Senior agribusiness major Jake Forsmann said he can’t imagine himself pursuing anything but a career in grain marketing. “It’s second-nature to me,” said Forsmann, who grew up on a small farm near Grangeville, Idaho.
Through frequent visits to the University of Idaho with Grangeville’s FFA program, Forsmann became familiar with UI’s campus and decided that it was a good fit. He will graduate this December 2015 and has accepted a marketing internship with the Uniontown Seed Co-Op.
“The job is marketing grain, or buying and selling grain from farmers,” said Forsmann. “I jumped at the chance.”
Currently, Forsmann is working for UI cropping system agronomist Kurt Schroeder in Moscow on wheat, barley and legume variety trials and dryland cropping systems research projects in northern Idaho for the third year in a row. Schroeder’s research team plants and monitors field trials in numerous locations throughout the region to examine varietal adaptation and yield performance.
At harvest, they collect yield and quality information on wheat, barley, peas, lentils and chickpeas. The researchers report their findings to farmers and the industry through Extension presentations, annual reports and a variety testing website.
Working for Schroeder has been a valuable learning experience for Forsmann.
“I knew the mechanics, how it all worked, how to seed the ground and harvest,” he said. “But I never knew how varieties start out from seeds in the greenhouse and eventually become a full-blown variety.”
Forsmann hopes his internship with the Uniontown Seed Co-Op will lead into a full-time marketing job after he graduates.
“I like being around farmers, talking to people all the time,” he said. “That’s what I like, the marketing.”