Ben Thiel

Director, Spokane Regional Office, Risk Management Agency, United States Department of Agriculture

Ben Thiel is the Director of the Spokane Regional Office for the Risk Management Agency.  The Spokane Regional Office administers aspects of the federal crop insurance program for the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington by keeping in close contact with local producers, grower groups, universities, and government agencies.  Mr. Thiel was raised on a family farm that produced alfalfa, malting barley and potatoes in Southeastern Idaho.  He has worked for the USDA in various roles and locations for over 17 years.