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Cornelius Seed Acquires Munson Hybrids Retail Business Across Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Cornelius Seed is excited to announce that we have acquired the retail sales rights of Munson Hybrids in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.  This will combine the retail businesses of two independent family-owned seed companies with a long history of outstanding performance and service.  We will continue to give growers the best product offering for their farms with elite Cornelius hybrids and varieties in addition to absorbing Munson's product portfolio.

John and Holly Hennenfent, owners of Munson Hybrids, announced this morning the acquisition of Munson Hybrids Sales Division by Cornelius Seed and Legend Seeds. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

Munson Hybrids was started by Carl Munson in 1934. The company was purchased in 1999 by the Hennenfents who built a successful, independent and local focused business in Illinois and Wisconsin.

“Both Cornelius Seed and Legend Seeds share our values”, according to John Hennenfent, President of Munson Hybrids. “They are more focused in knowing a farmer’s fields than knowing the corporate boardroom”.

Under terms of the agreement, Cornelius Seed will acquire retail sales rights of Munson Hybrids in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, while Legend will acquire retail sales rights in Central Wisconsin. The Hennenfents will continue to operate production facilities at the Galesburg facility independently.

Cornelius Seed of Bellevue, IA is an American family-owned, independent seed company that was started in 1935. Over eight decades, five generations have provided performance excellence and agronomic know-how to their customers. Cornelius markets corn, soybeans, alfalfa and grass seed primarily in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Legend Seeds of De Smet, SD is an independent seed company started in 1990. Legend focuses in 7 states throughout the upper Midwest with a vision to provide local farmers with proven products, complete customer service and ultimately more profit per acre.

We are thrilled with this Munson Hybrids acquisition and are proud to say this further illustrates our long-term commitment to remaining an American, family-owned independent seed company.