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Ed & Deb Baumgartner
Ed grew up on a corn and cattle farm in Minnesota and has worked in corn breeding and hybrid development for 37 years. The first twenty-one years of corporate experience has shaped the last thirteen years of independent business operation in a completely different direction. Deb is from rural Minnesota and is Ed’s wife of 36 years. She has been his constant support, often providing encouragement at the moments it has been most needed in their journey to Puerto Rico and eventually into business development. Deb is a nurse by training but is now mostly found in the field working with family.
Raechel grew up in Puerto Rico, exposed to plant breeding from a young age. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Agronomy, and in 2009 she earned her M.S. degree in Plant Breeding. She has worked with product development, project management, and research for 15 years. Her main focus now includes project organization and quality control.
Mark was raised on a dairy and crop farm in Olivia, MN. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Agronomy and Plant Genetics with an emphasis on ag business, and he worked in agrichemical research, crop consulting, and seed sales prior to returning home to Olivia. Mark spent the next 15 years in the design, permitting, and construction of agrichemical storage and handling facilities and the design and construction of various odor control and lagoon cover systems for livestock facilities. The next 11 years he worked as an agricultural loan officer, marketing ag loan products and crop insurance. Mark then moved back into the agronomy field as an agronomist and retail fertilizer, chemical, and seed sales account manager. When Ed asked him to become part of the BASS Hybrids Team, he could not think of a better opportunity to apply all of his work experiences to balance his career.
Mike Parkinson started in the seed industry in 1983. He firmly believes that a large portion of the increase in hybrid corn yields from 1997 to present is actually due in large part to the hard mental work and the sophisticated changes that farm families have made in managing and understanding how they now grow a crop and the gut instinct to implement a yield increasing decision. He feels the American farmer tends to underestimate themselves, and that while corn hybrids have gotten better, the quantum yield jumps are greatly management related. Mike’s proudest accomplishment is that he still has original customers that he’s sold seed to for 38 continuous years. That makes them family not customers, and there is always room for more family.
Kevin is a graduate of the Technical Engineering for Entertainment program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally a New Jersey native, he has spent the last 13 years living up and down the east coast, including; North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont and finally NYC, where he engineered scenery and assisted in a multi-million dollar reconstruction of one of Broadways oldest theaters, The Lyric. Having worked in several industries, including; construction, food-service, entertainment-production, manufacturing and now agriculture, Kevin is very happy to have made the choice to join the BASS Hybrids Team and put down roots in the beautiful state of Minnesota. Though new to agriculture, he is no stranger to a hard days work to ensure the customer get their orders done right, and arrive right on time.