About

A skilled team rooted in service and support

What does it take to work for Peterson Farms Seed? A passion for farming is right up there. And, with our mission to help farmers grow a better crop, so is agronomic education.

But, above all, we look for people who love helping others and will go the extra mile to make certain our customers succeed.

Carl Peterson, President CCA

Carl Peterson

President CCA
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Carl Peterson, President CCA

Carl Peterson - President CCA

Carl Peterson is proud to say, “I have lived in the same house my entire life and I’ve never had a job.” Which means, Carl grew up and still lives on the home place his grandfather purchased in 1918. And that, as an entrepreneur and small business owner, he has never had to go through an employment interview. Carl thrives on identifying and solving problems. His professional credentials include a BS in Ag Production from Iowa State; MS in Ag Econ from Purdue; MBA from Indiana University; and is CCA accredited. Carl reads voraciously and most weekends he can be found playing piano and singing on his church worship team. And as a master of trivia, he always seems to have a quirky come-back.

Julie Peterson, Vice President

Julie Peterson

Vice President
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Julie Peterson, Vice President

Julie Peterson - Vice President

Julie Peterson’s responsibilities center on marketing and human resource management. But she is truly the glue that holds Peterson Farms Seed together as she is charged with “catching the things that can fall through the cracks” as a company grows. A proud native of Iowa, she feels blessed to be part of the vibrant North Dakota ag industry. As a staunch believer in the power of volunteerism, she actively participates in both youth development and ag advocacy projects.

Mike Larson, Sales Manager CCA

Mike Larson

Sales Manager CCA
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Mike Larson, Sales Manager CCA

Mike Larson - Sales Manager CCA

Mike Larson is devoted to doing his small part in feeding the world, with help from “great growers, awesome dealers and the best sales team.” He’s a seed sales manager and CCA by day. He’s a ballroom dancer and gardener by night. He’s served on the North Dakota Corn Growers Board, the North Dakota Ag Association and the Big Iron Committee. What is there that Mike can’t do? We have yet to find anything.

701-238-8280
Adam Spelhaug, Agronomy Lead CCA

Adam Spelhaug

Agronomy Lead CCA
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Adam Spelhaug, Agronomy Lead CCA

Adam Spelhaug - Agronomy Lead CCA

As the agronomy manager, Adam Spelhaug works diligently to determine the best genetics for our region, bringing growers what they need in their fields. Adam has been making his mark on Peterson Farms Seed since 2005. When he’s not discovering genetic breakthroughs, Adam can be found spending time with his family, golfing or bowhunting. He’s a North Dakota State University alumnus, and he’s proud of it. Don’t take any UND green into his office.

Dennis Schultze

Research Director
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Dennis Schultze - Research Director

This guy knows his soybeans and we counting our lucky stars he’s on our team! Dennis Schultze, a Woodbury, MN native, has had a respected career in the seed industry with over 35 years of experience, more than twenty of those years focused on soybean breeding. Schultze earned his degree from University of Wisconsin – River Falls and was previously a soybean breeder for Dow AgroSciences and Mertec LLC. When not searching out the world’s best corn and soybean varieties, Dennis likes to play golf, ice fish and spend time with his wife at their lake home.

701-282-7476
Nolan Berg, Precision Systems Agronomist

Nolan Berg

Precision Systems Agronomist
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Nolan Berg, Precision Systems Agronomist

Nolan Berg - Precision Systems Agronomist

If you say “jump”, Nolan Berg won’t just ask “how high”… he’ll show you. Nolan pole vaulted for NDSU’s track team (his personal best is 16’ 2”), and his drive and determination carry over into his ever-evolving position as Precision Systems Agronomist. With a master’s degree in Plant Sciences and tenure as track team captain, Nolan is a great fit to lead our precision ag activities, work with zone creation and UAV imagery, and assist with the seed increase program for new genetics. In his downtime, Nolan enjoys hunting, mountain biking, running, and photography.

Ben Longlet

Climate FieldView Specialist
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Ben Longlet - Climate FieldView Specialist

Ben Longlet, an Arthur, ND native, graduated from Lake Region college in 2017 with a Precision Agriculture degree before beginning his career in precision ag and technology. After he interned with us for the summers of 2016 and 2017, Ben continued his precision ag specialty by being trained in the set-up, support, and ins-and-outs of Climate FieldView. We are excited to have him on our team, again, and believe he is a great asset to farmers in our region!

701-893-8804

Paul Bromley

Northwest North Dakota
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Paul Bromley - Northwest North Dakota

Don’t let his non-traditional path fool you – Paul, who grew up on a farm, is nothing but an asset to northwest North Dakota farmers. While serving our country in the National Guard, Paul decided to pursue his college ambitions. In 2016, he earned his Crop and Weed Sciences degree from NDSU and earned his CCA right after that! Determined, hard-working, and knowledgeable, Paul is willing to do whatever it takes to help growers find solutions to his region’s unique challenges. When he’s not in the field, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter on their farm, hunting, and working on classic cars.

701-399-6944

Nick Castro

Northeast South Dakota
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Nick Castro - Northeast South Dakota

From the BS in Tropical Plants and Soil Science degree (that he earned from the University of Hawaii) to managing the northwest South Dakota territory for Peterson Farms Seed, Nick Castro has covered a lot of ground in his successful agricultural career path. With an impressive list of experiences with Syngenta Seeds and CHS Northern Plains Co-op, Nick was hooked on corn from the very start and has found a passion for helping growers improve their ROI on the farm. From beach bum to Aberdeen resident, Nick spends his free time camping, fishing, and enjoying being outside with his wife and two children.

605-228-8791

Luke Gronewoller

Southeast South Dakota
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Luke Gronewoller - Southeast South Dakota

After being surrounded by agriculture while growing up in Nebraska and spending over 3 years working in the ag chemical industry, Luke Gronewoller decided he wanted to be a part of feeding the world – which is lucky for us, as that led him to Peterson Farms Seed! A lifelong Cubs fan, Luke graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Industrial Distribution before he moved to Sioux Falls, where he currently resides. When he’s not making sure his customers are getting exactly what they’re looking for, you can find Luke playing softball, golfing, chasing his two Weimaraners around the yard, and spending time with his wife and their twins.

605-310-3303

Craig LaVoi

Southwest Minnesota CCA
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Craig LaVoi - Southwest Minnesota CCA

As an experienced retail agronomist, with the last eight years spent as a sales agronomist, Craig LaVoi brings his passion for finding sound agronomic solutions to southwest Minnesota. From a young age, Craig learned the value of a hard day’s work on his family’s dairy farm. He applies that work ethic to everything he does, from working to stay ahead of the ever-evolving problems the ag industry is faced with, to earning his CCA designation. When he’s not thinking about agriculture, Craig spends his time with his wife and son, fishing, and hunting. Don’t forget to ask him about his annual sturgeon fishing trip on the Rainy River!

218-282-0791
Mike Sorby, Central Minnesota

Mike Sorby

West Central Minnesota
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Mike Sorby, Central Minnesota

Mike Sorby - West Central Minnesota

Mike Sorby claims he has ‘farming in his blood’. Having grown up on a farm south of Fargo, agriculture has always been his life. He completed his degree in agribusiness, and then followed it up with a career working directly with farmers, first with ag chemicals and now with seed. Mike says the best part of his job is “helping growers find the best hybrid suited to their particular fields.” Mike’s hobbies include “working, golf and the lake,” in that order! And by the way, he answers to the name “Big Sexy.”

701-238-3914

Danni Sanders

East Central ND/West Central MN
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Danni Sanders - East Central ND/West Central MN

Starting at a young age and through her experience working with Butler Machinery Company, Danni Sanders has always surrounded herself with agriculture and the farming community. Danni’s competitive spirit brought her success during her NDSU basketball career and also as an account manager covering east central ND and west central MN. When she and her husband (a former NDSU football player) aren’t chasing their three kids around, Danni enjoys spending time with her family and friends, golfing, playing basketball and volleyball, and answering the inevitable question “How tall ARE you?!”

701-371-1712
Kayla Garrett, NW Minnesota/NE North Dakota

Kayla Voeller

NW Minnesota/NE North Dakota
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Kayla Garrett, NW Minnesota/NE North Dakota

Kayla Voeller - NW Minnesota/NE North Dakota

Some of you may recognize Kayla Voeller from her three years spent as a grower service rep with Peterson Farms Seed. Anyone who has met Kayla learns quickly how welcoming, passionate, and friendly she is to everyone she comes across. She knows that although it won’t be easy to replace Rocky Schumacher, she is up for the challenge and is ready to head north with her ‘get it done attitude’ to work closely with our awesome dealers. When Kayla is not working with dealers, you will find her with her husband and daughter headed to the lake, helping at the farm, or teaching group fitness classes.

701-430-6820
Jeff Olson, Central North Dakota CCA

Jeff Olson

Central North Dakota CCA
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Jeff Olson, Central North Dakota CCA

Jeff Olson - Central North Dakota CCA

Jeff Olson has a wealth of ag experience to share with farmers in central North Dakota. He has lived in Jamestown for most of his adult life and knows that farming area extensively, as he has spent his entire career focused there. Jeff’s ag credentials include a BS degree from NDSU in Ag Economics as well as his CCA accreditation. A native of Maddock, Jeff loves motorcycle riding as well as hunting and camping. You can frequently see Jeff “clowning around” as a Shrine clown, raising funds for their children’s hospitals.

701-659-3246
Kyle Kremer

Kyle Kremer

Southeast North Dakota CCA
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Kyle Kremer

Kyle Kremer - Southeast North Dakota CCA

Kyle Kremer thrives on helping growers find a higher output solution for their farms. His competitive nature, combined with his business management and crop and weed science degrees, is essential to his role as a sales agronomist. When he’s not helping growers succeed, Kyle is hunting, fishing, and trapping throughout the Midwest and western U.S.

701-809-4490
Michael Shutt, Prosper Sales Agronomist

Michael Shutt

Prosper Sales Agronomist
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Michael Shutt, Prosper Sales Agronomist

Michael Shutt - Prosper Sales Agronomist

Michael Shutt has a lifelong love for agriculture–he spent his childhood riding in a tractor, planting potatoes with his dad, growing a two-acre garden with his grandfather, and picking weeds in that garden every day. Armed with a Crop and Weed Science degree from NDSU, he also has experience in crop advising, agronomy, and ag retail. This experience, along with his enthusiasm for working with customers, makes Michael a great agronomic resource for growers in the central Cass County. In his free time, Michael loves waking up at 4 a.m. to go waterfowl hunting.

701-715-4992
Kaelin Kyllo, Hunter Sales Agronomist CCA

Kaelin Kyllo

Hunter Sales Agronomist CCA
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Kaelin Kyllo, Hunter Sales Agronomist CCA

Kaelin Kyllo - Hunter Sales Agronomist CCA

With a deep-rooted passion for agriculture, Kaelin Kyllo strives to help growers in the Hunter area reach their goals. He does this by placing the right hybrids and varieties on the right soil types, a knack he’s developed from his CCA experiences. When he isn’t busy caring for growers, Kaelin is out on the golf course, the baseball field or the seat of a snowmobile.

701-430-0187

James Duletski

Hunter Sales Agronomist
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James Duletski - Hunter Sales Agronomist

As the youngest of five, James learned the importance of hard work (and being part of a team) from the start! His ag background started early, with him driving tractor at twelve-years-old on his family’s small grain and cattle farm near Belfield, ND. From there, James ventured to NDSU to earn his Ag Econ degree before starting his career in Sales Agronomy. When he’s not helping Hunter-area growers find the best seed for their fields, James can be found outside hunting pheasants with his dog, playing softball, golfing, or spending time with his wife and daughter.

701-590-1872
Ben Askegaard, Kindred Sales Agronomist CCA

Ben Askegaard

Kindred Sales Agronomist CCA
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Ben Askegaard, Kindred Sales Agronomist CCA

Ben Askegaard - Kindred Sales Agronomist CCA

Ben Askegaard has a passion for providing Kindred area growers the hybrids and varieties they need. He’s good at it too; thanks to his experience as a CCA and his crop and weed science degree from North Dakota State University. In the corn field and on the softball field, Ben is a competitor. During the summer, he is a pitcher for a fastpitch softball team in the Fargo-Moorhead area. And when he’s not playing softball, Ben is on the lake.

701-371-0427
Kristi Schultz, Sales Support Lead

Kristi Schultz

Sales Support Lead
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Kristi Schultz, Sales Support Lead

Kristi Schultz - Sales Support Lead

Kristi Schultz’s farm responsibilities range from field operations (she claims the title of “best rock roller” in her family!) to working cattle – and that’s in addition to her role at Peterson Farms Seed. As our customer service lead, Kristi keeps us focused on exceptional service to farmers. We appreciate her positive attitude and savvy organizational skills. When she’s not at the office or helping on the farm, Kristi spends her time volunteering, “building diving” (collecting antiques), and trying to complete her Pinterest projects.

Kelli Bowen

Grower Service Rep
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Kelli Bowen - Grower Service Rep

With over 15 years of customer service experience under her belt, being a Peterson Farms Seed Grower Service Rep is right up Kelli Bowen’s alley. From growing up on a livestock farm in Barnes County, to being a participant in the NDSU Rural Leadership program, Kelli has surrounded herself with agriculture her whole life. When she’s not advocating for ag by taking care of our growers and their needs, Kelli enjoys photography, riding her Harley Davidson, karaoke, and blogging. She lives in rural Wheatland with her husband and two girls.