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!

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