Advanta Expands Sales Force

AMARILLO, Texas – Advanta, a leading international supplier of proprietary agricultural crop genetics and seed, announces the hiring of James Puent and Caleb Stewart as sales account managers.  Puent and Stewart will be responsible for sales of the Alta Seeds™ sorghum brand and Phoenix® corn brand in Northwest Kansas and Southeast Kansas/Northeast Oklahoma respectively. They will offer agronomic and technical support services to customers through on farm consultation and product training.

“James and Caleb are experienced, talented salesmen who are devoted to helping growers find the right solutions to meet their needs,” says Barry Lubbers, director of sales for Advanta US.  “Our goal is to provide the highest levels of service and support as possible to growers; and we are confident James and Caleb will serve as knowledgeable assets to our customers.”

Puent is a Certified Crop Advisor with more than 13 years of experience in agricultural sales and most recently worked for Ag Valley Coop. He is based in Norton, Kan. Stewart has a background in crop consulting and agronomy with nearly 10 years of experience in sales and agriculture. He covers his sales territory from Parsons, Kan.

The Phoenix corn product line-up is drawn from the diverse, proven genetics of Syngenta to bring elite hybrids with high-performance Agrisure® traits. Phoenix hybrids distributed by Advanta are specially selected for the unique growing conditions of the High Plains and Western states. Phoenix brand corn is available through Advanta in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

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About Advanta

Advanta US is an operating unit of Advanta, a global seed business that combines proprietary crop genetics and plant breeding capabilities with biotechnology to produce high-quality seed products and solutions for its customers around the world. Advanta is a member of the UPL group of companies.