MFB’s new Rotational Agriculture Intern program is under way, with its new crop of two bright young minds half-way through their two-week crash course inside the state’s largest agriculture organization.
Come fall Melody Hawkins will be a sophomore at Iowa State University, where she’s studying agricultural business. She grew up on a small family farm in northern Barry County near Freeport, raising Dorset sheep.
Several years ago she and her sister started a Hereford cow-calf operation which they still run today.
“I grew up very involved in 4-H, showing lambs, cattle and hogs while serving as my club’s president for many years,” Hawkins said. “I’m now involved in the agricultural business club at Iowa State, serving on the Ag Alliance committee.”
She’s also involved in the President’s Leadership class, meeting weekly with Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen to discuss leadership and changes on campus.
“I discovered my intense passion for agriculture when I was in high school, trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life,” Hawkins said. “I had a hard time because I thought I was going to have to leave the industry I loved to get a ‘real’ job. I then realized there are many places to work in agriculture and I would never have to stop doing what I already loved.”
She’s embracing Farm Bureau’s Rotational Internship to learn more about potential career paths and spend time with family over the summer.
Morgan Luoma comes from a Calhoun County dairy farm, milking 40 cows and raising club stock. A senior at Michigan State University studying animal science and agribusiness management, she previously completed MSU’s two-year dairy management program, during which she interned at a California dairy and studied ag-related industries overseas.
She serves on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource’s Student Senate as Vice President of Programming, and is also involved with MSU’s Dairy Club, educating the public about current issues within the industry.
She grew up showing dairy and livestock through 4-H and youth shows.
“Showing got me involved with different people involved with Farm Bureau. They opened my eyes to show me that yes, I could be a farmer or there are a lot of different doors to be opened throughout the industry.”
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 and collegiate programs specialist, at 517-679-5444.