Ben Craker, AGGateway
Ben Craker is the Portfolio Manager at AgGateway, a global nonprofit organization whose members develop standards and other resources across agricultural industry sectors by providing a unique forum where companies can meet to solve digital challenges.
In this role Ben helps facilitate the efforts of working groups as they meet to develop digital resources solving pain points identified by member organizations. He has also served as the president of the Ag Data Coalition since it was founded in 2016.
The ADC has been working to establishing an independent data repository farmers, researchers, and industry can use to store and permission access to data. The ultimate ADC goal is to make data storage a pre-competitive space in the agricultural industry.
Prior to joining the AgGateway staff he spent eighteen years in the farm equipment manufacturing industry at AGCO and Kuhn North America. He held positions in marketing, sales, partnering, and product management. He grew up on a farm in south central Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with an Ag Business degree with an engineering technology emphasis.
He still helps out on the family farm whenever possible and lives south of Madison, WI with his wife Jackie and their three children.