I am able to see the broader side of the business and it brings greater meaning to how my day-to-day activities at the production plant affect the business as a whole.
Wondering what your degree can do for you in the competitive seed industry? Jacki Langlois is discovering the power of a crop science degree through Pioneer Hi-Bred’s Emerging Leaders Program.
“My job as an agronomist in the Emerging Leaders Program is a great entry level position,” said Jacki Langlois, a University of Illinois crop sciences graduate. “Through this program, you can see all aspects of the business and decide your future goals.”
The Pioneer Emerging Leaders Program provides graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to fill leadership positions within Pioneer and other seed companies. It offers job training and targeted career development through exposure to a variety of experiences in the Pioneer business.
Langlois is training to be a seed corn production agronomist. Her duties change from season to season and include setting up and monitoring field experiments.
“I have been involved in contracting production acres from growers, allocating hybrids, making field maps, monitoring corn growth, diseases and pest pressures, coordinating detasseling and duties relating to harvest,” she said.
In addition, Langlois has had diagnostic lab training and attends quarterly Emerging Leader Program meetings, agronomy conferences and product trainings. Interfaces allow participants to see all aspects of the business from research to supply chain management and from human resources to sales, she said.
“I am able to see the broader side of the business and it brings greater meaning to how my day-to-day activities at the production plant affect the business as a whole,” she said. “It’s also a great way to network, learn about other positions within the company, and help guide you to your future goals.”