MFB’s new Rotational Agriculture Intern program is under way, with its first crop of three bright young minds half-way through their two-week crash course inside the state’s largest agriculture organization.
Laura Brost hails from Walworth, Wisconsin, in the southeastern corner of the state roughly equidistant from Milwaukee and Chicago. Her upbringing on a livestock farm and subsequent involvement in 4-H and FFA has led her to studies of agriculture and society at Iowa State University. (Go Cyclones!)
“I come from primarily beef and swine farm,” Brost said. “In FFA and 4-H I showed beef, sheep and pigs and held several leadership roles.”
She’s looking to her internship here to pickup networking skills and learn more about potential career paths within the industry.
“I’m looking forward to my time here. I had some experience in Wisconsin’s Farm Bureau and wanted to see the similarities and differences in the Farm Bureau of a neighboring state.”
Katie Horling grew up on her family’s farm near Coopersville and hopes to return after she graduates from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats!), where she’s studying animal science and agribusiness.
“My family raises Holstein calves and supply straw and corn stalk bundles to Meijer stores for fall décor,” Horling said. “I’m excited to apply the knowledge I gained from my background to my internship here, and I hope to gain a better understanding of the business side of agriculture.”
Nate Scovill is a freshman at Michigan State University, studying in animal science. (Go Green!) If the name looks familiar, it’s because his parents, Karen and Charles Scovill, are familiar faces and highly active members in the state and Shiawassee County Farm Bureaus.
“I have a small flock of club ewes at home near Laingsburg,” Scovill said. “The ewes I sell to 4-H and FFA members to show at county and state-level shows.”
From his internship experience he hopes to “gain networking skills and a broader understanding of Michigan agriculture.”
New interns cycle into the program every two weeks:
The MFB Family of Companies’ Rotational Agricultural Internship Program is a 10-week program during which participants will rotate through claims, underwriting, marketing and membership activities areas. Interns will have opportunities to present their experience and provide feedback at the end of the summer to the MFB Family of Companies Leadership Team.
During their time in membership, interns will ride along with MFB regional representatives and interview targeted MFB members about their history, driving the “Your History is Our History” member spotlight project as we celebrate our centennial.
In addition, interns will attend member events such as Project REDs, local Young Farmer events, commodity meetings and Policy Development kickoffs. Furthermore, they will work on promotional projects within various MFB divisions.
For more information, contact Katie Eisenberger, high school & collegiate programs specialist, at 517-679-5444.