The MKC and TMA Internship Experience

Aug 30, 2017

On August 3, the 2017 summer interns concluded their internship with MKC and TMA at the intern appreciation dinner. Over the course of the summer they gained many experiences with their mentors, industry tours and projects.

Meet the Interns: Michael McKinney

Aug 04, 2017

Hello! My name is Michael McKinney. I am the feed sales intern out of the Manhattan location. This fall, I will continue my education at Kansas State University as a junior in feed sciences and management.

Meet the Interns: Wes Jennings

Jul 22, 2017

​Hello! My name is Wes Jennings and I am a scouting intern located north of McPherson. My years growing up were filled with long hot days riding in the comfort of an air-conditioned tractor and combine with my grandfather on our family farm south of Abilene. It was the thrill of experiences like this that first sparked my interest in agriculture.

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Meet the Interns: Navarre Strapp

Jul 18, 2017

My name is Navarre Strapp. I was born in South Africa where my parents farmed and ran Brahman cattle. When I was three years old, my parents made the tough decision to move to the U.S. in hopes I would have a brighter future. I was raised in the great state of Texas on a farm and ranch operation. After 14 years, we moved to Preston, Kansas which I now call home. I have been lucky enough to be a part of a farm and ranch operation where we grow cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat, and have a 1000 head feed lot operation as well as a registered and commercial heard of Angus cattle. Over the years, I have always loved agriculture and developed a great passion for the industry in all aspects.

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Reflection on the 2017 Wheat Harvest

Jul 17, 2017

​As wheat harvest has concluded, we have the opportunity to reflect on areas of success and areas MKC continues to make improvements. As a company, we were right at our five-year average of bushels of grain received with an estimated 15 percent fewer acres in the country overall.

Meet the Interns: Austin Gabel

Jul 14, 2017

​Hi, everyone! I am Austin Gabel, originally from Ness City, Kansas. I started a new journey at Kansas State University when I decided to go back to school to study agricultural economics and agronomy in 2014. Now, three years later I am getting ready to start my senior year at K-State and plan to graduate in the fall 2018.

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Meet the Interns: Parker Maloney

Jul 08, 2017

Hello! My name is Parker Maloney. I grew up on a family farm in Kingman, Kansas. We grow wheat, corn, soybeans, and canola along with raising cattle. Growing up on a farm, I developed a true passion for agriculture. This passion has impacted my life in many ways. I know I want a career in agriculture, and an internship with TMA is a great way to start.

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Meet the Interns: Morgan Estep

Jul 01, 2017

Hello! My name is Morgan Estep. This coming fall I will be finishing up my senior year at Fort Hays State University, studying agricultural business with a minor in animal science. This summer I am an operations intern based out of the Lindsborg location.

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Career Opportunities in Rural Hometowns

Jun 28, 2017

Since 1965, MKC has been providing various jobs to those that live in rural communities across their footprint. Today, and more important than ever, MKC has provided the opportunity for employees to return to their hometown and find a career for a company many would have to find outside of their small, hometown area.

Meet the Interns: Keren Duerksen

Jun 23, 2017

Raised on a small family farm outside of Newton, Kansas, my summers consisted of Pepsi from the elevator with wheat dust around the rim, bare feet, and week-long summer camps. This summer, interning as a crop scout is a little different, with a Yeti full of coffee, muddy boots, and weekly field routes.

Meet the Interns: Aaron Bachura

Jun 16, 2017

Hello! My name is Aaron Bachura. This summer I am serving as the accounting intern at the Moundridge administrative office. I will be returning to McPherson College in the fall to finish my business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting, finance and management. 

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Meet the Interns: Nathan Wilson

Jun 09, 2017

Hi, my name is Nathan Wilson and I grew up in Kingman. I graduated from Kingman High School in 2014 and will be a senior at Fort Hays State this coming fall majoring in agricultural business. I grew up in a farming family and have always been interested in agriculture. When deciding on a career path and finding internship experiences, I knew MKC’s Summer Internship Program would give me a hands-on experience with working with producers and giving me a better understanding of agronomy and the agricultural industry.

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Meet the Interns: Sarah Zerger

Jun 08, 2017

My name is Sarah Zerger, and I am the summer scouting manager for MKC. This summer is my second year in the MKC Summer Intern Program. This fall, I will be a senior at Kansas State University studying agronomy with an option in consulting and production and a minor in animal science.

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Meet the Interns: Kandace Griffin

Jun 02, 2017

Growing up in a small town in the heart of the Flint Hills I was surrounded by agriculture and grew to understand the impact it has on our community. With my involvement in 4-H and FFA, I saw the impact it had on counties across the state. Through these experiences, I made the decision to stay involved in agriculture, attend Kansas State University and major in animal science with a marketing and communication option. 

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Welcome 2017 MKC and TMA Interns

May 31, 2017

The 2017 MKC and TMA summer interns began their summer experience on May 22. MKC Coordinator of Talent and Industry Partnerships Hilary Worcester kicked-off the summer with a two-day orientation to learn more about MKC, TMA and help the interns build leadership skills and more. 

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Retiree Shares Technology Changes

Apr 25, 2017

As a 1969 Kansas State University graduate, MKC Grain Coordinator Larry Goerzen has nearly 48 years of experience in the agriculture industry. The first part of his cooperative career began as a location manager at a country elevator and feed store.

KARL Continues to Develop MKC Leaders

Apr 21, 2017

Since 1991, more than 330 leaders in the agricultural industry have participated in the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program. Selected as a member of the 2015 KARL class, MKC Director of Central Operations Nathan Eck has been involved with the KARL Program. The KARL Program is a non-profit organization determined to help develop leaders in agriculture by teaching them the importance of business in rural communities.

Annual Emerging Producer Program Brings Producers Together in Manhattan

Feb 23, 2017

​The Emerging Producers Program strives to bring current topics to producers as well as build a learning environment for the next generation of the cooperative. Producers mingle with one another and MKC and TMA employees sharing their successes and challenges while listening to experts share vital information.

This year, more than 130 producers, guests and employees attended the Emerging Producers Program held in Manhattan. Over 75 percent of the attendees were back for a second, third or fourth year. Darren Nelson, a producer in Reno County, attended the program for a second year.

Razor Tracking Helps Employees Improve Efficiency and Services

Feb 23, 2017

Razor Tracking is a fleet tracking software you can access online. Employees and managers can view multiple fleet views of a single vehicle, a group of vehicles or multiple branch locations. They also can use the system to receive notification when maintenance for the vehicle is due, speeding and other informational resources.

CCD Program Engages With Many Facets of Ag

Dec 01, 2016

One of the focuses of the Collegiate Career Development Program through MKC is broadening agriculture knowledge through unique experiences in facets of agriculture that are different than what interns see every day in work or class.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Oct 27, 2016

Some people grow up knowing exactly what they want to be, while others may not figure it out until their last year of college. For Roger Wofford, tender truck driver, moving back to Kansas in 2010 helped him realize his dream at an even older age.  Wofford, 66, began to notice how many trucks drive through Kansas and how intrigued he was with the idea of driving a semi. 

Retirees Experience Growth of the Cooperative

Sep 30, 2016

​Gary Winter, fuel truck driver, and Gary Nelson, elevator superintendent in Lindsborg, both retired this past month from MKC. 

Yoder Bunker Provides Storage Relief For Local Elevators

Sep 29, 2016

Mountains of wheat can be seen at several MKC grain elevators. Near the old Naval base near Yoder, MKC hauled grain for storage to make room for fall crops in a market that is challenging. 

Retirees Take Pride in the Cooperative System

Sep 12, 2016

A  collective of over 125 years of service retired from MKC in early 2016. Three men, Phil Timken, Daryl Cummings and Ben Oard each retired from their jobs with MKC after they had worked more than 40 years in the cooperative system alone. 

Meet the Interns: Justin Malloy

Jul 29, 2016

My name is Justin Malloy and my internship with MKC is based out of the Manhattan location. I have been working under Tony Hieger. I am a fifth year senior and will be graduating this fall from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural technology management and a minor in agronomy. 

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Meet the Interns: Sarah Zerger

Jul 28, 2016

​My name is Sarah Zerger. I am originally from Cheney where my family farms about 1,200 acres of wheat, corn, sudan, soybeans, milo and hay. In addition, we have a 50 head cow-calf operation and a certified seed business all under the name of A & T Livestock LC. 

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Meet the Interns: Nathan Lanier

Jul 22, 2016

I'm a fifth year senior at Fort Hays State University majoring in information networking and telecommunications with an emphasis in internetworking, and will be graduating in December 2016. This is my second year interning with the IT department at the Moundridge office.

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Meet the Interns: Cole Leis

Jul 20, 2016

Cole Leis is a summer intern for Team Marketing Alliance in Moundridge. He will be a senior at Kansas State University studying agribusiness. Cole has always had a passion for farming because of helping on his family's operation near Garden Plain.

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Meet the Interns: Nolan Allison

Jul 18, 2016

My name is Nolan Allison. I am a senior at Kansas State University. I am majoring in agricultural economics with a minor in animal science and industry. At K-State, I am a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

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Meet the Interns: Annie Eaton

Jul 15, 2016

I am a fifth year senior at Kansas State University majoring in agronomy and minoring in plant pathology. I attended Fort Hays State until my junior year. For the last two years, I have worked on campus in the Wheat Genetics department. This has helped further my love of agriculture and my knowledge of wheat production, genetics and the breeding process.  

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Meet the Interns: Jake Kentzler

Jul 08, 2016

Originally from the Haven area, Jake Kentzler grew up in and around agriculture and was also very involved in FFA throughout high school. Through these experiences, he decided to further his education in agriculture by attending Kansas State University, majoring in agricultural technology management.

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Meet the Interns: Braidyn Rucker

Jul 06, 2016

Coming into this internship, Braidyn Rucker thought she knew exactly what to expect. The key word here was thought. This summer has pushed her to think outside the box and to go beyond her comfort zone. She has been introduced to areas within agriculture she never dreamed of entering and now never wants to leave. 

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Meet the Interns: Cody Seiler

Jul 01, 2016

​This summer I am an intern at Groveland, and I am working with Groveland Location Manager Nathan Eck. I am originally from the Inman area and was familiar with MKC. Next fall I will be a senior at K-State majoring in agribusiness with a minor in economics. Go Cats!

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Meet the Interns: Kaylin Fink

Jun 29, 2016

My name is Kaylin Fink and this summer I am the intern out of the Abilene location, just a hop-skip away from where I call home in Chapman. 

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Meet the Interns: Nathan Wilson

Jun 20, 2016

Growing up around agriculture, there is nothing I wanted to do more than farm. As I grew older, I began to realize I would need a job to support my dream. I decided to look into agricultural related fields. MKC has provided me a gateway to get exposed to many different fields of agriculture. 

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Meet the Interns: Alex Diercks

Jun 17, 2016

My name is Alex Diercks. I am the accounting intern, working in the Moundridge office. I will be a senior at Kansas State University this fall majoring in agricultural business with a minor in agronomy. 

Meet the Interns: Eric Koehlmoos

Jun 15, 2016

​My name is Eric Koehlmoos and this summer I am serving as the agronomy scout intern based out of Groveland. I will be a sophomore next fall at Kansas State University, where my major is agricultural education with minors in animal science and agricultural economics. 

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Meet the Interns: Shaylee Arpin

Jun 11, 2016

Most kids growing up in a large town or city have little access to knowledge about agriculture, farming or even something as simple as where their food comes from.  Shaylee Arpin's story would have been the same if her parents had not put her siblings and herself into the Central Kansas District 4-H program. 

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Meet the Interns: Ross Niehues

Jun 09, 2016

​My name is Ross Niehues and this summer I am the precision agronomy intern for MKC, based out of the Groveland location. This fall I will be a fifth year senior majoring in agricultural technology management with a minor in agronomy at Kansas State University. This is my second summer with MKC. 

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Together We Can Fight Hunger

Apr 25, 2016

​One in every seven families struggle with food insecurity in Kansas according to the Kansas Food Bank and Feeding America. To help combat hunger across Kansas, MKC is calling upon employees, customers, vendors and members of the local communities to help in the efforts of collecting donations in the fifth annual food drive to benefit local food banks.

MKC Expands Intern Program

Apr 01, 2016

Effective onboarding processes and procedures are paramount for employers, as the first impression an organization gives to a new employee will likely have a lasting effect on the individual’s engagement. So why not start this process months before you want to officially hire someone?

Career Development Program Designed to Enhance Job Performance

Feb 24, 2016

For the seventh year, MKC teamed up with Cloud County Community College to offer 12 MKC and TMA employees a unique opportunity to further enhance their job performance and career path. Created to benefit both seasoned and new employees, the program provides knowledge and skills to help excel at their career above and beyond their regular job description.

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Ethan Knight: A Word from an MKC Intern

Aug 01, 2015

Having grown up in Moundridge, Kan., MKC has always been a part of my life. My first memories of MKC was when I was a younger. I would walk up to the old service station to hang out with my dad after school. As soon as I could drive, I started helping out my Grandpa on the family farm and this was where I first came into contact with the agronomy side of MKC.

Nathan Larson: A Word from an MKC Intern

Jul 29, 2015

My name is Nathan Larson and I am the MKC agronomy and sales intern at the Groveland location.  I am going to be a senior at Kansas State University this fall and I am majoring in agronomy with an emphasis in consulting and production.

Zane Sloan: A Word from an MKC Intern

Jul 15, 2015

I grew up on a family farm in northwest Kansas and agriculture has always played a major role in my life. Our farm is located between Sharon Springs and Weskan, and consists of irrigated and dry land acres for crop production and pasture for cattle grazing.