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

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. 

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