ProGene Plant Research is a small privately owned breeding seed company, Kurt and Chris Braunwart started ProGene in 1995 and with the help of an expert staff have continued to advance our research programs to maintain our position as leading supplier of varieties in the United States Dry edible pea industry.
Kurt Braunwart - Managing Owner Kurt began his career as a fieldman for Rogers Seed Company in 1974 in Twin Falls, Idaho. In 1980 he moved to Colfax, Washington as Plant Manager and later to Othello, Washington as Operations Manager. In 1995 Kurt and Chris purchased and carried forward a dry pea breeding program form Rogers Seed Company. This business became ProGene Plant Research in 1996 when Kurt and Chris bought out Stubbs Seed Service's interest.
Kurt's interests and talent lie in business development as a bridge between research and marketing of varieties in the industry. He has developed a business partnering network that brought Adrian Russell of Christchurch, New Zealand and Crites Seed of Moscow, Idaho into the program as integral parts of the spring dry pea breeding and development effort. Kurt also established the nationally recognized brand of EverLeaf oats which matches high quality and tonnage in the same varieties.
"I have a firm belief that the best varieties bring value to everyone at the table. If we can accomplish that, people have a reason to do business with us and profitability will be a consequence of our efforts rather than the goal."
Mike Wood - Breeder and Research Manager Mike and Kurt began their careers the same year in Twin Falls, Idaho as fieldmen. Mike was a fieldman for Asgrow Seed Company first in Twin Falls, Idaho and then in Moses Lake, Washington. After several years with Asgrow, Mike joined Rogers Seed Company breeding research department for Dry Beans in Twin Falls, Idaho and eventually moved with the group to Nampa, Idaho. In 2004, Mike joined the ProGene family, taking over the breeding and research management role. Mike's expertise in breeding has brought the program to a new level.
Adrian Russell - Plant Research, New Zealand
Chris Braunwart - Information and Office Manager
Shanise Brown - Bookkeeping, Inventory Management, Photographer
Fili Vera - Seed Warehouse Manager
Adrian Vera - Seed Warehouse
Patrick Dailey - Research Assistant and Pea, Triticale, Oat Fieldman
Bruce Lynch - Bean Fieldman
Paula Smith - Bio Cover Crop and Forage Research and Breeding