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GROWMARK Names 2015 Summer Intern Class

​​Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Bloomington, Illinois -- In the 56th year of the program, 57 college students are exploring career opportunities as GROWMARK summer interns. They are working at FS member cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada; as well as GROWMARK FS, LLC; MIDCO Commodities, Inc.; and the GROWMARK corporate office in Bloomington, Illinois.
The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, communications, and product and service-related activities. The group attended an orientation program at the GROWMARK corporate office in May, and will reconvene in June for an agribusiness tour. Each intern will complete a special project and deliver a presentation on that project in August.
 
The interns come to GROWMARK from:
 
Delaware Valley College
  • Christopher Chioffe, son of Brian and Susan Chioffe of Stewartsville, New Jersey, is majoring in agribusiness and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Nathan Hykes, son of Steve and Lynn Hykes of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, is majoring in crop sciences and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Elizabeth Shriver, daughter of David and Denise Shriver of Emmitsburg, Maryland, is majoring in crop sciences and working for SEEDWAY, LLC.
Illinois State University
  • Trevor Baron, son of Todd and Pamela Baron of Kankakee, Illinois, is majoring in information systems and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Cole Borton, son of Scot and Debra Borton of Delavan, Illinois, is majoring in crop and soil sciences and working for Ag-Land FS, Inc.
  • Kyle Bumphrey, son of Andrea Webber and Michael Bumphrey of Kewanee, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Zach Etter, son of Lynn and Karen Etter of Carlinville, Illinois, is majoring in agronomy management and working or M & M Service Company. 
  • Nick Johnson, son of Bryan Johnson of Urbana, Illinois and Renee Johnson of Bondville, Illinois, is majoring in computer systems technology and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Katelyn Kerkstra, daughter of Jean and John Kerkstra of Orlando, Florida, is majoring in finance and business administration and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Samantha Magee, daughter of Gene and Teresa Magee of Stockton, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Gold Star FS, Inc.
  • James McMullan, son of Brian and Nancy McMullan of Naperville, Illinois, is majoring in accounting and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Natalie Neukomm, daughter of Walter and Charlene Neukomm of Cissna Park, Illinois, is majoring in accounting and working for Heritage FS, Inc.
  • Brock Norris is majoring in agronomy management and working for Heritage Grain Cooperative.
  • Tanna Petersak, daughter of Tom and Tracie Petersak of Westville, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Illini FS.
  • Spencer Smith, son of Todd and Sabrina Smith of Bloomington, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Avery Stoddard, son of Bruce and Carolyn Stoddard of Monticello, Illinois, is majoring in agronomy management and agribusiness management and working for Illini FS.
  • Erich Turk, son of Nick and Elizabeth Turk of Elburn, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Marissa Williams, daughter of Thomas and Lesli Williams of Fisher, Illinois, is majoring in human resources and organizational leadership and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Justin Wolf, son of Nancy and Charles Wolf of Bybee, Tennessee, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Evergreen FS, Inc.
  • Mitchell Wolff, son of Michael and Patricia Wolff of Altamont, Illinois, is majoring in agronomy management and working for South Central FS, Inc.
Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Connor Builta, son of Greg and Karen Builta of Farmer City, Illinois, is majoring in financial services and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
Iowa State University
  • Josh Benning, son of Dennis and Jackie Benning of Hampton, Iowa, is majoring in agronomy and environmental sciences and working for New Century FS.
  • Andrea Hodgson, daughter of Tony and Deb Hodgson of Colfax, Iowa, is majoring in agricultural and life sciences education and working for New Century FS.
  • Jacob Studt is majoring in agronomy and working for New Century FS.
  • Erica Sutton, daughter of Johnna Suton and the late Jamie Sutton of Maquoketa, Iowa, is majoring in animal sciences and working for Ag Vantage FS.
  • Marcus Uthe, son of Dave and Michelle Uthe of Riceville, Iowa, is majoring in agricultural studies and working for Ag Vantage FS.
  • Mark Vormezeele, son of Francis and Joni Vormezeele of Durand, Illinois, is majoring in agronomy and working for Stephenson Service Company.
  • Kyle Warren, son of Brett and Andrea Warren of Garwin, Iowa, is majoring in agricultural studies and working for New Century FS.
  • Chelsea Watkins, daughter of Timothy and Valerie Watkins of Woodstock, Illinois, is majoring in animal sciences and working for Three Rivers FS, Inc.
Kansas State University
  • Marie Annexstad, daughter of Grant and Karen Annexstad of Saint Peter, Minnesota, is majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
Monmouth University
  • Caitlin Ellenby, daughter of Jay and Helen Ellenby of Bel Air, Maryland, is majoring in accounting and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
Northwest Missouri State University
  • Nichole Licht, daughter of Debbie Licht of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is majoring in agribusiness and working for STAR Energy.
Pennsylvania State University
  • Jake Batts, son of Evan and Susan Batts of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, is majoring in environmental resource management and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Matt Bitting, son of Richard and Angela Bitting of Nothumberland, Pennsylvania, is majoring in ag sciences and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
Siena Heights University
  • Ryne Sanders, son of Keith and Janet Sanders of Crystal Lake, Illinois, is majoring in accounting and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
Southern Illinois University
  • Luke Kocher, son of Tim and Paula Kocher of Claremont, Illinois, is majoring in agriculture systems and working for Wabash Valley Service Company.
University of Guelph
  • Chris Albrecht is majoring in animal sciences and working for FS PARTNERS.
  • Darren Clark, son of Jim and Janet Clark of Highgate, Ontario, Canada, is majoring in food and agricultural business and working for AGRIS Co-operative.
  • Kaylene Sangers is majoring in honours agricultural sciences and working for FS PARTNERS.
  • Christine Wyville, daughter of Rob and Shelley Wyville of Markdale, Ontario, Canada, is majoring in honours agricultural science and working for Huron Bay Co-operative.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kayla Bennett, daughter of Tim and Joanne Bennett of Kewanee, Illinois, is majoring in crop science agribusiness and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Taylor Friedrich, daughter of Bill and Rhonda Friedrich of Bloomington, Illinois, is majoring in agricultural leadership education and working for Heritage FS, Inc.
  • Adam Gerdes, son of Neal and Sarah Gerdes of Lake Villa, Illinois, is majoring in agribusiness finance and working for MIDCO COMMODITIES, INC.
  • Josh Huber, son of Mark Huber and Jennifer Byots of Bunker Hill, Illinois, is majoring in agricultural consumer economics and working for M & M Service Company.
  • Angela Kelley, daughter of Bruce and Mary Kelley of Lincoln, Illinois, is majoring in business management and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Darren Riskedal, son of Brad and Joyce Riskedal of Leland, Illinois, is majoring in technical systems management and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Cale Simms, son of John and Christy Simms of Edwardsville, Illinois, is majoring in technical systems management and working for Gateway FS, Inc.
  • Sarah St. Aubin, daughter of Greg and Mary Jeanne St. Aubin of Manteno, Illinois, is majoring in crop science agribusiness and working for Heritage FS, Inc.
University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Adam Walters, son of Jay and Sandy Walters of Appleton, Wisconsin, is majoring in accounting and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Brianna Reynolds, daughter of Allen and Penny Reynolds of Evansville, Wisconsin, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
  • Austin Underdahl, son of Randy and Kim Underdahl of DeForest, Wisconsin, is majoring in soil and crop sciences and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Ashley Belongia, daughter of Steve and Laurie Belongia of Suring, Wisconsin, is majoring in dairy sciences and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
  • Joshua Butler, son of Todd and Julie Butler of Watertown, Wisconsin, is majoring in dairy sciences and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
  • Emily Schalla, daughter of Larry and Susan Schalla of West Bend, Wisconsin, is majoring in agriculture studies and working with Conserv FS, Inc.
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Rachel Mader, daughter of Gary and Linda Mader of Crystal Lake, Illinois, is majoring in marketing and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
Western Illinois University
  • Joel C. Du Pre, son of Joel and Kellie Du Pre of Jacksonville, Illinois, is majoring in agricultural science and working for Prairieland FS, Inc.
Willamette University
  • Sara Lewis, daughter of Robin and Leon Kenney and the late Douglas Lewis of Tremont, Illinois, is studying to obtain an MBA and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
“We are excited to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the GROWMARK internship program!” said Allison Stephey, GROWMARK university relations manager. “The program continues to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent into the GROWMARK System. Students engage with industry professionals on important projects and have the opportunity to clarify career goals; while we get exposed to the most talented university students.” The GROWMARK intern program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, over 1,000 students have been involved in the program.