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  • Aaron Hunsinger, CCA

    Aaron Hunsinger, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (618) 314-2281

    Biography

    Aaron Hunsinger joined Verdesian Life Sciences with more than two decades of experience in the agricultural industry. Prior to joining Verdesian, Aaron was a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products and he spent 22 years with Wabash Valley Service Company, serving in several roles. He is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and past president of the Southern Illinois Fertilizer and Pesticide Board. Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

  • Andrew Duff

    Andrew Duff

    Vice President, US Sales, Nutritionals and Polymers

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    Biography

    Andrew Duff serves as Verdesian Life Sciences’ Senior VP, US Sales, Nutritionals and Polymers. Andrew is responsible for managing sales activities, management of assigned Region VPs, National Accounts, National Equipment Programs, Governmental Affairs and Special Projects with objective achievement for the Agriculture & Turf Market in the U.S. for Verdesian. Andrew leads the Commercial Senior Management Team based in the Memphis area.

    Andrew was raised on a farm in the Mississippi Delta and has a diverse background in U.S. agriculture. After [...]leaving the family farm, Andrew attended business school at the University of Mississippi and then obtained a law degree and MBA from Mississippi College. After a few years of practicing law, his passion for agriculture led him back to the ag industry where he worked as a chemistry sales rep for Valent and then Monsanto. While at Monsanto, Andrew held positions as U.S. Corn Trait Marketing Manager, Regional Account Manager, Area Business Manager and Deltapine Marketing Manager.

    In 2013, Andrew joined Pinnacle Agriculture, a newly formed company aspiring to create a national retail and distribution business in the U.S. At Pinnacle, Andrew held leadership roles as Regional Business Director, VP of Marketing, National Sales Manager, and VP of Seed Strategy and Procurement. Most recently, Andrew led a team to create a new seed company, Mission Seed Solutions, LLC, under the Pinnacle Agriculture corporate umbrella. Today Pinnacle is the fifth largest retailer in the U.S.

    Andrew and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Brady (10) and Reagan (6) and live in the Memphis metropolitan area.

  • Andy Snell

    Andy Snell

    Senior Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (308) 655-0971

    Biography

    Andy Snell is responsible for product sales, distributor relations and technical support throughout his territory. Before joining Verdesian, Andy was a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products. Andy has also held various roles in agronomy sales and crop consulting in the Nebraska area. He previously was the Nebraska area business manager for MANA of North America. Andy earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in science and agronomy from Iowa State University.

  • Andy Ulmer

    Andy Ulmer

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (731) 441-4768

    Biography

    Andy Ulmer is Technical Sales Representative for Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and Arkansas.

    Andy comes to Verdesian from Tennessee Farmers COOP System in west Tennessee and has worked as an agronomy specialist since 2008, where he developed and executed sales and marketing plans, handled and analyzed soil and tissue testing, developed nutrient management plans, and employee training around soil fertility, plant health, weed control and seed placement. He has also served four years as a sales agronomist with Delta Growers A[...]ssociation in East Prairie, MO, and eight years as a store manager and team leader with Royster Clark in Sikeston, MO.

    He is a member and past president of the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council; a Farm Bureau board member, where he serves as New Member Chairman; the FSA Steering Committee member; and serves as an agricultural advisor to the local high school. He holds a degree in Agricultural Business from Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, TN.

    Andy was born and raised in the Bootheel of Missouri on his family’s farm. He met his wife, Carol, at college and has been married for 23 years, with three children between the ages of nine and 18.

    The Ulmers reside on a cattle farm in Perry County, TN. He spends family time enjoying rodeos and camping.

  • Ben McLean

    Ben McLean

    Technical Sales Specialist, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (352) 267-4848

    Biography

    Ben McLean is a fourth generation Florida citrus grower who serves as a technical sales specialist for the Florida market. In 1993, he founded McLean Ag Chem Inc. and serves as president to this day. Having worked with Nutri-Phite® products for many years, he specializes in research and product development. Ben holds a Master’s degree in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Florida.

  • Bob Pound

    Bob Pound

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (608) 553-3442

    Biography

    Bob Pound is technical sales representative for Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Bob has served as vice president of agronomy in Burlington, WI and has worked for Arcadian (bought by PCS) and Agrico Chemical. His work includes Prairie Creek Terminals in Elwood, IL as VP of Sales & Marketing, technical sales representative for Specialty Fertilizer Products (a Verdesian legacy company) and moved to Florida to cover the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Bob also spent time with United Suppliers and ICL Fertilizers.

    Bob grew up on a Century Dairy[...] Farm in Hamilton NY, south of Syracuse. He received his degree in Agronomy from S.U.N.Y Cobleskill with a minor in Ag Business. His first job out of college was with Agway Coop (now Growmark) in its fertilizer division. In his spare time, Bob loves spending time with his grandchildren, and he also enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling.

  • Brandon Neuman

    Brandon Neuman

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (406) 450-1460

  • Brody Benton

    Brody Benton

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (515) 650-0501

  • Carter Ash

    Carter Ash

    Technical Sales Representative - More Than Manure®

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    Biography

    Carter Ash is a technical sales representative for the More Than Manure® technology in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska. He was assistant manager at Federated Coops prior to joining Verdesian. Growing up on the family farm, Carter has always been passionate about farming. Throughout his career at Federated Coops, he developed an interest in the science behind the products that he worked with and developed a passion for assisting farmers in utilizing these products effectively and efficiently.

    He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricu[...]ltural Business with an emphasis in Farm and Ranch Management at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN.
    Carter currently resides in Milaca, MN, where he was born and raised. In his free time, Carter enjoys spending time with his wife, Kayla, four-wheeling, woodworking and working on his small hobby farm. He is also thrilled about becoming a dad in July.

  • Chuck Broughton

    Chuck Broughton

    Vice President, Sales, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

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    Biography

    Charles “Chuck” Broughton is vice president of sales for Verdesian’s seed treatments and inoculants division in the United States and Canada. A current resident of south central Iowa, Chuck brings nearly 30 years of experience to lead the seed treatment and inoculant sales team. His position is focused on expanding a rapidly growing line of new product innovations and gaining commitment among team members to bring a creative edge to the seed treatment and inoculant market. Prior to this position, he served as the global commercial director for [...]the DuPont Pioneer seed treatment division, where he launched seed treatments in the Americas and implemented marketing strategies on a global level. Additionally, Chuck has worked for Novozymes Bioag Group, where he led sales and marketing teams, as well as EMD Crop Bioscience, Strategic Diagnostics Inc., Meteorlogix, Pharmacia Corporation and Novartis Crop Protection. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University’s agricultural business program.

  • Cody Reynolds

    Cody Reynolds

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (402) 631-3527

  • Darin Lickfeldt, Ph.D., CCA

    Darin Lickfeldt, Ph.D., CCA

    Director of Technical Development

    Contact

    Phone (317) 518-4573

    Biography

    Dr. Darin Lickfeldt is a technical development manager for Verdesian Life Sciences, serving his territory in product development and agronomy consulting. Dr. Lickfeldt has 20 years of experience in agronomic technical services, regulatory affairs, and research and development. His career also includes 13 years of experience in technical training of sales personnel, developing promotional data and collateral and conducting in-person presentations and field day demonstrations. Most recently, Dr. Lickfeldt worked for Dow AgroSciences and previousl[...]y with Monsanto; both in various technically-oriented leadership roles. Dr. Lickfeldt earned his BS and MS in Crop and Soil Sciences (emphasis in plant and soil chemistry and pesticides) from Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Crop Science (emphasis in plant biochemistry) at University of Illinois. Dr. Lickfeldt is also a license Certified Crop Adviser (CPA) and a U.S. Army Veteran.

  • Dave Schwartz, CCA

    Dave Schwartz, CCA

    Executive VP, Sales, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (712) 579-4184

    Biography

    Dave Schwartz is executive vice president of sales in plant nutrition for Verdesian. Prior to this role, Dave served as vice president of new product development for Specialty Fertilizer Products and sales manager for Van Diest Supply Co., as well as sales representative and trainer for Ciba Geigy. Dave earned his bachelor's degree in business management and mass communications from Buena Vista University.

  • David Keimig

    David Keimig

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (309) 275-9915

  • David Vance, CCA, PCA

    David Vance, CCA, PCA

    Vice President, Technical Sales Development

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    Biography

    David Vance serves as vice president, technical sales development. As a CCA (Certified Crop Adviser) and PCA (Pest Control Adviser), he specializes in steric chemistry, row crops, tree nuts, vines and small grains. He has worked in agriculture his whole life and currently owns a small cattle ranch.

  • Deb Johnson

    Deb Johnson

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (402) 669-7273

  • Dylan Kerbs

    Dylan Kerbs

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (208) 841-0904

  • Eric Luce

    Eric Luce

    Technical Development Manager, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (317) 464-0076

    Biography

    Eric Luce is technical development manager for the eastern corn belt. Eric has extensive agronomic experience in the U.S. and around the world encompassing operations management, business strategy and product development. He has been accountable for global end-to-end seeds technology investigation and implementation of agriculture seeds industry-based processes and equipment. He also provided capital strategy for prioritization and justification to successfully equip seed growing and processing sites to thrive in a safe and cost-effective envir[...]onment.

    Eric worked as a global crop technology leader and a process safety specialist – Global Seeds at Dow AgroSciences. Prior to working at Dow, Eric spent 11 years with DuPont Pioneer as a location production manager, as well as an assistant location production manager and as a senior agronomist.

    Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture from Southern Illinois University, his MS in Agronomy – Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Pioneer Institute at Purdue University. Eric is a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), and he is active in the American Society of Agronomy. His family has farmed in central Illinois for many generations.

  • Gary Morrow, CCA, PCA

    Gary Morrow, CCA, PCA

    Senior Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (559) 281-4626

    Biography

    As a senior technical sales representative, Gary Morrow focuses his specialized knowledge in maximizing plant health through the agronomic principles of soils, fertility and pest management. As a CCA (Certified Crop Adviser) and California PCA (Pest Control Adviser), Gary has been advising growers for more than 35 years on the proper use of pesticides, fertilizers and irrigation practices. Through a multitude of roles in agribusiness, including positions with Brea Agricultural Service, Inc., forming Select Ag Services and founding Morrow Agricu[...]ltural Services, Gary is well-versed in the variety of crops grown in California. He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Protection.

  • Grant Gelineau

    Grant Gelineau

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (360) 220-0074

    Biography

    Grant Gelineau provides nutritional and micronutrient solutions to his customers with more than 15 years of experience with these products. Since graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, he has committed his career to the agriculture industry. Previous roles include sales positions with Asgrow Seed Company, CHS and Winfield.

  • Jake Socherman

    Jake Socherman

    Director of Sales, Specialty Micronutrients

    Contact

    Phone (503) 789-3950

    Biography

    As director of sales, specialty micronutrients, Jake Socherman is responsible for handling key accounts, customer service, sales and product design and development. For over 20 years, he has worked for distribution and manufacturing companies, offering fertilizer products to the turf, ornamental and specialty agriculture industries. Jacob has expertise in plant nutrition and fertilizer technologies.

  • Jamie Jones

    Jamie Jones

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (507) 525-8059

  • Jenny Penny

    Jenny Penny

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (402) 720-4475

  • Jim Otte, CCA

    Jim Otte, CCA

    Senior Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (913) 787-1145

    Biography

    Jim Otte is a senior technical sales representative for Verdesian. With nearly 40 years of fertilizer experience, Jim was a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products for 10 years. He has also worked as an executive business analyst for George S. May, a full-service business consulting firm in Chicago. He is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and Iowa-certified custom applicator. Jim also farmed and ran ag retail businesses for 25 years.

  • Jim Pullins, CCA

    Jim Pullins, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (740) 503-5038

    Biography

    Jim Pullins is a technical sales representative for the seed treatment & inoculant business. Pullins has extensive professional experience in production agriculture. This experience includes specialized knowledge in weed control, biotechnology, biological product integration and production systems in large grain operations.

    Prior to joining Verdesian, Pullins was a territory business manager at INTX. Other professional experience includes positions with Becker-Underwood, National City Bank and Monsanto. Pullins received a Bachelor of Science [...]degree in animal science from Eastern Kentucky University and has held his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification for more than 15 years.

  • Joe Potts, CCA

    Joe Potts, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (402) 670-7382

    Biography

    Joe Potts joined Verdesian Life Sciences with more than a decade of experience in retail agriculture. Prior to joining Verdesian, Potts served as regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products, and he was a general manager of Fordyce Coop for 11 years. In 2002, he became a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). Potts earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

  • John Klepper

    John Klepper

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (575) 263-5473

    Biography

    John Klepper is a plant nutrition technical sales representative for Verdesian. Klepper has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy and followed with his Master of Science degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, John worked as a crop consultant in the Hobbs, New Mexico and Seminole, Texas area, while also managing his own lawn care business. He sold various micronutrient and sulfur products for a regional manufacturer. Most recently, Joh[...]n’s career had been with J.R. Simplot in specialty product sales.

  • John McLean

    John McLean

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (863) 381-9328

    Biography

    As a technical sales representative at Verdesian Life Sciences, John McClean represents the nutritionals and micronutrients products for his territory. McClean's specialized knowledge is deeply rooted in citrus groves, after growing up on his family’s farm. Since then, he has spent more than 30 years working in the agriculture industry, including introducing and pioneering the use of Nutri-Phite® in Florida. In addition to his work with Verdesian, he owns and operates a blueberry farm.

  • Josh Lundy

    Josh Lundy

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (605) 252-2136

    Biography

    Josh has more than 20 years of retail agronomy management experience. He came to Verdesian from South Dakota Wheat Growers in Aberdeen where he worked first as a sales manager before becoming a fertilizer marketing manager and then director of agronomy inputs. Lundy also has experience with Landmark Services Cooperative in Wisconsin, and Prairie Grain Partners LLC, Western Consolidated Cooperative, and Dawson Ag Service – all based in Minnesota. Lundy earned an Associates of Science, Agribusiness Management from Minnesota West Community College[...] in Canby, Minn.

  • Kevin Bodensteiner

    Kevin Bodensteiner

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (319) 284-0635

    Biography

    Bodensteiner serves northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota as a technical sales representative for Verdesian. He grew up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa and attended Iowa State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science. He started his career in the process dairy industry, where for 20 years, he worked as a quality control technician and a plant manager at various facilities across the country. Bodensteiner worked in agronomy sales for Dunkerton Co-op in Dunkerton, Iowa, and for Flint Hills Resources as an environmental,[...] health and safety manager at their Fairbank, Iowa, ethanol plant.

  • Kurt Seevers

    Kurt Seevers

    Technical Development Manager, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (402) 657-3957

    Biography

    Serving as a technical development manager, seed treatments & inoculants, Kurt Seevers has spent more than 25 years in various positions, including technical services, agronomy, sales, marketing and product development. Prior to joining Verdesian in 2014, he spent the previous 10 years working with Becker Underwood, most recently as field development leader for seed treatment in the U.S. Kurt transitioned to BASF Corporation with its acquisition of Becker Underwood, working as a senior field biologist with a focus on seed treatment biologicals.[...] Seevers holds a master's degree in entomology from the University of Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree, also in entomology, from the University of Nebraska.

  • Kyle Hartmeier, CCA

    Kyle Hartmeier, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (509) 430-3362

    Biography

    Kyle Hartmeier is a technical sales representative for Verdesian Life Sciences. He also aides in product development for the Western region. Hartmeier was raised on a farm in eastern Washington and has worked in the agriculture industry for 27 years, where he has his CCA credentials and dealer manager license.

  • Mark Fraase

    Mark Fraase

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (701) 367-2846

  • Mark Fuchs, CCA

    Mark Fuchs, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (410) 200-8369

    Biography

    Mark Fuchs joined Verdesian Life Sciences with a lifetime of crop and dairy production experience. Prior to joining Verdesian, Fuchs served as a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products and a regional agronomist with Southern States Cooperative. He is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), has served as a CCA regional chairman and an international chairman, and was inducted into the Crop Consultant Hall of Fame by Ag Consultant magazine. Fuchs received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Maryland.

  • Mark Seipel

    Mark Seipel

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (309) 255-0635

    Biography

    Mark Seipel is a technical sales representative in Verdesian's plant nutrition division. He has been passionate about improving nutrient usage and management throughout his career - including placing nutrients, GreenSeeker technology, PGR technologies, nitrate inhibitors, phosphorus enhancement and manure management products. Seipel has had an opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. and Western Canada, dealing with farmers and dealers in a wide variety of crops, soil types and environments.

  • Mike Zwingman

    Mike Zwingman

    Technical Development Manager

    Contact

    Phone (402) 366-3442

    Biography

    Mike Zwingman is technical development manager for Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming supporting Verdesian's nutritional and plant health product lines.

    Mike has 20 years of seed, ag retail, and agronomic experience in eastern Nebraska and is graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He resides in Lincoln with his two daughters and enjoys pheasant hunting, attending the College World Series and helping out at his family’s farm.

  • Noah Jones

    Noah Jones

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (605) 228-2321

    Biography

    Noah covers Verdesian products for the Dakotas. Jones was born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Jones holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. Following college, Jones spent time with Pioneer Hi-Bred as a sales associate, and also at Maple Valley Ag as a sales agronomist. He is a huge sports fan who loves golf and being outdoors, along with the Green Bay Packers. (Go Pack Go!)

  • Pat Mullahey

    Pat Mullahey

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (919) 903-0644

    Biography

    Pat Mullahey is a Verdesian technical sales representative in plant nutrition. With more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture industry, Mullahey is an expert in crop protection, turf and specialty markets. Mullahey received his Bachelor of Science from Stockton University.

    Most recently, he served as regional sales manager with Etigra, which became NuFarm. He has held several management positions with The Scotts Company in Ohio. And, prior to that, Mullahey worked as a territory manager for American Cyanamid in Nebraska and worked i[...]n sales and marketing at Valent.

  • Phil Shelley, CCA

    Phil Shelley, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (334) 790-9529

    Biography

    Since the beginning of 2015, Phil Shelley has served as a technical sales representative, seed treatments & inoculants for Verdesian. Shelley grew up on the farm, and has chosen to continue representing American agriculture through his 35 years of agribusiness experience. After working in several aspects of the industry, Shelley’s most substantial experience remains in seed, seed handling and seed treatment. In his current position, Shelley has developed and executed innovative marketing and territory plans, and maintained strong client relatio[...]nships. Shelley is also a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), with a proficiency in peanut and cotton knowledge. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy from Auburn University.

  • Phillip Frost

    Phillip Frost

    Technical Development Manager

    Contact

    Phone (585) 236-0640

    Biography

    Phillip Frost is technical development manager for Verdesian's nutritional and plant health products in California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Colorado.

    Phil has over 20 years of experience in agricultural businesses. He founded two agricultural startups in Zimbabwe where rural farmers were taught conservation agriculture practices and food provision. He has served as director of research and development at Integrity Propagation in Chatsworth, NJ prior to joining Verdesian.

    Phil holds a Master’s in Professional Studies in Internatio[...]nal Agriculture and Rural Development and a Master’s of Science in Agronomy with a focus on Soil Health, both from Cornell University. He also earned his MBA from Oxford Brooke’s University (Damelin Administered). He enjoys serving as liaison for farmers and scientists, increasing soil and water quality and farmer returns.

  • Rich Janssen, CCA

    Rich Janssen, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (320) 979-2084

    Biography

    Rich Janssen brings nearly 30 years of experience in farming, retail sales, wholesale sales and basic manufacturing to his role as technical sales representative with Verdesian. As a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), Rich has expertise in Midwest and specialty crops, fertilizers, seed treatments and crop protection. Rich also owns a farm in central Minnesota.

  • Ron Henning, Ph.D.

    Ron Henning, Ph.D.

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (580) 497-6916

    Biography

    With more than 50 years of experience, Dr. Ronald Henning is a veteran of the U.S. peanut industry. He joined the Verdesian Life Sciences team as a technical services manager after serving nearly every sector of the industry. During his 25-year tenure at the University of Georgia, Henning authored more than 140 extension and technical papers and led the task force that wrote the peanut industry’s best management practices manual. Henning earned his Ph.D. in agronomy, biochemistry and peanut physiology from the University of Georgia.

  • Russell Thomas III

    Russell Thomas III

    VP of Sales

    Contact

    Phone (502) 377-1052

    Biography

    Russell Thomas joined Verdesian with a lifetime of crop, livestock, forestry and wildlife experience. Prior to joining Verdesian, Thomas was a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products. Thomas also spent six years with Southern States Cooperative, holding several positions, including district manager for southern Georgia, southern Alabama and northern Florida. He is a member of the Florida Fertilizer Association and a former state board member of the Georgia Forestry Association. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in political science f[...]rom Georgia Southwestern State University and a master’s degree in management and organizational effectiveness from Troy University.

  • Ryan Barham

    Ryan Barham

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (317) 696-1720

    Biography

    Ryan Barham is a technical sales representative for Verdesian's plant nutrition division. Prior to this role, Barham was a regional manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products, and he has also served as a demand team specialist for Chemtura AgroSolutions, where he worked with retail locations in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. He has also worked for Makhteshim Agan of North America in various positions, including business leader for the Ohio Valley region. Barham has a farming background and was raised on a small farm in North Carolina. Barham earned[...] a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Mount Olive College in North Carolina.

  • Ryan Christianson

    Ryan Christianson

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (701) 371-3363

    Biography

    Ryan Christianson brings 14 years of agriculture experience to his role as technical sales representative. Before joining Verdesian Life Sciences, he was an account manager for Legends Seeds and a territory sales representative for Crop Production Services. Ryan specializes in inoculants and seed treatments for soybeans and small grains.

  • Scott Ahrenholtz

    Scott Ahrenholtz

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (515) 686-0850

  • Sidney Skank

    Sidney Skank

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact
    Biography

    Sidney Skank is a Technical Sales Representative for Verdesian Life Sciences serving the Iowa and Nebraska territories based out of Carson, Iowa.

    His career includes 14 years in the agriculture retail sector as an applicator, grain purchaser, agronomy sales and as location manager with a local cooperative and eight years in the farm machinery business. Sid owned and operated a custom manure applicator business for 15 years, while farming 800 acres and a 50-head cow and calf operation. He has extensive knowledge of livestock manure having grown[...] up on a farm that had cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

    When not working, Sid enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, his four adult children and fie grandchildren. Sid and his wife have a passion for scuba diving, along with soaking up the Caribbean sun whenever they can. The Skanks also like to bike, kayak, compete in mud-runs and “whatever else the grandkids can talk me into, which isn't too hard for them.”

  • Stan Deal, CCA

    Stan Deal, CCA

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (229) 309-9160

    Biography

    Stan Deal is a technical sales representative for seed treatments and inoculants with Verdesian Life Sciences. Deal has spent his entire life involved in agriculture, as he was raised on a farm, studied agronomy in college and has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Currently, he has a small farm where he and his family grow peanuts, corn, wheat, soybeans, hay and winter peas. He is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) and is serving as president of the Alabama Crop Management Association.

  • Steve Dal Sasso

    Steve Dal Sasso

    Vice President, More Than Manure Dairy and Hog

    Contact

    Phone (813) 375-1947

    Biography

    Steven Dal Sasso is the vice president of sales in the Western region. Prior to joining Verdesian Life Sciences, Dal Sasso worked as the business development manager with LidoChem, as well as turf and ornamental business manager for Arysta LifeScience. He has also held key sales positions with legacy Syngenta companies.

  • Steve Vistad

    Steve Vistad

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments & Inoculants

    Contact

    Phone (612) 296-0236

    Biography

    Steve Vistad manages sales and customer service of seed treatment and inoculant products to all dealers and distributors in his geography. Prior to 2000, he had worked on his family farm in North Dakota. After receiving a position in sales with Hamilton Systems Convey-All, he left the farm to sell bulk soybean seed plants to soybean dealers across the U.S. From that experience, Vistad possesses specialized knowledge in soybeans, seed treating and legume inoculants. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor of [...]Science degree.

  • Tammy Klatt

    Tammy Klatt

    Technical Sales Representative

    Contact

    Phone (641) 485-7266

    Biography

    Tammy Klatt is Verdesian's technical sales representative for northwest Iowa. Tammy has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and management. For the past six years, she has worked in soil management with farmers, where she has focused on water quality, developing new markets, growing current product lines and increasing revenue for The Pinnacle Group out of Iowa Falls, IA. In this role, she has also had success in recommending and promoting the More than Manure® product to livestock farmers. She is also a strong advocate for the 4Rs of[...] nutrient stewardship platform. She earned a degree in Communications and Business from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

    Klatt and her husband, Larry, have been married for 17 years and live in Dows, IA. They have a daughter, Jessica, who is pursuing her RN. In her spare time, Tammy works on home improvement projects, enjoys kayaking and fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Tim Book

    Tim Book

    Technical Sales Representative, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (816) 509-6737

    Biography

    Tim Book is a technical sales representative for Verdesian's plant nutrition division. Book joins Verdesian Life Sciences with more than 20 years of experience in the agricultural industry. Before joining Verdesian, Book served as regional manager at Specialty Fertilizer Products and has also been an area business leader for the MANA Crop Protection sales team, Syngenta, Novartis and Ciba Geigy, in both the crop protection division and seed division as a territory manager. Book earned his bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

  • Todd Carpenter, PG

    Todd Carpenter, PG

    Technical Development Manager, Plant Nutrition

    Contact

    Phone (817) 304-5265

    Biography

    Todd Carpenter is a technical development manager for Verdesian Life Sciences, serving his territory in the areas of research, consulting, sales and marketing. Carpenter has in-depth experience in reclamation, nutrient management, water quality, agronomic production, seed and agrochemical sales and service, irrigated production, and water use efficiency. Previously, he has worked with Syngenta, The Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Carpenter Ag & Environmental Services, and The Department of Soil and Crop S[...]ciences. He earned his Master of Science in Soil Science and Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, both at Texas A&M University.

  • Todd Wyman

    Todd Wyman

    Technical Sales Representative, Seed Treatments

    Contact

    Phone (701) 337-6140

    Biography

    Todd Wyman is a technical sales representative – seed treatments & inoculants (ST&I). Todd brings 25 years of seed treatment and seed treatment equipment sales experience to his role, with extensive experience with soybeans, pulse crops and small grains. Before joining Verdesian, he was regional account manager for NuFarm’s seed treatment division in Garrison, ND. Todd previously worked as a territory sales manager for Bayer CropScience, where he worked with commercial seed treating plants, as well as with retail and distribution. Todd also ser[...]ved Gustafson LLC as a technical sales representative for Montana and North Dakota; Agsco Inc., as an Account manager in Great Falls, MT; and Cenex/Land O’Lakes as a crop protection specialist in Washburn, ND.

    Todd earned his Associate’s degree in Agriculture Business Management from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Minot State University.

  • Tom Breiner

    Tom Breiner

    Account Manager, Turf & Ornamental

    Contact

    Phone (631) 276-4327

    Biography

    Backed by 40 years of experience in the golf turf industry, Tom Breiner represents the Verdesian Life Science turf and ornamental markets. Previously, Tom served as superintendent at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, New Jersey’s largest golf facility. He’s a supporter of the New Jersey Green Industry Council and long-time member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association. Tom is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Professional Golf Course Management Program and frequently lectures there for the Office of Continuing Professional Education.