Two University of Minnesota students will have an opportunity to further develop their agriculture leadership skills by serving as interns with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). This is the first time MCGA has offered an official internship program.
Over the next year, Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining practical and hands-on experiences in Minnesota agriculture through educational and outreach programs, communications, and member engagement.
Look for Krumrie and Ortmeier-Clarke at MCGA-sponsored events this summer like Tasseldega Nights and Farmfest. The two interns will also receive hands-on experience working on initiatives such as MCGA’s new Conservation Innovation Grant program and standing up and speaking out for corn farming and homegrown biofuels.
Here is more information about the 2016-17 MCGA Student Interns:
Although Nicole Krumrie didn’t grow up on a farm, she began working on a dairy farm at the age of 15 and quickly discovered her passion for agriculture. In fact, this passion lead her to pursue a career in the agricultural sector. A native of Litchfield, Minn., Krumrie is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities majoring in Agricultural Communications and Marketing with minors in Animal Science and Leadership.
“This internship is a great opportunity for me to further develop my agriculture leadership skills,” Krumrie said. “I’m also looking forward to helping MCGA further build strong connections between farmers and the non-farming public.”
Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke grew up on a corn and soybean farm near Slayton, Minn. Although she enjoyed her rural upbringing, Ortmeier-Clarke gained a whole new appreciation for agriculture once she started college. A sophomore at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities, Ortmeier-Clarke is majoring in Plant Science with an emphasis on Agricultural Production and minors in Political Science and Leadership.
“I know I’ll learn a lot through this internship and become a stronger voice for Minnesota farmers,” Ortmeier-Clarke said. “MCGA covers a lot of ground in its work on behalf of corn farmers. Working across MCGA’s many platforms and programs will provide a unique hands-on experience.”