Job at Pioneer helps Borgman find career choice

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Chris Borgman has worked at Pioneer Research Center near Miami since his freshman year in high school. As he starts his freshman year at the University of Missouri this fall, Borgman plans on majoring in Plant Science and becoming an agronomist.

Chris Borgman, a recent Slater High School graduate, knew he wanted to join FFA when he entered high school.

"I was already around agriculture anyways and wanted to grow with my SAE and grow as a leader," said Chris, the son of Douglas and Kimberly Borgman of rural Hardeman.

In April, Borgman became one of the only 3 percent of Missouri FFA members to receive his State FFA Degree at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

His SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) includes several jobs.

"I started out raising cattle and grew my production to about 12 cows," he said. He also works at Christy Farms helping with their row crops and 150-head cattle herd.

His freshman year he started working at Pioneer Research Center near Miami, helping to pollinate corn. Borgman averages about 20 hours a week working during the school year and over 50 hours per week during the summer.

Working at all the different jobs helped him learn how to "keep pretty accurate records."

Working at Pioneer, has also helped him decide on a career field.

"I learned a lot about plant science, which is the field I'm thinking about going into," Chris said.

As a Slater FFA member for four years, he also learned several things.

"I learned their is a lot of stuff about agriculture still out there to be sought," he said, adding FFA has a lot to offer members, including learning leadership and other skills that will be useful in the future.

He said he would definitely recommend FFA to incoming high school freshmen.

"They'll get to branch out and meet new people for one," he said. "If they stick with it they'll become more mature and advance not only in FFA, but in agriculture and among their peers."

His favorite activity in FFA was being a member of contest teams, as part of the CDE (Career Development Events).

"They are a a good thing to set goals for," he said, adding he had been to state with all three teams he competed on. "Getting to state convention is pretty fun."

The teams he was on were Meats, as both a freshman and sophomore; Farm Management, as a junior and Livestock as a senior.

In his four years Borgman held many offices in his FFA chapter: historian as a sophomore; treasurer as a junior and president as a senior. He was also part of the 2010-2011 Area 6 officer team, serving as parlimentarian.

He won several awards in his chapter, including Star Greenhand as a freshman, Star Chapter Farmer as a sophomore and the Star Agribusiness Award, as a junior. He also won the Star Area Placement award in Area 6 for his work at Christy Farms and Pioneer, advancing to state competition.

Besides FFA, Borgman was also active in other activities, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, S-Club and A plus. He attends St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he serves as head usher and as president of the youth group. He is also a long time member of the Orearville 4-H club.

His hobbies include hunting, being with friends and being with family.

In the fall, Borgman will be attending the University of Missouri to major in Plant Science, with an emphasis on Crop Management . In the future, he would like to work as an agronomist.