Bert graduated from Iowa State in 1986 with a degree in Ag Business with an emphasis in Agronomy. He was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. As an FFA member, he was awarded the American Farmer degree and received a regional Agricultural Processing Proficiency Award. Upon graduation he served as the sales and marketing manager for Strayer Seed Farms, his family’s seed business in Hudson which specialized in food grade soybeans and wholesale soybean and oat seed. He soon added wholesale grass seed to their portfolio. Bert sold his first winter rye for use as a cover crop 30 years ago. For the past 20 years, he has been with La Crosse Seed serving in such capacities as Regional Sales Manager, Location Manager, Forage Lead, and most recently serving as a Cover Crop Lead. In addition to providing forage, turf, and conservation seeds, La Crosse Seed is the nation’s largest cover crops seed company. Bert has served in numerous leadership roles within the seed industry and the community of Hudson, where he and his family call home.