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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement Canada
8 W hether you like to play in the dirt, collect bugs, explore new developments in renewable fuels, or crunch numbers, you can find your dream job in the GROWMARK System. From its Ontario headquarters in Kitchener, GROWMARK supplies and serves 21 local FS agricultural co-ops, which in turn represent nearly 32,000 members, 1,500 employees, and approximately 90,000 customers. The GROWMARK System has career opportunities for individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and interests.Through his work with recruitment and university relations, Barry Hannah, GROWMARK Ontario career development manager, attends career fairs at the University of Guelph and local placement job fairs at Ridgetown College giving him a first hand glimpse into the talents of those individuals that will be good prospects for the FS System."We are looking for talented professionals who are dedi- cated to exceeding farmers' expecta- tions. Our member co-operatives seek employees who can work well with their patrons.That involves people skills as well as technical skills such as accounting, agronomy, energy or agribusiness," Hannah says. GROWMARK offers paid intern- ships for university students, giving them hands-on experience working in a member co-operative or head office on projects of lasting value. Over the past four years, many summer interns were hired into full-time positions."It is more than just seeking knowledgeable individuals," Hannah says."Retention must include challenging opportuni- ties, satisfying results, and partnership of direction.With an average retention rate of 70 percent, it would seem that measure is being met." GROWMARK Ontario Career Development Manager Barry Hannah works with past FS Interns. FAST FACTS Founded: The GROWMARK System began with the organiza- tion of local co-operatives by Farm Bureau members in the United States. The Illinois Farm Supply Company (FS) was founded in 1927. GROWMARK, Inc., a regional supply co-operative comprised of local FS member co-operatives in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, expanded to Ontario in 1994. Products Available Through FS Member Co-operatives • Agronomy supplies: seed, fertil- izer, crop protection products • Energy supplies: renewable fuels (ethanol and biodiesel), petroleum fuels, lubricants • Grain marketing services • Livestock and poultry feed products • Consumer products: lawn and garden, pet, hardware and workwear Positions Available at FS Member Co-operatives: • Assistant Controller • Custom Applicator • Crop Specialist • Energy Specialist • Retail Operations • Feed Specialist • Customer Service • Other seasonal positions available. Headquarters: 1701 Towanda Avenue Bloomington, IL 61701 309-557-6000 www.growmark.com Ontario Region: 1 Chandaria Place, Unit 5 Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2S3 519-895-5357 Contact Linda Witmer WANT TO GROW YOUR CAREER? EXPLORE THE GROWMARK SYSTEM "To be the best agricultural co-operative system in North America." "To be the best agricultural co-operative system in North America." Past FS Intern and crop specialist for Huron Bay Co-operative Jennifer MacDonald, discusses new seed varieties with Mike Peterson of WL Alfalfa.