Wednesday, March 21, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Stephanie Porter


Burrus Sales Agronomist Stephanie Porter, CCA

As National Women's Month continues, get to know Burrus Sales Agronomist Stephanie Porter, CCA!

What's your position at Burrus Seed?
Sales Agronomist covering southern WI; western IN; and northern, eastern, and southern IL

Share some of your awards and certifications.
Orville Bentley Undergraduate Research Award; several state, regional, and national Illinois Extension Agricultural Association (IEAA) Communication Awards; previously active within IEAA organization, National Plant Diagnostic Training and Education Committee, IL Arborist Association Board, ILSOY Envoy; 2017 Illinois CCA Soybean Master Adviser

Where do you call home?
Taylorville, IL
Stephanie and husband Greg are devoted Illini fans
  
Education: 
Lincoln Land Community College, Agriculture Associates in Science; University of Illinois, Bachelor in Crop Science, Integrated Pest Management; University of Illinois, Master’s in Crop Science, Plant Pathology, Plant Diagnostics


Where did you work before joining the Burrus team?
Crop Consulting, Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District Resource Conservationist, Montgomery County Natural Resources Educator, and University of Illinois Plant Clinic Diagnostician/Outreach Specialist

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't in a field?
I enjoy traveling, wineries, Amazon shopping, Netflix on my couch, and Agvocating!

What made you want to work in the ag industry?  
Even though a school guidance counselor tried to detour me from working in the agricultural industry, I knew that was what I wanted to pursue after participating in FFA activities. 

What was your exposure to agriculture growing up? 
Stephanie spends a lot of time traveling across the Burrus footprint with sales team members
I grew up on a farm, with a farm family, and was active in FFA. 

What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
I enjoy helping farmers to increase their yields and return on investment, while promoting sustainable and environmental friendly practices to keep the future of farming prosperous for upcoming generations. 


Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
Linda Johnston (my Mom), Nancy Pataky, Becky Doyle, Colleen Callahan, Pam Smith, Dr. Jennifer Riggs, and Dr. Temple Gradin to name a few. 

What is your favorite part of being a Sales Agronomist at Burrus Seed?  
I enjoy solving problems, outreach, and participating in the product selection process. 

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture?  
My advice would be to experience as many internships or job shadowing opportunities as possible when deciding on an agricultural career. 

To keep up with Stephanie in and out of the field, be sure to follow her on Twitter @skporter!

Monday, March 12, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Erin Holbert

Erin Holbert, Burrus Account Manager

Continuing our celebration of National Women's Month, meet Burrus Seed Account Manager Erin Holbert!

What's your position at Burrus Seed?
Account Manager covering a multi-county territory covering southeast IL and southwest IN

Where do you call home?
Dana, IN

Education: 
Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Crop Science from Purdue University

Where did you work before joining the Burrus team? 
Sales Agronomist at Cargill in southwest Michigan

What do you enjoy doing with your free time? 
Spending time with friends and family, reading, and working on the family farm

What made you want to work in the ag industry? Agriculture is something that I’ve always loved and have grown more passionate about as I grew up.  I love the opportunity to work with the people who grow our food, fuel, and fiber and feel very blessed that I’m a small part of the industry.

Did you have a lot of exposure to agriculture growing up? 
Yes, I grew up on a family farm and was a ten year 4-Her.  My school didn’t have FFA, but my mother is the 4-H extension educator in our county, so I was heavily involved in my 4-H club, Jr. Leaders, and the livestock and forestry judging teams.   

Having grown up in the ag industry, Erin still enjoys spending free time working on the family farm.

What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
It’s definitely a biased opinion, but I believe the people in the ag industry are some of the best people out there and are always willing to help each other out.

Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
No one person in particular

What is your favorite part of being an Account Manager at Burrus Seed? 
The best part of being an Account Manager is building a relationship with farmers and being a small part of helping them to be successful. 

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture?
Personally, I was very blessed to grow up in a family and farming community where it didn’t matter that I was a girl.  My dad always expected me to do my fair share of the work.  I didn’t realize until I went to Purdue and then graduated and moved on to my career that there were people who saw a difference between men and women in the industry.  My advice would be that there are plenty of people who are more than willing to treat you as an equal, and if there’s someone who doesn’t, then it’s not worth wasting your time on them. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

National Women's Month Spotlight: Jamie Long


Jamie Long, CCA-RMS Burrus Seed Sales Agronomist

In honor of National Women's month, we are spotlighting some female members of our Burrus Seed team. First, get to know Jamie Long! 

What's your position at Burrus Seed? 
Sales Agronomist covering Missouri and western Illinois territory

Share some of your awards and certifications. 
Certified Crop Adviser with Resistance Management Specialty, Illinois Pesticide Applicator License, multiple awards at North Central Weed Science Society

Jamie with boyfriend, Brad and dog, Gauge
Where do you call home? 
I grew up in Ellis Grove, IL but I'm currently living in Carlinville, IL.

Education: 
A.S. Southwestern Illinois College, 2012.  B.S. Plant and Soil Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014. M.S. Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, 2017.

Where did you work before joining the Burrus team? 
I was a Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue University, an Agronomic Research Intern with BASF, and an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't in a field? 
I like hunting, attending concerts, spending time with my black lab (and people too).

What made you want to work in the ag industry? 
During my childhood, my mom was an extension educator. I wanted to be like her and help farmers raise the best yields. 

What was your exposure to agriculture growing up? 
I was raised on our family farm outside of Ellis Grove and both my dad and stepdad farmed.

Hunting is a favorite hobby of Jamie's
What is your favorite thing about working in the ag industry? 
I enjoy the comradery.  I have met so many great people through agriculture; it’s really a close knit industry.

Are there any women in the ag industry (past or present) who have inspired you? 
Every woman in agriculture inspires me! The list could go on and on!

What is your favorite part of being a Sales Agronomist at Burrus Seed? 
I really enjoy the diversity within my job.  I’m fortunate enough to work directly with the entire company, including growers, account managers, the research team, owners, and external suppliers.

Do you have any advice for younger girls thinking about pursuing a career in agriculture? 
Do it! If you have a passion for agriculture, nothing should hold you back.


To keep up with Jamie in and out of the field, be sure to follow her on Twitter @jamieatburrus!