Eric Frederking says he hopes to give people more options with his family’s recently expanded seed business that includes the former M&G Designs warehouse in downtown Sylvan Grove.
“(We want) to try to give people some more options, and provide services that maybe weren’t there before,” Frederking said when asked what he hopes to accomplish in his new role as a Channel seed salesman.
“We’re willing to work with people,” Frederking said. “Whatever we can do to help them get it done a little bit easier. Hopefully save them time and save them money.”
Ron Frederking, Eric’s father, started his seed business in the early 80s, and when his sons joined him after high school it seemed expansion would be a good option.
The family got together and bought the former M&G Designs building in February. The building housed the former marble and granite design business until 2009.
The building provides ample square footage for the Frederkings to stock a large supply of corn and soybean seed along with what Channel District Sales Manager Jeremy Abell calls a “state-of-the-art seed treater, and seed tenders.”
Abell, a Barnard native, joined Channel as a DSM in 2013 after several years as a salesman for Carrico Implement, now located in Ellsworth.
In a September 2013 press release Abell said they were happy to have the Frederkings as part of the Channel team.
“Building relationships with farmers starts with a knowledgeable and committed Seedsman like Frederking,” Abell said of Ron.
Eric said he and his brother Jordan were happy to be able to operate a business in their hometown. The brothers are both graduates of Sylvan Unified High School. Eric in 2000 and Jordan in 2005.
To find out more about what Channel offers through Frederking Seed, call Eric at (785) 531-0612, Jordan at (785) 420-0105, or Ron at (785) 658-7223.
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Long-time seed salesman Ron Frederking has expanded his business into the former M&G Designs warehouse in downtown Sylvan Grove. Frederking, and sons Eric and Jordan, bought the building in February and are now selling corn, soybeans, and alfalfa seed to customers in Lincoln County and the surrounding area as the new Channel seed dealership. (Photo by Tyler Gier, Lincoln Sentinel-Republican)