Ben—who was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska—is currently the dairy manager at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport, Maine. Although most of his occupations have been agricultural, he has also published a full-length book of poetry and taught college English. He previously worked as the energy and agriculture director for Bold Nebraska, and in the past he has been a county and district president and director of the Nebraska Farmers Union.
Along with his wife Tammy and their daughter Charlotte, Ben operates Holt Creek Jerseys, a grassfed dairy cattle and genetics business. He is also a founding owner of Lone Tree Foods, a local-food wholesale and distribution company serving the Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska areas.
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