Our Roots run deep


From the time he was born, our President and CEO, Jim Reed, was raised as a farmer and encouraged to be an innovator. But it comes as no surprise when you realize farming and his “interest in progress” is in his DNA.


Jim’s Great-Great-Grandfather, Harmon Talley Reed, was born in 1838, and after the war (i.e. Civil War) he was digging water well on his farm in Ohio and struck oil instead. “He made money from oil, sold the oil wells and invested in Iowa farmland.” Harmon did quite well with his farming pursuit and by 1872, was the owner of a great deal of land. He owned land on which he laid out the township of Monteith (Iowa) when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific went through in 1881. But Harmon wasn't done...

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."

—Alexander the Great

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