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company and FRSA is not responsible for content.
Applewood Seed Company
Arkansas Valley Seed Solutions /Land O' Lakes
Dean Swift Seed Company
Granite Seed Company
Hilleshog Parent Company: Syngenta Seeds, Inc.
Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Inc.
Oliver Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc.
Ransom Seed Lab
SGS Mid-West Seed Services, Inc.
Sharp Bros. Seed Company
Mildred and Bruce Thornton (an appreciation)
Applewood Seed Company has a very good narrative of the
4333 Hwy 66
Arkansas Valley Seeds started as an independent seed testing
in 1983 to assure the quality of our seed, value for
and performance of the genetic package. From its new home
Longmont, Colorado, our well equipped facility is prepared to meet the
of its customers well in to the future. Under the direction of
Tests provided include purity, noxious weed, germination, TZ
percent fill. Testing is done in a fair and unbiased fashion and
in accordance with the AOSA Rules for Testing. Results are held
Arkansas Valley Seed Solutions has been an FRSA sponsor since
2741 Miller Land
Hendersonville, NC 28719
contact: Joseph Hildebrand
Conviron, founded in 1964 in Winnipeg, Canada, is the world's leading innovator and supplier of controlled environment chambers and rooms used in agricultural research and other life science applications.
In the near 40 years since our inception, we have focused exclusively i the design and manufacture of plant growth chambers and rooms. Today, Conviron has more experience in designing, supplying and installing large scale, custom engineered, research facilities is unparalleled.
Conviron employs in excess of 140 people, with the majority working out of our headquarters and production facility in Winnipeg. We also maintain a European sales office (Belgium), three U.S. sales offices (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California), and a full time service technician based in Missouri.
Conviron's commitment to product safety, quality and our pursuit of excellence is confirmed through our ISO9001 certification and strict adherence to CSA (C/US) standards.
Our extensive product line includes plant growth chambers, tissue culture chambers, seed germinates, incubators, dew rooms and related products for the precise control of temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and light intensity. Host computer systems allow remote programming and motoring of all environmental control parameters.
DEAN SWIFT SEED COMPANY
PO Box 908
Alamosa, CO 81150
Dean Swift Seed Company is a wholesale producer of souther Rocky Mountain conifer seeds and native wildflower seeds. Wholesale only.
GRANITE SEED COMPANY
Granite Seed Company
With nearly 25 years in business, Granite Seed understands that we are only as good as our people. Our experienced professionals and dedicated support staff are all focused on bringing you the products and services you need to effectively specify and install your landscape and reclamation projects.
With over 500 species and cultivars, Granite Seed has the
most extensive inventory of turf, pasture and reclamation seed in the
United States. This broad diversity allows us to consistently fulfill
custom seed needs quickly and efficiently.
We also stock a full line of erosion control products and
planting aides from the industries’ top manufacturers, and have the
professional expertise and experience you need to help make your next
Syngenta Seeds, Inc. / Hilleshog is number one in sugarbeet seed sales in North America. The lab performs purity, germination and emergence tests. Formerly known as Hilleshog Mono-Hy, the company pioneered the development of the single-germ sugarbeet seed. Hilleshog was established in Sweden in 1907. The town of that name was long known for its sugarbeet seed production. Great Western Sugar Company opened a sugarbeet breeding and research center in Longmont, CO in 1910. Its Mono-Hy brand set an industry standard. In 1985, Hilleshog acquired the Mono-Hy Seed Division of GreatWestern. The Swiss company Sandoz bought Hilleshog Mono-Hy in 1990. In the 1990's, a state of the art sugarbeet seed processing facility was built at Longmont and the company is famous today for its "Fasonated" sugarbeet seed. In the mid 1990's Sandoz merged with Ciba to form Novartis Seeds, Inc. As of January 2001, Syngenta Seeds, Inc., is the new parent company for the agribusiness companies of Novartis and Zeneca, forming the world's largest agribusiness company.
Syngenta Seeds, Inc. / Hilleshog has been an FRSA sponsor
since 1987 (then known as Hilleshog Mono-Hy, Inc.).
Illinois Crop Improvement Association
3105 Research Road
Champaign, IL 61826-9013
contacts: Gary Cook, RST, Doug Miller, RGT
Quality seed testing has always been a source of pride for Illinois Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) and its members. The seed laboratory has been staffed by qualified, well-trained, experienced analysts from the very beginning. The seed lab managers or directors have been registered members of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists since the 1960’s, more than 40 years. At the present time, our permanent staff consists of a seed lab director/registered seed technologist with 30 years of seed testing experience, an assistant seed lab director with 17 years of experience in the seed industry and four seed analysts with numerous years of experience in the seed industry and seed testing. All of our seed lab personnel have agricultural backgrounds, which we see as an important asset when it comes to testing seed.
We will not recommend testing of any kind that does not benefit you, the people we serve. The ICIA seed laboratory offers top quality seed testing on a timely basis at a reasonable rate. The seed laboratory is capable of conducting a wide variety of traditional seed tests on a wide number of crop species. We can meet your other seed or grain testing requirements through ICIA’s Identity Preserved Grain Laboratory, Field Services/Greenhouse for genetic testing or Puerto Rico Winter Farm for growouts, nursery and winter production needs.web site: http://www.ilcrop.com/
The New Mexico State Seed Laboratory has been a former sponsor
For more than 70 years, Oliver Manufacturing Company has been producing Gravity Separators and Stoners for processing seed and other free flowing materials. Oliver Gravity Seperators and Stoners are in use worldwide. In 1999, Oliver Manufacturing Company received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting.Models are available for Agricultural, Mining, Recycling, and Industrial applications.
See the Oliver Manufacturing Company ad in the Thomas Register or call at (888)254-7813.
Oliver Mfg. Co., Inc. has been an FRSA sponsor since 1991.
Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. is Colorado owned and operated by Don and Janine Hijar. The company is named after a formation of two buttes located at the Pawnee national Grasslands in northeastern Colorado. Don and Janine have 30 years experience in natural resources and the seed business.
Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. provides quality native and introduced grass, forb, alfalfa, legume, and shrub seed for reclamation,pasture and turf at competitive prices. The qualified sales staff at Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. can design custom mixes for individual situations.
Don has assembled a team at Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. that is committed to providing quality seed at reasonable prices with honest recommendations and prompt delivery.Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. strives to provide the highest quality seed, good service and sound advice.
Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc. has supported FRSA as a sponsor since
RANSOM SEED LAB
PO Box 300
Carpentia, CA 93014
contact: Aleta Meyr
SGS MID-WEST SEED SERVICES, INC.
236 32nd Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006
Fax (605) 692-7617
Contact: Laura Carlson
SGS offers seed analysis and sampling in
accordance with the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) and
Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA). Our laboratory in
Some of our seed testing services include seed viability, seed vigor, seed health, genetic purity, and physical purity for virtually all crops. In addition our laboratory research services customize and design protocols to fulfill your specific requirements for new seed products. We offer a full range of seed research services including: treatment application, seed amendment safety and storage trials, method development, seed treatment dust off and plantability testing.
Web site: www.seedservices.sgs.com
Bros. Seed Company is an independently owned seed company specializing
in alfalfas, native grasses, forage grasses, turf grasses, small grains
and annual forages. We offer a wide variety of stock mixes as
well as custom mixing done to your exact specifications. Our
long-term success has been built upon maintainting a commitment to
exceed our customer's expectations at every opportunity.
Sharp Bros. Seed is excited to be celebrating our 50th year in
the seed industry. Over those years we have cultivated and
nurtured many relationships and we will continue to build on the
traditions and work ethics that have been the foundation of our
success. While changes are always happening, we will continue to
be faithful to our simple aspirations as a company. We are not
looking to build the biggest seed company. We are striving to build the
best seed company.
If you haven't worked with Sharp Bros. Seed or Buffalo Brand
products, please give us a call or stop by for a cup of coffee.
Our team is always ready and willing to assist with any of your seed
needs. We'd like a chance to earn your business the old west way
-- with hard work and a handshake.
Remembering Mildred Lyon
Mildred Lyon Thornton, former director of the Colorado Seed Laboratory, died Saturday, March 28, 1998. A memorial service was held for her at the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado on April 4, 1998.
Mildred Lyon was born July 5, 1904 in Denver, Colorado. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1926 and a master's degree in plant physiology and seed taxonomy in 1928 from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) becoming the first woman to do so at C A&M. She began her life's work as a seed analyst in her sophomore year in college and was mentored by Anna Maude Lute, grass taxonomy professor and chief seed analyst at the Colorado Seed Laboratory. During her graduate studies, Mildred met fellow botany student Bruce Thornton. After graduation she left Fort Collins to work as a junior botanist at the Federal Seed Laboratory in Washington D.C. Bruce followed her east and they married there on December 16, 1929. Bruce and Mildred returned to Fort Collins where Bruce accepted a full-time job as a seed analyst at the Colorado Seed Laboratory. Mildred worked with Anna Lute researching germination and dormancy of seeds.
Mildred and Bruce had two children and for the next twenty years Mildred raised her children and worked intermittently at the Seed Lab. She volunteered for 20 years with the Girl Scouts and helped found the Fort Collins League of Women Voters. She was a charter member of the Colorado/Wyoming Academy of Sciences and worked on the board of the Community Chest, now known as the United Way. Bruce was named director of the Colorado Seed lab in 1941. A state policy that prohibited two family members from working at the same office kept Mildred off the official payroll for years. However, she continued her work on a part-time basis, mainly working without pay. When her husband retired in 1961, Mildred took over as director of the Laboratory.
Throughout her nine year tenure as director, Mildred oversaw the move of the lab to new facilities and continued the lab's reputation as a leader in seed research and training of seed analysts. Her excellent work earned Mildred several awards including Colorado State's Henry Award, Honor Alumnus, and Honorary AOSA member. Colorado's seed industry also recognized her distinguished service with an award from the Colorado Seed Grower's Association. Mildred was The AOSA's representative at ISTA's 15th biennial meeting held in New Zealand. She retired in 1970 but continued to serve the profession through her roll on the advisory board for the Larimer County Voc-Tech Seed Analysis program during the 1980's. She had been a sponsor for the Front Range Seed Analysts since 1988.
One daughter, one sister, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive her. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, son and brother. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thornton Lecture fund at the CSU Foundation or the Fort Collins Public Library. Mildred's remarkable dedication and consummate seed analysis skills are inspirational. She will be greatly missed.
Submitted by Dr. Arnold Larsen
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Fort Collins Public Library at 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins, CO 80524 or the newly established endowment for the Thornton Lecture Fund. The lectures by visiting scientists will be in the fields of botany, plant sciences or biological sciences. Checks for the endowment should be made out to "CSU Foundation" fund number 47395-Thornton Lecture Fund. The address is: CSU Foundation, 502 University Services Center, Fort Collins, CO 80523.
Remembering Bruce J. Thornton 1895-1992
Bruce J. Thornton, former head of the Colorado Seed Laboratory, died on November 23, 1992 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Born in Berthoud, Colorado in 1895 to pioneer parents, Mr. Thornton led a distinguished career in the fields of seed analysis, weed science and agronomy.
After Serving in World War I, Mr. Thornton attained his bachelor's and master's degrees from Colorado State University. He also did graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. When he returned to Colorado, he and his wife Mildred Lyon Thornton worked for the Agricultural Experiment Station. Mr. Thornton was a member of the CSU teaching faculty and was head of the Colorado Seed Laboratory from 1941 to 1962.
His scientific articles showed a thorough and precise approach to experimentation. When equipment was not available, he invented it. For his studies of low germination in sorghum, he developed a new respirometer. He designed the first dry germinator. He also co-authored the still widely used text "Weeds of Colorado" (editions in 1933, 1941, 1964, and 1974).
Mr. Thornton was active in the Association of Official Seed Analysts. AOSA made him an honorary member in recognition of his outstanding contributions. He was one of the organizers and presidents of the Western Seed Official's Association that included federal and state law enforcement personnel. In 1940, he rewrote the Colorado Seed Law. Weed control legislation was later enacted under his guidance. He was a life time member of the Colorado Seedsmen's Association, recipient of the Colorado Seed Grower's Award, and a sponsor for the Front Range Seed Analysts.
During his career he pioneered the study of weed control and led investigations of chemical and cultural weed control. In 1938, he helped organize the Western Weed Control Conference, served as its president and held other offices. The organization served as a model for three additional conferences in the United States and resulted in the formation, in 1956, of the Weed Science Society of America, including Canada. He was an honorary member of the Western Society of Weed Science and Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America.
Mr. Thornton was one of the founding members of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science and was made an honorary member. He was a life fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served on its governing council. Among the many other organizations in which he held membership are: the board of Directors of the CSU Alumni Association, CSU Athletic Council, Rotary, Masonic Lodge, CSU Men's Science Club, Foothills Unitarian Church, and Veterans of World War I. The Alumni Association gave him the CSU Alumni Award and the Henry Award for Outstanding service.
Additional biographies may be found in "Who's Who in Colorado," "Who's Who in the West," and "American Men of Science."
At the June 1993 AOSA-SCST annual meetings in Fort Collins, a book display was dedicated in his honor and the books were donated to the Colorado State University Morgan Library.
Mr. Thornton's survivors include a daughter, Barbara Frey of Lafayette, California; a son, Bruce Lyon of Fort Collins; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Collins Library or the Colorado State University Morgan Library.
Information about Mr. Thornton was compiled by Annette Miller, February 1993, updated January 2002.