Latham Seeds Welcomes Jacob Vallery as District Sales Manager in Western Iowa

It was a “letter to his future self” for a high school writing assignment that gives Jacob Vallery a new perspective about life goals. In that letter, Jacob wrote that in 10 years, he wanted to be married, have a child (or one on the way) and be working as a sales manager for a respected seed company.

“Nobody can ever say writing down your goals doesn’t do anything,” Jacob says with a laugh.

That’s because Jacob is not only married to college sweetheart Kaylee, but they are also expecting their first child in September. And, as it turns out, Jacob is the newest District Sales Manager for Latham Seeds.

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Jacob and Kaylee with their dogs Kinze and Yue

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“We’re thrilled that Jacob has joined our team, especially given his family’s long history in farming,” says Latham Sales Manager Amy Rohe. “He’s already impressed us with his energy, knowledge and desire to serve our Western Iowa territory.”

Jacob’s territory also extends to Southeast Nebraska, where he lives in the town of Douglas. Jacob and Kaylee moved in the day after they were married in October 2022. Kaylee owns a dog grooming salon and works at the local bank just few miles from their house.

Staying close to home was always the plan for Jacob. His parents live in the house that his great- great- great-grandfather built in 1876. That’s the farm where Jacob was raised, approximately six miles west of Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

“We were all corn and soybeans growing up, so I had heard of Latham Seeds,” he says. “At one point, my dad and my grandfather planted some Latham soybeans.”

While in high school, to help save for college, Jacob ran a successful Golden Harvest dealership. Later he interned with LG Seeds and job shadowed DSMs at that company. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in integrated crop management and agronomy, Jacob returned home to help his dad on the farm.

A call about a sales job with Latham Seeds made him remember his letter to his future self.

“I realized that I have a lot of the same values as the Latham family,” Jacob says. “I’m looking forward to building relationships with current dealers and bringing new dealers onboard. I really hope to make a difference with dealers in my territory.”

He adds: “To work for a company where the owner is willing to take time out of his day to meet you and talk to you . . . that matters a lot. John takes time for every dealer and customer. It says a lot about how he cares about them, and I admire that very much.”

Almond Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Heath Bars


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and vanilla in a medium bowl
  • Chop Heath Bars into small chunks
  • Scoop dough into 1 Tbsp portions onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
  • Press slightly and add a few pieces of Heath Bar to the top of each cookie
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack