As the CEO for Legacy Agripartners, Colin Steen is proud to provide solutions for the farmers they serve but also represent Independent Seed Companies on the IPSA board. Legacy Agripartners is unique in that it is comprised of three separate independent companies, Legacy Seeds, DF Seeds and TriCal Superior Forage. Each of the companies has a brand President that reports up to Steen, but they are responsible for how their company goes to market and their value proposition to their customers.
Raised on a grain and cattle farm in Weldon, SK., Colin always knew that he would be involved in agriculture one way or another throughout his career. Colin was a member of his local 4-H beef club, as well working with his family on their purebred Simmental cattle farm. After getting a degree in Crop Science at the University of Saskatchewan, Colin decided to start his career with Zeneca Agro in Rosetown, SK. That first job was where he met his now wife, Angie; and began a 25 year career at Syngenta.
Colin and Angie moved to Omaha Nebraska in 2003 and have been in the US ever since. It was in Minneapolis in 2009 that Colin got his first opportunity to work in the seed industry when he was the head of NK Seeds. From there he transitioned into heading up Syngenta’s Golden Harvest business in the US. In 2018, Colin transitioned to Syngenta’s corporate Venture Capital team, where he lead the global group from 2019 until mid 2020. These experiences laid a foundation for Colin to return to the seed industry with Legacy Agripartners.
The seed industry is a passion for Colin, and he especially enjoys the world of Independent Professional Seed Companies. “The people I have met are so genuine in their vision for the success of their farmer customers, it is really impressive.” Colin enjoys time working on the future direction of Legacy Agripartners, their impact on rural America as well connecting with the IPSA members and learning more about how to solve the challenges for our association.
Colin shares his passion for agriculture as much as he can with Angie and his boys, Erik (17) and Luke (14). Trips on the road always involve Q&A;’s about the crops on the drive as well as commentary on the industry overall (teenage boys always love a lot of questions on the road).
When he’s not busy with Legacy Agripartners, Colin can usually be found with Angie at a hockey rink cheering on their boys year-round. Their other favorite family activities are traveling, golfing, and biking.