About QLE

Quaker Lane Enterprises

Quaker Lane Enterprises (QLE) is a seed and technology company that has representatives in North Central Illinois and Central Illinois. QLE personnel has decades of experience in the seed business along with production agriculture. All of our representatives not only sell seed but also are farmers, so they know what will work best on your farm. The principals along with most of our representatives use the current technology from Climate Corporation to monitor what product works best on different soil types and farming practices. We live here, We farm here, We know Illinois.

Quaker Lane Enterprises was incorporated in 2002 and sold Sieben Hybrids prior to the conversion to Stone Seed Company.

Quaker Lane Staff

Bart Whitney

Bart grew up on the family farm outside of McNabb, IL. He was involved with 4H and FFA during his childhood years. Bart graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL in January of 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics. After graduating college, he returned to the family farm and began his farming career. He followed the footsteps of his Grandfather and Father. He produces corn and soybeans on the farms that he operates. Directly after Bart graduated from college, he helped his Father in the tax service accounting business for 7 years. In 1996, Bart started his Real Estate Appraisal business. His primary focus within the appraisal business has been agricultural properties. Within the appraisal business, Bart has gained great knowledge of production capabilities and cropping practices. He has been a seed corn and soybean salesman/dealer since 1998 first with Sieben Hybrids. Bart is a co-owner of Quaker Lane Enterprises which was formed in 2002 and is a distributor for Stone Seed Company. He works directly with, not only the associate dealers of Quaker Lane, but also the farmer/producer. Bart has been involved in assisting coaching of his children’s sports activities when they were younger. He has been involved with a grain elevator board, school board, an educational foundation and many other advisory committees. He has been a supporter of local charities and non-profit organization monetary and voluntary. Bart has been married for 27 years to Christina and they have 3 children: Audre, Emily and Nolan.

whitneyfarm1@gmail.com
cell: (815) 712-1346
office: (815) 882-2161

Trent Griffith

Trent is a 5th Generation Seeds man and Co-Founder of Quaker Lane Enterprises (QLE). He acquired half of Sieben Hybrids in 2003. In 2006, after the sale of Sieben Hybrids to Stone Seed Group, he became the Sales Director for that organization. Trent is a 2006 graduate of Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation. He remains a private consultant to soybean genetic organizations. Additionally, Trent served on the Board of Seed Engineers Inc. from 1994-2000. Trent brings 26 years of experience in the agriculture industry. Trent is married to Jan and they have four children, Claire, Paige, Luke, and Will.

rtgriffith6@gmail.com
cell: (815) 993-8801
office: (815) 882-2161

Christina Whitney

Christina grew up in Standard, IL. She graduated from Illinois Central College in 1989 specializing in Office Management. After college, she worked at Eureka Savings & Loan; Harding Electric was Co-Owner of TJ’s Corner Deli as well as a bookkeeper. Christina started working in the seed industry first with Sieben Seeds as the office manager and did secretarial work. When Quaker Lane formed in 2002, she transitioned into that company. She is currently the office manager at Quaker Lane and she works directly with Stone and Visions. Christina also takes care of the family farm books. She has been very involved with her children’s education, sports and activities. She has been a member of local groups in Putnam County as well as on church council boards. She has been married to Bart for 27 years and they have three children: Audriana, Emily & Nolan.

quakerlane2002@gmail.com
office phone: (815) 882-2161
fax: (815) 882-2615
cell: (815) 712-1347

Tony Strom

Tony grew up outside Victoria, IL. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1985 with a degree in Ag Business. Tony has 32 years of experience in Ag Marketing, and Retail Seed and Fertilizer. In 2006, Tony became a District Sales Manager for Stone Seed. He covers Putnam, Stark, Knox, and Peoria counties. He also has salesman in Warren, Henry, McLean, Tazewell, and LaSalle counties. Tony has two children Ava, and Sumner.

tony.strom@stoneseed.com
(309) 781-7580

Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan is involved in farming, and is a crop insurance specialist affiliated with ABIS of Des Moines, IA. He and his son, Scott sell Stone Seed. Phil’s 41-year career has all been involved in the seed and crop industry. He is co-owner of Gentech Seed Services, a company that specializes in soybean seed production, conditioning, treating, and packaging. He is a past President of the Illinois Seed Trade Association and currently serves on the board of Illinois Crop Improvement Association. Phil is a charter member of the Geneseo AG Alumni Association and currently serves on the board of the Antique Engine & Tractor Association as President. Phil and his wife Karen live on a farm near Geneseo, IL.

pm.jordan2591@gmail.com
(309) 314-5000

Scott Jordan

Scott was born and raised in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School and Black Hawk East College in 2000 with a degree in Agri-Business. He worked for Sieben Hybrids in Production and Sales until Stone Seed acquired Sieben Hybrids in 2007, where he was a DSM for Northern IL. He has worked for 2 Case IH tractor dealerships, Read Bros in Henry, IL, and Birkey’s in Annawan, IL. He currently sells Stone Seed with his father, Phil, and is working for GenTech Seed Services and Wispur farms. Scott and his wife Wendi live in Geneseo, IL

jscottjor@msn.com
(309) 314-3753

Gary Gaskill

Gary has farmed in Warren Co for 45 years. He is married to Joli. He was an early participant of conservation tillage and no-till farming. Gary has served on the local Soil Water Conservation Department for the last 20 years. Gary began selling seed for Sieben Hybrids in 1986 and Stone Seed today. He feels fortunate to be able to offer the best genetics available to his customers. He has also completed a warehouse expansion to better serve his customers.

garygaskill52@gmail.com
(309) 371-8359

Jerry Snodgrass

Jerry is from Geneseo, IL and is a graduate of Geneseo High School. He is a graduate of Black Hawk East Jr. College with degree in Ag Production and a graduate of Illinois Ag Leadership Program. Jerry started selling seed corn for Sieben Hybrids of Geneseo. He has been selling Stone Seed since Monsanto purchased Sieben Hybrids. Jerry enjoys planting a variety of Stone Seed corn and soybeans so he can advise customers on how varieties will do in the area. Jerry’s farm is south of Geneseo on almost all highly erodible ground where he uses 100% no-till. He has been the Director of Henry Co. Soil and Water Conservation District for 34 years now, and is also involved at State and National level. Jerry retired after 30 years as a volunteer fireman at Geneseo Volunteer Fire Dept.

jerrypam79@gmail.com
(309) 944-2869

Mark & Matt Johnson

Mark & Matt Johnson farm corn and soybeans in Knox and Henry County and they also raise livestock. They own Windy Hill Express trucking which hauls livestock and grain. They have been involved with Stone Seed since they acquired Sieben Hybrids and became dealers shortly after that. Matt is married to Jiliane, they have 3 daughters, and make their home in Altona, IL. Mark is married to Helen and they live in Galva, IL.

Matt Johnson: cowman610@hotmail.com, (309) 299-2517
Mark Johnson: (309) 299-2519

Jeff Winterland

Jeff Winterland is a farmer in the Colfax area.  Jeff farms with his son, Cory, and his two brothers in a no-till operation in the surrounding rural areas.  Jeff has been in the farming business all his life, working with his Dad while growing up, and then he worked with John Deere for five-plus years as a mechanic and salesman.

In addition to farming, Jeff is also the road commission for Lawndale Township and is a salesman for Stone Seed through QLE.

jlccfarm@gmail.com
(309) 826-6333

Larry Troyer

Larry started Fontanelle in IL in 1989 with 2 other territory managers. Fontanelle transitioned into Stone Seed Group 7 years ago. Larry felt the change into Stone Seed was very positive and stayed on board along with his accounts. Larry has been farming for several years and the newer technology’s are an inspiration to keep us informed on reaching our next level on production and stewardship. Larry lives outside Hudson, IL.

ltroyer@dtnspeed.net
(309) 275-7626

Becky Nielsen

Becky grew up on a grain farm outside of McNabb, IL. She farms with her family in Marshall, LaSalle, and Putnam County. She graduated college from Illinois State University in 2014 with a degree in AgriBusiness. Becky has been active in Seed Sales with Quaker Lane Enterprises since 2014 selling Stone Seed. She became a dealer for the Climate Corporation – Climate Fieldview since 2015, and has viewed their headquarters in San Francisco. Becky is active in the local Marshall/Putnam Farm Bureau Young Leaders group. In her free time she can be found spending time outdoors with her dog, Ruger.

beckyqle@gmail.com
(815) 488-8611

Addison Ryan

Addison Ryan grew up on a family farm near Wyoming, IL. Addison Graduated from Black Hawk East Campus, where he studied Agricultural Production. Addison farms with his dad and brother. He has been involved in the seed industry for four years.

ryanfarms@yahoo.com
(309) 883-9430

Bob Paine

Bob was born and raised here in Illinois with four sisters and a brother. His farm is located about 3 miles east of Precision Planting and I-55, along Townline Road in Tazewell County, with a Mackinaw address. Bob’s son and wife, and grandchildren live in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bob no-tills and custom farms 900 acres. He used to raise hogs; farrow to finish and grew wheat and pumpkins but now only raises corn and soybeans.
Bob attended U of I to receive an Agriculture Degree. He has been selling seed for some time and came to Stone Seed from Campbell Seed in Indiana.

bpaine52@yahoo.com
(309) 303-2126

Nathan Graves

Bio coming soon.

nsgrave@yahoo.com
309-231-8692

Alex Lane

Alex Lane grew up in Kewanee, IL. His family farm is SE of Kewanee by Elmira, in Stark County, where he farms with his dad and uncle. Alex worked for InField Ag for 2 years, delivering seed and scouting customers fields. He also worked in the research department for Wyffels Seed for 1 season planting new hybrid test plots. Alex also worked as a Field Production Manager at Munson Hybrids growing seed corn. Alex graduated from Black Hawk College with a degree in Ag Business and Ag Production in 2016. Alex is looking forward to a great career with QLE and Stone Seed!

alexlane995@yahoo.com
309-883-4437

Tony Van Fleet

309-337-0482