Curt Bauman, Pioneer Sales Rep/Crop Insurance Agent/ Certified Crop Advisor
Curt grew up on the family farm in the Hitchcock area. He is a Huron High School and SDSU (Go Jacks!) graduate. Curt established Bauman Agency in 1992 and began selling Pioneer seed. A couple years later he added crop insurance sales. Precision Planting was added to the agency’s line of services in 2009. He is married to Louise and they have four children and nine grandchildren. An engineer and agronomist at heart, Curt also operates Bauman Farms and has been a Certified Crop Advisor since the mid-1990s. His 2nd favorite hobby (after enjoying his grandchildren), is being in the cab of his tractor or combine looking at his many monitors and gadgets.
- Favorite TV Show: Last Man Standing
- Signature Move: Open a Diet Coke
- Super Power: Mental Telepathy
Louise Bauman, Overall Business Manager/Crop Insurance Agent
Louise helps out at the Bauman Agency office most days (when she is not playing with a grandchild or serving on one of her many committees) and is one of Bauman Agency’s expert Crop Insurance agents. She oversees the day to day operations of the Agency (which is code for: she tries to ramrod Curt. She has yet to succeed. ) She is a graduate of Huron High School and SDSU and is married to Curt, has four children and nine grandchildren. She and Curt also operate Bauman Farms.
- Favorite TV Show: M.A.S.H, Hallmark Channel
- Signature Move: Losing my glasses, my teacup and car keys, not necessarily in that order, and possibly all at the same time yet at different locations. I am an equal opportunity loser.
- Super Power: Teaching or problem solving
Callee Bauman Wachter, Precision Planting Sales
Callee is often on the road with Precision Planting sales calls but works out of the Bauman Agency office. She represents us as our Premiere Precision Planting and Climate FieldView Dealer. Callee grew up in the Huron area, graduated from Huron High School and SDSU. Her work experience includes working for 2 tough task masters at Bauman Farms and Bauman Agency, her folks, Curt and Louise Bauman. Callee’s background is in sales and she also promoted ethanol nationally. Callee is married to Jonathan Wachter and they have five children.
- Favorite TV Show: Murder She Wrote
- Signature Move: Forgetting my glasses…and therefore squinty at the computer screen
- Super Power: The ability to explain how Production Cost Insurance works
Heather Bischoff, Crop Insurance Specialist
Heather, a fully licensed crop agent, is a voice you often hear on the phone here at Bauman Agency. She shares her knowledge and skills to provide first rate customer service whether she is servicing your crop insurance policy or collecting payments. Heather is a graduate of Huron High School and SDSU. Married to Matt Bischoff, they farm and ranch with Matt’s family just down the road from the Bauman Agency office at Ravine Creek Ranch. Heather and Matt have three children. You can always count on her to have a smile and an encouraging word when discussing your crop insurance needs.
- Favorite TV Show: This Is Us
- Signature Move: Worrying about silly things
- Super Power: Making a “mean” Scotcharoo
Amanda Larsen, Crop Insurance Specialist
Amanda, a Lake Benton, Minnesota native is a licensed crop insurance agent who shares phone detail with Heather. In addition to her crop insurance responsibilities Amanda assists with planting plots and FIT Mapping. A graduate of SDSU, she is married to Keith Larsen .They farm and ranch in the Wolsey area and raise Simmental and Red Angus cattle. Amanda’s work experience is really Pioneer Green and includes working on her family’s farm in Minnesota where her dad was a Pioneer Sales Rep. She served as a Pioneer intern in her college summers and worked part time in between classes at the Pioneer Research Center in Volga while she was a college student at SDSU. We are fortunate to have Amanda here and you are too!
- Favorite TV Show: Schitt’s Creek or any Hallmark Christmas Movie
- Signature Move: Answering the phone 0.75 seconds after Heather already has
- Super Power: Reading Curt’s mind with 87% accuracy
Jonathan Wachter, Precision Planting Sales/Planter Technician
In addition to tracking Pioneer Seed and Precision Planting inventory, Jonathan also manages our Facebook page and twitter account and focuses on customer service. He lends his considerable technology skills to trouble shoot Precision Planting issues, run meters, and work on installs for Precision equipment. Jonathan is a California guy turned South Dakotan. He is a graduate of San Francisco State and left his position with KSFY News in Sioux Falls to join us at Bauman Agency. He continues to do freelance videography, and editing on the side. He is married to Callee and they have five children.
- Favorite TV Show: Miami Vice
- Signature Move: Talking Tech
- Super Power: Capable of full splits; using flexibility to crawl/swing around planters and combines
Wade Sabers, Inventory Assistant Manager/Precision Technician
Wade calls Huron his hometown. He graduated from Huron High School, attended Mitchell Technical Institute, and worked as an auto mechanic and service manager for eight years prior to joining Bauman Agency in 2016. His diverse mechanical abilities are an asset to our Precision Planting division. His ready smile and positive attitude are contagious. In his off hours you can find Wade, and his two dogs, hunting, snowmobiling, or camping.
- Favorite TV Show: Yellowstone
- Signature Move: Carrying a cup at all times
- Super Power: Driving long distances for Curt’s Big Iron obsession
Matt Bischoff, Seed Sales/Agronomy Support
Matt is lending his considerable expertise on a part-time basis. Matt graduated from Huron High School and SDSU and is part of Ravine Creek Ranch, a family farm and Hereford Ranch, north of Huron. Matt is a great technology resource. Give Matt a warm welcome when he drives on to your place as he delivers seed and agronomy services. He is married to Heather and has three children.
- Favorite TV Show: The Office, Game of Thrones, and Yellowstone
- Signature Move: Keeping everyone updated on the latest with Bitcoin
- Super Power: After years of heartbreak, I’m still a Minnesota Vikings fan
Spencer Stahly, Seed Deliver/Landscaping/Calibrate Seed Meters
Bio Coming Soon!
- Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, Shameless, and The Office
- Signature Moves: I probably deliver your seed, but you will find me on a mower with my shirt off
- Super Power: Teleportation
Becky Brooker, Bookkeeping/Payroll Clerk/ Customer Promotions
Becky does the detailed planning for our customer events throughout the year. Bookkeeping and Payroll are also Becky’s responsibilities. You will see her at the Bauman Agency 2-3 days/week. She and her husband Dave have two boys and farm in the Hitchcock-Tulare area. They also operate Brooker Designs, a graphic design, vehicle lettering and banners business. In addition to chasing her boys to their school and church activities, she can also be found at the Dakota State Fair Speedway on Saturday nights as the pit crew for Dave Brooker racing.
- Favorite TV Show: Young and the Restless, Criminal Minds, and Man With a Plan
- Signature Move: Figuring out what Curt means
- Super Power: Doing 6 things at the same time
Drago, Office Pal/Combine Chaser/Long Distance Runner
Drago’s day-to-day activities include food inventory, pawing at doors, running 2 + miles, and entertaining kids.
- Favorite Food: Whatever you’re eating
- Favorite Toy: The glove you’re missing
- Favorite Game: Let me outside for 5 seconds
- Favorite Prank: Stop suddenly in front of combine/planter
Lucy, Office Pal/”Miniature” Bear
Lucy’s day-to-day activities include eating Drago’s food inventory, showing Drago what a real paw looks like, and entertaining kids. She aspires to earn her oak barrel and save people from frigid temperatures.
- Favorite Food: Dead deer
- Favorite Toy: Nearest rope toy
- Favorite Game: I may be big, but I’m a softy
- Favorite Prank: I will sniff you, just let it happen, don’t be alarmed!