I was driving back to my hotel one night a few weeks ago after a meeting I had with some growers in the northern part of my territory. I got back to my hotel about 10:15 p.m. and opened up my computer to catch up on some emails and get ready for my meetings the next morning. After I got some work done and got settled into my bed at about midnight, I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. to get an early start and realized that I am not completely unlike the farmers that I had just spent the evening with discussing their crop rotation. They also would be up early, getting ready for the day, and would be thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most respected industries in the world.
My name is Katie Robertson and I am a sales representative for Monsanto in Oklahoma. I work with farmers and seed retailers every day to ensure that they have a good experience when they buy our products. Just like with any job, there are good days and bad days, but I can honestly say that the bad days aren’t that bad and the good days make it all worth while.
One thing that we always say at Monsanto is that we are only successful if the farmer is successful. In my job I feel like that hits especially close to home. The growers I work with often start and end their day as the sun rises and sets. If I want them to be successful with our products and have a good experience, they need to know that I am right there with them, standing in the field or riding in the planter when they need to talk about seed business but don’t have the time to take a break. Our dedication, as sales reps, has to be completely at the farmer level. It’s when I see our products perform, and get to see the smile on the farmers face as he reads out the results on the yield monitor over the roar of the combine, that I realize that I really do have one of the best jobs in the world.
Katie has worked for Monsanto as a sales rep in Oklahoma since 2007. Her favorite part of the job is building relationships with farmers and retailers in my territory and helping ensure that they have a good experience when they using our products. She loves living and working in Oklahoma but is a still a very proud Missouri girl at heart. Katie grew up on a beef farm in Northwest Missouri and then went to the University of Missouri in Columbia and earned a degree in Agricultural Journalism and a minor in Agricultural Economics. When she is not running around the countryside in Oklahoma promoting the benefits of our products, she enjoy spending time with her husband Brian. Katie also loves traveling, working out, cooking and reading.