Pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world

July 24, 2013

By: Macy Sarbacker, ABS Global Marketing Communications Intern

Agriculture is the root of our society. In the past, agriculture and farming tended to be lumped into one category that was assumed to mean farmers who worked on farms.

Today however, agriculture is the production, processing, marketing and distribution of crops and livestock products. Agriculture based jobs are not just for those managing a farm or ranch. Agriculture based positions can be utilized in a broad range of areas such as: sales representatives, research scientists, quality assurance, marketing, engineers, public health and more.  At ABS Global, it is our vision to continue to pioneer animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world.

“Without agriculture, we would be in a lot of trouble. Providing food to the world is one of the most basic needs we have today,” said Greg Peterson.

5th generation farmer’s sons, Greg Peterson, 22, and his brothers, Nathan, 19, and Kendal, 17, became an overnight sensation last year when they took their love for agriculture online.IMG_2133.jpg

The brothers, who have always been passionate about agriculture, began carrying a camera around their 1000 acres of farm land as they did their daily chores. They knew that agriculture needed to be promoted and thought YouTube videos would be an entertaining way to inform the public and spread the word about agriculture.

And they were right!

Their first video, “I’m Farming and I Grow It”, a parody of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” has now been seen by nearly 23 million times by people across the globe.

“Agriculture has taught [us] work ethic, values, and how to treat animals and land the right way… It’s given [us] a unique perspective of the world and how important it is that we keep pressing forward as an industry,” said Peterson.

Agriculture enthusiasts across the globe are thankful for these young men who are committed to promoting agriculture in an entertaining way. For now, the Peterson brothers plan to continue to make videos, travel the country to speak on the importance of agriculture and most importantly, carry on the family tradition of farming.

Even in a modern society, agriculture continues to provide us with clothing, shelter, food and everyday necessities. As you can see, agriculture really is important! It is also important to keep our vision of continuing to pioneer animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world in the forefront of our minds.

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ABS Global welcomes 2013 interns

June 17, 2013

ABS Global welcomes a diverse group of interns for the 2013 year. Interns include: Cassie Endres, Becky Steffensmeier, Tyler Gallagher, Erica Ehlers, Mandy Hunter, Donovan Nelson and Macy Sarbacker.

 Cassie Endres began as the GMS Intern in December. Endres is from Waunakee, WI and is currently a junior at UW-Madison.

 Becky Steffensmeier was selected as a livestock handling intern. Steffensemeier is currently attending school at UW-Platteville and hails from Bloomington, WI.2013_abs_interns

 Tyler Gallagher of Decorah, IA was selected as a livestock handling intern. Gallagher is currently a student at Iowa State University.

 Erica Ehlers, graduate of University of NE-Lincoln, was selected as a production intern. Ehlers is from Leigh, NE.

 Mandy Hunter was selected as a production intern. Hunter is currently attending school at Madison College.

 Donovan Nelson of Edgerton, WI was selected as the sales and service intern. Nelson is currently a senior at UW-River Falls.

 Macy Sarbacker of Verona, WI was selected as the marketing communications intern. Sarbacker is currently a junior at Iowa State University.

 The internship opportunities at ABS Global are an excellent chance for students to learn more about ABS programs, services and labs. “ABS internships have served as a career path foundation for several employees and representatives throughout our company. It is exciting to support the development of the next generation of industry leaders,” said Todd Kronberg, ABS Global business development manager.