CAREERS

Why Choose Centra Sota?

At Centra Sota Cooperative, we’re dedicated to the success of our patrons, customers, and our team members. With over 100 years in business, we’ve built a legacy of strategic growth to ensure we’re choosing what’s best for our member owners. We credit our success to the highly qualified, dedicated people who are part of our team. We offer a variety of rewarding career opportunities in a welcoming, family-like environment.

CAREERS

Rewarding opportunities, and dedicated people for over 100 years

INTERNSHIPS

Start a valuable experience to discover first-hand what a career in agriculture is all about

SCHOLARSHIPS

Centra Sota is dedicated to giving back and encouraging growth

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Here's what our team members like best about working at Centra Sota 

 
Team work

In compliance with Federal and State equal employment opportunity laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, non-job related disability, or any other protected group status.

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INTERNSHIPS

 

Centra Sota Cooperative internships offer a valuable experience to discover first-hand what a career in agriculture is all about. You’ll get an opportunity to work with growers, learn more about the tools and processes we use to help them find the best fit for their farm, forge new friendships and more. Whether you’re scouting in the field or learning about the latest software, you’ll be a valued and respected part of our team!

Here's what our interns have shared about their experiences:
“This experience allowed me to apply my education in the field while building on my knowledge of common issues for this area.” 
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Agronomy

Operations, Scouting, Sales & Marketing and

Precision Ag 

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Feed

Milling & Production, Mill Administration and

Sales & Nutrition

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Energy

Operations & Delivery and Sales & Customer Service

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Country Store

Retail Sales and Store Operations

For more information on these programs, please contact our Human Resources Department at: careers@centrasota.com

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SCHOLARSHIPS
 

Centra Sota is a proud supporter of a variety of community organizations and students. We believe in giving back to the communities that support us through scholarship and sponsorships. 
Below is a list of scholarships funded by Centra Sota Cooperative or one of our business partners. Learn more about Centra Sota scholarship and sponsorship opportunities. 

Centra Sota Cooperative Scholarships: 

Dale Mausehund Memorial Scholarship

Annually, Centra Sota Cooperative funds the Dale Mausehund Memorial Scholarship. Dale, a former team member passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in April 2012. Dale was a seasoned Agronomist and was very passionate about his work in agriculture. Each year we fund a $500 scholarship for an Eden Valley- Watkins high school senior student  pursuing a college education in agriculture (or a related field).To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com.

Nick Stodolka Memorial Scholarship

Centra Sota Cooperative funds the Nick Stodolka Memorial Scholarship each year. Nick, a former team member passed away unexpectedly doing what he loved, hunting with family on the family farm. At the young age of 26, Nick was a dedicated employee who took great pride in his job as an agronomy applicator for the Cooperative. Each year we fund a $500 scholarship for an Albany or Holdingford high school senior who is pursuing a college education in agriculture (or a related field). To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com.

Kenny Beehler Memorial Scholarship

Centra Sota Cooperative is also pleased to fund the Kenny Beehler Memorial Scholarship. Kenny worked at Centra Sota Cooperative for 35 years as Operations Manager and truly loved his job in Agronomy. Kenny passed away in 2021 after a courageous battle with Kidney cancer.  He was heavily involved in various sports, FFA, 4-H and many other community events. This scholarship was established to support Foley students pursuing an education in the Agronomy field or Trade schools. To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com

Scholarships from our partners
America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarship to support their education. This year, more than $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to students across the country. More scholarships will be available in 2016. Starting this November, students can apply online at FFA.org/scholarships. The National FFA Organization administers the program, but you do not have to be an FFA member to apply. Learn More about America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships 

John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program

The John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program, offered by Land O Lakes, is a $25,000 scholarship available to graduate students pursuing dairy-related degrees at Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, or the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One or two scholarships are awarded annually to deserving candidates who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and aptitude toward their field of study. To learn more, please contact mhughes@centrasota.com  

Sallstrom Scholarship

The Sallstrom Scholarship is offered each year by the MCPR Board of Directors. Each year they award a $1,000 scholarship to a student at our annual CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To be eligible, the applicant must be a student entering their second, third, or fourth year of a four-year institution of higher learning or, the second year of a two-year institution of higher learning AND must be a Minnesota resident. For further information please click on the application and requirements links below. Learn More about the Sallstrom Scholarship 

Nufarm Grassman Scholarship

The Nufarm Grassmanship Scholarship program awards one $5,000 and four $1,000 scholarships to current and incoming college students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Learn more about the Grassmanship Scholarship Program.

Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program

The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is offered by WinField United. 

Scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded to 4 college students who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future. 

The Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program is available to freshmen, sophomore or junior college students pursuing two- or four-year degrees in an agriculture related field. 

To qualify for the program, a student must: 

  • Be a college freshman, sophomore or junior 

  • Be pursuing a two- or four-year degree in or related to agronomy, crop and weed science, soil science, genetics, ag technology, ag business or ag communications 

  • Have work experience related to the degree (family farm work, internships, summer jobs, volunteer work, etc. would all apply). 

  • Not be a dependent of anyone employed by WinField United or Land O’Lakes, Inc. 

  • Not be a previous recipient of any scholarship administered by Land O’Lakes, Inc. 

  • Since its formation, the Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program have awarded more than $500,000 to young adults who share the same commitment to agronomy, excellence and the cooperative system. 
     
    For more details or to apply, visit Winfield United's News Page or click here