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 is the CEO 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.
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.
Jim 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 manages 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.
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.
Yohanna works directly with Tami Agin as part of the accounting team. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. with an emphasis in accounting and finance from Regis University. In her off time, Yohanna enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Jay is the winter and spring wheat breeder for the Pacific Northwest. He earned his doctorate in Plant Science from Montana State University, where he also worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the Spring Barley Breeding Project. Jay’s experience has focused on plant genetics, genomic selection, field breeding, and wheat and barley quality.
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.
Craig assists in all aspects of the Pacific Northwest breeding program, including planting, management and harvest. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture. Prior to joining LCS, Craig worked for the U.S. Forest Service as part of a 5-needle pine resistance program and assisted Dr. Jim Myers in the vegetable breeding program at OSU.
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.
Drew leads sales efforts for our red winter wheat program in the Central Plains. He brings over 9 years of agricultural experience to LCS, including roles in Ag retail, precision Ag, crop production, seed sales and marketing.
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 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.
Don is the soft red winter wheat breeder for the Midwest and Eastern region, working at our research 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.
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.
Gary leads efforts in the southern and eastern states for 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.
Tracy assists Dr. Don Obert at our research 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.
Russell has a great deal of seed sales experience in the Northern Plains, in both retail and business-to-business roles. He offers technical and commercial support to LCS distributors in Minnesota, Montana and the Dakotas and looks forward to expanding distribution as the LCS portfolio of varieties continues to grow.
Hillary assists Dr. Jim Peterson and the Limagrain Cereals Research-Canada team with hard red spring material in the Northern Plains. She helps manage the spring material in Fort Collins and oversees the SSD growth facility. Hillary graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with a concentration in plant science. She grew up on a watermelon farm and has experience doing research with switchgrass.
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.
James assists Hayley Butler in the quality lab. He is involved in many of the testing aspects of the quality lab, including milling, farinograph and extensograph. Previously James assisted Dr. Blake Cooper in the breeding program for the Northern Plains region. 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.
Mike manages U.S. seed stock production and works closely with the research and commercial teams to bring new varieties to producers. He earned his doctorate in Crop Science from North Carolina State University in 2002. Prior to joining LCS, Mike worked in crop consulting, precision agriculture, basic research, variety testing and as an associate professor and extension cereal specialist for Oregon State University.
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.
Zach oversees all US sales and marketing activities 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.
Hannah spearheads marketing initiatives for LCS and supports the active sales team. She has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management from Oregon State University and was a sales and marketing representative for the university’s wheat breeding program before joining the LCS team.
Annie manages LCS social media channels and website updates, as well as assisting with technical data compilation. Prior to joining the team, she was a field trial intern for the wheat breeding program at Colorado State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business.