Ben Sand is the new manager at our New Richmond/4 Corners location, which supplies agronomy, grain, and energy products and services to customers in an approximately 50-mile radius. This location also receives corn into a 1.1-million-bushel storage facility which is a joint venture between Countryside Cooperative and ACE Ethanol located in Stanley.
Ben was born and raised in the Menomonie area where he and his wife, Haily, now live. Growing up in the country, he states, “I always had a strong passion for the outdoors and an interest in agriculture. I took just about every ag class I could at Menomonie High School,” Ben recalled, who was also a member of FFA.
After high school, Ben earned Associate Degrees in Agriscience Technician (2012) and Landscape Plant Turf Management (2013) from Chippewa Valley Technical College. In 2015, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Management (with a Human Resource Emphasis) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
His experience outside the classroom also prepared him for an agricultural career. Ben worked as a field intern for Chippewa Valley Bean/Doane Ltd., an Environmental Technician for 4 Control, and, finally, an agronomy intern with Countryside at 4 Corners in 2014.
In 2015, at the summation of his internship, Ben was offered a full-time position as a Sales Agronomist/Precision Ag Specialist at 4 Corners. He advanced to Operations Manager/Sales Agronomist at Milltown and, finally, in October of 2017, he was named the new Location Manager at 4 Corners.
“My job is to make sure we have the staff to operate our facility, run all our equipment to serve our customers, support our sales staff, and make sure everyone goes home safe at the end of the day,” says our new manager.
“I’m very excited about working with the staff we have right now at New Richmond,” adds Ben. In total, that location employs 20 full-time and 20-25 seasonal workers.
Making everything click is the most exciting part of his job, but Ben acknowledges that he wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our loyal customers and exceptional employees.