Brian Simper 2017-08-30 01:15:30
J. R. Simplot Field Technician College of Southern Idaho, Ag Science, A.A., 2015 Utah State University, Ag Systems Management, B.S., 2017 Hometown: Grand View, Idaho Enjoys: Woodworking, gardening, and cooking with my wife Iam fascinated with the new technologies emerging for precision agriculture! After doing an internship for the Boise-based J. R. Simplot Company—working between the Land & Livestock and Grower Solutions divisions, I saw that agronomy will be a rapidly growing field where new technology will abound. And it didn’t hurt that my soil science professor had a passion for soils—it was contagious! In my first semester at Utah State University, a guest speaker caught my attention. He had a degree in Agriculture Systems Technology and started his career with an agronomic company. After his presentation, I approached him to ask if his company hired interns, and he gave me the information that I needed to apply. Throughout that first internship, I was very impressed with the company and my coworkers. The manager must have been equally impressed with me because he offered me a job upon graduation. If you enjoy problem solving and agriculture, then ATM is a great option, and an internship should be your target. In 2015, I worked as a farm intern for the Land & Livestock division of the J. R. Simplot Company in Grand View, Idaho. I spent the summer helping with fertilizer applications, calibrating pivots, and operating and maintaining tractors. The following year, I interned for ten months with Valley Agronomics LLC in Preston, Idaho. I started in the warehouse, organizing seed and chemical pallets. I was trained and quickly promoted to the liquid fertilizer facility, where I spent most of the spring and summer mixing liquid fertilizer for custom applicators. I was also trained in the dry fertilizer facility and invested some time shadowing crop advisors. My main career goal now is to be a top crop advisor who uses the newest and most-effective technologies to help growers maximize their yields. To reach my goal, I will need to apply the knowledge I’ve gained from college and internships, as well as continue learning everything I can about agronomy and precision agriculture. I hope to absorb every aspect of the agronomy business from the ground up. I come to work every day knowing that I’m a team player. By doing my very best, I ensure that I’m making a positive difference in my company’s success. If any employer’s first impression of me was that I was too scrawny to work hard, they were soon pleasantly surprised by how much energy I put out and by my positive work ethic. I find great satisfaction in problem solving and hitting the bull’s eye for a job well done.
Published by ASABE. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://bt.e-ditionsbyfry.com/article/Target%3A+Internship/2869284/434508/article.html.