Nat Harder is from Edina in Knox County Missouri. Knox County comes in with a population of around 4,000 people, so it isn’t known for much other than farming. Nat is currently a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University and is currently the VNR-Scholarship for Alpha Gamma Rho Beta Rho. He is also a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and Agronomy Club. Agronomy is Nat’s major because the a small rural area in which he was raised, had a large impact on his career choice. But, Nat’s Grandpa, Loren Harder, definitely was the main influence for choice.
“Several of my fondest memories include riding around and scouting fields with him. Burrus is family tradition in our family. It’s the only brand of seed corn I’ve ever known. It gives me a sense of pride knowing that I am the 4th generation that is involved with Burrus.”
Nat was setting out hay at the time he got the call that he was selected for a Burrus internship. After he got off the phone, he opened the door of the tractor and hollered at his Dad and told him that he received the internship! His Dad was grinning from ear to ear and gave Nat a thumbs up. Nat is proud to become a part of the company that has been on his caps for so many years and that is a memory he will never forget.
This internship was definitely a learning experience for Nat. He said that a big part of his job was cooperating with farmers, figuring out schedules, and places that fit their needs. One of Nat’s observations was that things don’t always go as planned and you need to have the ability to change things in your day to carry out your tasks.
“It has got to be the sense of personal connection. I was chatting with a farmer one day and he said, you won’t find many seed companies that the owners’ home phone and cell phone number is in the front of their pocket guide. It goes to show how much they care about their customers.”
If Nat could go back in time and give himself one piece of advice, it would be, prepare yourself for a lot of driving. The miles sure do add up fast when you are driving from Northeast Missouri to Northwest Missouri. Be prepared to average 2,000 miles a week.
“I would recommend the internship to anyone. Sure, it has several perks such as a pickup and trailer, but for me more importantly it has a family aspect. The Burrus family cares for their interns just as they would any other employee. That is why I will always proudly Think Burrus.”
Maggie Prather, Burrus Agronomy Intern