Meet Our Dedicated Partners


Benton Beckwith

Benton Beckwith was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley as a third generation farmer. After a college and a stint at pro rodeo, Benton came home to Progreso to join his father in the family farming business.

In 1997, realizing the ever-increasing risks facing farmers, Benton along with his father approached Chuck Sellman to form Depot Crop insurance. With Chuck’s knowledge of crop insurance and Benton’s farming experience, the company was formed with the desire to do the very best for our local farmers.

When it comes to risk management, Benton knows and understands the needs of area farmers and ranchers. Combining his experience growing cotton, grain, sugarcane, corn, and onions with his 20 years working in the crop insurance business, Benton is happy to give credible advice to our customers. Benton takes to heart Depot Farm and Ranch’s motto: “Farmers putting Farmers First.” Benton's two sons both plan to carry on the tradition of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley.  

founding partner &
board Vice President

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Chuck Sellman

Chuck Sellman has been with Depot since it’s inception. Chuck grew up on a small ranching operation in Central Texas. He attended Tarleton State University where he graduated in 1989. After graduation, he became an independent crop insurance adjuster, covering the southern half of Texas. Three years later he moved to the Rio Grande Valley as the manager of a crop insurance agency.

 In 1997, he founded Depot Crop Insurance along with the Beckwith family. Chuck currently manages the Progreso office where he enjoys working with our farming and ranching customers, helping them to utilize our services to minimize risk as much as possible.

In his spare time Chuck enjoys raising and showing registered Grey Brahman cattle with his wife and two daughters.  

founding partner &
board secretary

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Jay Wells

Jay Wells was raised on a river farm in La Paloma, Texas. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Army. Upon returning home, he farmed with his two brothers for 26 years growing vegetables, corn, grain sorghum and cotton.

For the past 17 years Jay has been a partner in Depot Insurance Agency, working in the coastal bend area of Texas.

Partner since 2002

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Beau Bradford

Beau Bradford grew up on a farm in Progreso, Texas. Worked with his dad on the farm starting at a young age.

Beau graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011. After college he worked as a crop insurance adjuster and then for Halliburton Energy Services. Beau joined the Depot Insurance Agency team as a partner in 2013. He also raises Brangus cattle along with his father and brother.

His favorite sport is basketball and his hobbies include team roping, wakeboarding, salt water fishing and anything else on the water. 

Partner since 2013

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