Students in agronomy have a wide variety of unique career opportunities to pursue post-graduation. Jessie Hilby is an excellent example of an individual that went out of her comfort zone to take on a career to help communities out.
Jessie Hilby graduated in May of 2020 with her bachelor's degree in agronomy. She is currently working as the Gleaning Coordinator at Feed Iowa First. Her position is within the AmeriCorp 4-H Iowa Produce Gleaning Program.
Tony Moellers, 2017 Iowa State University graduate with a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science and minor in Agricultural Business, is a Territory Manager for Mycogen Seeds, which is the retail-focused seed brand of Corteva. He manages the Mycogen corn and soybean business for 10 counties in Northwest Iowa.
As Territory Manager, no two days are alike for Tony. One day he is evaluating product performance and the next he is in strategy meetings with Mycogen’s retail partners. “Ultimately our goal is to work with our partners in identifying opportunities to grow our businesses together,” said Tony.
Originally posted on MaxYield Cooperative's From the Field blog. Photos by Greg Latza
Having a job and having a career you love are two very different things- Colby Kraninger, an agronomy specialist trainee at MaxYield Cooperative, prefers the latter. That’s why, after working for MaxYield Cooperative part-time and as an intern, he returned for a full-time opportunity in the agronomy department. A 2014 Okoboji High School and 2019 Iowa State University graduate, the Milford-native built his post-secondary plans around the goal of working for MaxYield Cooperative.
Meet senior Brittany Abernathy, originally from Indianola, Iowa! After graduation, Brittany will be moving to Bear, Delaware where she will be a full time employee for Corteva Agrisciences. Her favorite class during her time here was Weed ID with Dr. Hartzler.
Once Brittany moves, she is definitely going to miss being able to live so close to all of the friends that she has created during her time here. Her favorite memory while being here would have to be meeting with different professionals in the same field and hearing their different experiences and stories.
Rebecca Clay, agronomy alumna (2016) swore-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2017 and has been living and working in a rural community in the foothills of the Himalayans in Lamjung, Nepal since. At site she works with community members to identity and pursue agricultural practices which address issues of malnutrition, soil degradation, and labor outmigration. Here is an account of her experience so far.
“I’m lucky to have been placed at a site where I can see the Himalayan mountains from my bedroom window—breathtaking, and the geologic giants keep my work and life in perspective.
Rebecca Vittetoe graduated in 2014 with her BS in Agronomy with a minor in journalism and mass communications minors, and she will be graduating in 2019 with her MS in Agronomy. She currently resides in Washington, IA where she is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist.
Rebecca serves 10 counties in the East-Central Iowa where she helps to provide and deliver research based-information to help producers and retailers make more informed decisions. This would involve proving large group meetings, more small group meetings, and even working with people one on one, such as a field call. Rebecca loves the people she gets to meet and work with in this job, from the farmers and retailers to her colleagues.
Macy Heetland graduated in December of 2015, and has kept herself busy working for Syngenta in Murray, Kentucky. She is a support specialist where she assists Syngenta Personal and AgriEdge Specialists and their growers in Land.db. She also trains new AgriEdge and Certified AgriEdge Partners on the functionalities of the Land.db Software. Macy leads the Sustainability Project, and is the Back-up Lead on E-Luminate. Macy likes working with growers from all over the United States and training them on the Land.db software.
It has been almost a year since Matt Levan graduated in May of 2018. He is now located in DeWitt, IA where he is a Production Management Trainee for Remington Seeds. His primary duties include learning to be a manager under the current management team, while also learning the duties of all the employees to better understand how to manage their duties. This applies to duties of all employees in both the production plant and in the seed corn field.