Intern Spotlight: Brooke Gifford

May 14, 2021

Over the years, Key Cooperative has developed a very robust internship program, and this spring we’re welcoming another 19 students. From agronomy and precision ag to feed and operations, our crew will cover many divisions (and acres). They’ll also get a unique internship experience to carry with them in their future careers. So when you’re visiting our locations, don’t be a stranger—help us welcome these young leaders!

This month, we’d like you to meet Brooke Gifford, a feed intern from Newton. Brooke is currently a sophomore at DMACC and will graduate this May, then transfer to Iowa State University in the fall. Agriculture is quite familiar to Brooke, and while at ISU she will focus on ag studies.

“Farming is in my blood,” said Brooke. “I’ve watched my grandparents and parents farm my whole life, so a broad study of agriculture in college will offer me many paths when I’m done.”

 Brooke is one of first feed interns at Key, so the team is eager to give her the opportunity to experience our wellrounded division. “I want to know more about feed in particular,” said Brooke. “There’s so much more that goes into animal feed today, more than just corn and soybeans!”

 Brooke will also have the opportunity to “get out of her comfort zone,” as she calls it, when she meets with producers and surveys feed needs across Key Cooperative counties.

Brooke has already spent time with Key Swine Consultant Howard Vroom and Customer Service Representative Courtney Adams in Gilbert, learning how to run a small feed mill.

“I’m appreciative of the Key team taking the time to show me rather than just tell me how things work. That’s so helpful to a student like me,” said Brooke.

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