At the Montana Seed Trade Association (MSTA) Annual Meeting in December, local businessman and Rotarian, Gord Pearse, was elected President of the Montana Seed Trade Association (MSTA) for two years. Gord has been a Director of MSTA for four years. Local MSTA members are Bruce Seed Farm, Rocky Mountain Supply (Townsend Seeds), and Circle S Seeds. The complete MSTA membership and goals are listed on the MSTA website www.mtseedtrade.com.
The MSTA provides a platform for seed companies and their affiliates to educate and network within the seed production and marketing community. Current MSTA projects include seed labeling and marketing law with the Department of Agriculture, educating the public about the Plant Variety Protection Act and its enforcement, and the importance production royalties to breeding institutions play in ensuring Montana producers have access to the best genetics available.
The MSTA provides college scholarships for students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education. The MSTA has offered on average of $4,500 annually to Montana students, with priority given to those pursuing agricultural degrees and children of active MSTA members and their key customers.
Gord is General Manager of Bruce Seed Farm. Bruce Seed Farm produces, processes, and markets 25 different crops, predominantly perennial forage grass and legume seeds, including native plants, wildflowers, and cover crops. Bruce Seed Farm is unique in the scope of species it produces. For some varieties, it is the largest or only producer of them in the nation. Bruce Seed Farm wholesales products grown in Broadwater County into virtually every western state and Canadian province, though its local retail business is primarily with seeding contractors involved in the many reclamation projects around the state that keep Montana beautiful.
Bruce Seed Farm has 15 full time employees in Broadwater County. Bruce Seed Farm also hires high school students for summer help and out of state contractors primarily for spot spray weed control. Bruce Seed Farm recently purchased Northwest Seed Enterprises in Billings MT. Northwest Seed Enterprises four employees process and package seed produced by Bruce Seed Farm and local alfalfa seed growers, and distribute forage, reclamation, and native seed in Montana and Wyoming under its own brand.
Gord has been a fierce advocate for agriculture all his life. He has been involved in seed production of some sort for over twenty years. He moved from Canada to Townsend in 2009 when he took the job at Bruce Seed Farm. He has also served as Director on various boards, such as the Saskatchewan Forage Council, Saskatchewan Canola Growers Association, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Seed Trade Association. Outside of agriculture, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Townsend, and enjoys his winter passions of hockey and skiing as time allows. Gord and his wife of 21 years, Cindy, have two daughters; Ashley, who lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Michaela, a recent graduate of Broadwater High School and current student at MSU-Billings.
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