FBN Hub Spotlight: Junction City, Kansas

We kicked off the 2020 crop year with the exciting launch of FBN Hubs across the U.S. This growing network of member-operated distribution sites allows farmers to buy inputs online through FBN Direct℠ and schedule free pickup locally. 

You can also make convenient on-site purchases at your nearby FBN Hub as in-season needs arise and make eligible returns and/or exchanges for unused products.

All of this so you can focus more on your day-to-day operations and supporting your bottom line. It’s just one of the many ways we’re working together to put Farmers First®.

Get to know the local FBN Hub in Junction City, KS

To celebrate this new opportunity for increased savings and convenience, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our FBN Hubs and their operators. This week, we'd like to introduce you to the FBN Hub located in Junction City, Kansas.


Zach Lee and his business partner had just started Smoky Valley Ag Services, their own independent crop protection business, a year before an FBN account executive approached them about the possibility of opening an FBN Hub in Central Kansas.

“We were working with some of the same farmers, and they recommended us for the opportunity,” said Zach. “He came out and the rest is history.” 

Zach didn’t grow up on a farming operation, but after spending time in FFA and working for farmers through his high school years, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in agriculture.

While he was in school at Kansas State University, he interned as an agronomist and a crop scout; following graduation, he worked as a sales agronomist for a regional co-op. And after that, he and his business partner decided to start their own thing.

“There’s value in having boots on the ground here locally. The whole setup of FBN is oriented towards what the grower needs. That’s good for us, and good for their operations

- Zach Lee

With the local FBN Hub at Junction City, farmers can get transparent pricing and local insight from people they know and trust. The warehouse is in a brand new building, and it’s well-positioned to meet the needs of operations throughout Central Kansas.

Farmers can place their order—either online through FBN Direct℠ or by phone—and once it’s been processed, they can drive up, pick up their products and be ready to get things done back on the farm.

"It was a very good experience. I didn’t even have to load anything myself—they hopped up in our trailer and loaded it for us. I appreciate how everybody works together to get us the products we need in a timely manner."

- Ivin Bauman, Junction City FBN Hub customer

“There’s value in having boots on the ground here locally,” said Zach. “The whole setup of FBN is oriented towards what the grower needs. That’s good for us, and good for their operations.”

Enjoy savings and convenience with FBN Direct

Shopping for inputs online through FBN Direct gives you access to savings, price transparency and more. With an FBN Hub nearby, you can take advantage of great deals and the convenience of local pick-up.

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