Ben grew up on a farm and covers the ag industry for his newspaper. He has received awards from the agriculture industry for his communications work.
When working on the daily newspaper, The Tifton Gazette, Ben was the agriculture reporter. He has covered the Georgia Peanut Commission, the Georgia Tobacco Commission, the Georgia Cotton Commission, the Watermelon Commission and has written extensively about the state and the federal agricultural experiment stations in Tifton.
He is not an active row crop farmer today but does own some 300 acres in South Georgia. Two-thirds are leased for tilled cultivation and the other third is in timber.
He maintains close contact with AG R&D and Promotion Commissions in the state of Georgia.