February 27, 2021

Seed Internship Grows Into SciMax Job

Rachel Norby SciMaxWe will be at ISU’s Ag Career Day October 15th and at SDSU in Brookings, SD October 16th, discussing internships and careers at MaxYield.

When Rachel Norby was hired as marketing and sales intern at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds in 2012, she enjoyed working closely with the SciMax Solutions team. After the internship concluded, she took the opportunity to work part-time with SciMax during her last semester at Iowa State University (ISU), developing sales sheets and promotional materials.

When a SciMax Solutions level 1 trainee role opened up in the spring, Norby was ready for her next career move. “You have to prove yourself as a young professional in agriculture,” said Norby, who earned her degree in ag studies from Iowa State University in May of 2013. “SciMax is growing, and I wanted to be a full-time member of the team.”

Norby had already built a solid foundation by working part-time with Peter Bixel, Rodney Legleiter, Janie Imming, and Eric Goodman. “I also enjoyed getting to meet SciMax clients at winter meetings. I like interacting with clients to help them maximize their profit potential.”

Rural roots run deep

Norby’s passion for agriculture is rooted in her rural background. She grew up on a corn and soybean farm near Osage, and her experiences in 4-H and FFA inspired her to study agriculture in college.

“I especially liked the leadership competitions in FFA, including parliamentary procedure, conduct of meetings, and farm business management,” Norby said.

Although she began her college career in ag education, Norby switched to the more broad-based ag studies curriculum by the end of her sophomore year. Her interest in agriculture grew as she completed a number of internships as an undergraduate, including crop scouting with BMP Agronomics in Charles City and working with ISU Extension in Mitchell County.

The knowledge she gained through her college internships, along with her ISU education and part-time role at SciMax, helped her transition quickly to her full-time job with SciMax. Today, she handles a variety of duties, such as collecting data from clients’ yield monitors and entering the data into the computer.

“While I had some background in precision ag coming into this job, I’ve learned a lot at MaxYield. I like working with the people at SciMax and MaxYield because they help answer my questions and make me feel like I’m part of the team.”

Norby also appreciates the opportunity to grow her career in northern Iowa and work with area farmers. “It’s a great time to be involved in agriculture, and I’m glad to be part of SciMax.”

Editor’s note: Norby’s family raises Morgan horses. In her free time, Norby enjoys working with the horses and going on trail rides.



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