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Words from the President

For many reasons I have a really great job.  Our clients, the PRI crew, our fabulous mission, and the opportunity to experience unique and diverse plant communities are just some of those reasons.  Our company slogan, "bringing people together with the land," when successful, is enough all by itself to make my job very fulfilling.


Of course, there are days.  Not every project works perfectly or comes together as planned.  The wild card variables of weeds, weather, politics and available capital can all create big challenges.  But I think the stakes are high and so whatever the challenge, it needs to be solved.  Actually, in some ways, business should always include a reasonable amount of problem-solving and PRI is certainly no exception.  One of our challenges is finding the necessary capital to meet expanding needs.  This is actually one of those "good problems." It seems that our products and services are in demand and consequently we need to provide more.  Our new site in southeast Minnesota is a partial answer but that needs to be just one step.  There is a great opportunity in our industry but we need added capital now to move ahead.  I am working on that and expect to take PRI forward to a new level in the next few months.  The exact road map is yet to come into focus but whatever it turns out to be, I know that it will require capital.

Our projects are many these days.  Planting native mixes in solar farms continues to be a great opportunity.  Potentially it will result in thousands of acres of pollinator habitat which, of course, is also great for birds and so much more.  It is an absolute win-win when we can produce renewable energy and provide habitat at the same time.  This is clearly a no-brainer. 

And here is my update on our seed production.  It has been a good year in our production fields.  It is always interesting how native seed production seems to cycle.  Some years, even with good weather, crops are down.  Other years they are up.  This seems to have been an "up" year, and that should take some pressure off seed supplies.  We all hope so.

If you have a project in southeast Minnesota or western Wisconsin I hope you will get to meet our new team.  Scott Leddy will be the site manager.  He is an excellent botanist and has a long history in the driftless area.  We are most fortunate to have him and all the rest of our new crew join the PRI team.  I am certain that they will do their best to help you.

Respectfully,

Ron Bowen
PRI President

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