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18SeedWorldHesaysincreasedcompetitionorseedsalesandplant-ingservicesromnon-prox1torganizationsandhislocalSoilandWaterConservationDistrictox1cehascrippledhisbusi-ness.ThompsonpreviouslyemployedbytheUSDAx19sNaturalResourcesConservationServiceFarmServiceAgencySWCDandothergovernmentagenciesstartedPLMin1994.By2001hiscompanywhichgrowsandsellsseedandplanspreparesplantsandmaintainslandorconservationandhabitatdevelop-mentemployed54peopleandwasplantingover10000acresonativegrassspecieseachyear.ThompsonsaysthatsameyearhislocalSWCDoiceacquirednativegrassdrillsandstartedsellingseed.x1cEachyearupuntil2001inourowncountywewereproviding1100to1200acresonativegrassplantingsandseedsales.In2001wehad86acresandthecountyhadover2000...By2004wehad12.5acresandthecountyhad1900.Itliterallytook90to95percentoourrevenueaway.Itcrippledus.x1dThompsonsayssincethenthewordhasspreadtootherSWCDoicesthatsellingnativeseedandplantingnativegrassescanbealucrativeventure.x1cOthersurroundingSWCDox1cessawtheopportunitytomakemoneysotheygotdrillsandstartedsellingseedx1dhesays.ButThompsonmaintainstheSWCDagovernmentagencyandnon-prox1torganizationshaveanunairadvantageoverprivately-ownedcompaniesandhesayshewantsalevelplayingx1eld.HesayslandownersaresolicitedbytheemployeesolocalSWCDox1cesandnon-prox1torganizationsornativeseedsalesandplantingserviceswhentheysignuporCRPprogramsbecausealloicesarelocatedinthesamecenter.x1cPeoplehavetocomeinandsignuportheCRPprogramssotheygetaccesstoeverylandowner.Theygetsolic-itedbythesegroups.Wecanx19tevenputupafyer...itx19sjustnotaairplayingx1eld.x1dFornowThompsonsaysthisissuemainlyaectsthecentralUnitedStates.Buthewarnscompe-titionwithlocalSWCDox1cesandnon-prox1torganizationsisbecom-ingmorewidespread.x1cNowitx19sgettingworseandprivatenativeseedcompaniesaresayingx18Weneedtodosomethingaboutthis.x19Alotothemhavegoneoutobusi-nessbecausetheycouldnx19ttakeitanylonger.Theyjustdidnx19twanttox1ghtitx1dhesays.Despitetheincreasedcompeti-tionThompsonlikeotherseeds-menisoptimisticabouttheutureohissector.x1cIthinktherex19splentyoworkouttheretobedonex1dhesays.x1cWefuctuatelikeanybusinesswithtrendsgoingupanddown.Wewilldownsizealittleiweneedtoandioppor-tunitycomesalongwewillincreaseequipmentandsta.Therearestillplentyoopportunities.x1dkariBelangerFierceCompetitionLikeotherseedsmenKyleThompsonowneroPrairieLandManagementInc.oGlenwoodMinn.admitsthenativeseedindustryisnotortheaintoheart.Thelastewyearshavereallytestedhismettlex14andhex19snottalkingaboutthevolatilenatureothebusinessundingcutsorevencompetitionromothernativeseedcompanies.SorghumPartnerSSeedTestingLaboratoryNotonlyareweax1eullservicesorghumseedcompanybutwealsohaveax1eullserviceseedlabwithaRegisteredSeedTechnologistonstax1ex1e.Wetestmanycropsincludingsorghumcornsoybeancottonwheatpeanutsoatsandmanymore.PleasecontactTerryat1.806.853.8103x1eorservicesandprices.SorghumPartnersP.0.Box189403MonroeSt.NewDealTX79350Terry.Dunfeldsorghum-partners.comYourSeedisinGoodHandsKrauterSolutionsmichaelkrauter-storage.comwww.krautersolutions.comContactusTodayAskforMikeat800-992-2824