GROWMARK Names 2012 Summer Interns

In the 53rd year of the program, 51 college students are exploring career opportunities as GROWMARK summer interns. They are working at FS cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ontario; as well as GROWMARK FS; MID-CO COMMODITIES; Select Seed; the GROWMARK corporate office in Bloomington, IL; and the GROWMARK Ontario Region office in Kitchener, ON.

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, the No. 3 ranked retailer on our CropLife 100 list, from:

Alfred State College

  • Matthew Harrington, son of Denny and Brenda Harrington of Leicester, NY, is majoring in business and working for GROWMARK FS.

Delaware Valley College

  • Erik Bolt, son of Frederick Jr. and Amy Bolt of Mansfield, PA, is majoring in environmental science and agronomy and working for GROWMARK FS.
  • Albert Lambert, son of Craig and Bonnie Lambert of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, is majoring in agronomy and crop sciences and working for GROWMARK FS.

Illinois College

  • Tyler Smith, son of Bill and Jill Smith of Elliott, IL, is majoring in management and organizational leadership and working for Heritage FS, Inc.

Illinois State University

  • Theresa Helmink, daughter of Ron and Jo Ellen Helmink of Montrose, IL, is majoring in accounting and working for the Accounting Division of GROWMARK.
  • Daniel Herriott, son of Steven and Diana Herriott of Sidney, IL, is majoring in agriculture business and agronomy management and working for MID-CO COMMODITIES, Inc.
  • Thomas VanDerpluym, son of Mark and Patricia VanDerpluym of Des Plaines, IL, is majoring in accounting and working for the Treasurer’s Division of GROWMARK.

Iowa State University

  • Kyle Bangston, son of Paul and Marty Bangston of Essex, IA, is majoring in agricultural systems technology and working for MID-CO COMMODITIES, Inc.
  • Brooke Bates, daughter of Gary and Wanda Bates of Kewick, IA, is majoring in agricultural business and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Kaitlyn Bonzer, daughter of Scott and Leslie Bonzer of Nashua, IA, is majoring in agricultural education and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Clinton Hilleman, son of Tom and Jodi Hilleman of Rhodes, IA, is majoring in agricultural studies and working for New Century FS.
  • Courtney Jass, daughter of Mark and Beth Jass of Garner, IA, is majoring in agricultural business and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Randy Kuehn, son of Gene and Nancy Kuehn of New Hampton, IA, is majoring in agronomy and working for New Century FS.
  • Klint McDowell, son of Bev McDowell of Sigourney, IA, is majoring in agricultural studies and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Curtis Morrical, son of Rodney Morrical and Myra Mullins of Tabor, IA, is majoring in agricultural systems technology and working for New Century FS.

 Oklahoma State University

  • Laura Padgett, daughter of Tom Padgett and Kris Pittman of Crawfordsville, IN, is majoring in agricultural economics and working for STAR Energy.

Pennsylvania State University

  • Michael Fredin, son of Todd and Nancy Fredin of The Woodlands, TX, is majoring in energy business and working for the Energy Division of GROWMARK.
  • Colin Hauseman, son of Gary and Sandra Hauseman of Boyertown, PA, is majoring in agricultural systems management and working for GROWMARK FS.
  • Jodi Letham, daughter of Lee and Judy Letham of Clymer, PA, is majoring in agricultural sciences and working for GROWMARK FS.
  • Josh Walker, son of Mike and Shelly Walker of Meyersdale, PA, is majoring in agricultural extension and education and working for GROWMARK FS.
  • Sam Woodward, son of Dale and Kathleen Woodward of Yardley, PA, is majoring in agricultural science and working for GROWMARK FS.

Purdue University

  • Joseph Brandyberry, son of Mark and Ann Brandyberry of West Lafayette, IN, is majoring in agribusiness management and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Spencer Carson, son of Shannon and Valerie Carson of Noblesville, IN, is majoring in agricultural education and working for Select Seed.
  • Nathaniel Pedue, son of Mike and Karla Pedue of Granger, IN, is majoring in industrial management and working for the Logistics Division of GROWMARK.
  • Zachery Romoser, son of Gary and Diane Romoser of Ridge Farm, IL, is majoring in agricultural economics and working for Select Seed.

Rutgers University

  • Julie Guarrera, daughter of Mark and Joyce Guarrera of Cedarville, NJ, is majoring in agricultural science and working for GROWMARK FS.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

  • Joseph Meagher, son of Spencer and Cindy Meagher of Geff, IL, is majoring in agricultural business economics and working for South Central FS, Inc.
  • Jeremy Schumacher, son of Ed and Kay Schumacher of Sigel, IL, is majoring in agribusiness and working for South Central FS, Inc.
    Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • Brett Heberer, son of Mark and Paula Heberer of Okawville, IL, is majoring in accounting and working for Gateway FS, Inc.

SUNY – Cobleskill

  • Keith Brockett, son of Mike and Tammy Brockett of Sauquoit, NY, is majoring in plant science and working for GROWMARK FS.

University of Delaware

  • Rachel Aber, daughter of Jeffrey and Michelle Aber of Bear, DE, is majoring in accounting and finance and working for GROWMARK FS.

University of Guelph

  • Philip Cameron, son of Paul and Roseanne Cameron of Thamesville, ON, is majoring in natural resource management and working for AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
  • Erin Campbell, daughter of Andy and Jackie Campbell of Barrie, ON, is majoring in human resource management and working for Vineland Growers Co-operative.
  • Ashly De Brouwer, daughter of Jim and Stacie De Brouwer of Blenheim, ON, is majoring in human resource management and working for AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
  • Kimberley Hooey, daughter of Leanne Farrell of Ripley, ON, is majoring in agriculture and working for Lucknow District Co-operative Inc.
  • Morgan Kluka, daughter of Ed Kluka of Blenheim, ON, and Stephanie Kluka of Chatham, ON, is majoring in agricultural science and working for AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
  • Cristina Ricciardi, daughter of Vita and Pina Ricciardi of Bolton, ON, is majoring in human resources and working for the Human Resources Division of GROWMARK Ontario Region.

University of Illinois

  • Cody Curry, son of Thad and Kathy Curry of Alpha, IL, is majoring in crop sciences and working for Gold Star FS, Inc.
  • Ethan Koehler, son of Karl and Jennifer Koehler of Sparland, IL, is majoring in agricultural and consumer economics and working for the Seed Division of GROWMARK.
  • Leah Seiler, daughter of David and Anita Seiler of Champaign, IL, is majoring in agricultural accounting and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • James Stahler, son of Bill and Betsy Stahler of Coal City, IL, is majoring in crop sciences and working for GRAINCO FS, Inc.

University of Northern Iowa

  • Bill Nolte III, son of Bill and Sherry Nolte of Leighton, IA, is majoring in accounting and working for AgVantage FS.

University of South Carolina – Columbia

  • Stevan Novakovic, son of Miodrag and Stephanie Novakovic of Sorrento, FL, is majoring in international business and working for the Plant Food Division of GROWMARK.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • Tommy Butts, son of Randy Butts of Browntown, WI, and Jayne Butts of Browntown, WI, is majoring in agricultural business and working for Frontier FS.
  • Liberty Daniels, daughter of Jerry and Barb Daniels of Juda, WI, is majoring in soil science and working for Frontier FS.
  • Ryan Dexter, son of Gregory and Jean Dexter of Burlington, WI, is majoring in agribusiness and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Laura Hornby, daughter of David and Bernadine Hornby of Viroqua, WI, is majoring in soil and crop science and working for Three Rivers FS Company.

University of Wisconsin- River Falls

  • Anne Moore, daughter of Michael and Rebecca Moore of Pulaski, WI, is majoring in agricultural business and working for Conserv FS, Inc.

Western Illinois University

  • Justin Burke, son of Jim and Leesa Burke of Sublette, IL, is majoring in agricultural business and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Clark Whitsell, son of Troy Whitsell of Orion, IL, and Trent and Sue Lorfeld of Cordova, IL, is majoring in agricultural science and working for Gold Star FS, Inc.

Wilmington College

  • Amanda Middleton, daughter of Keith and Carolyn Middleton of Wilmington, OH, is majoring in agriculture and working for Trupointe Cooperative.

“This year, we have one of our largest intern groups ever,” said Ashley McClintock, GROWMARK university relations manager. “They will gain hands-on experience in their chosen field, and have the opportunity to clarify career goals.”

The GROWMARK intern program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, 832 students have been involved in the program.

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