers, Built by Innovators, and Improved Together

The FBN Network came about when farmers wanted to develop an independent, unbiased, and objective farmer-driven information source — no marketing fluff, just the facts on raw performance. They knew that if they could share their agronomic precision data with one another, they could all make better decisions on seeds and agronomics.

Working together, they knew they could learn vastly more than by looking only at just their own farms, thereby unlocking the true power of the precision farm data they’d paid for. These farmers wanted objective information on seeds, fertility, soils and dreamed of what might be discovered scientifically from having more data. They wanted transparency and to be treated fairly in the market. They wanted to build a company that reflected their values and truly put them, the farmers, first.

When these innovative farmers met with technologists, scientists, and entrepreneurs, this dream become a reality — Farmers Business Network SM . At every point along the way, the FBN team has listened closely to its earliest farmers and dozens of farmer advisors to make sure the network is building a future of farming that truly puts Farmers First .

What started as the dream of a handful of farmers in 2014 spread to a network of thousands of America’s best farmers managing over 8 million acres in just two years. As each new farmer joins the FBN Network, every member’s seed information, agronomic analytics, and buying power gets stronger. When farmers connect, farmers win - and the services, technology, and network keep growing.

Want to Work for Farmers Business Network ?

Outstanding companies are built by outstanding people. The FBN team goes to work everyday to ensure American farmers stay profitable while they feed the world. Want to join?

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Who Makes Up FBN

Farm raised or farmers themselves, the Farmer Experience Team focuses on making your farm thrive.
  • Alissa Henley
    South Dakota
  • Alissa Welker
    South Dakota
  • Andrew Wetovick
    South Dakota
  • Andy Kappenman
    South Dakota
  • Austin Teeling
    South Dakota
  • Austin Thompson
    South Dakota
  • Bart Eads
    Indiana
  • Ben Zimmer
    South Dakota
  • Brady Bunde
    South Dakota
  • Brady King
    South Dakota
  • Brant Caley
    Colorado
  • Brennan Baune
    South Dakota
  • Brian Van Heerde
    South Dakota
  • Brock Hanten
    South Dakota
  • Chad Pater
    South Dakota
  • Cody Beck
    Iowa
  • Cooper Kruesel
    South Dakota
  • Cotton Rohrscheib
    Arkansas
  • Courtland McCranie
    South Dakota
  • Dan Hawkins
    Minnesota
  • David Plaziak
    South Dakota
  • Dennis Hoppe
    Nebraska
  • Ellen Childress
    South Dakota
  • Eric Scott
    Iowa
  • Eric Wedig
    Iowa
  • Evan Harrison
    California
  • Jared Robison
    South Dakota
  • Jeff Van Den Top
    South Dakota
  • Jeffery Johnson
    South Dakota
  • Jesse Cook
    North Dakota
  • Joel Akers
    Iowa
  • Joel Pierson
    Nebraska
  • Joshua Van Groningen
    South Dakota
  • Kevin Hagen
    Minnesota
  • Kevin Van Gessel
    Ohio
  • Kurt Alles
    South Dakota
  • Lauren Mezo
    South Dakota
  • Matt Dahle
    South Dakota
  • Matt Dinse
    South Dakota
  • Matt Herrmann
    Iowa
  • Matt Pflum
    Iowa
  • Neil McCormick
    Montana
  • Nick Lund
    Indiana
  • Pete Edlefson
    Iowa
  • Railey Brown
    South Dakota
  • Regina Minary
    South Dakota
  • Steven Hoffman
    North Dakota
  • Taylor Truckey
    South Dakota
  • Todd Van Gessel
    Ohio
  • Travis Fawcett
    South Dakota
  • Travis McCollum
    South Dakota
  • Trevor Overstreet
    South Dakota
We are scientists, engineers, farmers, and entrepreneurs passionate about solving difficult problems. We’re maniacally focused on building amazing products and creating great experiences and value for growers. Together, our team has decades of experience in agronomy, precision agriculture, data science, technology, and farming.
  • Alex Holt
    Software Developer
  • Alex Macdonald, PhD
    Software Developer
  • Alexander Mohr
    Software Developer
  • Amol Deshpande
    CEO
  • Andy Cahoy
    Head of Sales Development
  • Annie Baldwin
    Business Operations
  • Austin Killin
    Account Specialist/Procurement
  • Brandon Caudell
    Development Intern
  • Charles Baron
    VP of Product
  • Chris Brichford
    Software Developer
  • Chris Megrue
    Business Operations
  • Craig Sadler
    Operations Engineer
  • Daniel Zook
    Community Manager
  • Danny Turkovich
    Product Manager
  • Ed Rowe
    VP of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Fastiggi
    VP of Business Development
  • Eric Carnell
    VP Corporate General Counsel
  • Fei Teng, MS
    Software Developer
  • Ivan Ven Osdel
    Software Developer
  • Jason Perkins
    Supply Chain
  • Jayant Ahalawat
    Data Scientist
  • Joel Cofield
    Data Scientist
  • John Ferrigan
    Product Designer
  • Jordan Taylor
    Product Manager
  • Josh Lewis
    Software Developer
  • Kasha Fritsch
    Recruiting and Development Specialist
  • Kelby Kleinssasser
    VP Operations
  • Kendall Harris
    Marketing
  • Kevin Gu, MS
    Software Developer
  • Kurt Tsuo
    GM FBN Direct
  • Larry Trebesch
    COO
  • Lucas Strom
    VP of Midwest Operations
  • Maria Olide
    CFO
  • Matthew Meisner, PhD
    Data Scientist
  • Merrill Friesen
    Engineer
  • Michael Snyder
    VP Inputs
  • Mutian Niu
    Data Science Intern
  • Paul Rosenfield, MS
    Data Scientist
  • Peter Grogan
    Growth Associate
  • Peter Sherman
    Sales Analytics Manager
  • Po-Lin Yeh, MS
    Software Developer
  • Roderick Carroll
    Software Developer
  • Sarah Mock
    Writer
  • Steven Lee
    Corporate Counsel
  • Tad Wesley
    Agronomist CCA & CPAg
  • Tan Doan
    Software Developer
  • Yaodong Hu, PhD
    Data Scientist
  • Zach Conrad
    Product Manager
Farmers Business Network works with leaders in agriculture and technology to deliver the best possible service to farmers and their trusted advisers.
  • Eli Collins
    Chief Technologist Cloudera
  • Eric Feng
    CTO Flipboard
    Former CTO, Hulu
  • George Thornton
    CEO National Wild Turkey Federation
    Former President & CEO, Agriliance
  • Mark Leidy
    Former EVP Manufacturing Monsanto
  • Rick Tolman
    Former CEO National Corn Growers Association
Farmers Business Network is built to last. We are fortunate to have partnered with incredible investors who have helped build amazing companies in technology, food, and agriculture. Our investors are committed for the long-term to our mission of empowering growers.

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