Bio - Ben Koostra
Ben Koostra is a consultant with Limestone & Cooper, LLC, a geospatial and agricultural consulting company he founded in 2007. His expertise includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) implementation, GIS application design and development, GIS training, agricultural nutrient management planning, environmental regulatory compliance, and technology implementation.
Born on August 26, 1975 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Koostra grew up with his dad, mom, and older brother on a 1,400 acre farm in rural Warren County. He attended public elementary, middle, and high schools and was involved in 4-H and FFA. Koostra attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in May 1998 with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.
After graduation, Koostra joined the Lexington, Kentucky branch office of LAW Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (later MACTEC, now Amec Foster Wheeler), a leading engineering, environmental, and design consulting services company. As a staff-level and later project-level engineer, Koostra executed a variety of projects focusing on environmental assessments of commercial and industrial properties.
In 2002, Koostra returned to the University of Kentucky as an Engineer Associate in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department. Supported by federal and state grant funding, Koostra managed projects with multi-disciplinary teams involved in research and development for natural resource management, animal production, and crop production. In 2005, Koostra initiated the formation of a multi-disciplinary Geospatial Science and Technology Group at UK that served as a professional network to promote collaborative efforts in research, education, and outreach among UK’s colleges, departments, and centers.
Koostra is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky. He is active in Kentucky's geospatial community and is a frequent speaker and presenter at state and national conferences and meetings.
Koostra resides in Lexington, Kentucky. Outside of the time he invests in technology, he can be found watching University of Kentucky athletics, playing golf, and traveling.