Research & Learning Center
Founded to help bring new seed varieties to the market that meet the specific needs of our growers, the Legacy Seeds Research and Learning Center conducts disease and yield trials to help cultivate crops that will feed the world for generations to come.
Home to our local breeding program
Founded in Waupaca, Wisconsin in 2018, the Research and Learning Center started out as a few test plots of alfalfa and small meetings held under canopy tents. Today, the 7000-square-foot building is home to two greenhouses, a lab, shop area and surrounded by 25 acres of research plots. Our team conducts ongoing research, analyzing variety characteristics and performance for alfalfa, corn, soybeans and wheat, collecting data and evaluating performance for our customers.
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The Legacy Alfalfa Team
Senior Director of Forage Research
For over 20 years, Dave has spearheaded the Legacy alfalfa breeding program. At the 2018 North American Alfalfa Improvement conference, David was awarded Honorary Membership with NAAIC for their outstanding career contributions to alfalfa improvement.
His focus for the program has been to conventionally breed alfalfa for the dormant and semi-dormant market. High-yielding varieties with peak digestibility and disease resistance have been the outcome of this program. The program is also exclusively non-GMO and is poised to meet the sustainability needs of current and future customers.
During Dave’s tenure, the notable HD and Standlife Genetics brands were born.
Associate Director of Forage Research
Olivia has a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture and Environmental Studies and a Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Genetics, both from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She joined Legacy Seeds in 2018 and brings a very strong background in pathology to our alfalfa breeding and development program.
Assistant Research Farm Manager
Travis joined Legacy Seeds in 2020 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He brings extensive knowledge of the greenhouse and controlled environment sector of agriculture. During the months of September to June, the Legacy greenhouses are full of plants that receive his constant care and nurturing. When not getting his hands dirty in the greenhouses, he’s getting them dirty in the field with the many hours required to plant, grow and harvest plot and trial seed.
Dave, Olivia and Travis run the breeding program and analysis trials from the Legacy Seeds Research and Learning Center located in Waupaca, WI.