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MFA interns off to a busy start

Ag Experience program offers college students opportunities for growth

The 12th summer of MFA’s Ag Experience internship program kicked off May 13 with 14 participants who will spend 12 weeks growing professionally and gaining agriculture industry knowledge through their work as MFA employees.

The interns’ orientation process began at MFA Incorporated’s home office in Columbia, where they networked with MFA employees and learned about the company’s standards and policies. Additionally, they traveled to Mexico, Mo., and Palmyra, Mo., where they toured an MFA feed mill and plant foods facility.

The Ag Experience program is designed to challenge, educate and inspire students pursuing careers in agriculture, business and communications. To be eligible, applicants must be working toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university, be a full-time student in good standing with a grade point average above 2.75 and preferably have completed their sophomore year.

Each MFA intern is paired with a mentor and has the opportunity to customize the internship toward his or her interests and career objectives. Throughout the summer, the students will gain valuable, hands-on experience within the industry through their collaboration with MFA and its members. This year’s interns will be working in sales, seed, crop protection, precision agriculture, plant foods, transportation, farm supply, retail credit, communications, marketing, education and outreach, human resources and information technology.

Throughout their time at MFA, interns are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world setting. The program concludes Aug. 6, when they will give a final presentation detailing their projects and experiences to senior-level managers. Those who perform well during the summer may be considered for future internship positions or employment. 

Read more of the June/July 2024 Today's Farmer Magazine HERE.

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