Local Farm Manager Keeps Clients Ahead of the Curve, Wins Award
Ken Schmitt [right] enjoying time with his children, Britni and Bryce Schmitt and his grandchildren, Aubrie and Ryker.
Respected and adored, Ken Schmitt is a successful farm manager at Farmers National Company. Always staying up-to date with the latest crop news and technologies for managing an agricultural operation in Iowa, Schmitt’s clients are nothing but grateful for his excellent service.
“We are in your debt,” said John Wilson of Wilson Farms, Ltd. “We will always be grateful to you for helping our family partnership toward vastly-increased profitability.”
Schmitt grew up on the family farm in Greene County, Iowa. He carried on the tradition of the family business and farmed for several years for himself while receiving his degree in farm operations from Iowa State University. He then began his career as a farm manager for Farmers National Company in Jefferson, Iowa.
After 27 years of hard work and building lasting relationships, Schmitt has much to show for it. He currently serves 82 clients with 14,532 total acres throughout the state of Iowa.
Those who know him commend him for how well he communicates with his clients to keep them informed and involved every step of the way.
“Ken is an excellent communicator,” said client Lawrence Geisler of Churdan, Iowa. “He not only explains things beautifully, he keeps me updated with monthly reports. He always returns my phone calls and makes sure I understand everything that’s going on. I feel comfortable knowing that if I have a question, he can get me an answer.”
Asked to explain his secret to good client service, Schmitt noted his personal approach.
“I almost feel like they’re family to me,” he said. “I try to get to know them as well as I can, fi nd out what their interests are with their property and make sure that when they check in they feel comfortable with the decisions I’m making.”
Each property is unique, he said, and requires a tailored management plan.
“If you’re taking care of 50 properties, it’s like gaining 50 years of experience,” he said. “It’s a continual learning process, and each farm has something different from the rest.”
NOT AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
Always keeping the clients’ best interests in mind, Schmitt reaches out for expertise from other professionals in the field to help aid his management decisions.
“He really values our input,” said Brian Berns, a field sales agronomist for Farmers Cooperative Company. “He always comes in with an open mind and takes the time to gather all of the options in order to make the best, most informed decisions for his clients.”
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