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NewsGROWMARK names spring Exploring Agriculture program participants

GROWMARK names spring Exploring Agriculture program participants

Fifteen community college students are taking part in GROWMARK's spring Exploring Agriculture Internship program. The students are spending 10 weeks working at FS member cooperatives in Illinois and Iowa.

The interns are exposed firsthand to the inner workings of retail energy and agribusinesses to help them evaluate future career aspirations. The students will be operating field research and crop monitoring equipment and technology for scouting, assisting with facility and equipment maintenance and repair, and building professional relationships with FS personnel and customers while learning the different products and services they offer.

"The Exploring Agriculture Intern program was developed to help build relationships between students and faculty at the two-year community college and technical school level and our FS member companies," said Kayla Portwood, GROWMARK university relations manager. "We are striving to provide students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to gain a strong understanding of the GROWMARK System and the agriculture industry," she added.

The interns, serving FS companies in the GROWMARK System, come from:

Black Hawk Community College

  • Kelsey Kaiser, Ag View FS

Ellsworth Community College

  • Reece Westphal, AgVantage FS

Hawkeye Community College

  • Ramsey Bark, AgVantage FS
  • Logan Besch, AgVantage FS
  • Tyler Brinkman, AgVantage FS
  • Brian Jungling, AgVantage FS
  • Kristi Mensen, AgVantage FS
  • Andrew Huber, Three Rivers FS

Kaskaskia Community College

  • Haley Gregson, Gateway FS

Kirkwood Community College

  • Jack Baetsle, New Century FS
  • Derek Manternach, Three Rivers FS

Lake Land Community College

  • Kali Hand, M&M Service Company

North Iowa Area Community College

  • Nick Crooks, AgVantage FS

Wabash Valley Community College

  • Matt Herman, Wabash Valley
  • Casey Reid, Wabash Valley