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Our people make us who we are.

Our people are the key to our business—they always have been and they always will be. We believe the right people can make as much of an impact as the right seed.

We’d like you to meet a few of the people on the Dairyland Seed team.

Meet the team

Gary Leeper

General Manager

Gary Leeper serves as General Manager for Dairyland Seed. As General Manager for Dairyland Seed, Gary is responsible for leading the Dairyland Seed Executive Committee, overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company as well as working closely with the Corteva U.S. Seeds Business. Gary provides direction and support in ensuring Dairyland Seed continues operating under its core principles of putting farmers first and ensuring the company is poised and positioned for future growth.

Gary has worked in the seed industry for 39 years. He has held numerous sales and sales leadership roles with Northrup King, Asgrow Seed Co., and Mycogen prior to joining Dairyland 16 years ago.

Gary is an Iowa native and received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.

He is married to his wife Janet of 39 years and has 3 grown children all living and working in the Milwaukee area.

Boyd Hoffmann

National Sales Leader

Boyd Hoffmann, National Sales Leader, is responsible for managing the sales of Dairyland Seed through its dealer network in the upper Midwest. He currently holds a seat on the Dairyland Seed Executive Committee and has worked for the company since 2006 as both a District Manager and Regional Manager.

With over 29 years of seed sales experience, Boyd previously worked for Croplan Genetics and Pioneer Hi-Bred, before joining the Dairyland Seed Team. He also has experience as a Crop Production Specialist and a Certified Custom Applicator.

Boyd was born and raised on a dairy/grain farm in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from UW-River Falls, with a Minor in Agronomy.  He currently resides in Oostburg, WI with his wife Laura.  Together they have three adult children and one grandchild.

Fred Reckner

Controller

Fred Reckner is Controller at Dairyland Seed, having joined the company in June 2005.

He directs the Accounting and Finance departments and works closely with the Information Technology department and is responsible for internal and external financial reports, financial analysis, local treasury functions and internal controls. He is a permanent member of Dairyland’s Executive Committee. His role interacts with corporate management and he oversees all financial reporting to Dow AgroSciences and now, Corteva. Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Central Wisconsin helps him appreciate the family farm culture, as well as to understand business practices and the work ethic necessary to navigate in today’s competitive business environment. Being part of the supply chain to the Agriculture industry adds to his job and personal satisfaction of helping to feed the world.

Fred has over 25 years of accounting and management experience working at The West Bend Company and serving with an Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Division in Los Angeles. He is an Accounting graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and holds a Certified Public Accounting certificate from Wisconsin. He also has an MBA degree from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is married to Kari and they have two married daughters, Melissa in Minnesota and Amanda in Texas; each with two boys to spoil.  Fred and Kari reside in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Kim Mayne

Operations Leader

Kim Mayne serves as Operations Leader for Dairyland Seed. He has full responsibility over all hybrid seed corn inventory and quality assurance. He also serves as Chairman of the Supply Chain committee and is the site leader at the Mt. Hope operations facility. Kim is a member of Dairyland Seed’s Executive Committee.

Kim joined Dairyland Seed the warehouse staff in 1981 and since that time has served in a variety of roles from Warehouse and Shipping Manager, District Sales Manager and Corn Production Manager.

He began his career in the seed industry in 1973 working for Kussmaul Hybrids, in Mt. Hope, WI and served as warehouse manager, conditioning room supervisor and distribution manager in addition to various district sales manager responsibilities.

Kim and his wife Tanya reside in Mt. Hope, Wisconsin.

Deb Backhaus

Administrative & IT Leader

Deb Backhaus started with Dairyland Seed in 1983. From 1983 until 1988 she was employed as an order entry clerk, distribution manager for West Bend, and also in a sales administrative role. In 1988, she was promoted to Office Manager.

As Administrative & IT Leader, she is in charge of the Customer Service department and is responsible for IT project management along with the IT staff. Deb’s role also includes budgeting, managing mobile application development and web development and overseeing security of IT.

Deb is a member of Dairyland’s Executive Committee. She also serves as a member of the Supply Chain committee, Strategy committee, and assists with chairing the Steering committee.

Deb was born and raised on a dairy farm near Kewaskum, Wis. She is married with three children, and remains actively involved in their dairy operation. She also remains active in community organizations.

TJ Strachota

Sales Effectiveness and Marketing Leader

TJ Strachota serves as the Sales Effectiveness and Marketing Leader for Dairyland Seed. TJ is responsible for leading current and future sales growth initiatives and works closely with his team to develop and implement district level planning and growth activities. He also oversees the Marketing Department at Dairyland Seed, leading the charge with company advertising, promotion and brand development.

Dairyland Seed was started by TJ’s great-grandfather in 1907, and TJ became a fourth generation active family member when he joined full time in 2004. He grew up around the business, and worked part time during high school and as an intern during college. He joined Dairyland Seed as a Marketing Associate in 2004.

TJ is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

TJ and his wife Katie have five children and reside in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Ryan Mueller

Product Portfolio and Agronomy Leader

Ryan Mueller is the Product Portfolio and Agronomy Leader for Dairyland Seed. His primary responsibilities include corn hybrid evaluation and recommendations, but he is also involved with marketing and the corn production plan. Ryan also oversees the Dairyland Agronomy Team and works to provide strategic direction on field sales support and product education.

Ryan has been with Dairyland Seed since 1995 and has been involved in product development and selection for much of his career working in both research and most recently with the commercial side of our business over the past 10 years. While in research, Ryan was instrumental in the development of Dairyland’s highly successful HiDF corn silage research program. He also established Dairyland’s HiDF on-farm strip plot testing program.

Ryan is a Wisconsin native and currently resides in Beloit, Wisconsin with his wife Tammy and two sons. He received his B.A. degrees in History and Psychology from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

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