Intern Spotlight: Cole Gocke

Jun 27, 2022

Cole Gocke
Meet Cole Gocke! This summer he is an agronomy sales intern located in Milford, NE. 

Where are you from?
South of Waco, NE on a small family farm.
Where do you go to college?
I go to Northwest Missouri State University and my major is Agronomy Crop Science with a minor in Precision Agriculture.
Why did you choose to be an intern with Farmers Cooperative?
I chose to intern here to see more of the retail side of agriculture. Last summer I did an internship with Corteva Agriscience for research and got to have a different experience with that. I like that here I have more farmer and customer interactions and more field time than I did working with plots. I also get to do something new every day.
What are some of your daily tasks?
Every Monday, we evaluate and analyze our herbicide trial and nutrition nitrogen trial. Other tasks consist of checking and scouting fields, and with the replant I’ve been doing a lot of seed treating.
What is one thing you’ve learned recently that you didn’t think you would have?
Learning more of the history of what the co-op is and how it came to be. I thought it was a company-owned business but realizing that it’s more owned by farmers in the community surprised me. 
What has been your favorite part of your internship so far?
I have a couple things I’ve really enjoyed. The first is the intern interactions and being able to have a lot of time getting to know everyone. Being able to see what our strengths and weaknesses are and how they can combine well together. Another thing is being more interactive with the employees and customers which is something I really have a passion for.
Moving forward, what job/career path do you see yourself pursuing?
I definitely see myself becoming a sales agronomist or a crop consultant whether that be at Farmers Cooperative or somewhere else local.
How do you unwind at the end of the day?
Usually after work, I’m going to help my dad on the farm or going to Lincoln to visit my girlfriend and her family. Otherwise, I’ll go to the gym or go home to relax and rest up for the next day.


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