Meet Agronomy Intern Levi Murphy
Levi Murphy from Cherokee, Iowa will be a junior this fall at Iowa State University.
Q: Tell a little bit of how you became interested and your experience in agriculture.
A: I’m not from a farm background but knew that I wanted to live around Northwest Iowa after I finish going to college. I picked agriculture because it seemed like a good business to be involved with. I am still unsure of what aspect of agriculture I want to get into – but enjoy the grain markets and sales have interested me, especially after being exposed to them thru this internship.
Q: What have been some of your experiences and responsibilities with this internship?
A: I enjoyed getting to shadow the agronomists at the FCA Cleghorn location. I was shown what to look for while crop scouting and got to do a little on my own. I was able to shadow the grain merchandiser, Wayne Pingel for a few days. I liked getting to see what he does and being able to ask questions to get a slight understanding of how the markets work. I also enjoyed the intern training trips and learning the history of cooperative system, crop scouting, feed companies, and the tour of AGP’s facility in Sergeant Bluff.
Q: How would you describe your internship experience to another student? Why would you recommend this internship to another student?
A: I would describe this internship as very good hands on experience of how a small-town cooperative operates. I was treated with respect and given a lot of cool opportunities. I also figured out there are some jobs I would enjoy when I complete my schooling and some jobs I would not enjoy! I would highly recommend this internship to another student, especially someone who is unsure of what agricultural career they might want to pursue!
Q: What qualities does this internship require?
A: You have to be able to communicate with different personality types and have a good sense of humor! Most importantly – a willingness to work and the ability to get dirty!
Q: Describe how your mentors or supervisor influenced your internship experience.
A: I was fortunate to spend most of my internship with the Cleghorn location Agronomist. He was a phenomenal teacher and made things understandable to me. He helped me with my non-farm background to understand agriculture better. I also got to work with the Cleghorn location manager, Greg Dreckman. He is a great example of how to work hard and be involved as a manager.
Q: What is your favorite memory from your internship?
A: Attending the Hubbard Feeds training event in Sioux Falls! It was a wonderful learning event and I met many great people!
Q: What have you learned during this internship and how will this benefit you in your future?
A: “If you have the best interest of the customer in mind, you’ll end up just fine!”
I learned a lot about relating to customers and a lot about the importance of service in a company. Price isn’t everything! I think this will benefit me in my future by giving me good perspective about how to treat customers. I learned that you have to start at the bottom if you want to be successful. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Communication is important!