Key Welcomes New Sales Agronomists

Mar 08, 2023

Sara Clausen
Director of Communications & Member Relations

Join us in welcoming three new sales agronomists to our Story City, Nevada and Grinnell locations! 

B-Evans-(1).jpg  Brayden Evans

After growing up on a small family farm in Ellsworth, Brayden knew he wanted to do something in the ag industry someday. He enjoyed farming, helping with his dad’s body shop business and showing livestock at county and state fairs. When it came time for college, Brayden stayed close to home, attending Iowa State University and majoring in agronomy. 

Brayden spent his sophomore year at Syngenta, where he learned that ag research and development was not what he really wanted to do. So in 2020, he accepted an internship with Key Cooperative. “I liked helping farmers succeed day to day,” said Brayden. “I had that experience with my dad!”

This winter, when a Key Agronomist position opened in Story City, the Cooperative reached out to Brayden. He began the first week of January.

“I chose Key because I knew it would be a family-like atmosphere,” said Brayden. “I’m looking forward to spring, when I can grow customer relationships and be part of the planting season.”


T-Tucker-(1).jpg  Tyson Tucker

A Creston native, Tyson received his first bucket calf in third grade. From there, he had the opportunity to show cattle all over the country. “I’m where I’m at today because my mom brought home that calf,” said Tyson. “I got to meet so many people through showing who made me a better person.” 

Though agriculture was not something Tyson’s family income depended on, his experience with cattle and the work he did for a farmer beginning at age 14 gave him true insight on what it would be like to make a career and future out of ag.

Following his graduation from Northwest Missouri State with an ag business degree, Tyson landed a position as a crop specialist with the same retailer where he completed an internship. Then this fall, Tyson's fiancee said she was ready to move back home to the Bondurant area. Tyson joined the Key Cooperative team in December and is already working toward becoming a Certified Crop Advisor.

"I enjoy knowing the research and science behind agronomy products, especially seed," said Tyson. "Advising a farmer throughout the growing season and then hearing them say my recommendations worked out at the end of the year is just the best."


B-Vos-(1).jpg  Ben Vos

Ben Vos is no stranger to Key Cooperative. Not only did he complete a Sales Agronomy internship with Key in 2021, he returned in 2022 as a research assistant. He worked alongside Landon Van Dyke and Cory De Jong at the Grinnell location, where he operated the drone and helped with trials. 

"They established good roots for me here, and I have good mentors that set me up for success," said Ben. "Before interning, I didn't realize how big and diverse Key Cooperative is with its four divisions."

Ben has always enjoyed agriculture - from helping his dad with their row crops just north of Pella to being the first president of the Pella Christian FFA and working for a farmer while studying agriculture at Dordt University. Ben's track record proves his dedication and commitment to the ag industry. He served on both the Iowa Soybean Association Advisory and Iowa Corn Growers Collegiate Advisory Teams in college. He is currently a proud member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association!

Ben's research assistant work rolled right into becoming a full-time Sales Agronomist this January. "The people here know how to deliver a level of service that's unmatched, and I wanted to be part of that," said Ben. "It also feels good to serve farmers and build partnerships where they want your genuine opinion."

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