Who We Are

An international farming community

The parent company of Limagrain Cereal Seeds, Group Limagrain, was founded as a farmer's cooperative in France in 1965 to improve the quality and availability of seed supplies. Today, still farmer-owned, the company has nearly 9,000 employees and has strategically placed cereal breeding programs in every area of the world where wheat and barley are widely grown.

Through the exchange of elite Group Limagrain germplasm across six continents, Limagrain Cereal Seeds gives U.S. farmers access to the best genetics in the world. Through cutting-edge speed breeding methodologies, we bring new, improved varieties to market in a fraction of the time possible just a decade ago.

Meet the Limagrain Cereal Seeds Team

Frank Curtis

Chief Operating Officer

Frank has worked for Group Limagrain for the past 35 years, moving from his native England to the United States in 2010 to launch LCS. Frank’s roles within the Group have included plant breeding, field research, product development, senior management, seed sales and marketing.

Dr. Jim Peterson

Vice President for Research

Jim currently oversees all U.S. breeding operations. Prior to joining our team, Jim spent 27 years in public sector wheat research, including 12 years as a professor of Wheat Breeding and Genetics at Oregon State University. Jim also served as Chair of the National Wheat Improvement Committee.

Tami Agin

Chief Financial Officer and General Administration Manager

Tami recently joined the LCS team and oversees the accounting, finance, legal and human resources duties for the organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also holds an active CPA license.

Dr. Blake Cooper

Senior Wheat Breeder, Northern Plains

Blake breeds spring wheat for the Northern Plains. He has been breeding new varieties of wheat and barley for more than 32 years. Prior to joining our team, Blake spent a decade as the malt barley breeder for the Anheuser-Busch company.

Jean-Bruno Beaufumé

Senior Wheat Breeder, Pacific Northwest

Jean-Bruno launched the LCS Pacific Northwest wheat program in 2011. Before joining the team, Jean-Bruno led one of the most successful wheat breeding programs in France. His experience in small grains breeding extends back to 1994, when he launched the first of the four breeding programs he has been involved with in his career.

Dr. Marla Barnett

Senior Wheat Breeder, Central Plains

Marla breeds hard winter wheat for the Central and Southern Great Plains. She earned her doctorate from Kansas State in 2006 and welcomed the chance to return to the Great Plains in 2010 to join our team. Marla’s research career has focused on wheat improvement, genetic resistance to insects and pathogens, and producing accurate genotypic data.

Dr. Don Obert

Senior Wheat Breeder, Midwest and East

Don is the soft red winter wheat breeder for the Midwest and Eastern region, working from the FFR breeding station in Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his doctorate in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Kansas State University in 1998. Before joining LCS, Don spent 8 years as a barley and oats breeder for ARS in Idaho.

Brad Erker

Product Development Manager

Brad oversees nationwide commercial management of all wheat varieties. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in plant breeding from Colorado State University. Before joining our team, he worked in the private and public sectors for 18 years, gaining experience in agricultural areas ranging from plant genetics to seed production to sales.

Hayley Butler

Quality Manager

Hayley evaluates milling and baking quality for all U.S. breeding stocks and varieties. Prior to joining the team, she spent five years at Colorado State University working in wheat breeding quality, integrated pest management and entomology. Hayley has also done research in the private sector with Monsanto Soybean Breeding in the Midwest.

Zach Gaines

Technical and Marketing Manager

Zach oversees marketing, promotion and technical data management for LCS. He earned his bachelor's from Colorado State University and a master’s in agribusiness from Kansas State University. Prior to joining LCS, he spent 10 years working for Anheuser-Busch, first in the Fort Collins malt barley breeding program and then in the Los Angeles brewery.

Ken McClintock

Regional Sales Manager, Midwest

Ken’s dedication to the seed business has involved production, marketing and genetic research in all the major grains. Most recently, his skills helped advance soybean and wheat genetics. Ken has a keen interest in working with the LCS research team to deliver the most advanced wheat genetics for the seed industry.

Drew Hendricker

Regional Sales Manager, Central and Northern Plains

Drew leads sales efforts in 11 states for the hard red winter wheat program in the Central Plains and the hard red spring wheat program in the Northern Plains. He brings over 9 years of agricultural experience to LCS, including roles in Ag retail, precision Ag, crop production, seed sales and marketing.

Gary Moore

Regional Sales Manager, East and South

Gary is the newest member of the Limagrain Cereal Seeds commercial sales team. He brings nearly 40 years of experience to LCS — all in the seed business for major crops, from production to marketing to genetic research.

Nate Cooling

Research Associate

Nate assists in performance trial creation, planting and management. He also manages early generation development and our Single Seed Descent facility in Fort Collins. Prior to joining the team, Nate studied biology and was a student-athlete at Northern Michigan University.

Brent Conrady

Research Associate

Brent manages aspects of performance trial planting and harvest operations in the Central Plains, along with agronomy trials for both wheat and canola. Brent grew up on a dryland wheat farm in northern Oklahoma and spent 10 years as a certified crop advisor before joining the LCS team.

Dean Wilson

Research Associate

Dean assists Dr. Marla Barnett in breeding wheat for the Central Plains. He targets the accumulation and analysis of data for yield and disease resistance. Prior to joining the team, Dean assisted the late Dr. Jim Wilson of Trio Research.

Jeron Chatelain

Research Associate

Jeron assists with all aspects of the Pacific Northwest breeding program, including planting, management and harvesting of variety trials and early generation nurseries. He grew up on a dryland wheat farm and has a master’s degree from Washington State University. He worked for five years with the Oregon State University and USDA-ARS breeding programs before joining the team.

Jeremiah Menefee

Research Associate

Jeremiah assists with wheat breeding trials, from seed planting to harvest and ongoing data evaluation, at our research station in Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in environmental plant studies and a minor in plant biology. Prior to joining LCS, he worked as a research assistant in the integrated weed management lab at Purdue.

Tracy Richards

Research Assistant

Tracy assists Dr. Don Obert at the FFR breeding station in Lafayette, Indiana. She oversees the greenhouse, selection markers, scab nursery and the increases at the station. Tracy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in botany and plant pathology. She worked summers for Sam Brown at Genesis Seed before graduating.

James Chand

Research Associate

James assists Dr. Blake Cooper with breeding wheat for the Northern Plains region. He facilitates trial creation, planting and management. Prior to joining the team, James was assistant cucurbit pre-breeder with Harris Moran and, more recently, breeding assistant for sugar beets with Syngenta Seeds.

Jack Mangels

Research Assistant

Jack has been with LCS since 2012, starting as part-time help at our Fort Collins, Colorado headquarters. He now works full-time helping manage seed purification and quality. Jack has a Bachelor of Science in fisheries from Colorado State University and lab experience in the CSU Insectary.

Benjamin Brimlow

Research Associate

Ben assists in trial preparation, planting and management, data collection and harvest operations for the Pacific Northwest breeding program. He recently graduated with a Master of Science in crop science from Washington State University, where he spent three seasons with the WSU Extension Cereal Variety Testing Program.

Kay Wood

Executive Assistant

Kay is the assistant to Frank Curtis and works closely with the sales and marketing divisions of the commercial team. A Colorado State University graduate, Kay has been with LCS since 2010.

Dorothy Jones

Accounting and Administration Assistant

Dorothy has a Bachelor of Science in business administration and more than 20 years of experience in making offices and finances run smoothly. Since joining Limagrain Cereal Seeds, Dorothy has put her extensive know-how to work in accounting, sales and logistics.