Latham Seeds Welcomes Taylor Gravos as Area Sales Manager
Latham Hi-Tech Seeds welcomes Taylor Gravos (pronounced Grave-oh-s) as an area sales manager (ASM) for eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She will be responsible for recruiting new Latham® dealers, as well as providing agronomic and other sales support services for existing dealers.
“I am super excited that Taylor has joined the Latham Team,” says Latham Seeds Sales Manager Amy Rohe. “Taylor has true grit, drive and determination. Her agronomic skills, combined with precision ag experience, allow her to provide a level of customer service that will be hard to top. Combine that with Latham Seeds’ reputation for top quality and performance, and it’s a winning combination.”
Taylor adds, “Latham Seeds brings value in ways competitors cannot. I like walking on a farm, explaining that we have been a family-owned company for 75 years and are still growing. Family farmers appreciate working with a family-owned seed company.”
Taylor grew up on her family’s farm in Rushford, Minn., where they raise primarily corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They also have a feeder cattle operation. Taylor enjoyed caring for the bottle calves, as well as showing sheep and horses when she was growing up and active in 4-H. She was a member of the FFA horse judging team. She also competed in dairy handling, creed speaking and small animal judging. In addition, Taylor competed on high-kick dance team when she was in high school. She also worked part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
“I have been my dad’s righthand ever since I was a little girl. I was usually not too far away from him, helping treat cattle or running field equipment. Even today, I help in the fields and assist with crop management side,” says Taylor.
“I knew that I wanted to be involved in agriculture eventually, but I really didn’t know what my options were when I first graduated from high school,” adds Taylor, who studied nursing for a year before switching colleges and switching majors. She then majored in Ag Business and Agronomy at Northeast Iowa Community College. An internship was required to earn an associate degree from NICC.
“I fell in love with Agronomy during my internship at a co-op,” says Taylor. “I learned to take soil and tissue samples. Then I communicated those results to farmers and talked with them about how to improve fertility. I really liked attending agronomic meetings for farmers to learn more about management techniques to maximize yield.”
That internship prompted Taylor to further her studies. She transferred to South Dakota State University and majored in Agronomy. An internship with a second cooperative provided Taylor with more experience scouting corn, soybeans and alfalfa for insects, disease and weed pressure. An internship with Corteva Agriscience taught her more about crop protection, seed treatments and traits, as well as scoring test plots. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Taylor gained seed sales experience.
“I was looking for an opportunity to be a part of a collaborative team. I wanted a position that would me to use my agronomic background to help farmers be successful but also provide me with opportunities for personal development. I’ve found that with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds,” says Taylor. “I am excited to be a part of the family and have a team supporting me.”
When she is not walking fields and checking crops for customers, Taylor enjoys helping her dad on the farm. Her hobbies include roller blading on trails and taking side-by-side rides through the bluff. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her four nephews and her youngest cousin who is like a niece to her.
Today, Taylor is sharing with us a recipe her mom made often when she was a kid. As an adult, she appreciates that this recipe is extremely quick and easy to make!
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 1 package taco seasoning
- ½ c. water
- ¼ c. salsa
- 1 can crescent rolls
- 1½ c. corn chips
- ½ c. sour cream
- ½ c. cheddar cheese
- Brown hamburger; drain.
- Once hamburger is browned, add taco seasoning, water and salsa. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Grease a 10-inch pie plate; spread crescent rolls to form a crust.
- Spread 1 cup chips onto of the crescent rolls. Then add meat mixture, sour cream, cheese, and the rest of the chips.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.