November 13, 2019

Clint McConnell Goes With the Grain

Clint McConnellWhen Clint McConnell was researching internship opportunities, MaxYield Cooperative moved to the top of the list. McConnell, 20, knew MaxYield was a good place to learn and grow based on the positive experiences his older brother, Caleb, had when he completed an agronomy and seed internship at MaxYield.

McConnell was interested in grain marketing, and he wanted an internship close to home so he could work on his family’s farm this summer. When he read about MaxYield’s internship programs through My Solutions magazine, he knew MaxYield fit the bill on all counts.

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: My parents, Bob and Lisa McConnell, run a corn and soybean operation near Armstrong, and I’d like to farm someday, too. I’m a sophomore at Iowa State University (ISU), where I’m majoring in ag business and minoring in agronomy and ag systems technology. I’ve also enjoyed learning more about agriculture by joining the Ag Business Club and Ag Systems Technology Club at ISU.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield grain marketing internship?

A: I’ve gotten to learn about many aspects of grain marketing at MaxYield and have helped load trains at Belmond. I’m based in the corporate office in West Bend, where I do the local grain bid comparisons and update the basis history and corn price history. I also work with Rick Abrahamson, who manages MaxYield’s grain records, and have helped with truck settlements. One week I got to work at the Hobarton location to see how they handle grain. I was impressed by how well they know their clients and how they’ve built strong relationships with them.

Q: How have you benefited by having Harry Bormann, Karl Setzer, and Rick Abrahamson as your mentors at MaxYield?

A: I’ve been very lucky to work with each of them. They are great mentors who answer my questions and have helped me learn a lot about grain marketing. They’ve also encouraged me to take advantage of other opportunities through my internship. I’ve participated in the CEO luncheon hosted by Kossuth County Economic Development, where I can learn from other local business leaders.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A: I have a real passion for farming and want to go into production agriculture someday. I’m also interested in precision ag, because it’s always changing and is a big part of production agriculture today.

 

Interesting facts about Clint:

• Clint, a 2012 graduate of Armstrong- Ringsted High School, was a member of the Jack Creek Feeders 4-H Club and showed cattle and poultry at the Emmet County Fair.

• Family is important to Clint. He helps his younger brother, Colton, with his show cattle. Clint is following in the footsteps of his older brother, Caleb, who was also an ag business major at ISU. Clint’s older sister, Caitlin, is studying to be a nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

• In addition to boating at Okoboji, Clint enjoys hunting deer and looks forward to his family’s annual trip in the late fall to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to hunt waterfowl.

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