KENTLAND, INDIANA (March 19, 2015) — AgVenture of Western Missouri has expanded its reach into central Kansas. As a Regional Distribution Partner (RDP), fifth generation farmer and seedsman, Doug Keesling of Keesling Seed Farms will provide AgVenture® brand seed products to customers from his warehouse facilities near Chase, Kansas.
AgVenture of Western Missouri Co-owner, Decker Sutton said, “We are very pleased to extend our reach and our seed products to producers in central Kansas.” Sutton noted that as an RDP, Keesling Farms will allow area farmers to have local access to AgVenture® brand seed products, including corn, soybeans, sorghum and alfalfa seed.
Sutton added, “Doug’s deep knowledge of the seed business comes from his active involvement in farming, and through a strong family legacy in the seed business. He understands what seed is best adapted to this area’s growing conditions. Since 1987, he’s been growing wheat and raises corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum. Doug grows AgVenture seed on his own farm where it has proven its merit. We are very pleased to work together to help area farmers improve their yield and profitability on every acre.”
With a strong history in seed, Keesling said he readily recognizes solid seed performance. “One thing I look forward to is looking back a couple of years from now and seeing how much progress our customers will have made in yields and profitability. The AgVenture seed is selected on our scale, not a national scale.”
He added, “We have a unique growing environment, and the last few years have thrown us every extreme possible. These hybrids and varieties have emerged leading the class and producing profitable crops consistently in our area. This is an ideal time to tap these new seed products and put them to work locally – where they are specifically selected for and adapted to perform.”
Keesling holds degrees from Kansas State University and from the Brooks Institute of Art. He is an active agriculturist, spokesperson, and agriculture advocate serving on several distinguished boards and councils including the U.S. Wheat Commission and the Kansas State Advisory Board. He and his wife, CJ have three children.
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.