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History of Legacy Seeds, Inc
Legacy Seeds, Inc. was founded in 1999 by Steve Jensen, Bruce Ceranske and Tyler Lee. After many combined years of working for other corporate seed businesses, including Cargill, WL Research, Pioneer and Clark Seed, they were looking for a way to develop and enhance the products using their own knowledge and experience. In October 1999, working out of his home, Steve started Legacy Seeds, Inc.; Tyler soon joined him and Bruce became a partner in August 2000. Legacy Seeds, Inc. also began its research and alfalfa breeding program in 2000 with the addition of our Research Director, David Huset. David was with WL Research for 22 years and has bred hundreds of alfalfa varieties for seed companies in the US, Canada and South America. Our research farm is near Madison, Wisconsin and today we have some of the leading alfalfa Germplasm in the industry. Our Idaho seed plant was leased in 2002 and is where we package all of our alfalfa. In Waupaca we purchased a 2nd facility in 2003 and a 3rd in 2008 to further our warehouse space. In 2004 Legacy Seeds, Inc. acquired all essential corn and soybean licenses to launch the Legacy Brand of corn and soybeans. The corn and soybean business continues to grow with an expanded sales force of 50% since 2007. We look forward to working with you!
Meet the Legacy Family
Bruce Ceranske, Owner, President Scandinavia, WI
Bruce Ceranske was born and raised in Wisconsin; after attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for a bachelor’s degree in soil science and resource management, he later worked on his MBA during five years of night school. Bruce’s first position was as an Agronomist for a cooperative in northwest Wisconsin, and after several years, Bruce accepted a
position with Cargill, Inc. as a Territory Sales Manager. In addition, he also shared product line responsibilities for corn and alfalfa on the company’s business management team; he was proudly promoted to a Regional Sales Manager during his 11 years with Cargill. Bruce left Cargill in 1997 for a position of President/General Manager at W.L. Research, which was owned by AgriBioTech, Inc.; he was soon promoted to their Area Business Manager, overseeing the management of seven different seed companies. Bruce also managed the alfalfa production for AgriBioTech, where he met Steve Jensen and Tyler Lee, his current partners at Legacy Seeds, Inc. In 2000, he joined forces with Steve and Tyler to form the current Legacy Seeds, Inc. that you know today, where Bruce manages the overall operations for the Wisconsin Division, and sales, research, and business development for all of Legacy Seeds, Inc. A few short years after the incorporation of Legacy Seeds, Inc., Bruce was asked to join the board of the American Seed Trade Association, serving as Vice President for a number of years. Bruce currently resides on a farm in rural Waupaca County with his wife Valerie; together they proudly have three grown children.
Steve Jensen, Owner, President Nampa, ID
In 1973, Steve got his start in the seed industry with Agri Con of Idaho. From there, he moved on to Pioneer HiBred International in Nampa, ID from 1975-1986. Shortly after, he co-founded Clark Seeds, Inc in 1986 where he stayed until 1996 when he began managing six western seed production facilities for AgriBioTech. It was in 1999 when he founded Legacy Seeds, Inc. and remains the president of the company today.
Tyler Lee, Owner, Vice President, Director of Alfalfa Field Operations Nampa, ID
Tyler Lee has over 16 years experience in the Seed Industry and joined Legacy Seeds, Inc. in 1999 after attending Boise State University. Tyler’s responsibilities include warehouse and processing/operations management, alfalfa production and pollination management (he is also the resident IT manager at LSI!). He resides in Idaho with his wife and two children.
Greg Williams, CFO Scandinavia, WI
Biography and image coming soon!
Jana Moore, Office Manager Nampa, ID
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Lori Clumpner, Operations Manager Scandinavia, WI
Hi, I’m Lori Clumpner, Operations Manager, for the Scandinavia, WI facility. I joined Legacy Seeds in January 2011 as the company began to expand its distribution and product offerings. I manage our awesome Customer Service Team and our hard-working Warehouse Crew. My duties also include the management of our diverse inventory lines, production, and packaging schedules. I live with my husband, Bruce, in Ogdensburg, WI. We enjoy spending time at our lake cabin, being outside as much as possible, and traveling when time allows.
Jim Wold, Corn & Soybean Product Manager Eau Claire, WI
Jim was born and raised on a dairy farm near Amery, WI which is located in Polk County in Northwest Wisconsin. Jim attended UW River Falls and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Agricultural Studies with emphasis in Animal Science and Plant Science. Jim worked in the feed industry after college with Land O’ Lakes until 1984. He then became involved in the seed industry with Stauffer Seeds. Stauffer was bought out by Northrup King in 1986 and with several other mergers over the years. Jim spent 22 years with them as a District Sales Manager and a Regional Sales Manager. In March of 2006 Jim joined Legacy Seeds as their Sales Manager and Corn Product Manager and worked in that capacity until 2014. Jim currently is Legacy Seeds Corn and Soybean Product Manager. Jim and his wife Alison live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Jim has a daughter that lives in Hawaii and a son that is in the Army and lives in Texas. Between the two children there are four grandchildren
Dave Robison, Forage & Cover Crop Manager Winona Lake, IN
Dave grew up on a diversified family farm in central Indiana and is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Agronomy. He managed the family farm operation for 10 years after college. Dave has been involved in the seed industry for 40 years – working with improved forages for 32 years. Dave has particular interest in helping livestock producers improve profitability through the use of improved alfalfa and forage grass varieties as well as all aspects of cover cropping. Dave is known internationally as a speaker and writer on the value of improved forages and cover crops. He is the co-founder and also the former national co-chairman of the Cool Season Grass Initiative, a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crop Council, and a founding member of the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative committee. Dave is the author and owner of the www.plantcovercrops.com which is read by over 60,000 people per year. Dave, his wife Sally, and their children reside in Winona Lake, Indiana
Mike Velde, Alfalfa Plant Breeder and Sales Agronomist Clinton, WI
Mike Velde brings 35 years of experience in alfalfa breeding and world-wide sales to the wealth of experience on the Legacy Alfalfa team. Velde, who serves as current President of the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference, plays a key role with the Legacy alfalfa breeding program and sales effort regionally through the Legacy Brands, and also Nationally and Internationally. Velde played an integral role in bringing branch-root, deep set crown and other high yielding dormant and winterhardy semi-dormant varieties to market.
David Huset, Alfalfa Research Director Evansville, WI
Biography coming soon!
Bob Bishop, Distrct Sales Manager Pinconning, MI
Bob was born and raised on a family farm in Pinconning MI. He graduated from Pinconning high school in 1982, he worked on the family farm till 1998 when he took a job for Novartis seeds doing all sugarbeet research plots in the state of MI. In the fall of 2002 Bob accepted a job with Crop Production Services as an applicator, then in 2007 started sales also. After 14 years with Crop Production
Services Bob was offered a DSM position with Legacy Seeds in 2016, and accepted the position in March. Bob still lives in Piconning with his wife Coleen; they have two daughters Kayleen & Alicia. Bob enjoys camping with family & friends and spending time with our two grandchildren Blakye and Kinsley.
Loren Jesch, Sales Manager Hammond, WI
Loren Jesch graduated from Regent High School. He attended and completed his degree in Agriculture Sales and Service in Dickinson, ND before going on to North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Weed Science. In 2003 Loren was activated and deployed to Iraq in Feb of 2004. Upon completing his mission and tour he returned home in 2005 to reside in Hudson, WI. Before joining Legacy Seeds in April of 2012 he worked for a forage company called Producers Choice for over five years. Loren is now the Sales Manager for Legacy Seeds, and currently resides in Stevens Point, WI with his wife Kim and two sons, Brayden and Levi. He dabbles in the craft brewing of beers. Other hobbies and points of enjoyment include family time, time on the water and hunting in the fall.
Dale Budtke, District Sales Manager Readstown, WI
Dale grew up on a central Wisconsin dairy farm, located in the district where he works today. He attended Mid-State Technical College after graduating from Marshfield Senior High school, studying agriculture and agri-business. Dale started his own seed business after graduation, which he ran for four years before he and his parents decided to sell the farm to pursue other employment. After a couple of years of other work, Dale wanted back into agriculture. So he started work at local cooperative in central Wisconsin and continued for fourteen years. Dale worked as a spray applicator for several years before moving up to a sales agronomist where he gained a vast array
 of knowledge in the agronomic field from fertilizer to chemistry to seed. Since Dale’s passion has always been seed he came to work for Legacy Seeds in April 2016. Dale has a variety of hobbies including snowmobiling, camping, deer hunting, and fishing, or at least trying to catch fish. He resides in Stratford, WI with his wife of 13 years, Jodie, and their three children, Samantha, Amanda, and Tyler.
Kelly Buhrandt, District Sales Manager Suring, WI
Biography coming soon!
Ben Culver, District Sales Manager Readstown, WI
After college I spent five years working as an Agronomy Production Specialist with Cenex Land O Lakes. Then after returning from a five year period of active service in the Army I worked four years as a sales Agronomist with Premier Cooperative in South West Wisconsin. I have spent 21 years and counting serving in the Army Reserve, including two deployments to Iraq. I am a
member of my local volunteer fire department for over 10 years, where I currently serve as a Captain. I raise crops and beef cattle on my farm in SW Wisconsin, and enjoy spending time with my five children and my wife. I also enjoy hunting, snowmobiling, fishing and anything outdoors. And of course the Packers and Badgers.
Andy Heath, District Sales Manager Plum City, WI
Andy grew up on his family’s dairy farm near Plum City, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy and Seed Science. While enrolled at Iowa State Andy had internships within the seed industry in sales, seed production and alfalfa performance evaluation. After school, Andy worked as a District Sales Manager for Legacy Seeds, Inc in Southwestern Wisconsin. After moving back to his family’s farm in Western Wisconsin Andy worked as a Sales Agronomist at a local cooperative where he gained experience and knowledge of crop nutrition and crop protections. Andy returned to Legacy Seeds, Inc in 2017 as a District Sales Manager in his home area of Western Wisconsin. He currently lives on his family’s farm in Plum City and helps to operate the cash grain operation with his father and grandfather.
Judd Hodgen, District Sales Manager Omro, WI
Judd attended NWTC for Landscape Horticulture in 2004-2005 and worked in Ag retail since 2007, where he was first introduced to Legacy Seeds. He was an agronomist at ADM from 2012-2015 where he did custom spraying, application and ran the dry and liquid plants as needed. ADM was a partner with Helena Chemical Company, as an employee Judd was fortunate to attend many very beneficial Helena agronomy classes. In his spare time Judd enjoys spending time with his son Tristan and his wife Julia. He also enjoys helping out on his in-laws grain/hay farm and a friends beef operation. Judd also very much enjoy hunting and fishing with his dogs, family and friends.
Bill Mays, District Sales Manager Nampa, ID
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Susan Jirik, Corn Logistics & Customer Service Scandinavia, WI
Susan Jirik, Corn Logistics Manager, joined Legacy Seeds, Inc. in 2008. Starting as Operations and Office Manager, she is now responsible for coordinating the packaging and receiving of corn inventory. She has over 18 years of experience in Customer Service. Susan, her husband, and two children live in Wild Rose, WI.
Lyn Polster, Graphics & Marketing, Customer Service Scandinavia, WI
Hi, I'm Lyn, and I've been working for Legacy Seeds, Inc. since January of 2013. You've probably heard my voice on the phones quite a bit, but in addition to customer service, I am proud to work on the digital face of Legacy Seeds, Inc., from this website, to brochures, to magazine ads! I graduated from UWSP with a degree in Graphic Design in 2011, then moved around the country working for various large horse farms before coming back to Central Wisconsin and finding the Legacy Seeds Family. I currently live in Amherst, WI with my husband Patrick, his son Tyler, our dogs, and way too many horses! :)
Sarah Holder, Customer Service Scandinavia, WI
Collin Durrant, Warehouse Supervisor & Packaging Lead Scandinavia, WI
Biography coming soon!
Kyle Swenson, Warehouse Shipping & Receiving Scandinavia, WI
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