I was looking, and I believe the last blog I posted was in April. After finals week, I went home and jumped into a work schedule where I simply didn't make the time to write. If you follow my Life of a Future Farmer Facebook Page
As some of you know, I took an internship this summer as a seed sales and agronomy intern with a co-op in Southern Indiana. As a college student, and one who only ever worked on a family farm, I saw this experience as beneficial and necessary. That sounds odd, "beneficial and necessary." I say this because I've only ever had one boss prior to this experience, and I will honestly say he's probably been the best employer a person could ask for.
Working for a company or corporation like the co-op places you in a total different environment. My branch had an operations manager, salesmen, applicators, truck drivers, and many seasonal employees. Being part of such a diverse operation is unique. Not only did I spend days on end hauling soybean and corn seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, I also spent a significant amount of time pulling soil and tissue samples, repairing equipment, assisting with field days, and putting countless field signs in the ground. I had never had many of these experiences, and I got the opportunity to make some realizations about what I do (and what I don't) want to do with the rest of my life. My boss always says, "It's better to spend a summer learning you don't like doing something, than hating your career because you made the wrong choice as a young person with no field experience."
This is a short synopsis of my summer - Hope yours was great as well!
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