Recently, the student advisory team of Agriculture Future of America spent time in the RTP and Greensboro touring the major ag and biotech companies headquartered in the area. Barbara Dascenzo-Stahl, Project Capabilities and Production Manager with Syngenta was one of the hosts and details Syngenta’s involvement with AFA and the results they’ve seen with new college graduates that were AFA members with Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles:
“We’ve been involved with them for several years now and are looking in the near future to expand and grow our interaction with them. The production and supply area is where we have been trying to link into them. We have also recruited their leaders into our sales programs. We bring a lot of our production and seed processing folks in to get to know the students.
We’ve hired students in the past and currently have an intern working. For AFA at Syngenta we are really trying to establish that pipeline with them. They have a presence at over 115 universities and are looking at developing the best and strongest students possible.
We recruit a lot of out the mid west because of our corn and soybean production, that area seems to work well for us. We also go out west. We are seeing a very high placement rate for top ag students, with very early job offers as well. We want to be one of those players that gets out there ahead of the curve to get these top students. We reach out to the universities to see the placement rates and other stats to help us. With AFA and their model, they are taking these students and developing the polish and soft skills now and not waiting until they are in the job.”
Project Capabilities and Production Manager with Syngenta, Barbara Dascenzo-Stahl