AGEC Students’ Internships in the Precision Agriculture Sector
Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication
Some AGEC students spent their summer in internships where they worked with precision agriculture. These internships allowed them to build a stronger appreciation for technology in agriculture and what these devices can offer to improve farmers’ operations.
Megan Arnold (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Coatesville, IN) was a Digital Ag Intern for Farmers Edge, a data driven company that provides a data collection platform among many other things. She worked from home, but her territory stretched south of Indianapolis to Illinois. Megan’s role consisted of meeting with growers to help them understand FarmCommand, the online platform. The main objective of her internship was to gather success stories the marketing team could use for potential customers and to market them on social media outlets. “Through my internship, I was able to grow immensely in my ability to talk with growers about issues they were seeing in the fields, I learned about the immense impact data collection has on growers' decisions, and I truly saw the value in technology within the agriculture industry.” She enjoyed interacting with growers, learning their life stories, and establishing connections with them.
Jacob Thurston (Senior; AgriFinance; Alexandria, IN) worked for Farmers Edge, which strives to help farmers be more efficient, as the Digital Agronomy Intern. His main purpose was to show customers the value that they are receiving from the tools Farmers Edge offers. After being given a list of growers in his region, Jacob was responsible for meeting with those growers and giving them training on the digital tools, such as apps or desktop websites. He worked on a project that involved him finding the value in the satellite imagery that growers had available to them and presenting it to leadership at the conclusion of the internship. “I learned a tremendous amount, but I would say the most important thing I took away from this summer was that when it comes to dealing with customers, they all want something different from the products and services that are offered.” He said that being able to come to customers and show them how much value they were receiving from this company was a pretty cool thing.
Morgan Lambrecht (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Bedford, IN) worked for Independent Data Management, LLC, better known as MyAgData, an online software to automate and simplify the acreage reporting process. The company is located in Effingham, IL but Morgan worked mainly from home. Her title evolved from precision ag intern to field support intern being that she worked more with the customers and agents who use the software compared to solely working with precision ag. During the summer, she trained over 30 agents, helped them with their first report and helped them complete all the reports they wanted to by the deadline. Morgan engaged in many phone call conversations and conversed through email with agents from all over the country. “One thing I really enjoyed was getting to train agents on how to use MyAgData and helping them realize just how easy and efficient using MyAgData to complete the acreage reports really is.”
Precision agriculture internships showed these students how digital tools create value for farmers and how the personal interactions they had with customers were very important to the business they interned with. Another student who had an internship in this sector was Zane Herr.