Local Seed Company Expands

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Eric Mousel and Megan Nelson recently joined the Millborn Seeds, Inc. team of specialists.

Millborn Seeds is a premiere grass seed company headquartered in Brookings, S.D. Established in 1987, the locally-owned company and its team of specialists, provide customers with superior seed, products and know-how to ensure project success.

"Millborn Seeds believes in doing things right the first time. Project success depends on quality products and a knowledgeable team of specialists," said Clint Johnson, president of Millborn Seeds. "Customer service is a top priority. Our team spends many hours each day consulting with customers and offering recommendations. Eric and Megan's talents are a great addition to our team of specialists."

Eric Mousel

Serving South Dakota livestock producers as the Extension Range Livestock Specialist at South Dakota State University since 2005, Eric Mousel will continue to work with livestock producers in his new position as Millborn's forage and alfalfa specialist.

Mousel grew up on a commercial cow/calf operation near Hastings, Neb.; he received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and spent two years managing a large cattle ranch in Kansas. Managing large groups of grass-cattle on open range influenced his decision to pursue a doctorate in range and forage management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"I have seen first-hand how critical forage management is to the sustainability and success of a cattle operation," Mousel said.

His graduate research focused on grazing management. Mousel will call upon his years of experience and research when helping Millborn customers maximize the productivity of their grazing acres and hay fields.

"I think this position combines the work I did at SDSU with the experience I gained as a ranch manager to provide practical management recommendations to producers who are trying to maximize the productivity potential of their ground," said Mousel who will continue to work as an adjunct professor of animal science at SDSU.

Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson is a graphic design and advertising graduate of South Dakota State University.

A born communicator, Nelson spent most of her professional career in customer service. In her new role as customer support specialist, Nelson will work closely with Millborn's commercial customers.

"I enjoy working with people - helping connect them with the information they need," says Nelson, who grew up in Madison, S.D.

Nelson looks forward to working with Millborn Seeds' customers.

"Our customers and their projects are diverse. It's great to be part of a team with a variety of talents and specialty areas - from conservation and forage, to commercial and sports complexes- we can provide our customers with the products and information they need," Nelson said.

Mousel and Nelson join forage specialist, Justin Fruechte; conservation specialist, Jason Tronbak; turf specialist, Clint Johnson; and commercial & erosion specialist, Matt Fenske. To learn more about Millborn Seeds and our team of specialists, visit