Blue named Proseed Inc. manager

Proseed Inc., a regional crop seed sales company based at Harvey, N.D., has named a new general manager and is building a new headquarters at Amenia, N.D.

A combine rolls on a sunflower field near Crystal Springs, N.D., in eastern Kidder County, on Oct. 10, 2020. Farmers in the state jumped to 24% harvested as of Oct. 12, up from 16% the prior week. Mikkel Pates / Agweek

HARVEY, N.D. — Keith Peltier, president of Proseed Inc., of Harvey, N.D., has appointed David Blue as general manager, focusing on day-to-day operations of the company, and Jeff Hamre, to lead the company’s sales.

Proseed Inc. is a regional seed company that got its start in 1991, initially as an oil-type sunflower seed company. It was originally owned by the Arthur Companies, and Mounir Abdallah, a sunflower breeder for Interstate Seed of West Fargo. Arthur Company of Arthur, N.D., owned half of Interstate Seed from 1975 to 1985.

In 1996, Peltier bought the shares owned by Arthur Companies. Proseed added canola, corn, soybeans and alfalfa seed — one crop each year, in its first few years.

Peltier is the primary owner, with key managers. The company sells seed through a dealer network that primarily is in North Dakota, northwest Minnesota and the northern tier of South Dakota.

The Harvey, N.D., based company is in the process of building a new company headquarters at Amenia, N.D. That location will be opened in early 2021.


Blue, currently of Grand Forks, N.D., will commute to Amenia. His new duties start Nov. 1. Blue was sales manager of the company for the past six years and prior to that was district sales manager for the company, covering northwest Minnesota.

Blue and his wife, Beth, have three children.

Proseed has hired Jeff Hamre as the sales manager, Peltier announced. Hamre lives in Leonard, N.D., and also will be based in Amenia. Hamre had been a regional manager for Legend Seeds and before that was a soybean production manager for North Star Genetics. He and his wife, Neva, have four children.

Peltier, 67, and his wife, Cathy, live in West Fargo. They have three grown children.

Mikkel Pates is an agricultural journalist, creating print, online and television stories for Agweek magazine and Agweek TV.
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