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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
“To be the best agricultural cooperative system in North America.” WANT TOGROWYOURCAREER? EXPLORE THE GROWMARK SYSTEM FAST FACTS: Founded: The GROWMARK Sys- tem began with the organization of local cooperatives by Farm Bureau members. The Illinois Farm Supply Company (FS) was founded in 1927.GROW- MARK, Inc.,a regional supply cooperative comprised of local FS member cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin,and Ontario, Canada,was formed in 1980. dream job in the GROWMARK System. A locally owned and globally strong network of farmsupply and grain mar- keting organizations,we serve as a part- ner in today’s complex farming opera- tions. FS is the flagship retail brand of the GROWMARK System. We provide manufacturing,process- ing, and wholesale purchasing of farm supplies for local member cooperatives primarily in the Midwest,Northeast, and Ontario,Canada. “Our companies were built on W innovations and a commitment of people working together,”said Steve German,GROWMARK University Rela- tions and Member Employment Man- ager. “We know that our people are our biggest asset — talented professionals who are dedicated to exceeding farm- ers’ expectations and who have made us a leader in the agricultural industry.” The GROWMARK System has career opportunities for individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. “Our member cooperatives are looking for employees who can work with their patrons. That involves people skills as well as technical skills such as accounting,agronomy,or agribusiness,”German said. hether you like to play in the dirt,collect bugs,or crunch numbers,you can find your Headquarters: GROWMARK,Inc. 1701 Towanda Avenue Bloomington,IL 61701 309/557-6000 www.growmark.com Most new employees begin their careers at one of the member coopera- tives located throughout the Midwest, Northeast,and Ontario,Canada. Advancement is based on demon- strated ability and desire for additional responsibility;not product line,loca- tion, or function,German said. There are also employment opportunities at the corporate office in Bloomington,IL, including marketing and communica- tions specialists,energy experts,human resources positions,and career devel- opment specialists.Comprehensive training is also available to all employ- ees. GROWMARK also offers paid internships for college students,giving them hands-on experience working in a member cooperative on projects of lasting value.During the past two years, 70% of summer interns were hired into full-time positions. Want more information? Visit www.growmark.com and click on the employment link. Products Available Through FS Member Cooperatives • Agronomy supplies: seed,fertil- izer, crop protection products • Energy supplies: renewable fuels (ethanol and biodiesel), petroleum fuels,lubricants • Structures: grain bins and equipment,buildings • Grain marketing services Employees: Full-time US:730 Full-time Canada:22 GROWMARK subsidiaries:653 Member cooperatives:6,000 Positions Available at FS Member Cooperatives: • Assistant Controller • Custom Applicator • Crop Specialist • Energy Specialist • Marketing Specialist • Structures Specialist Associate • Service Center Manager • More than 200 seasonal positions available. 21
May 2008 Supplement
Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08