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GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin addresses the 2020 interns who will spend the next few weeks learning from professionals in the GROWMARK/FS System.

Bloomington, IL - While many organizations are putting their summer internship programs on hold, GROWMARK continues its legacy program that just celebrated 60 years. This year though, the program will primarily operate both virtually, and socially distant in the field, in an effort to keep interns and employees safe.

Thirty college students are exploring agricultural career opportunities this summer as GROWMARK Interns. They are working at FS member cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Ontario, Canada; as well as the GROWMARK corporate office in Bloomington, IL, and GROWMARK FS in the northeast.

The interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, and product and service-related activities. Each intern will complete a business-related project and deliver a presentation on their project at the conclusion of their internships.

"We are excited for the 61st year of the GROWMARK internship program," said Kayla Portwood, GROWMARK Member & Student Recruiting Manager. "The program continues to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent for the System. Students engage with industry professionals on important projects and have the opportunity to clarify career goals, while we get exposed to some of the most talented students."

The GROWMARK internship program began in 1959 with three interns. Since then, more than 1,300 students have been involved in the program.

The interns, serving GROWMARK and FS companies come from:

Grace College and Theological Seminary, OH
Kendall Lovejoy, Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Illinois College
Grant Flynn, Praireland FS
Katelyn Tabit, Sunrise FS

Illinois State University
Savanna Sexton, Sunrise FS
Andrew Tegeler, Total Grain Marketing
Cole Sheley, AgLand FS
Jake McClanahan, AgLand FS
Chad Boarman, Christian County FS
Sarah Kaeb, GROWMARK, Inc.

Iowa State University
Augustus Leonard. GROWMARK FS Midwest
Emily Hora, Insight FS
Derick Weiermann, New Century FS
Jake Fell, West Central FS

Murray State University, KY
Grace Haney, Southern FS

Penn State University
Courtney Walter, GROWMARK FS
Lindsay Schoch, GROWMARK FS
Rebecca Lee, GROWMARK FS

Southern Illinois University
Kenna Steber, Wabash Valley Service Co.

University of Illinois
Collin Eubanks, Illini FS
Isaac Werries, Western Grain Marketing
John Rahn, Stephenson Service Co.

University of Guelph, Ontario, CANADA
Wes Klages, Lucknow Co-operative

University of Missouri
Colton Snyder, Prairieland FS

University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Hailey Krutzik, Insight FS
Jake Steffes, Insight FS
Meg Tessendorf, Stephenson Service Co.
Same Brownlee, West Central FS
Justin Fox, Insight FS

Western Illinois University
Jacob Weyrich, AgLand FS
Gavin Dannenberg, GRAINCO FS
Alex Canada, Sunrise FS

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