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Seedsman Sam Harding Teams Up with Meristem Crop Performance

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18 April 2024, Columbus: Ag professional Sam Harding has joined Meristem Crop Performance, one of the fastest-growing crop input suppliers in America. Harding will apply his unique skill set and experience to serving farmers in the DelMarVa, as well as up and down the Atlantic seaboard from North Carolina to Maine.

“We continue to gain traction with our innovative products and see more and more farmers benefit from using them to gain higher yields and a better ROI (return on investment),” said Mitch Eviston, Meristem founder and CEO in announcing the hire. “Sam is another great addition to our team and it’s going to be exciting to see him carry out our mission of providing more bushels for less in the eastern U.S.”

Sam Harding

Sam grew up just outside of the town of Canandaigua in the  Finger Lakes region of New York. The son of Greg and Lynn Harding, Sam was active in his father’s Channel Seed operation, and has always had an affinity for seed and crop production. Harding comes to Meristem from Bayer Crop Science, after serving as a field sales representative for Channel Seed for three years.

“I still very much enjoy the seed side of things – after all I grew up with it – but with Meristem, I see  a great opportunity for enhancing the potential of every single seed with every pass a farmer makes through the field, regardless what color of seed is in the planter. I’m excited to be joining Meristem. They are bringing a lot of innovative tech to farmers.”

Harding earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Pittsburgh where he focused on accounting and finance. After college, Harding began his career in agriculture as a grain merchandiser. Beginning in Kansas City, he moved around the U.S. trading a variety of commodities: corn in the northeast, feed ingredients in the midwest, to vessels of sorghum bound for China out of Brownsville, Texas. He says insight he gained in the grain business has helped him build better relationships with farmers.

“Having had the experience with grain trading, I understand the challenges they face. I know how they can get upside-down on the marketing side,” he says. “Focusing on raising more bushels for less can go a long way toward positioning yourself to win.” Harding says farmers need to remember that every seed is an opportunity for more bushels, and biologicals can benefit any farmer who has a planter box.

“Meristem enables anyone with a planter to increase their ROI using REVLINE HOPPER THOTTLE delivered through the BIO-CAPSULE seed fluency system,” Harding says. “With low commodity futures, it will all come down to making more margin on your acres, not just increasing total revenue. I like Meristem’s approach of creating opportunity for the farmer in every pass they make through the field and every dollar they spend on inputs, and the best chance to increase yield begins at the planter box.”

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