Kim Alberty and Jim Balcom co-founded Agassiz Seed and Supply in 1985. Initially we distributed agricultural seed, lawn seed, soybean inoculants, seed treatments, seed grains, and grain fumigants. The business has grown through the years by expansion of product lines and acquisition of other businesses.
In 1990 we purchased Youlden Supply of Grand Forks ND, a distributor of grain testing equipment and grain elevator supplies. We added repair and calibration of electronic grain testing equipment in 1992 to add to the service side of the testing equipment business. Today we have one salesperson dedicated exclusively to sales of these products and a full time support person calibrating and repairing this equipment.
Legume inoculants have been an important part of Agassiz Seed since the company was founded in ‘85. In 2000 Agassiz Seed and two partners formed Advance Inoculants, changing the way soybean inoculants were distributed in the Midwest. We have sold the Advance Inoculants Company, but continue to expand the distribution of legume inoculants, seed enhancements and other seed enhancements in the upper Midwest.
In 2001 we purchased the wholesale vegetable seed division of Holland’s distributing to continue to diversify our business and better utilize our packaging facility. With the growing interest in home gardening, and vegetable farming this department of Agassiz Seed continues to show steady growth.
We added distribution of erosion control products in 2005 for our seeding contractors and landscapers. This is an expanding market with many of our customers installing erosion control products on construction projects and this allows one stop shopping for these customers.
In December of 2009 we purchased The Seed Source in Minneapolis, MN, and established our first branch location. Our Twin Cities location distributes seed and supplies to landscapers and seeding contractors in the Minneapolis metro area and southwest Minnesota. As a MNDOT approved seed vendor since 1995 and with sales staff in the Twin Cities for over ten years, this was an exciting expansion of our business. This business unit continues to grow and has added the agricultural product lines we offer as well. We relocated this operation to the southern Twin Cities suburb of Eagan MN in 2011 and purchased a warehouse and office building to solidify our commitment to this area.
As we added these businesses and product lines to Agassiz Seed, it has given us the opportunity to expand our customer base and trade area, and to continue to diversify the products and services we offer our customers. We continue to be a wholesale distributor of all our product lines, today our core products include forage/native grass seed, lawn/turf seed, seed enhancements, vegetable seed, and farm, elevator, and environmental supplies.
We look forward to continuing to serve the region that has been our home base for the past 30 years. We thank all of our existing customers for the support that has allowed us to grow. We look forward to developing relationships with new customers as we earn the opportunity to do business with them in the future.
Our trade area is the upper Midwest including North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Agassiz Seed and Supply has developed a product line specifically suited for the upper Midwest. Our business is located here, we live here, and we know what it means to have products that will perform in this environment.
Agassiz Seed and its employees will provide our customers with the quality products they expect, at a competitive price, while delivering service that exceeds expectations.