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

Tatiana Henry
Chief Operating Officer

Tatiana is the COO of LCS. She has been working with Group Limagrain for 15 years. Before coming to the States, she was CEO of Field Seeds in Ukraine and Russia, where she established subsidiaries in these two fast-growing markets. Prior to that assignment, Tatiana was the Area Manager for sister company HM.CLAUSE, a leader in vegetable seeds. Tatiana holds both a business and master’s degree.

Jeff Widder, National Sales and Marketing Manager
Jeff Widder
National Sales and Marketing Manager

Jeff leads the LCS sales and marketing teams across the Central Plains, Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest. He comes to LCS with more than 25 years of domestic and international sales, operations and leadership experience in agriculture. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Crop Science from Fort Hays State University and has always had a passion for helping farmers succeed.

Garrett Dudley, LCS Seed Production Coordinator
Garrett Dudley
Seed Production Coordinator

Garrett facilitates seed production within LCS and with seed production partners across the United States. He completed his bachelor’s degree at SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, and he has more than 10 years of experience in agronomy and the agricultural supply chain. In addition to field production activities, Garrett coordinates the PVP applications for new LCS varieties and leads the LCS team as Safety Program Coordinator.

Tony Ruiz, LCS Finance and Administration Manager
Tony Ruiz
Finance and Administration Manager

Although new to LCS, Tony has a 40+ year work history in accounting and finance. Before joining team LCS, he worked in the private sector in various roles throughout his career.  Tony holds a Business Degree from Long Beach State University.

Jennifer Sweeney
Jennifer Sweeney
Sales and Logistics Administration; Accounting Assistant

Jennifer orchestrates sales and logistics in addition to assisting with accounting. She is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science. Since graduation, Jennifer has worked in dispatching, as well as the agriculture and accounting industries.

Cathy Butti, LCS Quality Lab Manager
Cathy Butti
Quality Lab Manager

Cathy manages the LCS Quality Lab, testing the end-use quality and flour protein for all LCS wheat varieties. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University and has 40+ years of wheat quality experience in both U.S. and Canada systems. Cathy has a true passion for wheat quality and enjoys helping breeders in their decision-making processes and advancing new lines into farmers’ hands.

Sedique Pitsuwan-Meier, LCS Quality Lab Assistant
Sedique Pitsuwan-Meier
Quality Lab Assistant

Sedique tests the flour quality and protein characteristics of wheat varieties and is the LCS Quality Lab baker, noting the quality of bread derived from LCS varieties and maintaining consistent processes specific to U.S. and Canadian regulations. Sedique recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry.

Pacific Northwest Team

John Dodd, LCS Regional Commercial Manager for the PNW
John Dodd
Regional Commercial Manager, Pacific Northwest

John has deep roots in PNW agriculture. His family has been farming wheat in Washington for five generations. He has a degree in Integrated Pest Management and Agronomy from Washington State University. And he has 36 years of experience in PNW seed research, development and production. John brings it all, plus a dedication to serving farmers, to LCS as the head of PNW commercial operations.

Dr. Dylan Larkin, LCS Wheat Breeder for the PNW
Dr. Dylan Larkin
Wheat Breeder

Dylan leads the Pacific Northwest wheat breeding program, where he develops improved conventional and CoAXium soft white and hard red winter wheat varieties. He has a doctorate in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences from the University of Arkansas, as well as a master’s degree from Washington State University and a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University.

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 LCS.

Brandon Gusse
Research Assistant

Brandon grew up on a dryland wheat farm in Lind, Washington and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems from Walla Walla Community College. Before returning to his agricultural roots with LCS, Brandon studied computer science and was an IT professional. He now assists with the PNW breeding program, from planting to management to harvest.

Leighton Dorman, LCS Research Associate
Leighton Dorman
Research Assistant

Leighton assists Dr. Dylan Larkin with the PNW breeding program. He brings six years of ag industry experience to LCS and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from Washington State University.

Central Plains Team

Dan Dall, Central Plains Regional Commercial Manager
Dan Dall
Regional Commercial Manager, Central Plains

Dan leads commercial activities in the Central Plains for LCS. A lifetime south central Kansas resident, except while earning his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University, he knows the area well and enjoys partnering with wheat growers across the Central Plains to help maximize their profitability. Dan brings a passion for agriculture and 23 years of experience in seed and chemical sales to LCS.

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, and joined our team in 2010. Marla’s research career has focused on wheat improvement, genetic resistance to insects and pathogens, and producing accurate genotypic data.

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.

Northern Plains Team

LCS Northern Plains Regional Commercial Manager Nick Shores
Nick Shores
Regional Commercial Manager, Northern Plains

Nick brings a wealth of ag experience to LCS. He has a degree in Biological and Physical Sciences from North Dakota State University. He has worked as an agriculturist, quality manager, crop advisor, stewardship manager, plant researcher and sales specialist — all in the Northern Plains region. Nick now runs commercial operations for LCS in the Northern Plains.