AMES, Iowa — Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, located in Alexander, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Latham Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research funding priorities for the center.
“The research the Iowa Soybean Research Center does has a tremendous impact on soybean production in the state. It’s very exciting for Latham Seeds to partner with an organization that shares our vision of providing solutions to the challenges soybean growers face,” said John Latham, president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. “This partnership will give Latham growers a voice in soybean research needs as well as access to all the great information the ISRC provides.”
“Latham Seeds was one of the first companies I worked with when I arrived at Iowa State as a researcher in the early 1990s, and I have interacted with them on many occasions through the years. Knowing the quality of their personnel first-hand makes me especially excited to have them join the lineup of industry partners for the center. We look forward to having them share their perspectives on research needs,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State.
“We welcome Latham Seeds’ support of the center and in our shared vision of optimizing productivity and sustainability for Iowa’s soybean farmers through innovative research,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.
The center is a formal collaboration of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Soybean Association and industry partners. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry partners make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Latham Seeds is the center’s 12th industry partner, joining AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Merschman Seeds, Syngenta and UPL.
About Latham Hi-Tech Seeds
Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is an independent, family-owned seed company headquartered on the Latham family’s Iowa Century Farm in Alexander, Iowa. Latham Seeds sells hybrid seed corn, soybeans, alfalfa and cover crops under the Latham® brand name across six upper Midwest States. Since 1947, the Latham name has stood for the latest genetics and highest quality seed. Today it’s owned by third-generation seedsman John Latham and his wife, Shannon, and John’s brother, Chris. For more information about Latham or its products, visit LathamSeeds.com or call 1-877-GO-LATHAM (1.877.465.2842)
About the Iowa Soybean Research Center
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-0878 or ISRC@iastate.edu.
— Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences