Broker Check

Our Associates

Steve Bohr

Co-Owner

800-375-4180

319-455-3272

Bohr@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-270-6975

Steve Bohr (Lisbon, IA) started his 27-year career in financial services with First Financial Center in 1992. In 1994 Steve started Farm Financial Strategies.

Steve is the past president of the Cedar Rapids Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Coe College in 1992 with a double major in Business Administration and Economics and a minor in Math where he received the Laverne Marie Tucker and the Harley W. Howell Prize in Economics.

In addition to being involved with his church and Coe College, Steve is active on the family farm in southeast Iowa. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Swisher, Iowa and are the proud parents of a 20-year-old son, Brody, and 16-year-old twins, Baxter and Ayva.

Steve is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Myron Friesen

Co-Owner

866-524-3636

641-732-3839

Friesen@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 641-220-1945

Myron Friesen (Osage, IA) is a Co-Owner of Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. He was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota on a diversified crop and livestock farm. He earned his degree in Ag Education from South Dakota State University. From 1989 to 2000, he was the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Osage High School. During the past 19 years, he has worked with farm families across the Midwest developing strategies to transition their farm.

He currently owns and farms 900 acres of corn, as well as contracting feeder pigs and finishing pigs. Myron and his wife, Lisa, have four adult children. Their family is actively involved with their church and sporting activities. 

Myron is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Bruce Buhr

888-578-3485

563-578-8357

buhr@farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-230-4863

Bruce Buhr (Sumner, IA) has been working with farm families since 1997. Bruce owns a 300 acre grain and livestock farm in Sumner, Iowa.

Bruce is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Mike Downey

800-375-4180

downey@farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-361-2409

Mike Downey (Lisbon, IA) grew up on his family’s farm in west-central Illinois, near Roseville. He received his degree in Agricultural Business and Finance from the University of Illinois in 2000. He began his career in land management and real estate with Hertz Farm Management and was responsible for a 7 county area in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. He joined Farm Financial Strategies in 2018 to pursue his interest in helping farm families and landowners with their farm transition planning to the next generation. He also utilizes his past experiences to assist them with their landowner-producer lease relationships and other consulting services such as real estate transactions, financial consulting, and young farmer programs.

Mike holds the designations of Accredited Farm Manager through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Accredited Land Consultant through the Realtors Land Institute, and Certified Farm Succession Coordinator through the International Farm Transition Network. 

Mike is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

John Hansen

319-364-1379

319-826-3341

Hansen@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-721-3007

John Hansen (Cedar Rapids, IA) grew up on a grain and livestock family farm at Pomeroy, Iowa. Upon graduating from Iowa State University in 1977 with a degree in Agricultural Education, he taught Vocational Agriculture for seven years. While teaching, he served on the State Board of Directors for the Future Farmers of America. After teaching, John lived in Denmark and worked on a soil and water conservation project. Upon his return to the United States, he began a 16-year career as a District Sales Manager for DeKalb. In 2001, he began working with Farm Financial Strategies.

John is married to Debra and has one child, Madeleine. Debra owns a women’s clothing and accessories shop, MAYA Contemporary Clothing and Artful Objects, in Cedar Rapids. Madeleine works for VISTA and Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul, MN.

John is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Travis Harris

641-664-3954

Harris@Farmestate.com

Alt Phone: 866-853-1626

Travis Harris (Bloomfield, IA) has worked with farm families since 1999. Travis is involved with a 700 acre row crop and cow calf family farm operation in Moulton, Iowa.

Travis is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Ken Kruger

563-349-3150

844-270-0849

Kruger@Farmestate.com

Ken Kruger (DeWitt, IA) started with Farm Financial Strategies in 2003 after an enjoyable career with the Farm Service Agency. Ken grew up on a family dairy farm near Waukon, Iowa. Ken has been working with farm families ever since graduating from the University of Iowa in 1980, starting as the Executive Director for the Wayne County ASCS office in Corydon before moving to the same position in Clinton County after being in Corydon for one year. In 2000, Ken ventured out on his own to learn the workings of a life insurance company until starting with Farm Financial Strategies in 2003.

Also during this time, Ken studied for and attained his Certified General Appraiser's license for the State of Iowa and now specializes in farm appraisals as an independent appraiser in eastern Iowa. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and is close to attaining the Accredited Rural Appraiser Designation.

Ken married his wife, Kristen, in 1985 and has two daughters, one married with two children, and one finishing her college. 

Ken is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Penny Lauritzen

815-535-4141

815-493-8988

Lauritzen@Farmestate.com

Penny Lauritzen (Lanark, IL) grew up on a family farm near Walnut, Illinois. Penny has worked with farm families for the past 23 years with Farm Business Farm Management in the Decatur area and Farmers National Company in northern Illinois. She has earned the designation of a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional. She joined Farm Financial Strategies in 2009.

Penny is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Hugh Mackintosh

563-578-5028

563-238-3341

Mackintosh@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-269-0279

Hugh Mackintosh (Lawler, IA) has been with Farm Financial Strategies for 18 years. Hugh was born on the family farm near Livermore, Iowa. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and worked in the dairy industry before joining Farm Financial Strategies. Hugh works primarily in the Northeast area of Iowa.

Hugh is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Mark McLaughlin

515-635-0033

515-635-0030

McLaughlin@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 515-419-5211

Mark McLaughlin (Ankeny, IA) grew up on a family farm near Defiance, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in Mechanical Engineering. He joined our team in 2005 after his family did their planning through Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. He now shares in the farm operation while living in Ankeny with his wife and three kids. His family’s farm was recently transferred to the fifth generation. Mark understands the need for proactive farm continuation strategies on both a personal and a professional level.

Mark is an Advisory Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Chad Reed

319-930-0099

Reed@farmestate.com

Chad Reed (Parnell, IA) grew up on a family farm in southeast Iowa near South English, IA. After graduating with degrees in mathematics and computer science, he worked in technology for 20 years. Love of the farm pulled him back into his family's operation, which now includes 700 acres of row crops and a farrow to finish hog operation. Chad has been helping farm families with Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. since 2013.

Chad is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.

Jared Schmidt

515-635-0033

515-635-0030

Schmidt@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 319-361-4734

Jared Schmidt (Ankeny, IA) grew up in Northeast Iowa, while working with his uncle on a farrow to finish hog farm. Jared has a degree from Wartburg College and graduate degree from Northern Arizona University. Being close to family is what brought Jared back to Iowa.

Before joining Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. in 2003, Jared began his career as a teacher and then became a college professor. He also coached at the high school and college levels.

Jared and Mark McLaughlin recently expanded by opening a new office in Ankeny, Iowa.

Jared currently lives in Ankeny with his wife, Heather, and three children: two daughters and one son. Heather works for the American Heart Association.

Jared is a Registered Representative of Lincoln Financial Securities.

Rick Wiggs

712-429-7509

712-429-7510

Wiggs@Farmestate.com

Mobile: 712-420-4048

Rick Wiggs (Whiting, IA) has been with Farm Financial Strategies since 2001. Rick was raised on a 2500 acre grain farm in Sloan, IA. He has a degree in Economics and Business Administration and resides in Whiting with his wife and three children.

Rick is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities.