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Dedication to customers and a desire to drive improvements in the industry

Who We Are

We help our customers understand where they can best fit and evaluate what we can do to improve information dissemination between buyers and sellers. Collectively, we have years of experience brokering seed and developing relationships with customers. As individuals, many of us are young, energetic, and enthusiastic (actually, we’re all energetic and enthusiastic, we’re just not all young) and pride ourselves on our ability and desire to adapt and move forward with the seed industry. In fact, our use of technology to bring buyers and sellers together is unmatched. If we seem like a company you would like to work with, give us a call. We’d love to meet you.

WHERE WE CAME FROM.

MayerSeedLine began doing business in July 2007 following the merger of two successful legacy brokerage firms, MayerSeed, Inc. of Willmar, Minnesota and Seedline, LLC of Loveland, Colorado. In the summer of 2008, Brayton/North Inc. of Ames, Iowa merged its brokerage services into MayerSeedLine. These three companies shared the same dedication to customers and a desire to drive improvements in the industry. The resulting MayerSeedLine has a larger collective customer base, providing a larger database for buyers and sellers. We offer improved efficiency while delivering the same high quality, relationship-based customer service that customers of MayerSeedline have come to expect.

OUR VALUES.

At MayerSeedLine, we respect all licensing arrangements and provide a fair and safe environment for the buyer and seller by verifying all rights and obligations prior to completing a contract. We also hold our ethical standards high, ensuring our actions are always beneficial to all parties involved in a transaction or business relationship.

MEET THE TEAM

Our staff comprises experienced, fresh, enthusiastic people who can’t wait to make a difference for seed producers and retailers.

BARB EVERMANN

WINTER PRODUCTION MANAGER & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Barb has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. She is our winter production manager who ensures contracts are written and seed is shipped, certified, and arrives at its destination. She is very detailed and takes care of the company — we lovingly call her “Mom.”

BOBBIE MAHN

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

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Bobbie’s attention to detail makes her a fine accountant and leader to our office team, and her friendly attitude makes her a pleasure to work with. Bobbie enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

BRENDA KNOFCZYNSKI

FINANCE & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Brenda brings over 20 years of experience to the company and is very detail oriented. She keeps the spirit of the company alive and is wonderful to interact with. If you are having a bad day, call and talk to Brenda—she will have you feeling better in no time.

GINA BOOK

SHIPPING & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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When you call MayerSeedLine, the first person you will likely talk to is Gina. It’s impossible to feel grouchy after talking to Gina. She keeps us entertained at work, and sometimes we’ll call her at home when we need a lift. Everyone needs a Gina in their office.

JAY ASPLIN

Jay has 20 years of experience in business leadership roles both within and outside the seed industry.  However, he was recruited to MayerSeedline for his musical ability.  Sure, his background lends itself to our business and he’s a nice guy, but we were really looking for a someone that could play guitar or piano to entertain us and hopefully you as well.  Broker by day, musician by night. 

JEN BAUMGART

FINANCE & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Jen has extensive experience in accounting and the processes needed to complete each transaction.  She is very modest, yet decidedly talented, both at work and play.  She has a passion for photography, and her favorite subjects are her family and nature.  Jen is a real asset to the team.

KRISTEN CRUZE

WINTER PRODUCTION & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Kristen comes to us with a strong accounting background. Her customer service talents, accuracy with numbers and ability to manage several open projects simultaneously make her a perfect fit to work with international production. Besides being our in-house “boot camp” trainer Kristen has proved to be a fast learner who’s also quick with a joke and a good story.

LORI JENSEN

BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Lori is sharp, versatile, and well rounded. Lori is a hard worker, but she can play hard too. We all know who to turn to when we need a spare beer cozy.

MATT SHIPTON

BROKER / PARTNER

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Matt has more than 20 years of seed experience in trait and genetic sales, product management, and plant and production management.  Matt’s middle name is “Reid”– he is a descendant of Robert Reid who originated Reid’s Yellow Dent.  RYD achieved widespread recognition upon winning Champion Corn at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.  Matt’s roots run deep in the seed industry.  Literally.

PAUL KJOLHAUG

BROKER / PARTNER

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Paul has been in the seed business for more than 35 years and has an agronomic background with experience in corn, sunflower, grass, and soy. We call him Mr. Relationship — he doesnʼt like much flash, but he is very well liked and respected by our customers and many are his close friends.

SARAH REMMEL

FINANCE & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Sarah comes to us with a background in business and accounting. She enjoys gardening and camping and vacationing with her family. Travel is Sarah’s passion — this “island girl” is especially attracted to beach destinations. Sarah always has a genuine smile for everyone and her enthusiasm is contagious.

STEVE GARROD

BROKER 

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Steve joined our team with more than 25 years of experience in Research, Pre-foundation, Production, Product Development and Licensing.  Steve will enjoy comparing notes with you on your experiences.  Always enthusiastic and full of energy… he is indeed, the most positive person in the world.  Stay cheerful, my friend.

TERRI DEMING

SAMPLES & BROKERAGE SUPPORT

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Terri has more than 15 years of experience in the seed industry and is our contract sample tracking and testing coordinator.  Terri is to samples and testing as Google is to internet searching.  Have a question on samples or testing— Just Terri it.

ZACH VIRGIN

BROKER & REFUGE LEAD

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Zach is MSL’s youngest broker, yet he comes with a background rich in agriculture. Zach grew up working the fields and raising cattle on his family’s farm in IL and enjoys visiting with and learning from previous generations of farmers and seedsmen. With the extra energy that bubbles from his youthful enthusiasm, he spends time at the shooting range breaking clay birds. Zach is MSL’s young gun.