Meet the Team

Seed Life has been a vision in the works for multiple years. Something like this takes time, and we have worked hard to build this group of hard working professionals. After months of hand picking this team, we are more than excited for all of our customers to meet and work with them. All of our employees have their own strong suits, and bring their own light of value to this team. More importantly though, they work together to get the job done for our growers. It is our job to best serve the Illinois farmer, and we think we have built an incredible team to do just that! Be sure to scroll below to learn a little bit on each one of them.

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 will run the main facility. After college, she had a vision to do her part in the seed world, and that is how Seed Life came about. Her passions are marketing and communications, so that will be her main focus here at Seed Life. She is the face behind our social media accounts and who you will see when you come into our office!

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 will cover south east Illinois and western Kentucky for us in sales, and he will also run our facility and treater in Clay City, IL.

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 will be running the 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!

Josh Thomas

Sales Specialist
Josh is from the Taylorville, IL area. He has been in the seed world for awhile now and will be selling seed & treatment around central Illinois! He’s been an awesome addition to our sales team!

Olivia Cockerell

Marketing Assistant
Olivia is from Pleasant Plains, IL. She has been working for us for almost a year. 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.

Blaith Belangee

Seed Specialist
Blaith is from Fairfield, Illinois. He has been working within the agriculture world for many years now. We met him through Sork Farms, many years ago. A great man, with an awesome personality & work ethic. You will still catch him fulfilling his roles at Sork Farms, but he decided to add a little more on and he will be selling seed & treatment for us as well. He will be a great addition to our Southern IL sales team.

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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