Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns

Jacob Gillespie is a junior at South Dakota State University and is currently majoring in Precision Agriculture and Agronomy. He grew up an a farm outside of Clinton, MN and has worked at Bauers Countryside Ag as well as the Soil and Water Conservation Department. He hopes to one day pursue a career in wild rice agronomy in Northern Minnesota.

Jessica Fenhaus attended Lake Area Technical College for two years and has received her Associates of Science Degree in Ag Business. She plans on continuing her education at South Dakota State University this fall, majoring in Agronomy. Although this is her first summer working for CHS, she has had previous experience working at Wilbur Ellis and on the farm with her dad.

In her internship, she has already learned so much. As summer comes, she is ready to get more involved in scouting and learning as much as she can from the agronomists in her area. She enjoys getting to go to the different locations and seeing the different methods and aspects of the business and farming sides.

Karmen Sperr grew up in Donnelly, MN on her family’s farm where they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and they also raise pigs. Karmen graduated from Morris Area in High School in 2020 where she was actively involved in FFA. She was also very involved in the Stevens County 4-H program for 13 years. FFA and 4-H are really what drove her passion for agriculture and her decision to major in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership with a minor in Animal Science at South Dakota State University. In college, Karmen is involved in the Sigma Alpha Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Swine Club, Prexy Council, Little International, Student’s Association Senate, and the CAFES Ambassador Program. Karmen enjoys many aspects of the ag industry and hopes to one day be an advocate for the industry by working for a commodity group in the Midwest.

Karmen is very excited for her internship this summer and she is excited to see what she can learn in her experiences to strengthen her knowledge about the ag industry.

Moriah Tamilin is currently double majoring in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Central Florida, and she is looking to switch to a more agriculture-focused program in the fall semester. Her experience lies in Horticulture and Landscaping, but she has been given an incredible introduction to the Ag industry through CHS. She says that “the learning opportunity the CHS has granted in this internship has been both overwhelming and fulfilling.”

Moriah is passionate about learning more regarding soil science and soil health. She is particularly fascinated in exploring the efficacy of bioremediation methods. Though it may be years away, she is curious in how bioremediation methods will be made accessible to growers with a limited ability to invest.

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