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Agrimarketing : Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08
“To be the best agricultural co-operative system in North America.” WANT TOGROWYOURCAREER? EXPLORE THE GROWMARK SYSTEM 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 FarmSupply 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. GROWMARK Ontario Career Development Manager Barry Hannah, mentors University of Guelph student and 2008 FS Intern Andrea Simpson and FS PARTNERS Agronomy Advisor Darryl Whittington. fuels,or crunch numbers,you can find your dream job in the GROWMARK System. From its Ontario headquarters in W 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 workwell with their patrons. That involves people Past FS Intern and Crop Specialist for Huron Bay Co-operative Jennifer MacDonald, discusses new seed varieties with Mike Peterson of WL Alfalfa. 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 three years,70 per cent of summer interns were hired into full-time posi- tions. “It is more than just seeking knowledgeable individuals,”Hannah says. “Retention must include challeng- ing opportunities,satisfying results,and partnership of direction. With a reten- tion rate of interns at 70 per cent,it would seem that measure is being met.” hether you like to play in the dirt,collect bugs,explore new developments in renewable 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 519-895-4231 Contact Barry Hannah 31