The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Board of Directors selected 10 college students to receive the MACA Young Leader Scholarship to be used for their college expenses.

This is the fourth year for the program which is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and future career opportunities. Recipients will benefit from the financial compensation, exposure and networking with MACA members. MACA members benefit by developing a talent pool of future industry leaders and through the heightened awareness of MACA within the participating universities.

The candidate's educational focus is agriculture and all are enrolled at one of the Land-Grant Universities in the MACA region.  They have secured a summer internship (2016) within agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry. Additionally, the selected recipient will attend the MACA Annual Meeting September 6-8, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota to speak about their internship experience and participate in the meeting with MACA members.    

     The recipients by state/university include:

  • Indiana Rachel Stowers is an Agribusiness Management major at Purdue University. This Kirklin, Indiana native will be working as a Sales and Marketing Intern with DuPont in their Crop Protection unit in the Midwest. Her internship will allow her to work closely with the sales teams in the region on projects related to implementing new traits into DuPont’s chemical product line and informing customers about the new traits.
  • IowaTony Moellers is pursuing a double major in Agronomy and Seed Science at Iowa State University. He’ll intern with Dow AgroSciences and Mycogen Seeds in Eastern Iowa in a commercial sales position. This is his second year with DAS. Moellers is a native of West Union, Iowa.
  • KansasJessica Bramhall, an Agronomy major at Kansas State University, is from Seneca, Kansas. She’ll intern with Bayer CropScience as a Sales Intern in the Wheatland District which includes Kansas, Colorado, and parts of Nebraska.  Bramhall will establish, maintain and evaluate field test plots designed to determine the efficacy of pesticides on insects, weeds and plant diseases of agronomic concern.
  • Michigan Andrea Williams of Hale, Michigan is pursuing an Agribusiness Management degree from Michigan State University. She is interning at the Michigan Agri-Business Association in Lansing where she assists with data input, publicizing events and issues on various media platforms plus helps to coordinate events and conferences during the year.
  • MinnesotaDillan C. Smith, from Storm Lake, Iowa is pursuing a Plant Science-Production major with a minor in Agronomy at the University of Minnesota.  This summer he’s interning with Monsanto as a row crop sales intern which will involve rotating through the different sales businesses within the company to learn the different sales approaches. 
  • Missouri – Booneville, Missouri student Carley Esser is majoring in Agricultural Education - Leadership with a minor in International Agriculture, Agricultural Economics and Psychology at the University of Missouri. Esser will intern with Missouri Farmers Care in Columbia to promote the agricultural industry and support Missouri’s farmers and ranchers through education and advocacy.
  • Missouri Nora Faris of Concordia, Missouri is majoring in Science and Agricultural Journalism with a minor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. Faris will intern with FLM+ Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., a hybrid marketing and strategic communications firm, which specializes in advancing the interests of agribusinesses and rural communities.  She’ll help clients to develop strategies for public policy advocacy that reach from the cornfields of the Midwest to Capitol Hill. 
  • NebraskaJennifer Myers is working on her degree in Plant Biology with a minor in Bioinformatics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She plans to intern with Dow AgroSciences at their York, Nebraska location. This Sidney, Nebraska native will help with the testing and breeding of crops over the course of the summer. 
  • North DakotaTaylor Kemper is pursuing a Crop & Weed Science: Agronomy major and Agribusiness minor from North Dakota State University. She’ll work for Dow AgroSciences as a sales intern throughout North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. The Herman, Minnesota native will learn about sales by spending time with territory representatives and helping them as needed and may include checking fields for injury or issues, helping with plots, and visiting with farmers or retailers.
  • South DakotaKyla Mauk is an Agriculture Education major at South Dakota State University.  Originally from Howard Lake, Minnesota, Mauk will intern with DuPont Pioneer as a Sales and Marketing Intern covering Alexandria, Minnesota to River Falls, Wisconsin and the northern part of Minnesota. She’ll work on surveying customers and developing promotional materials as well as customer field days. 

After completing their summer internships the scholarship recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship to assist with their tuition expenses.