My name is Wade Hutchens and it is my honor and with great appreciation I write this blog post for the GFAI as a renewable scholarship recipient. I am from Ewing, Illinois in Franklin County, where I grew up on a cow/calf and show pig farm. I attended Illinois State University and studied Animal Science and Animal Industry Management. Currently, I attend Kansas State University as a Graduate Research Assistant in Swine Nutrition. I will be finishing up my Master’s degree in Applied Swine Nutrition from Kansas State this winter and my goal is to become a Swine Nutritionist working with producers to better their own operations by nutritional means.
Through my participation with GFAI I have worked with member facilities, visited and learned about operations across Illinois, and interacted with key individuals that help feed America every day. This year, as a renewable scholarship recipient, I had the opportunity to interview Dylan Moyer. Dylan is a close friend of mine. We attended Illinois State together, lived together, and were Alpha Gamma Rho brothers. It has been amazing to see him grow and develop himself as a professional in the agriculture industry.
I asked Dylan to introduce himself and he said,
“I grew up in Carlyle, IL on a dairy farm and went to Carlyle High school. I was involved with FFA, 4H, dairy bowl, and showed dairy cattle.”
Even though I knew a lot about his college experience, I wanted him to provide the reader with a look into his college experience and give a little advice and he said,
“My time in college was a pivotal time that shaped my career and outlook of how I see the agricultural industry and my trajectory of where I want to take my career. I truly feel like the advisors and my fellow collegiate colleagues broadened the way I see the industry. Through college I saw it important to put myself out there being involved in RSO's that helped to develop that broadening through connections and like-minded individuals. Through my advisors they pushed me to apply for scholarships, and organizations for career fairs and meetings with industry leaders. I encourage anyone looking to attend college to push themselves and to take that first step of putting themselves out there.”
I asked him how did you prepare to get a job,
“I prepped by looking over several interview and situational questions that could be asked in an interview. I also attended several career fairs and used past experiences to lean on to play to my advantages to attain that job.”
I asked Dylan what he currently does,
“Currently, I work for Bunge North America as a grain merchandiser. In this role I purchase grain from farmers, I analyze the market to form an educated opinion of the fundamental and technical side of the market. I also play a key role in the forecasting of my facilities logistics play whether shipping domestic or internationally which best fits the PNL of the facility.”
I asked Dylan where does he see himself in 5 or 10 years,
“Next 5-10 years I see myself as a regional manager and past that as a vice president within an organization.”
Finally, I asked Dylan’s opinion on what does the future of Agriculture hold for us,
“I think agriculture is at a pivotal turn realizing the different ramifications of COVID-19 and how people can manage to work remotely and abroad. With the use of technology, I see less people in the "office" and more at home because we are so connected. I think the role of technology will continue to link and further push agriculture to become economically and sustainable for the future so producers can spend more time on other key aspects of their operation.”
I thanked Dylan for his time and with individuals like him coming into the agriculture industry, our future, as an industry is bright. I would like to thank the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois for the continued support of myself and others.
This is Wade Hutchens signing off. Thank you for reading, and may your yields be bountiful and your livestock healthy.
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