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The Path to an Agricultural Career 
How one Job Seeker Found Success

By Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Associate

From the suburbs, a love for the outdoors and horses led Kathleen Keough to the agricultural industry. 

Keough grew up in suburban Saint Louis, Missouri. She went on to Truman State University after high school graduation, but was undecided on her major. A freshman advisor learned Keough enjoyed horseback riding throughout her childhood and suggested she take the beginning agriculture class. 

In the "Introduction to Agricultural Systems" class, Keough discovered that many ag classes and learning opportunities were held on the University Farm, a 400-acre farm located just one mile from campus. Her love of the outdoors took over and she was sold! Keough went on to graduate with an Agricultural Science major and an Agricultural Business minor. 

Keough interned at Novus International and initially wanted to pursue a career in animal nutrition, however she was open to various opportunities that would fit with her ag business training. Dr. Michael Seipel, chair of the Agriculture Department at Truman State University, recognized Kathleen's aptitude for business concepts and principles in his classes, and encouraged her to broaden her job search within the agricultural realm. Dr. Seipel coaches students on the job search process through the department's Senior Seminar course and encouraged Kathleen to check out because of the diversity of entry- and upper-level agriculture sector positions that are available on the site. 

Keough started with a basic search on and was "impressed with all of the varied options in St. Louis and the surrounding area," shared Keough. "I found made it easy to find what I was looking for and the application process was simple," added Keough. 

She found a posting on for a Supply Chain Coordinator at Bunge, applied and was hired. Bunge is an international agribusiness and food products company. Keough works in Bunge's corporate office in the edible oils division. As Supply Chain Coordinator, she supports and assists the supply chain function with inventory management, logistics and data analysis. 

Looking to pursue a career path in the agricultural industry? Check out the openings on AgCareers.comtoday. There are more than 5,000 new jobs posted every month in the United States and Canada!