Group Limagrain…an international farming community

Born of a desire to bring farmers together in order to build market power, Limagrain Group was founded as a farmer’s cooperative in France in 1942. Today, still farmer-owned, the company has 7,000 employees and is the largest seed company in the European Union and the largest cereal seed producer in the world.

The North American subsidiary, Limagrain Cereal Seeds, is Limagrain Group’s first American operation for cereal breeding. In the United States, the company focuses on wheat research and the creation of new improved cultivars for U.S. wheat growers.

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) is centrally located to universities like Colorado State, Kansas State, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Purdue and Virginia Tech among others, and the prime wheat growing regions in Washington, Indiana, Minnesota and Kansas.

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 of 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.

Kelly Mundorff

Chief Financial Officer

Kelly oversees financial and administrative functions at LCS. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and Master of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Kelly has 20+ years of financial experience and is licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado.

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

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

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

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.

David Lane

Regional Sales Manager, East and South

David brings 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry to his position as sales manager for the East and South regions, including roles in the seed industry, crop protection, trait marketing, customer relationship management and e-connectivity solutions. Lane works from his home office in Charlotte, North Carolina to provide individualized service to his clients.

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 Associate

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.

Sarah Dominick

Sales Administration Assistant

Sarah has been with LCS since 2011, when she started as a commercial intern. She double-majored in crop and soil science and Ag economics at Colorado State University. Since joining the team, Sarah has assisted with marketing, sales, finance and administration.

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.

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.