KENTLAND, INDIANA (June 9, 2015) — AgVenture Western Cornbelt of Manilla, Iowa has welcomed Cody Rolfes as a summer intern. As part of this growing, independently owned and operated regional seed company, Rolfes is working on farms and with customers across west central Iowa.
AgVenture Western Cornbelt’s Mike Bieret said, “It’s our objective to help Cody learn about many aspects of our business. Throughout this summer program, he’ll sharpen his skills, gain some new perspective and learn more about the seed and service that together help our customers maximize their profitability. We consider our interns the future of our business. It’s great to have a chance to mentor this way.”
Rolfes said, “This is already a very rewarding internship. As I transition what I’ve learned in the classroom and take it to the field, I’ve learned that AgVenture is so much more than seed sales. It is crop planning, management, scouting, crop health, fertility, soils, etc. We are working with our customers throughout the year, and are in their fields to assure the best tools and techniques are being used to maximize crop yields. Our AgVenture Yield Specialists are great mentors. I can fully understand their passion for the AgVenture brand.”
Recently, Rolfes participated in AgVenture’s intensive two-day Summer Trainee and Intern program, part of a series of educational forums. AgVenture Recruitment and Training Lead, Nevada Weitl said, “We take intern and trainee education very seriously. Our goals are to fully engage our interns and trainees in our company values and culture, to support and enhance their practical agronomic skills, and to help them explore and refine the career path they are most passionate about. This is a very sharp class of young agriculture professionals. They are well on their way to bright futures in agriculture.”
The group is comprised of trainees and interns working with Regional Seed Companies across the country. Together they worked in classroom and in field settings to advance their understanding of what it takes to maximize profitability.
Rolfes, a Carroll Iowa native, is the son of Jason and Janelle Rolfes. He will be senior at Iowa State University and plans to graduate in December with a degree in Agronomy.
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 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.