Benjamin R. Riensche

Owner and Manager, Blue Diamond Farming Company

Benjamin Riensche operates a 16,000-plus acre, sixth generation family farm known as the Blue Diamond Farming Company.  Primary operations are in Northeast Iowa where the farm produces corn, soybeans and seed soybeans, and in the Palouse Region of Washington and Idaho where white wheat and chickpeas are grown.

The Riensche Farm seeks to extract value by performing every function involved in their crop production, from soil fertilization on through production, processing and delivery of every bushel grown.  The farm has grown five-fold over the past 28 years of Ben’s leadership.

Ben has been farming since 1993.  Prior to this, Ben earned an Agricultural Business degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Between school and farming, he worked for Wells Fargo Bank and then for UBS (Switzerland) in their Wall Street, Chicago and Basel, Switzerland offices.  He currently serves as the chair of Indigo Agriculture’s Strategic Advisory Board, and on the Grower Advisory Panel of Crop Life America.