Dickinson Scholars shadow KC agribusinesses over semester break

MU students from the Dickinson Scholars program took Kansas City agribusinesses by storm when they shadowed several companies Jan. 13-17.

The students were grouped into teams and each team was assigned to a Kansas City agribusiness to shadow. The scholars were then given a project or presentation to work on throughout their visit. Each team presented their work to all the Dickinson Scholars at the end of the week. This year the companies that hosted students were John Deere, DuPont and FarmLand.

“The Dickinson Scholars program is one of the best programs that CAFNR has to offer its students,” said Emily Paul, a scholar who attended the program.

The objective of the Dickinson Scholars program is to enable the scholars to explore the work environments, cultures and opportunities of Kansas City agribusinesses. The scholars can then take what they have learned from each agribusiness and apply it to their academic and professional careers.

“To meet, network with, and discuss the future of the agriculture industry with agribusiness leaders in the Kansas City area was a rare opportunity that I am so thankful to have been apart of,” Paul said.

This year the scholars not only visited their host companies, but they also toured additional agribusinesses in the Kansas City area. These additional tours included Lansing Trade, DFA and meeting with the Kansas City Agribusiness Council. The scholars also toured the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Stephanie Chipman, CAFNR Career Services director, served as a chaperone for the Dickinson Scholars.

“The 2014 Scholars represented CAFNR and Mizzou well,” Chipman said. “It was a wonderful opportunity to see lots of great professional career development happening. CAFNR is lucky to have not only great students, but also truly wonderful alumni and employer partners.”

The Dickinson Scholars program is funded by an endowment originally provided by the late Gary Dickinson.

“I highly encourage every CAFNR student to apply for this program in the future,” Paul said.

Eighteen scholars attended this year’s program in Kansas City. You can find a list of the scholars and more information about the program at: http://cafnr.missouri.edu/academics/dickinson-scholars.php

Erin Boedeker

About the Author Erin Boedeker

My name is Erin Boedeker, I am a Agricultural Education – Leadership major at the University of Missouri. My emphasis within my major is Communications and Science and Agricultural Journalism. I am originally from Elsberry, Mo. After receiving my degree, my hopes are to take my passion and knowledge for agriculture into the city. I hope to work with a public relations or marketing firm, and work with clients to help the public understand the positive aspects of production agriculture. I am excited to continue writing for Corner Post, to help build my portfolio, network and get a more hands-on experience with writing in general.