KENTLAND, INDIANA (August 12, 2015) — The third annual AgVenture Summer Trainee and Intern Education program culminated last week in Moline, Illinois. Nineteen participants from across the country successfully completed a series of three intensive workshops along with daily work in the fields and on the farms of their AgVenture Regional Seed Company customers.
“This was an exceptional class of trainees and interns,” said Nevada Weitl, AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead. “We had outstanding involvement, active learning, and real-world experience shared by all. The program provided participants with focused agronomic education, and practical skills in working directly with customers as we help them maximize profitability on every acre.”
This is the third consecutive year of the program. Weitl says it has grown consistently in participation and in content. “It would not be possible without the cooperation and collaboration of our Regional Seed Company owners who work directly with trainees and interns to provide them with hands-on experience and one-on-one mentoring. They help assure these young professionals gain field knowledge, learn about the seed industry, and experience extensive training to prepare them to meet and exceed customer needs.”
Rachael Lowe of New Carlisle, Indiana worked as an intern with AgVenture D&M based in Kentland, Indiana. “AgVenture has very high expectations of its interns and trainees. I learned so much this summer. Working with the AgVenture D&M team and participating in the workshops has really inspired me to want to learn more. The fellowship and friendships we developed by learning together is a lasting tribute to the value of the program and the AgVenture culture. I highly encourage other students to apply as interns.”
Since the program began in 2012, AgVenture hired more than half of the interns who participated in the program as full time employees. Weitl said, “The value of the program speaks for itself. We have had a number of interns ask to come back for a second year. This fall, we will be participating in career fairs at universities and community colleges including North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Iowa State University, Purdue University, and Mississippi State University. We look forward to finding next year’s intern candidates and future AgVenture employees.”
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids and varieties it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.