Thunder Seed, Dilworth, Minnesota, hired Krista Kappes as its new customer service representative. She began working part-time for Thunder Seed on March 31 and begins full-time in May following her graduation from North Dakota State University where she will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications.
Kappes’ new role focuses on developing grower and dealer relationships as part of Thunder Seed’s sales, marketing and service department. She brings more than four years of experience in the agriculture and seed industry, providing her the skills needed to build key relationships in this role.
“We are really excited to have Krista on the Thunder Seed team,” said Crystal Adams, Thunder Seed chief operating officer. “Her strong work ethic and fun-loving attitude, coupled with her great level of experience and knowledge make her a strong fit for the company.”
Previously, Kappes was a marketing intern at a regional seed company for two years and a tissue culture laboratory technician at NDSU’s Seed Department for four years. Her duties included collaborating with personnel in the certified seed industry, delivering seed to dealers and implementing a creative social media strategy using a wide variety of networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. When Kappes wasn’t working at the seed company or at NDSU, she helped with planting and harvesting on her family-owned farm near Ada, Minnesota.
“There is great opportunity for regional growth for Thunder Seed, and I am excited to help contribute to the success of Thunder Seed growers and dealers,” said Kappes. “Thunder Seed’s diverse seed variety equips growers with quality seed that is trait tested and developed with the latest technologies. It will be great to be a part of the team and provide support to Thunder Seed’s customers.”