Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

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Seeing the Big Picture

Recent Graduates Experience Richardson’s Agribusiness Development Program

There are many career options for agriculture graduates, and it can be daunting to pick just one. Through Richardson’s one-year Agribusiness Development (ABD) Program, recent graduates have the opportunity to experience many areas of Richardson Pioneer as Agribusiness Assistants (ABAs).

“I enjoyed seeing all the different positions I could eventually fall into. It was also great to learn more about what I would be doing in agronomy,” says Jasmine Little, who works for Richardson Pioneer Carrot River.

Throughout the year, ABAs have the opportunity to work in crop inputs, agronomy and facility operations over the summer; grain handling and facility operations in the fall and grain marketing, operations management and corporate roles in the winter and spring.

After they complete the program, employees are transitioned into new roles to pursue careers with Richardson Pioneer, often starting as Area Marketing Representatives, Grain Merchants, Location Assistants and Sales Agronomists.

“Having the opportunity to see every side of the business is priceless,” says Cam Pernitsky from Richardson Pioneer Unity. “I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to learn on the job and gain experience. It’s so valuable as a young worker to have the opportunity to try new jobs and be able to continue to learn.”

In April, 14 Agribusiness Assistants completed the program with tours of the corporate offices in Winnipeg and Regina. They learned about agronomy, credit, crop inputs, transportation and logistics, quality assurance and merchandising and how the corporate office works together with all locations to keep the business running efficiently.

Agribusiness Assistants marking the end of their tour with a visit to the Winnipeg office.

“There’s a lot to be passionate about in this industry. Agriculture is the way we feed the world,” says Alanna Jonson from Richardson Pioneer Three Hills. “Being able to work out of a retailer is a great opportunity to give growers the access to resources so the industry is sustainable for the next generation.”

Richardson introduced the program in 2011 as a way to help graduates identify their career path in agronomy, agribusiness, grain sales and marketing, crop inputs or operations. Every year, about 20 Agribusiness Assistants are hired at Richardson Pioneer locations across Western Canada. Many of the ABAs have worked for Richardson Pioneer as summer students in previous years and come from agriculture backgrounds.

“I love being outside, playing in the soil with the weeds and insects,” says Brittany Steininger of Richardson Pioneer Oyen. “I’m passionate about everything in agriculture. Between working with farmers, to getting to know new people and being able to always learn something new.”

Fifteen new ABAs will be starting at Richardson Pioneer locations across the Prairies this spring, and Richardson’s recruitment team will be promoting the program to upcoming graduates during their student recruitment season this fall.

To learn more about the ABD program, visit the student recruitment section here.

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