Albert Lea Seed

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THANK YOU for Making Our Transition a Success

 In case you missed it, last year Albert Lea Seed became a distributor for NorthStar Genetics.  What happened? Two things:

1) Viking Corn & Soybeans (which is owned by Albert Lea Seed) became (100% non-traited brand that develops & markets conventional Non-GMO & Organic corn, soybean & alfalfa seed
2) Albert Lea Seed became a distributor for NorthStar Genetics traited corn and soybean seed.

In practical terms, this means you are still able to get everything you need from Albert Lea Seed, but all our traited seed will come in a NorthStar bag.  If you need traited seed, you'll have the benefit of NorthStar's reach, expertise and expanded choices--as in more maturities and traits (think LiberyLink Soybeans, and Duracade Corn).

Who is NorthStar?

NorthStar is, like us, an independent farm seed company based in Minnesota. They have licenses for traits and genetics from all the major companies. We've known them for as long as they've been in business (some 20 years). In fact, the first Roundup Ready soybeans we carried were in a NorthStar bag. 
This partnership is a continuation of work we've done with them, which means Albert Lea Seed will have a role in product development. In other words, we'll still be bringing you trait and genetics combinations that are specifically selected for southern MN, northern IA, and western WI. In fact, we will still be carrying most of your favorite hybrids!

Focusing on What We Know Best

​The reason for this change was simple: It's time for Albert Lea Seed to focus on what we know best, which is developing, testing and supplying non-traited seed. For a decade the fastest-growing part of Viking and Albert Lea Seed has been conventional, Non-GMO and Organic seed. We support all streams of agriculture, but we don't have the resources to develop traited seed and compete with Syngenta, Monsanto, and Dow/Dupont. But we do have the resources and the passion to develop and deliver the best conventional, Non-GMO hybrids, varieties and innovation to those farmers that need them.

Making the Most of Our Team's Experience

What has not changed in our ownership or our team. You'll still be working with the same folks. They know their stuff and they've been in this business a long time--some of them for decades. If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out. We sincerely appreciate your business and look forward to working with you for years to come.


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