AGEC Students’ Internships in the Commodity Sector

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

AGEC students found that they were able to expand greatly on their commodity knowledge and passions. They found the importance of customer interactions and cost-saving practices for the farmer and business.

John Edmondson (Junior; Commodity Marketing; Clayton, IN) interned for Frontier Futures in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He got his series three commodity broker license and then was able to open accounts and help farmers create marketing plan. This summer helped him improve his communication abilities and learn more what drives marker prices. “My favorite part of this internship was learning marketing and business skills that I can apply either to my family's farm and to my career.”  

Austin Pipes (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Lafayette, IN) was the Grain Origination Sales intern for Cargill in Overland Park, Kansas. He was assigned an individual project which included calling and visiting with farmers to settle account maintenance and discuss marketing plans. John completed a futures trading game with merchandising interns, bought grain, and sold marketing plans. “My favorite part of this experience was being able to have so much trust put into me as an intern.”

Aidan Groves (Senior; Commodity Marketing; Atwater, IL) also worked for Cargill as a Grain Origination Sales intern. His internship focused on non-GMO soybean origination in the Eastern Region of Cargill. He now has a new understanding of the complicated chain of moving grain and methods of origination. He utilized the hedges and other risk management contracts concepts he has learned in class. Aiden said that “if you put in the work, show confidence in your work, and accomplish tasks, companies will reward you and allow you a large degree of freedom during your experience.”

Ryan Benter (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Brownstown, IN) worked for Consolidated Grain and Barge in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an Operations Intern. “Throughout the summer, CGB was This internship helped him expand his knowledge of the grain industry, CGB, and most importantly himself. The highlight of his experience was his trip to the corporate office in Louisiana, where he interacted with all the other interns and the knowledgeable employees of Zen-oh Grain and CGB.

David Taylor (Sophomore; Applied Agricultural Economics; Rossville, IN) was the Operations Management Trainee for ADM in Memphis, TN. He conducted morning safety talks and assigned jobs to hourly employee. He created a flow chart of how grain moves through the Memphis Elevator as well as contributed to a cost-savings project to make a more efficient grain elevator operation.

Riley Carter (Senior; Commodity Marketing; Russiaville, IN) was the Merchandising Intern for Gavilon in Wichita, KS. There, he learned about grain merchandising first hand by being at one of the largest capacity elevators in the country. This allowed him to experience a unique perspective of grain trading, from a terminal position. 

Each student had different experiences in the commodity sector, but they all stressed the wide range of information they learned and can apply to future careers within the sector. Other AGEC students who had internships in the commodity sector was Gracen Jarrett, Mitchell Jordan, and Clayton Pottschmidt. 

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