Volunteer Ag Products is a seed, transplant, and fertilizer dealer located in Greenfield, Tennessee. We focus on vegetable and hemp seed, vegetable and hemp transplants, and our mustard-based biofumigants and fertilizers.
Since 2011 Volunteer Ag Products (VAP) has been “Committed to Farmers’ Success” by selling products to farmers across the Eastern United States. Chris Gordon and Jim Elam started VAP in 2011 selling mustard based organic biofumigants and fertilizers, as well as vegetable seed and transplants to their key customers in the produce world. Since then VAP has grown to take care of a larger customer base in the Eastern United states while trying to use their small town values and delivering a top customer experience for their customers. In 2019 VAP saw the needs for a professional seed supplier in the hemp industry and chose to start their hemp seed and plant division. In 2020 Brock Lidy joined Chris Gordon and Jim Elam as owners and with their and their team’s experience, VAP will continue to expand and work to improve the lives of farmers. Their continued growth is a result by their continued focus on being “Committed to Farmers’ Success”
Meet the Team
Chris Gordon and Jim Elam
Chris grew up in Sharon, TN on a corn, soybean, and wheat farm and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of TN at Martin in 1996. His Agriculture career started with Terra-Agrilliance in sales and management which lasted for 9 years. At this time, he began working for Helena Chemical Company in sales-management for a period of 5 years. He grew produce for a period of 2 years with Akin & Porter Produce in Greenfield TN and then spent 6 years marketing produce while also entering the produce seed and plant business with Volunteer Ag Products, LLC in 2011. Since 2018 Chris has working solely for Volunteer Ag in Greenfield TN in the seed and plant industry.
Jim has been active in the agricultural industry for over fifty years. He was a commercial vegetable seed sales representative for over ten years. In the past he has worked for Tennessee Farmers Co-op, Terra, Eden Bioscience, and Siegers Seed Company. As a representative for Co-op and Terra, he worked with row crop farmers. While working for Eden Bioscience, he was primarily with tobacco research. At Siegers Seed Company, he called on commercial vegetable growers in eight states. Now as a co-owner and sales representative at Volunteer Ag Products, he looks forward to serving your needs.
Brock grew up in Dieterich, IL on a corn and soybean farm with his family. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Chemistry minor from Blackburn College, he went to work 7 years for Monsanto Company. He started in their Global Vegetable Supply/Planning team working on incorporating global productions plans, distribution of production and commercial seeds globally, and planning global production plans. After 2 years of working for the Global Supply/Planning team, Brock moved into sales for Seminis Vegetable Seeds in the Mid-South region as well as the Southern Midwest where he focused on direct, dealer, and processing sales by consulting dealers reps, growers, brokers, and processors about new products in the industry and where they fit in their operations. In February of 2020 Brock started working for Volunteer Ag Products and he now resides with his wife and daughter.
Rob grew up working in the nursery business and began his professional career as a greenhouse and woody ornamental grower. He later moved on to the Tennessee Dept of Agriculture’s marketing division where he assisted nursery and produce growers on sales and marketing of their products both domestically and internationally. Before starting with Volunteer Ag Products, he also worked for 10 years for the vegetable seed company Nunhems. He began at Nunhems in the produce chain division promoting varieties and traits beyond the farm gate to foodservice, retail, distributors, fresh-cut companies and other related industry players. He then moved into an account manager role, where he worked with growers, distributors and dealers from Florida to Canada on variety selection and product development. He has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Tennessee.
Bruce was born and raised in Homestead, FL. His agricultural interest began as a teenager farming conventional green beans and tomatoes. Eventually, he expanded his green bean operation to Immokalee, FL. In 2002, he began growing organic produce in LaBelle, FL. As chief of farm operations, he successfully managed 600 acres of crops for 18 years. Bruce and his wife continue to live in LaBelle as they raise their two children.