Meet the Team

Seed Life was a big vision that started in 2018. Building something like this takes a lot of time, and we have worked hard for the last 5 years to build this group of hardworking professionals! All of our employees have their own strong suits, and bring their own light of value to our team. More importantly though, they work together to get the job done for our growers. It is our commitment to best serve the Illinois farmer, and we think our team can do just that. We would love for you to scroll below to read a little on each one!

Katie Dowson

Sales & Marketing Manager
Katie has a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Science, along with a minor in Agronomy from Western Illinois University. She lives in the Springfield Illinois area and runs the main facility. After college, she had a vision to do her part in the seed world, and that is how Seed Life came to be. Her passions are marketing and communications, so that’s her main focus at Seed Life! She is the face behind our social media accounts, manages our books, and the face you see when you come into the office.

Levi Bailey

Business Development Manager
Levi is from Louisville, IL. He has a keen eye for new ways of doing business & connecting people. He works with our whole team here at Seed Life & also sells seed all over Illinois, with Southern IL being his main focus. Levi has a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Business from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Brian Pittman

Seed Specialist
Brian is from Olney, Illinois. He is definitely no stranger to the seed world, and we love having him on our team. He grew up on a family farm and shares his passion daily with our industry. Brian covers south east Illinois and western Kentucky for us in sales, and he also runs our treating/ shipping facility in Clay City, IL. Brian has been with us for 5 years now!

Teagan Wicks

Operations Lead
Teagan is from Edinburg, IL. He has been working in the agriculture world for 4+ years. His main role at Seed Life is running our seed treater at the main facility in Virden IL. He is here everyday making sure our facility stays in tip top shape. He can do it all around here!

Olivia Cockerell

Marketing Assistant
Olivia is from Pleasant Plains, IL. She has been working for us for a year now. Olivia is a very hard worker & can be caught doing a lot around here. Some of her main tasks include shipping swag orders, social media marketing, a little book work, and keeping the office how we like it! She is Katie’s right hand woman, and there’s no doubt we are grateful she’s here.

Macy Castleman

Spring ‘23 Intern
Macy comes to us from Auburn, Illinois. She is currently going to Lincoln Land Community College. She is majoring in Agriculture Business. We’re excited to have her as an intern this spring, she’s easy to talk to and is a hard worker! She will be following each of us around to learn the ropes of each part of our business!

Chris Hargrove

Logistics Coordinator
Chris is from Clay City, IL. It’s no easy task getting seed moved across the entire corn belt, but he makes it seem like it! Chris manages all of our freight and we are no doubt thankful he’s a part of our team.

Josh Weakly

Sales & Equipment Specialist
Josh grew up on a grain farm in Shelbyville, Illinois. He went to the University of Illinois, where he got a Bachelors degree in Agriculture Business. He moved back to Shelbyville after college, where he worked on his family farm and Barker Implement. He started working for Barker Implement in the summer of 2003, and in 2008 he bought Barkers and has been there since! He has two locations, Shelbyville and Raymond. Josh will be a huge asset to our team. We are looking forward to working with him on both equipment deals for customers and seed sales in central Illinois.


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