Latham Seeds Hires Megan McDonald as Sales Project Manager
Latham Hi-Tech Seeds welcomes Megan McDonald to the team as Sales Project Manager. She will be instrumental in developing resources to help Latham dealers build relationships and capture new opportunities, plus planning internal, dealer and customer events.
“Latham Seeds has been a company that I have admired ever since I attended Ag Career Fair when I was an Iowa State student,” says Megan, who graduated in 2018 from Iowa State University (ISU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing plus a minor in Agronomy.
After college, Megan planned events and developed marketing materials for a six-location John Deere Dealership in western Iowa. She then worked in a fast-paced startup environment. Most recently, she worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist for CornerPost Marketing in Fort Dodge. She was responsible for researching and implementing digital strategy for agricultural clients.
“I am so excited to have Megan’s communications talents on our team. She brings a can-do attitude and loves to work with people to make things happen! I look forward to the ways she will help bring our team together and connect our Regional Sales Managers and dealers to people and resources that will make them successful,” says Amy Rohe, sales manager for Latham Seeds.
Megan looks forward to working closely with Latham’s Sales Team to reach their goals and to help the team better understand how to use tools that will help bring increased awareness to the company.
“I appreciate the loyalty the Latham brand has, and I’m looking forward to helping promote the Latham brand even more,” says Megan. “I’ve heard that Latham Seeds has a wonderful family environment. As a working mom, this is important to me. This position sounds like a perfect fit for me, my family and my career.”
Megan and her husband, Chance, live on an acreage near Roland in Central Iowa with their two-year-old son, Cash, and their six-month-old daughter, Maesen. The McDonalds enjoy being close to their alma mater, so they can attend Cyclone football and basketball games. They also enjoy being close to Chance’s sister and brother-in-law, who farm just outside of Roland.
“We hope to teach our kids about loving the land and how farming really is a family affair,” says Megan. “The generations before us have set us up for the success that we have today, we hope to pass this legacy on to future generations. Agriculture is more than a job. It is a way of life. It instills a work ethic and a pride of being part of something bigger than just yourself.”
Megan is proud to be a fourth generation Iowa farmer. She and Chance farm with her parents. Chance is a full-time precision agronomist, working with clients throughout the state of Iowa. Chance also serves as agronomist for her family and his brother-in-law.
“Growing up on a farm was the best way to be as a kid. Exploring the outdoors and having animals right outside the front door was so much fun. We had horses, pigs, sheep, cats and rabbits. My brother and I helped my dad and grandpa around the farm. I really enjoyed riding in the combine with Grandpa and with Dad when he drove the semi. In turn, they helped us with our various 4-H projects,” said Megan, who served on the Grundy County 4-H Council. She also was the 2014 Grundy County Fair Queen and named Runner Up Iowa State Fair Queen that same year.
In her free time, Megan enjoys quilting and sewing and making T-shirt and memory quilts. She enjoys cooking, baking and gardening. Chance and Megan preserve a variety of produce from their garden, as well as homemade salsa and spaghetti sauce.
Today Megan is sharing with us a family favorite recipe for alfredo. She really enjoys the versatility of this recipe as you can change it up by adding different vegetables like broccoli or substituting chicken for shrimp.
- ½ cup butter
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1, 8-ounce package of cream cheese
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- In medium, non-stick saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add cream cheese, whipping cream and Parmesan; whisk until melted.
- Next add spices, stirring with wire whisk until smooth.
- Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly, so thin with milk if needed. Toss with hot pasta to serve.