August 10, 2020

Archives for August 2015

TAYLOR KLUVER, Client Relations/Communications Intern

20150616_maxyield_131 (681x1024)Since Taylor Kluver grew up on a farm near Britt and was a past MaxYield scholarship winner, she was no stranger to MaxYield. She wanted to learn more about the company, however, and is glad she applied for an internship.

“I’ve talked to a lot of past MaxYield interns, and they all had a lot of good things to say about the company,” said Kluver, a senior at ISU who is majoring in ag studies and minoring in agronomy. “I wanted to see for myself.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I always knew I wanted to study ag and work in agriculture. Ag offers endless career options and a lot of opportunities for women.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield communications internship?
A: I was interested in working for a cooperative and wanted to see it from the inside out. MaxYield has given me the chance to work on lots of different projects. I’ve helped with MaxYield’s 2016 tractor calendar and have enjoyed talking to the farmers and hearing their stories. I’ve also written blog posts and created videos featuring MaxYield’s 2015 interns. It has also been interesting to work on a media contact list for MaxYield and get a behind-the-scenes look at how My Solutions magazine is created. There’s a lot of attention to detail that goes into the final product.
I like how MaxYield encourages interns to learn about the various divisions of the cooperative and helps them get what they want out from their internship.

Q: How have you benefited by having Chad Meyer as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Chad is very approachable and is open to suggestions. He’s also available to answer questions and help guide me. While he helps me learn, he’s not a micromanager. About once a week I get a task list from him, and he trusts me to get the work done. At MaxYield you’re treated like a team member, not an intern.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I think I’d like to work in communications and marketing. I’d like to stay in Iowa, especially around my hometown area.

Interesting facts about Taylor:
• Taylor was a member of the Orthel Jolly Workers 4-H Club for nine years and enjoyed working on a variety of projects, from livestock to sewing to woodworking.
• While Taylor was a Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka Tiger through her junior year of high school, she became a Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Cardinal for her senior year in 2011-2012. While most of her friends went to Forest City High School, Taylor open-enrolled to Garner-Hayfield/Ventura due to the school’s phenomenal ag program.
• Taylor showed hogs and cattle through FFA, which also allowed her to expand her ag network. She especially loved the showmanship competitions. She continues to enjoy working with livestock on her family’s farm, especially at calving time.

MARK WELLIK, Soil Sampling/Crop Scouting Intern

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When Mark Wellik says he’s willing to go the extra mile to get the most from his MaxYield internship, he’s not kidding. Even if the job involves getting up at 3:30 a.m. to pull soil samples before a storm hits, he’s up for the challenge.

“My older brother, Jared, was an intern at MaxYield, so I knew it’s a good company to work for,” said Wellik, a Woden native who is a sophomore majoring in ag studies at ISU. “I also know other former MaxYield interns have gotten good jobs in seed sales and agronomy, so I wanted to try an internship here.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up on a farm near Woden, where my dad, Jim, and uncle, Roger, grow corn and soybeans. I’ve always liked agriculture and still come back each fall to help with harvest. I also help a farmer near Ames at harvest and do some fall tillage for him.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield crop scouting/soil sampling internship?
A: While a lot of the big ag companies just want resumes only from juniors and seniors, MaxYield is willing to work with you if you’re a freshman or sophomore. I’ve helped with crop scouting and soil sampling in the East Area. I’ve learned a lot about agronomy and have also made a lot of great connections at MaxYield. I know many people in the East Area and especially like the Meservey guys, who are a hoot. The networking is the biggest thing.

Q: How have you benefited by having Cody Ostendorf and Rachel Amundson as your mentors at MaxYield?
A: Cody is very understanding and relaxed, plus he’s very knowledgeable about agronomy.
He has taken the time to go through everything from agronomy basics to more complex topics. Rachel works with SciMax Solutions and has helped me learn that part of the business. Mentors like Cody and Rachel guide you, because you learn a lot more. I can ask them questions and find the answers I need. Building these relationships also gives me references for future opportunities.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’d like to work in agronomy sales. While I’d be willing relocate for a full-time job, I definitely want to end up back in Iowa. Eventually I’d like to come back home and farm.

Interesting facts about Mark:
• Mark, a 2014 graduate of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School, served as vice president of Britt Broncos 4-H club and sentinel of the local FFA chapter.
• Mark shows hogs through the Iowa Swine Jackpot series and travels to Colfax, Grundy Center, Sac City, Spencer, and other towns for shows. His Berkshire barrow won championships at three out of four shows in one weekend.
• Back at ISU, Mark is a member of the Block and Bridle Club and the Beginning Farmers Network.

KIM DORNBIER, Grain Accounting/Finance Intern

20150616_maxyield_239 (681x1024)While Kim Dornbier’s family has done business with MaxYield for years, Kim has seen a whole new side of the cooperative, thanks to her internship in West Bend.

“I didn’t realize just how many divisions MaxYield has,” said Dornbier, the daughter of Phillip and Michelle Dornbier of Garner. “Since I’m a numbers person, I like the business side of the company.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up around agriculture and have always enjoyed math. It made sense for me to major in ag business at ISU, where I’ll be a sophomore this fall. I also like how agriculture is so diverse. We’ll always need agriculture to feed people, so there will always be career opportunities.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield accounting/finance internship?
A: I’m learning a lot, plus I get to work with many different people and like the variety in my work. Each morning I make sure the hedges balance, cancel some price-laters, and handle some truck settlements. During the day I help with other accounting work and have billed three-quarters of a million dollars at a time.
I also help with grain settlements, work with grain contracts, call farmers when their contract hits the trigger, and work with the Enogen® corn program, which is separate from the other grain accounting work.
This is a prestigious internship, because you’re treated like a MaxYield team member and are responsible for important work. You also get a lot of different learning experiences, including tours to MaxYield locations to learn about various aspects of the cooperative and a trip to the soil sampling lab that MaxYield uses. I didn’t realize MaxYield’s business is so diverse.

Q: How have you benefited by having Rick Abrahamson as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Rick worked with me my entire first day to help me learn MaxYield’s accounting system and show how me how to do the settlements. Rick is fun and really easy to work with, plus he explains things and answers my questions as I go along.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: Before I graduate I’m thinking about getting my accounting degree. Since I like to work with numbers, I might like to work as a grain merchandiser or loan officer. I’ll see where my career opportunities take me.

Interesting facts about Kim:
• Kim is a 2014 Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School graduate and went to school with two fellow MaxYield 2015 interns, Mark Wellik and Taylor Kluver.
• Kim has been involved in many ag-related organizations throughout high school and college. She was a member of the Concord Challengers 4-H Club and served as the historian of her FFA chapter.
• At ISU, Kim is a member of the Sigma Alpha Delta ag sorority and serves on the philanthropy committee. She’s also a Block and Bridle member and serves on the travel committee of the Ag Business Club.

DOMINIC SNYDER, Market Research Intern

20150616_maxyield_225 (681x1024)Market research is a key to staying competitive in business. It has also created a unique internship opportunity for Dominic Snyder, thanks to a new partnership between MaxYield Cooperative and the Agriculture Entrepreneur Initiative at Iowa State University (ISU).

“I started working with MaxYield in January doing some market research in grain,” said Snyder, an ag business major who will is a senior at ISU. “This summer I’ve been researching MaxYield’s agronomy market share to determine how we stack up against the competition.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?
A: I grew up in Logan, IA, and was a history and education major before I switched to ag my sophomore year. I decided there were more job opportunities for ag majors than there are for history teachers. I also like the people in agriculture, because they are friendly and down-to-Earth.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield market research internship?
A: I like coming to work every day. I’ve gotten to do lots of different projects, including researching how much on-farm and commercial grain storage is available in the area. I’ve also done market research to confirm whether it made sense for MaxYield to add another liquid propane storage tank. Conducting this research and compiling the data so it’s useful fits with my history background. I’ve also appreciated the chance to learn more about the ag cooperative system. I’ve worked at the scale house for Kerber Milling in Emmetsburg and helped load a soybean train in West Bend. I’ve enjoyed getting to learn about every area of the company.

Q: How have you benefited by having Harry Bormann as your mentor at MaxYield?
A: Harry gives me a lot of freedom, but whenever I need help, he’s there to answer questions and brainstorm ideas. I’d recommend a MaxYield internship to other students. The people here are great, and everyone is friendly and helpful.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?
A: I’m pretty open to going anywhere, although I’d like to stay in the Midwest and work in agriculture.

Interesting facts about Dominic:
• Dominic learned how to fish from his grandpa and likes to catch catfish and take fishing trips to South Dakota.
• If he’s not fishing, you might find Dominic at garage sales. It’s a hobby he has enjoyed since high school. He’s always on the lookout for fishing gear and still uses one of his favorite purchases, a   12-foot aluminum john boat he got in high school for about $100. One of his latest treasures is a horse-hair rug he found at a garage sale in West Bend this summer.
• Dominic enjoys kayaking on the river and recently got a new kayak.

My MaxYield Internship: Taylor Kluver

Looking back on the summer

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Wow! Looking back, this summer has flown by. I have gained many new experiences, along with a better understanding of how cooperatives work. I remember showing up on my first day feeling a bit intimidated by the upper-management, however I soon became at ease as I was introduced to all the staff, who were very welcoming.

Before I started, I had a couple goals in mind that I wanted to achieve before the summer came to a close. The first goal was to learn as much about how a cooperative runs as possible, the second was to gain valuable experiences from my internship as a whole. Lastly I was hoping to leave with a better sense of direction about what I wanted to do after graduation.

I can say I successfully achieved every one of my goals as I look back on my summer. I have learned so much about many different areas of a cooperative by talking to and seeing different team members in auction.

I also learned a great deal about the different aspects of communication, by working on the tractor calendar, scheduling interviews, shooting and editing videos, sitting in with MaxYield’s journalist, following around their free-lance photographer, and much more.

And lastly, I can certainly say I am leaving with a much better sense of direction for my future career, and MaxYield has helped me once again reaffirmed my passion for agriculture.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I have gained many new networking connections, built strong relationships with many different people, and MaxYield has given me a new perspective on the agricultural work force. I have truly gained a lot this summer, and want to thank everyone at MaxYield for making it possible.