Blue River Organic Seed acquired by Albert Lea Seed House
Farmers Business Network has sold Blue River Organic Seed to Albert Lea Seed House, owner of Viking corn and soybeans, the companies announced in a statement this week.
Blue River was founded in 2005 and is based in Ames, Iowa. The brand’s product line includes organic corn, silage, soybean, alfalfa, forages, and sorghum.
Albert Lea Seed is headquartered in Albert Lea, Minnesota. In addition to organic seeds, its product line also includes small grains, cover crops, wildflowers and native grasses.
With the acquisition, Albert Lea Seed will be the largest organic field seed supplier and producer.
Albert Lea Seed currently serves more than 6,000 customers. The addition of Blue River will double the size of its organic corn and soybean seed business. The company will keep Blue River’s 40,000-square-foot, climate-controlled seed warehouse and office in Ames.
"We firmly believe that integrating the Viking & Blue River Organic seed brands will be a real benefit to organic farmers," says Albert Lea Seed President Mac Ehrhardt. "The combined company will provide the best selection of organic-specific genetics, delivered by a farmer-focused team that specializes in organic agriculture and from a family-owned company that is committed to the long-term growth and success of organic agriculture."
"We have long admired the success of Albert Lea Seed. We are proud to join forces with them to accelerate our successes and seize the opportunity to further evolve the organic farming industry," said Maury Johnson, co-founder of Blue River Organic Seed. "We cherish our Midwest roots, and we remain committed to ensuring that farmers all across the country will benefit from the responsible production, sale and use of our organic products."