Senior Vice President - Farm and Ranch Management
11516 Nicholas Street, Ste 100
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Mobile: (712) 830-4326
Toll Free: 1-800-346-2650
Real Estate Broker:
Grew up on a grain and livestock farm in central Iowa, near Lohrville, and graduated from High School in Lohrville, Iowa.
Ken holds a BS degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Studies - Farm Operations.
Operated the family farm near Lohrville for several years. In 1986, Ken opened the Denison, Iowa, office for Farmers National Company. In 1989 he started working in the Sioux City, Iowa, office until moving to Jefferson, Iowa, in 1998. He managed farms in central and west-central Iowa since 1986. Ken was very active in real estate sales in the area.
Responsibilities at FNC:
Responsible for hiring, training, and supervision of field operations involving management of over 5,000 farms and ranches comprising 2 million acres in 29 states, including eight Vice Presidents and approximately 100 Farm and Ranch Managers, Forest Resources Management, Farm Management Sales, and FNC Ag Stock staff.
Previously Area Vice President - Central Area, managing farm managers in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Previously Farm Manager directly involved with the management and sale of farms in central and west-central Iowa.
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) National Farm Manager of the Year Award - 2013
Farmers National Company's Board of Directors - 2001-2004, 2011 to Present
FNC President's Gold Eagle Real Estate Sales Award - 2009, 2010
FNC President's Circle Award - Real Estate Sales - 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
FNC President's Club - Real Estate Sales -2001, 2006
FNC Farm Manager of the Year -1999, 2008
FNC Million Dollar Sales Club -1989, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005
Business Development Award - 1990, 1994-95, 1997, 2007
Highest Increase Insurance Sales - 1995
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA):Iowa Chapter-Friends of Iowa Chapter fund raising chairman
Board Member of Iowa Chapter ASFMRA - 2005 - 2011
President Iowa Chapter ASFMRA - 2011
President Education Foundation Iowa Chapter ASFMRA - 2012
Delegate to Dupont Leadership Institute in Washington, DC - 2005
Monsanto Farm Management Advisory Council - 2005
"I am very appreciative of the attention you give my farm property. I cannot overstate the contribution that FNC and Ken Schmitt have made in making my farm operation a successful farm business!"
Converted numerous farms to custom operations with an increase in net income of $100 to $200 per tillable acre over their previous lease types.
View the video of Ken's farm management career, presented by Syngenta, on YouTube: Click Here
Year started with FNC: 1986