GROWMARK Continues Internship Program for 2020 Virtually and in the Field

GROWMARK Continues Internship Program for 2020 Virtually and in the Field

While many organizations are putting their summer internship programs on hold, GROWMARK continues its legacy program that just celebrated 60 years. This year, the program will operate both virtually, and socially distant in the field, in an effort to keep interns and employees safe.

66 college students are exploring agricultural career opportunities this summer through the GROWMARK internship and the Exploring Agriculture internship programs. They are working at GROWMARK retail and subsidiaries, and FS member cooperatives throughout North America.

There are two tracks: the GROWMARK Interns are exposed to accounting, marketing, and product and service-related activities. Each intern will complete a business-related project and deliver a presentation on their project at the conclusion of their internships.  

Interns in the Exploring Agriculture program will be focused on operations, equipment & technology for scouting, assisting with facility and equipment maintenance & repair, and building professional relationships with FS locations and customers while learning the different products and services we provide.

“We are excited to be continuing both internship programs in 2020,” said Kayla Portwood, GROWMARK Member & Student Recruiting Manager. “These programs continue to be a key component in identifying and retaining top talent for the System. Students engage with industry professionals on important projects and have the opportunity to clarify career goals, while we get exposed to some of the most talented students.”


The GROWMARK program interns, serving GROWMARK and FS companies come from:

Grace College and Theological Seminary, OH

  • Kendall Lovejoy, Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Illinois College, IL

·         Grant Flynn, Praireland FS

·         Katelyn Tabit, Sunrise FS

Illinois State University, IL

·         Savanna Sexton, Sunrise FS

·         Andrew Tegeler, Total Grain Marketing

·         Cole Sheley, AgLand FS

·         Jake McClanahan, AgLand FS

·         Chad Boarman, Christian County FS

·         Sarah Kaeb, GROWMARK, Inc.

Iowa State University, IA

·         Augustus Leonard. GROWMARK FS Midwest

·         Emily Hora, Insight FS

·         Derick Weiermann, New Century FS

·         Jake Fell, West Central FS

Murray State University, KY

·         Grace Haney, Southern FS

Penn State University, PA

·         Courtney Walter, GROWMARK FS

·         Lindsay Schoch, GROWMARK FS

·         Rebecca Lee, GROWMARK FS

Southern Illinois University, IL

·         Kenna Steber, Wabash Valley Service Co.

University of Illinois, IL

·         Collin Eubanks, Illini FS

·         Isaac Werries, Western Grain Marketing

·         John Rahn, Stephenson Service Co.

University of Guelph, Ontario, CA

·         Wes Klages, Lucknow Co-operative

University of Missouri, MO

·         Colton Snyder, Prairieland FS

University of Wisconsin – Platteville, WI

·         Hailey Krutzik, Insight FS

·         Jake Steffes, Insight FS

·         Meg Tessendorf, Stephenson Service Co.

·         Same Brownlee, West Central FS

·         Justin Fox, Insight FS

Western Illinois University, IL

·         Jacob Weyrich, AgLand FS

·         Gavin Dannenberg, GRAINCO FS

·         Alex Canada, Sunrise FS



The Exploring Agriculture interns, serving FS companies come from:

Black Hawk Community College, IL

·         Mackenzie Steward, West Central FS

Blackhawk Technical College, WI

·         Brianna Arneson, Insight FS

Hawkeye Community College, IA

·         Austin Tieskoetter, AgVantage FS

Highland Community College, IL

·         Michael Jones, Stephenson Service Co.

·         Charleese Faulkner, Carroll Service Co.

·         Elizabeth Barton, Conserv FS

Illinois Central College, IL

·         Brady Colburn, Evergreen FS

Illinois State University

·         Isaac Brockman, GRAINCO FS

Iowa Central Community College

·         Tylia Kaisand, New Century FS

Joliet Junior College, IL

·         Brooklyn Tice, Evergreen FS

Kaskaskia Community College, IL

·         Bryndle Burks, Southern FS

Lake Land Community College, IL

·         Jacob Lauffenburger, Evergreen FS

Lincoln Land Community College, IL

·         Hannah Carlock, Prairieland FS

North Central Missouri College, MO

·         Andrew George, Prairieland FS

Ohio State ATI, OH

·         Maddie Heuerman,  Legacy Farmers Cooperative


Ohio State University, OH

·         Jonathan Hoorman, Legacy Farmers Cooperative

·         Jarrett Maas, Legacy Farmers Cooperative

Parkland Community College, IL

·         Caleb Woliung, Evergreen FS

·         Markus Dulakis, Christian County FS

·         Nolan Walsh, Illini FS

University of Guelph - Ridgetown, Ontario, CA

·         ShelbyLynn Loyal, AGRIS Co-operative

·         Brent Winger, FS Partners

University of Wisconsin – River Falls, WI

·         Owen Zakrewski, Insight FS

University of Wisconsin – Platteville

·         Michael Killelea, GRAINCO FS

·         Montana Klahn, Insight FS

·         Sawyer Eiden, Insight FS

Wabash Valley College, IL

·         Adie Hemrich, Wabash Valley Service Co.

West Virginia University, WV

·         Jacob Maciejewski, GROWMARK FS

Western Illinois University, IL

·         Brian Bohannon, Conserv FS


Chris Grogan Manager, Publications and Media Relations, GROWMARK, Inc.


About GROWMARK, Inc.

About GROWMARK, Inc:

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. More information is available at

1701 Towanda Ave.
Bloomington, IL 61701