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5

Aug

2016

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Experiencing a Sales Internship

Author: Celina Young

When many people think of an internship in agriculture, they probably think of sales. At Beck’s, these interns have the opportunity to travel the Midwest and learn a wide variety of skills while working in the field. This week, I reached out to a few of our sales interns to tell me about some of the exciting things that they get to do on a daily basis.

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Jul

2016

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My Interview with Sonny Beck

Author: Celina Young

A few weeks ago, I had the unique opportunity to have a conversation with Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s. Going into this meeting, my goal was to uncover what it was about this company’s leadership that has allowed Beck’s to help farmers succeed for almost 80 years. I could not have prepared myself for the direction the conversation would go. Sonny shared various stories about his role in the company over the years, as well as passing along some inspiration and words of wisdom. Now, I’d like to pass that advice along to you.

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Jul

2016

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The Life of a Beck’s Research Intern

Author: Celina Young

This summer, ten college students from the across the Beck’s marketing area have joined the team as research interns. Divided between four Beck’s locations from Indiana to Iowa, they are gaining experience while learning in a hands-on environment. From planting test plots to collecting real data in the field, each intern has a unique experience to share. Today, we’ll catch up with four of these individuals as they progress through their internships.

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Jul

2016

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Life Lessons and Personal Development

Author: Celina Young

“Having a project and opportunities for personal development are what makes an internship different from summer work.” Those are the words of Beck’s intern coordinator, Samantha Miller.

After last week, I would say that mission is accomplished! For two days, Beck’s 30 summer interns came together in Atlanta, Indiana for a chance to network and improve ourselves through various sessions. 

The event was packed full with a wide variety of opportunities, from assessing how we work with others, to a Q&A with Beck’s President and CEO. This is just one of the many ways that Beck’s invests in their interns. I learned a lot in this time, but I wanted to share some of my key takeaways with you.

 

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Jun

2016

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Agriculture is a Family Affair

Author: Celina Young

Family is a huge part of the company culture here at Beck’s. We pride ourselves on being family owned, faith based, and farmer focused. I have been fortunate to be part of the Beck’s family this summer, but after over a month here, I was happy to go home and see my own family this weekend. As I traversed through Iowa, visiting cousins and grandparents, I began to notice something. From seeing the family farm, to tractor rides across the state, I realized how much my family’s agricultural background is a part of who we are.

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Jun

2016

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Playing Production Intern for a Day

Author: Celina Young

Being a Beck’s Production Intern is far more than just scouting fields. I found this out for myself when I had a chance to tag along with Kaitlin and Brandt, two of this year’s interns, earlier this week. In just a few short hours, I got an up-close look at Beck’s Production Agronomy Department.

 

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Jun

2016

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Just a City Girl, Living in…Indiana.

Author: Celina Young

My hometown is not exactly a city, but with a population of over 10,000 people, I can’t really call myself a “small town girl” either. I’ve only ever lived three places in my life. Before we moved to my hometown of Waverly, Iowa, we lived 20 minutes to the south in Waterloo (which really is a city), and as a student at Iowa State University, I live in the bustling college town of Ames. Now I find myself somewhere completely new.

Having never lived outside of Iowa, moving eight hours away from home to intern for Beck’s has been a little scary. Now that I have lived in Indiana for about a month, I have made a few observations. 

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May

2016

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Top 5 Tips for Succeeding in the First Week of Your Internship

Author: Celina Young

Just a few days ago, I showed up to Beck’s headquarters, having mixed feelings about the first day of my summer internship. As excited as I was to be part of this family, I couldn’t help but be apprehensive. I had only ever lived in Iowa, so spending the next three months eight hours away from everything I am familiar with was a bit intimidating. 

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Jul

2015

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Photo Friday

Remember the first big purchase you made all by yourself? The first thing you spent your money on after saving for months? I do. For hours, I would compare every make and model of DSLR. The day my dad drove me to the camera store to make my investment is as clear as yesterday. I bought a brand new Canon T2i Rebel all on my own. Now, it travels with me from state to state and I've been fascinated by photography ever since.

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Jul

2015

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Does It Get Any Better Than This?

This summer just keeps getting better and better. Each time my alarm clock dings, a new day of more experiences and responsibility awaits.

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Jul

2015

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Adrenaline and Professional Development

Zoom! Zoom! Zoooooooom! The go-carts flew past us as we cheered them on through each turn. A new wave of adrenaline hit each time the leader sped by, the rush of air cooling my sweaty face. Once the checkered flag of the final race waved, winners were awarded their trophies, and it was time to hit the hay. We’d had a full day. More activities filled the agenda for the next.

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Jun

2015

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What If and Why

We pulled in the gravel driveway just as the sun was starting to get warm. I hopped out of the truck excitedly and took a moment to enjoy the gorgeous flower beds around me. In the fields beyond the flowers, unfamiliar crops waved in the gentle breeze. The sound of Chelsea’s introductions snapped me out of my Monday morning day dreams.

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Jun

2015

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Who I Am: A Father's Day Tribute

I was meandering through unfamiliar Indiana back roads when Jessica Andrews’ hit, Who I Am came blaring through my speakers. Between missing Iowa a tinge and being in a thoughtful mood, I couldn’t help but change the words to fit my story.

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Jun

2015

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The Road Less Traveled By

Familiar faces clutter the desk behind tall stacks of manila folders. The modest office faintly smells of old books. Cramped handwriting in red ink fills a thinning legal pad balanced on the keyboard. Faded children’s artwork curls with age as it’s proudly displayed on a gray file cabinet. Dated school portraits are tucked in the corners of framed wildlife prints. A smiling photo of a late mentor looks over it all.

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Jun

2015

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Blessed with the Best

Blessed with the best! This title may seem like a sappy photo caption or cliché hashtag rather than the introduction to a post reflecting on the first three weeks of internships at Beck’s, but bear with me. I’m totally serious. In making friends with Beck’s 50 interns from 18 different schools, we’ve determined we really have been blessed with the best internship experience. Here’s why:

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May

2015

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Love for Stories

For as long as I can remember, I have been completely fascinated by stories. Growing up, I loved when Dad would read to us before bed. On long road trips, my younger brothers and I would beg to hear his “Ralph stories”, tales of an old farm dog who learned life lessons with his master, Farmer Jones.

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May

2015

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First Impressions of the Beck's Experience

As students, the importance of first impressions is drilled in our heads all through school. Dozens of seminar sessions teach us, “dress professionally, watch your social media, and offer a firm handshake.” With pad folios in our sweaty palms and hearts filled with high hopes of scoring an internship, we attend networking luncheons and industry conferences.

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Dec

2014

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The Top Five Reasons Why Christmas Is Even Better as a College Student

I have always been enamored with the Christmas season. As a child, I was enchanted by the stories of watchful elves, dancing nutcrackers, and flying sleighs. As an adult, I still find myself charmed by these stories, but even more so, charmed by the ambiance of this season. Christmas in college is much different than Christmas as a kid, but in some very special, wonderful ways. Read below as a give my Top Five Reasons Why Christmas Is Even Better as a College Student.

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Nov

2014

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Agriculture Future of America

"Wake up in the morning and say 'Good morning, God' Instead of 'Good God, morning' & your day will go better." These words struck me as soon as Orion Samuelson, long-time host of the U.S. Farm Report, said them. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of perspective, and for me, it comes in the form of the annual Agriculture Future of America Conference.

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Oct

2014

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More Than Miles

The “gypsy life” is a lifestyle that I am beginning to understand very well. This week, I found myself making several trips between school, home, and the beautiful back roads of Indiana. While on the road, I was lucky enough to have a special copilot with me—my grandfather, Gary.

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