From the earliest stages of his life, Brent has a great depth of firsthand knowledge when it comes to all things agriculture. His grandparents, along with his aunt and uncle on his mother's side, have lived on a small farm just a few miles north of Carson, ND, where he learned the basic fundamentals of farming and the raising of livestock. From there, his mother married his step-father and they moved from the city of Bismarck to a farm home situated approximately eight miles north of Elgin, ND. This was a rather large farming operation where Brent had many opportunities to help his step-father in daily farm chores, as well as the more complex tasks such as running a tractor, learning how to weld, and basic automotive maintenance. During his high school years, Brent landed a job at the local John Deere dealership where he helped the main shop mechanics with day to day projects and would even be given small jobs of his own to complete. After graduating high school, he went on to attend the University of North Dakota to study foreign languages. During the summer breaks, Brent traveled back home to help an old family friend with his and his son's farming operations. This is where he gained the strong understanding of agriculture that remains with him to this day. After his graduation from the university and because of the somewhat bleak outlook for the degree that he earned, Brent took a job on a farm not far from his hometown of Elgin, in the neighboring town called New Leipzig. Here he would spend nearly a decade working and essentially learning how to effectively run the entire farm alone, in the case that his boss wouldn't be there for an extended period of time. It is here that Brent really became great at becoming a farm manager.