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.

Leave a Reply

CropLife 100 Stories

Crop InputsLand ‘O Lakes, United Suppliers Finalize Merger
August 24, 2015
According to a press release on August 24, owners of United Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “have Read More
West Central Cooperative, Jefferson, IA
CropLife 100Iowa Cooperatives To Explore Unification
August 19, 2015
The boards of directors at two of Iowa’s leading farmer-owned cooperatives yesterday signed a letter of intent to study the Read More
CropLife 100Southern States Coop Hosting Drone Flight This Friday
August 3, 2015
Southern States Cooperative — No. 9 on the CropLife 100 — is hosting an FAA-approved drone demonstration at Grandview Farms Read More
CropLife 100Aligned Ag Distributors Adds Four New Owners
July 30, 2015
Aligned Ag Distributors LLC has announced the addition of four new customer/owners to Franklin Holding Co. LLC. They are: The Read More
Top 100 Articles
Crop InputsLand ‘O Lakes, United Suppliers Finalize Merger
August 24, 2015
According to a press release on August 24, owners of United Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “have Read More
West Central Cooperative, Jefferson, IA
CropLife 100Iowa Cooperatives To Explore Unification
August 19, 2015
The boards of directors at two of Iowa’s leading farmer-owned cooperatives yesterday signed a letter of intent to study the Read More
CropLife 100Southern States Coop Hosting Drone Flight This Friday
August 3, 2015
Southern States Cooperative — No. 9 on the CropLife 100 — is hosting an FAA-approved drone demonstration at Grandview Farms Read More
CropLife 100Aligned Ag Distributors Adds Four New Owners
July 30, 2015
Aligned Ag Distributors LLC has announced the addition of four new customer/owners to Franklin Holding Co. LLC. They are: The Read More
CropLife 100Pinnacle Purchases California-Based Specialty Crops Retailer
July 20, 2015
Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings has successfully acquired California-based NH3 Service Co.  Operating as part of Pinnacle’s Performance Agriculture brand, the new locations Read More
Asmus Farm Supply liquid fertilizer facility features 20,000 square feet
CropLife 100Slideshow: Asmus Farm Supply Shows Off Its New Liquid Fertilizer Facility
July 15, 2015
Asmus Farm Supply, Rake, IA, recently added a new liquid fertilizer facility to its company operations. The new liquid fertilizer Read More
Latest News
StewardshipBee Buffer Strip Initiative Seeks 100 Ohio Farmers
August 31, 2015
The U.S. Bee Buffer Project, an initiative of the Pollinator Partnership (P2), Burt’s Bees and The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Read More
2015 ShowStopper Award, MAGIE
EquipmentA ShowStopper From Case IH: The Patriot 2250
August 31, 2015
For nine years now, visitors to the yearly Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) show have been tasked with not only Read More
Crop InputsMonsanto, FMC Expand Roundup Ready PLUS Platform
August 31, 2015
FMC Corp. and Monsanto Co. announced today an expanded agreement to continue their participation in the Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Read More
Deere Nutrient Applicator
Eric SfiligojThe Good & Bad News From MAGIE
August 31, 2015
As I write this column, I’ve just returned from the annual Midwest AG Industries (MAGIE) trade show in Bloomington, IL. Read More
CPS Morenci receiving its 4R certification
StewardshipCPS Morenci Becomes First Michigan Facility Certified I…
August 31, 2015
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that Crop Production Services, Inc.’s facility located in Morenci, MI, has been Read More
EquipmentDeere Announces Soucy Track Distribution Alliance
August 28, 2015
John Deere announces an alliance with Soucy Track to sell and distribute products through the John Deere dealer channel. “This Read More
FertilizerFall-Applied Phosphorus: A Rooted Investment
August 28, 2015
As commodity prices decrease and input prices continue to rise, farmers are seeking more efficient strategies for meeting a high Read More
Monsanto Sign
Crop InputsWhat’s Next For Monsanto, Syngenta?
August 28, 2015
After dropping its $47 billion bid to take over Swiss agribusiness firm Syngenta, Monsanto may be turning its focus to Read More
Golden Harvest Corn stalks
Crop InputsMonsanto: Syngenta Not The Only Horse In Crop Protectio…
August 28, 2015
Monsanto Co, having ditched an audacious $46 billion (£30 billion) offer for Syngenta AG, may downshift to a humbler strategy Read More
ManagementConsolidation hits and a miss; And a look at China’s ch…
August 28, 2015
As Monsanto suspends its pursuit of Syngenta, consolidation news at the retail and distribution level heats up. CropLife magazine’s Executive Read More
Corn Field
MicronutrientsHuma Gro Introduces New Boron Liquid Nutrient Formulati…
August 28, 2015
BORO-MAX, a new boron (B) 10% liquid nutrient formulation, has been added to the Huma Gro product line. This new Read More
Crop InputsNFU: Monsanto Decision To Withdraw Syngenta Bid ‘…
August 26, 2015
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the organization was very pleased by the news that Monsanto has withdrawn Read More
Crop InputsMonsanto Withdraws Bid For Syngenta
August 26, 2015
Monsanto Co. abandoned its latest effort to acquire Syngenta AG, the world’s top maker of pesticides, after a sweetened bid Read More
Syngenta Sign
Crop InputsSyngenta Comments On Monsanto Announcement
August 26, 2015
The Board of Syngenta confirms that it received a verbal proposal from Monsanto to acquire the company at a price Read More
Case IH Patriot 2250 Sprayer
EquipmentHigh-powered Case IH Patriot 2250 Sprayer Pushes Throug…
August 26, 2015
Engineered with more muscle, the new 660-gallon-capacity Patriot 2250 sprayer features best-in-class horsepower, along with the fuel efficiency that comes Read More
Crop InputsLand ‘O Lakes, United Suppliers Finalize Merger
August 24, 2015
According to a press release on August 24, owners of United Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “have Read More
TMX-2050 In-Cab Display Launch Run Screen
Eric SfiligojPrecision Ag Could Shine In Increased Spotlight On Agri…
August 24, 2015
By any measure, 2015 is turning into one of the most challenging years agriculture has ever experienced. All throughout good Read More
ManagementCrop Conditions In Minnesota and Traveling Time
August 21, 2015
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiilgoj discuss the crop outlook from a field trip to Minnesota and upcoming travel plans. Read More