QUEENSTOWN, Md. — Starting in fall of 2022, the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) is having its first opportunity for students in agronomy to explore careers and build relationships with mentors. Professor Dr. Bill Pillips has worked closely with a number of agriculture organizations to find a diverse group of mentors to work closely with students in the UMCP agronomy program.
Six career mentors in the agronomy field will speak during normal lecture hours on their daily duties and be given the opportunity for discussion. Each student will then be paired with one mentor in their desired career area. The mentors will assist students by passing along knowledge gained through years in agronomy. This will allow students to gain experience in this field and build relationships across the industry.
“Agronomy covers a broad spectrum of careers,” says John Bruning President of Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. “Working closely with students to showcase career opportunities will build their profile and better prepare them for the career field.”
The Maryland Grain Producers and Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser are working closely with Dr. Phillips to find mentors willing to work with students. Mentors that are being considered include a grain farmer, a broiler farmer, an equipment dealership manager, a certified crop adviser, a communications director, and an agribusiness professional.
If you would be interested in speaking at this course and mentoring students, please contact Jenell McHenry at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 443-262-8491.
–Jenell Eck McHenry, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board