GROWMARK Summer Interns Named

In the 55th year of the program, 53 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, IL.

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:

Central College

  • Jacob Van Manen, son of Kevin and Julie Van Manen of Kellogg, IA, is studying business management and accounting and working for New Century FS.

Delaware Valley College

  • Stacy Brewer, daughter of Kevin and Lori Brewer of Easton, PA, is studying crop sciences and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Judy Mohn, daughter of Brian and Karen Mohn of Hamburg, PA, is studying agronomy and crop sciences and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.

Dordt College

  • Kyle Miller, son of Lee and Pam Miller of IA City, IA, is studying agribusiness and computer sciences and working for New Century FS.

Illinois State University

  • Steven Beisswenger, son of Roy Beisswenger of Seneca, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for MIDCO Commodities, Inc.
  • Daniel Boudeman, son of John and Greta Boudeman of Armington, IL, is studying agronomy management and agribusiness and working for Ag-Land FS, Inc.
  • Lane Danielson, son of Steve and Julie Danielson of Princeton, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Kristen Faucon, daughter of Creg and Marilyn Faucon of Springfield, IL, is studying ag-communications and leadership and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Dillon Foes, son of Todd and Kim Foes of Mineral, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Greg Koster, son of Roger and Linda Koster of Decatur, IL, is studying finance and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Cole Ohnesorge, son of Ron and Deb Ohnesorge of Altamont, IL, is studying agronomy management and working for South Central FS, Inc.
  • Blake Retherford, son of Randall and Lori Retherford of Brimfield, IL, is studying agronomy management and working for West Central FS, Inc.
  • Tanner Schoff, son of James and Tracey Schoff of Walnut, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for Ag View FS, Inc.
  • Rebecca Vaessen, daughter of Michael and Brenda Vaessen of Sublette, IL, is studying agribusiness and accounting and working for GROWMARK, Inc.

Iowa State University

  • Matthew Allen, son of Dave and Deb Allen of Dumont, IA, is majoring in ag-studies and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Andrea Brown, daughter of Greg and Sandy Brown of Tipton, IA, is studying agronomy and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Matt Dove, son of Byron and Laura Dove of Dike, IA, is majoring in agricultural studies and working for AgVantage FS.
  • David Drendel, son of Steve and Vickie Drendel of Malta, IL, is studying agronomy and agribusiness and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Erin Herink, son of Kevin and Tammy Herink of Clutier, IA, is studying animal sciences and working for New Century FS.
  • Travis Johnson, son of John and Lois Johnson of Winthrop, IA, is majoring in agriculture studies and working for Three Rivers FS, Inc.
  • Dillon Luhman, son of Mike and Lisa Luhman of Radcliffe, IA, is studying agronomy and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Brittany Menke, daughter of Dale and Sharon Menke of Vienna, IA, is studying dairy sciences and working for Three Rivers FS, Inc.
  • Derek Shedenhelm, son of Jade and Heidi Shedenhelm of Lime Springs, IA, is studying agribusiness and working for AgVantage FS.
  • Amber Shipe, daughter of Jeff and Paula Shipe of Waterloo, IN, is studying agriculture education with a focus in communications and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Adam Tetterton, son of Bobby and Leigh Tetterton of Washington, NC, is studying agronomy and working for New Century FS.

Penn State University

  • Nick Britt, son of Thomas and Christine Britt of Gasport, NY, is studying agribusiness management and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Quinn Starner, daughter of Tim and Wendy Starner of New Oxford, PA, is studying agribusiness management and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.
  • Robert Vijuk, son of Robert and Lisa Vijuk of Newton, PA, is studying agricultural sciences and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.

Purdue University

  • Mark DeGolyer, son of Mike and Cindy DeGolyer of Lafayette, IN, is studying agribusiness management and working for Co-Alliance, LLP.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Trevor Schnerre, son of Bill and Karrie Schnerre of Winthrop, IA, is studying agribusiness and working for Gateway FS, Inc.

State University New York (SUNY) Morrisville College

  • Luke Martin, son of Ron and Ginger Martin of Clarence, NY, is studying agribusiness and development and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.

Texas A&M University

  • Russ Garetson, son of Robert and Kellie Garetson of Forney, TX, is studying agronomy and working for New Century FS.

University of Guelph

  • Leslie Bowman, daughter of Matt and Elaine Bowman of Thornloe, ON, is studying crop sciences and working for Co-opérative Régionale De Nipissing Sudbury Limited.
  • Justin McNally, son of Patrick and Nancy McNally of Beamsville, ON, is studying agriculture and working for FS PARTNERS.
  • Alex Richardson, son of Doug and Vicki Richardson of Georgetown, ON, is studying agronomy and working for AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.
  • Bryce Rodman, son of Wilson and Melody Rodman of Little Britain, ON, is studying crop sciences and working for Sunderland Co-operative Inc.
  • Matthew Sikorski, son of Ted and Lynne Sikorski of Whitby, ON, is studying microbiology and working for Lucknow District Co-operative Inc.
  • Mary Walton, daughter of Tom and Emily Walton of Embro, ON, is studying psychology and sociology and working for FS PARTNERS.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Maggie Armstrong, daughter of Rayme and Shelley Armstrong of Havana, IL, is studying accounting and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Ben Bergeson, son of Rich Bergeson of Ransom, IL, and Connie Bergeson of Seneca, IL, is studying technical systems management and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Brian Gordon, son of Bernard and Vickie Gordon of Rantoul, IL, is studying crop sciences and working for Illini FS, Inc.
  • Jacob Holland, son of Ty and Lynn Holland of Princeton, IL, is studying technical systems management and working for GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Brian Weihmeir, son of Phillip and Barbara Weihmeir of Hopedale, IL, is studying crop sciences and working for West Central FS, Inc.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Erica Carder, daughter of Kent and Sheila Carder of Albion, IL, is studying biological systems engineering and working for GROWMARK, Inc.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

  • Drew Gilmer, son of Scott and Teresa Gilmer of Watertown, WI, is studying animal sciences and working for Frontier-Servco FS.
  • James Jacques, son of Bill and Cathy Jacques of Elkhorn, WI, is studying soil and crop science and working for Conserv FS, Inc.
  • Hallie Metcalf, daughter of Tom Metcalf of Janesville, WI, is studying agribusiness and working for Frontier-Servco FS.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

  • Danielle Dykes, daughter of Lorn and Sandra Dykes of Almond, WI, is studying agribusiness and agronomy and working for Frontier-Servco FS.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

  • Rachel Mader, daughter of Gary and Linda Mader of Crystal Lake, IL, is studying marketing and working for Conserv FS, Inc.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

  • Michael McDaniel, son of William and Eileen McDaniel of Dumfries, VA, is studying accounting and finance and working for GROWMARK FS, LLC.

Western Illinois University

  • Faith Lois, daughter of Larry and Suzanne Lois of Burlington, WI, is studying agribusiness and working for Stephenson Service Company.
  • Kirby Mixer, son of Lori Mixer of Concord, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for Prairieland FS, Inc.
  • Chad Schone, son of Brad and Joan Schone of Jacksonville, IL, is studying agribusiness and working for Prairieland FS, Inc.

“We are excited to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the GROWMARK internship program!” said Ashley McClintock, GROWMARK university relations manager. “The program continues to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent into the GROWMARK System.  Students gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to clarify career goals, while we get exposed to the best and brightest university students.”  The GROWMARK intern program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, 945 students have been involved in the program.

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