Henning alum currently attends UM-Crookston

Adam Lange, who is a 2019 Henning High School graduate, will join R.D. Offutt Farms as a summer agronomy intern, starting May 9.

  A senior at the University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC), Lange is majoring in agronomy with an emphasis in crop production and a minor in ag business. He said he’s excited to learn about potatoes—a new crop to him—during the internship with RDO Farms this summer.

  “I grew up on a farm, raising corn and soybeans,” Lange said. “There’s always a problem that needs a solution on the farm and I’m looking forward to learning at RDO this summer.”

  RDO Farms is family-owned and operated. Together with its partners, RDO Farms operates 10 potato farms in Minnesota and has ownership in several production facilities in the upper Midwest. Lange will be working at the RDO Wadena Farm.

  Nick David, RDO Farms Midwest Regional Agronomist, said internships were created through a unique partnership with Syngenta, geared at providing a hands-on learning experience with real farm projects. 

  “Interns will work with agronomists, farm and warehouse managers, along with industry experts at Syngenta and university professors who support the potato industry,” David said. “During 8-12 weeks on the farm, they will learn about nutritional value and sustainability of the potato, crop development, insect, weed and disease scouting, soil sampling, petiole sampling, social responsibility in agriculture, and interns will complete an individual agronomy project as required by each university.”

  Lange is scheduled to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UMC in December 2022.

  “I’m very interested in soil health and my goal is to become an agronomist after graduation,” Lange said. 

  Previously, he worked at Pro Ag Co-Op (Henning) and K&D Krueger Farms (East Grand Forks, Minn.). Lange is active in extracurricular activities, serving as the Vice President of UMC Agronomy Club, member of the UMC Ag Industries Club and playing intramural volleyball, basketball and broomball.