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Kimberlee C. | nebraska
Kim works at a cooperative in Nebraska and shares what her experience working as a technology regional manager at the co-op is like.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR THE CO-OP?
I am work in precision agriculture for Central Valley Ag on the ACS team. Our team shifts through the countless options of data driven technologies for farmers to bring them the best return on investment for their operation.
DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE.
My daily tasks vary on the season. In the spring time I am working with growers helping them work on monitor issues during planting and installing and caring for moisture probes during the summer. Fall/Winter is usually my busiest time. After harvest we are out grid sampling, making fertilizer prescriptions and building planting prescriptions to be used for the next growing season.
BIGGEST CHANGE IN THE INDUSTRY?
Automation is the biggest thing I have noticed. We are seeing more and more companies pop up with drone scouting/spraying and automated machines such as dry spreaders and grain carts. Crazy how fast it is advancing and coming into the industry more and more every day.
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING IN THE AG INDUSTRY.
How fast it changes. I grew up in agriculture and on the farm but was never involved in the financial side to see just how fast it can change. Prices are so volatile that one week of deciding something can make a world of difference.
Take a look at actual job openings at one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the Midwest, Central Valley Ag, to see if there are any jobs that interest you.