Board

Seed Programs International

SPI’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Brian Love, Chair
Corn Silage Breeder, Land O' Lakes

John A. Batcha, Founder, Seed Programs International
Retired, Asgrow Seed Company

James F. Lang, First Vice-Chair
Retired, Engineering Review and Management, Power Production

Timothy J. Batcha, Treasurer
Director of Finance, SECO (Southeast Consolidators)
Certified Management Accountant

Sharon Hanson, Secretary
Manager, Seed Quality and Technical Support Services
Retired, Registered Seed Technologist

Jim Schweigert, Immediate Past Chair
President, Gro Alliance, LLC

Paul G. Bennett
Retired, President and CEO of Sakata Seed America and Alf Christianson Seed Co.

Jack Bernens
JTB Ventures, Inc.
Retired, Head, Enogen Business at Syngenta

Alexis Ellicott
Chief of Party, USAID Agro-Inputs Project in Bangladesh, CNFA

Karl Fiander, President of SPI Canada
Retired, Pickseed Canada

Dr. Jill Fromewick
Executive Director, Sparrow Research Group

Tamiko Gaines
PhD Student, Department of Agricultural Education & Communication
Research Assistant, UF| IFAS Center for Leadership

June Lavelle
Owner and Chief Consultant, Lavelle & Associates, Inc.

Don Wertman
Retired, Chief Operating Officer, Seedway

 

LEGAL COUNSEL TO BOARD

Gary Kushner
Hogan Lovells US LLP. Legal Counsel, American Seed Trade Association.

 

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
828-707-1640

 

Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.