November 29, 2020

Impressed by the Best: How a Job Shadow Led to a MaxYield Career for Mentink

Mason MentinkA native of Woodbine, IA, Mason Mentink grew up showing Maine-Anjou cross cattle in 4-H with his brother, Malachi. Mason worked for Pryor Show Cattle near his home throughout high school and his first two summers of college when he wanted to start focusing on agronomy. Mason went to Iowa State University and majored in Agricultural Business, graduating in December of 2016. Having previously applied for a MaxYield internship and job shadowing with one of their Agronomy Specialists, Brian Cable, Mason was very interested in the co-op. Nearing graduation, Mason and his fiancé Mariah Garth of Lake Park, knew they wanted to live in the northwest Iowa area, which drew him to apply for the MaxYield Agronomy Specialist Trainee position.

Q: Why did you apply for the job opening? What attracted you to MaxYield?

A: When I job shadowed Brian Cable, I could tell that the clients respected him. MaxYield also had nice locations and with their SciMax technology, they stood out to me as a leader among the other co-ops.

Q: What have you enjoyed doing most as a Trainee?

A:  The time I have spent with my mentor Nolan Hauge, I have learned quite a bit from him. Also, I have liked meeting people, becoming friends with clients and working to find solutions for them.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I live by a lake so I enjoy boating.  I like going to cattle shows that my brother shows our stock in. This past year we have been showing at the NECC Classic, National Western, Iowa Beef Expo; and we’ll be showing at the Iowa State Fair in August. I also hunt, fish and enjoy being outdoors.

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