Joining the Team- Full Time!

Kansas Corn Welcomes Zoe Schultz to New Role

Blog Post by Zoe Schultz, Regional Outreach Coordinator

With purple in my blood and the fight song continually replaying in my head, my chapter at Kansas State University has come to an end. It has been nothing short of a crazy, wild few years. From a variety of internships and campus activities, not to mention being in college during COVID-19, my time at K-State has been one for the books!

As I switch hats from Kansas Corn Intern to the Kansas Corn Regional Outreach Coordinator, I am looking forward to representing other Kansas farmers and industry partners. Through Kansas Corn’s efforts in advocacy and education, I will focus on program development and grower engagement in western Kansas.

Growing up on my family’s no-till operation just north of Grainfield, Kansas, I knew I wanted a career in the agriculture industry. Raising corn, wheat, sunflowers and soybeans, our dryland and irrigated operation is widely diversified. At a young age, I began helping in the field, running the combine, grain cart, planter and drill. Additionally, my dad was an early pioneer in conservation and soil health practices, developing my interest in new practices and leadership as I entered college.

Not only was farming instilled in my blood, so was customer service and a commitment to the growers I serve. My grandfather was a seed dealer for more than 20 years and my dad has continued the family seed business. Every spring, it’s a family affair to get seed sorted, labeled and delivered to customers efficiently and on time.

I began interning with the Kansas Corn in August of 2020. I have assisted in various projects related to the yield contest, marketing and communication, agronomic projects and grower service-related activities. My focus at K-State was in agricultural communication, agronomy and agricultural sales, and I was able to develop skills and experiences in these areas.. With the farm in my back pocket, the internship gave me the ability to understand the value both KCGA and KCC provide to Kansas farmers in market development, research, technology and education. In addition to interning with Kansas Corn throughout college, I also held internships with Crop Quest, Bayer CropScience and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

After getting involved with Kansas Corn through my internship and Collegiate Academy, I believe KCGA offers farmers a valuable resource in leveraging regulatory and legislative efforts in both Topeka and Washington D.C. The organization gives farmers and ranchers the opportunity to continue daily operations, while assuring their concerns are being heard. I am excited to be a part of an organization that works with other organizations toward the goal of producer profitability and sustainability.

I have a passion for people, agriculture and rural communities. I am graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in agricultural communications and journalism and minors in agronomy and agricultural sales. I am engaged to one of my childhood best friends, Luke Kaiser, who also farms and ranches near Grainfield. We will be married this fall and plan to live in the Gove County area. I am excited to be back in Western Kansas, representing Kansas farmers while also having to opportunity to remain active on both of our families’ farms.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or opportunities for Kansas Corn to be active in your local community. I look forward to engaging with growers and meeting many of our members during the 2022 Kansas Corn Summer Listening tour.

Zoe can be reached via email at zschultz@ksgrains.com.