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
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!

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