February 25, 2021

Trent Taglauer, agronomy operations intern

20160613_maxyield_257When Trent Taglauer heard about MaxYield during the ISU Ag Career Day, he was intrigued. When he didn’t find quite the right fit for an internship, however, he negotiated.

“I didn’t want to crop scout all day but did want to work with clients and learn how agronomists take information and provide solutions,” said Taglauer, 19, a senior at ISU who is double majoring in ag business and agronomy. “While I had to fit into other companies’ internship molds, MaxYield worked with me.”

Diane Streit, MaxYield’s human resource director, collaborated with MaxYield team members to create an agronomy operations internship. “I’m not just doing operations here, I’m learning operations,” Taglauer said. “This has given me a solid foundation for my career goals.”

Q: What inspired you to study agriculture in college?

A: I grew up in the Fairfield area on a no-till corn and soybean farm near Brighton. My family also has 300 acres of pasture and raises cattle. I like working outside and seeing the life and growth that take place every year on a farm. Watching a tiny seed grow into a 200+ bushel crop is amazing.

FFA also anchored me in ag. I served as my school’s chapter president, as well as a district representative. I became interested in entrepreneurship through FFA. For my supervised agricultural experience (SAE), I ran Tag’s Greenhouse for four years and raised organic plants that I marketed at the local grocery store and farmers’ market.

Q: What have you enjoyed about your MaxYield agronomy operations internship?

A: I’ve learned a lot about seed and agronomy at MaxYield, including crop protection products. I scout crops with the agronomists a few times a week and convert agronomy sales orders into chemical orders. I’ve driven a tender truck and have learned how to mix fertilizers, too.

While I have certain job responsibilities, there are plenty of opportunities to explore other areas I want to learn. I’m gaining real-world skills that professors in a lecture hall can’t teach you.

It’s also great that MaxYield is a welcoming, family-oriented cooperative. Everyone treats me like a team member, not an intern. If you have the chance to work at a MaxYield internship, do it. The team wants every phase of your internship to go smoothly, from housing arrangements to your job duties.

Q: How have you benefited by having Chuck Bormann as your mentor at MaxYield?

A: Chuck is very flexible. From the get-go he told me the MaxYield team would rely on me heavily. They trust me enough to be at the agronomy plant and work with clients without supervision. I appreciate the trust they place in me.

Q: What are your career goals after graduation?

A:  I want to stay in the Midwest, either Iowa or Illinois. I’m interested in working in the cooperative system at the management level. I love seeing expansion, growth and development and have a passion for management.

Editor’s note: Trent loves traveling in his free time. His adventures have taken him across the United States and to countries ranging from Mexico to Switzerland. For his part-time job, he drives for CIT Signature Transportation, a bus company in Ames, and takes groups to various locations around Iowa.

A Minute with MaxYield Mentor Chuck Bormann, client service representative/Algona agronomy leader

Q: What have you enjoyed about working with Trent?
 Trent is willing to learn, catches on quick and does everything well. I trust him.

Q: What do you appreciate about MaxYield’s internship program?
The internship program helps students find out which career opportunities interest them the most. It also gives MaxYield a good way to see which students might be a good fit for our team after they graduate.

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