Career Paths in Ags
I'm currently a Trainee at an ABCD and am fortunate enough to have a few options on the table to advance within both the Merchandising and Commercial Management sides of our business. Those in the former would initially focus on grain origination and byproduct (i.e., feed) sales en route to a role overseeing the full rail/barge position at a major elevator or terminal, while the latter involves managing major assets like crush plants or mills, and I was wondering if anyone else has been in a similar position and what they took into consideration when making a decision on where to go. I really enjoy a role at The Andersons/Lansing in Overland Park sounds like it would be a great deal if I have the opportunity at some point, but absolutely maximizing my earnings over the long term is my greatest priority, and so I'm willing to do whatever it takes to do that.
I think it may also be worth mentioning that I've developed a respectable level of skill in Python, R and VBA and have been able to use them to both automate internal processes and optimize analysis of correlations between trends like local weather patterns and cash bids.