Michael grew up on a family farm near Ackley Iowa. He attended Northwestern college in Orange City, where he played baseball and majored in ag business. Following college, Michael worked for Servi-Tech serving central Iowa. After 7 years with Servi-Tech he moved back to the family farm to farm with his brother father and uncle as well as works as an associate seller for Pioneer Seeds. Michael and his wife Tami Janssen have two wonderful children, Blake 5 and Breena 2.