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Northstar Genetics Purchases Ziller Seed Company

Date Posted: April 14, 2008

“From one family to a few more”


Wanamingo, MN (April 14, 2008) -- Northstar Genetics, Ltd., a regional seed company, announced today that it has purchased the soybean and aflalfa retail sales assets and brand name of Ziller Seed Company, Bird Island, MN.

“Ziller Seed has been a leader in the soybean seed industry for many years,” said Dan Hogstad, President of Northstar Genetics. “We’re pleased and very excited to continue the tradition Tony and Jeff Ziller have created. They were one of the first soybean-only seed companies, and proved that hard work, great quality seed and outstanding genetics has a place in our seed industry.”

Marketing seed in southern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and northern Iowa, Ziller has maintained a high level of sales and stable dealerships.

“Continuing the Ziller brand name is a privilege and we look forward to growing sales, adding dealerships where necessary, and continuing the high level of service Ziller customers have become accustomed to”, said Hogstad. “the Ziller brand name will continue as we move into this growing season”, he continued. “High quality soybean seed and alfalfa seed products will continue to carry the Ziller brand name. This company has gone from one family ownership to a few more families owning it. The family traditions will continue.”

Northstar Genetics, Ltd. is a company owned by 12 seed families, many with their own conditioning facilities. Northstar began in 1996 and markets soybean seed throughout Minnesota and both Dakotas. Northstar Genetics Manitoba, a subsidiary of Northstar Genetics, Ltd., markets soybean seed in Manitoba, and is currently the leading marketer of Roundup Ready® soybeans in that province.

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