Seed World

Direct-to-Grower Independent Seed Retailer Launched


A direct-to-growers seed company is entering the market with the mission of providing growers with custom-crafted seed offerings delivered right to the farm. Under the name Local Seed Company, a collaborative team of respected industry veterans will serve the grower with a diverse portfolio of competitive, quality products and genetics at the local level.

Headquartered in Memphis, TN, Local Seed Co. is an independent company that will service growers throughout the Northeast, Delmarva and Atlantic Coastal regions, as well as across the Southeast and Mid-South.

The formation of Local Seed Co. is the result of majority investments in Dulaney Seed, based in Clarksdale, Miss., and T.A. Seeds, located in Jersey Shore, Penn. Local Seed Co. will maintain operations at both locations, with capital improvements and expansions planned in the near future. The creation of Local Seed Co. will enable access to diverse germplasm and traits options in corn, soybean, wheat, rice, cotton and cover crops carefully selected through locally focused R&D.

“The Local Seed Co. direct-to-grower business model is a bit unique in some areas of the country,” states Charles Michell, industry veteran and CEO of Local Seed Co. “The best way to provide our customers the absolute best seed offerings is by locally testing and selecting products that are sold directly to growers. Our seedsmen will understand growers’ fields and management practices with the goal of creating value for all parties. Our mission statement is ‘Quality Crafted with Care,’ and we will live by this statement every day.”

“The ag industry is changing every day, and we must keep up with those changes,” says Taylor Doebler, previous owner of T.A. Seeds. “Our customers are our most important investment, and we felt this opportunity with Local Seed Co. was the ideal business decision that will benefit both us as a company and our farmer/dealer customers.”

Terry Dulaney adds, “Providing our customers all of the technology benefits of the national industry while having that local, personally prescribed solution for each customer is what we’re striving for every day, and now we have the additional resources to do that.”

Local Seed Company will be led by Charles Michell as CEO, with Chism Craig leading product development and field R&D, Reed Trusty managing sales and marketing, Bo Rhea handling recreational seed and wildlife management, and Chris McCracken leading efforts in cover crops development.