November 30, 2020

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.

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