November 28, 2020

Amber Wolter Scouts Career Opportunities

Amber WolterWhile Amber Wolter started off as an education major at Iowa State University (ISU), she decided that agriculture suited her better. When she took a class about cooperatives, her project on MaxYield Cooperative led to more opportunities than she anticipated.

“I learned about MaxYield’s history, the financial aspects of the business, and how the cooperative is structured,” said Wolter, 22, who is majoring in ag studies with a minor in agronomy. “I also learned that I wanted to complete an internship with MaxYield.”

Wolter is glad she has had the chance to work as a crop scout/agronomy intern. “All these experiences are helping me get a broad-based education and keep my career options open.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: By the time I graduated from Algona High School in 2009, I had showed livestock for many years through 4-H and FFA. My parents, Ernie and Lynn Wolter, were big into the livestock showing circuit, and my dad also sells Case IH equipment. My older sisters, Amanda and Mindy, and older brother E. J. are all involved in agriculture and encouraged me to study ag further.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield internship?

A: I feel like I’m not just an intern. MaxYield issued me a smartphone, a truck, and business cards, and the company treats me like a full-time team member. I’m glad I’ve had this opportunity. I stay busy with crop scouting and spend a lot of time on the farm checking for weed and insect pressure in clients’ fields. Earlier this summer, I helped clients find cover crops like oats, tillage radishes, and pearl millet, which one MaxYield client will feed to his cattle. I’ve also been doing some cold calling, and I’m helping farmers determine the right herbicide programs for their corn and soybean acres. It has been interesting to job shadow people throughout MaxYield. I went to Hobarton to see how they work with Murphy Brown. I also enjoyed seeing how the MaxYield team works with the ethanol plant at Lakota. I like the cooperative system and appreciate how people work together.

Q: How have you benefited by having Greg Ervin and Tim Bruns as your mentors at MaxYield?

A: My mentors are proactive in wanting to help me learn and advance. Tim spends a lot of time in the field and quizzes me on my weed identification skills. Greg is very science-minded and handles a lot of the paperwork and other behind-the-scenes jobs. I like the fact that there are no dumb questions, and Tim and Greg are here to help me. They both encourage me to try new things, get me out of my comfort zone, and set me on the right path. They’ve also helped me network by introducing me to representatives from the crop protection companies that MaxYield works with.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

When I graduate from ISU in December of 2013, I know I want to work in agriculture because it’s a diverse industry that’s always changing. Working in a cooperative is pretty interesting to me, and I’d like to stay in northern Iowa, if possible. It’s awesome to see how MaxYield is investing in the next generation through its internship program.

Interesting facts about Amber:

• Amber showed Suffolk and Southdown sheep for many years through 4-H and FFA and has exhibited livestock at the Palo Alto County Fair, the Iowa State Fair, and AK-Sar-Ben. She also won overall grand champion market lamb with one of her sheep at the Palo Alto County Fair during her freshmen year of high school.

• Throughout high school, Amber held many leadership roles in FFA, including chapter vice president her senior year. She also earned the Iowa FFA Degree and the American FFA Degree, performed in the state FFA choir, and served as an FFA/ Iowa State Fair grandstand usher for three years.

• As a member of ISU’s Agronomy Club, Amber helps plant flowers on campus and works with local elementary students to teach them how plants grow.

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