By Zane Sloan, MKC intern
I grew up on a family farm
in northwest Kansas and agriculture has always played a major role in my life. Our
farm is located between Sharon Springs and Weskan, and consists of irrigated and
dry land acres for crop production and pasture for cattle grazing. In the fall,
I will resume classes at Kansas State University. I anticipate graduating in
May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business with a minor in agronomy.
I am considered a general agriculture
intern for MKC and have spent most of my summer working at the Lindsborg location.
I’ve had a variety of experiences working with both agronomy and
grain departments. With the exceptionally wet conditions this spring, I hit the
ground running when I arrived in Lindsborg. A few activities I assisted with
were loading feed, mineral, chemical and fertilizer orders, and treating
soybean seed with insecticide and fungicide.
I am no exception to those who
grew up on a family farm when answering the question, “What is your favorite
time during the summer?” My answer is always wheat harvest. I’ve enjoyed the
opportunity to see a different view of harvest this year while working at the Falun
seasonal location. It took some adjustment from working in the fields during
harvest to being at the elevator. I enjoyed learning about the similarities and
differences between my farming background and the producers’ operations in this
My project for this summer is
updating the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all products used or sold by MKC.
With the guidance of Shane Eck, my mentor and Lindsborg location manager, I
am excited to use the knowledge I’ve obtained from my internship. I have
enjoyed being able work with and learn from Shane and other MKC employees this
Shadowing employees from MKC and
TMA has helped me develop a wealth of knowledge. It has provided me with many
opportunities and network connections that are unparalleled. I am excited for
what the rest of the summer holds and helping out in any way possible.