- Dot & Erosion Control
- Seed Enhancements
- Forage Harvest Supplies
- Tools & Equipment
- Testing Equipment
Kim Alberty and Jim Balcom co-founded Agassiz Seed and Supply in 1985, Dave Vandal (our current Operations Manager) joined us just weeks after we opened. Initially we distributed agricultural seed, lawn seed, soybean inoculants, seed treatments, seed grains, and grain fumigants. The business has grown throughout the years by expansion of product lines and acquisitions of other businesses, but most importantly by the support of our customers and staff.
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 for our customers.
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 and seed enhancements in the upper Midwest.
In 2001, we purchased the wholesale vegetable seed divisions 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 continues to show steady growth.
In 2005, we added distribution of erosion control products to become more of a one-stop shop for our seeding contractors and landscapers. This continues to be an expanding market as more of our customers install erosion control products on construction projects.
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.
We opened our Mandan ND location prior to the spring of 2015. We have always done business in this area, but as our business continued to grow in western ND and SD we were not able to offer the level of service we felt was necessary based on the support we were getting from our customers. We added sales, office, warehouse and delivery staff, along with delivery vehicles, to accommodate our growing sales in western SD, ND and eastern MT. We have a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Mandan fully stocked with seed, seed enhancements, forage harvest supplies, and erosion control products to cover this region. This has been an excellent addition for us - the support this location receives from our customers has been excellent.
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.