Skagit Farmers Supply is excited to introduce two interns who will join the agronomy department this summer. Melchor Aburto Estrada and Khalil Al-Wazan joined the agronomy team through the company’s summer internship program in mid-May, and will be with the department through August, helping our producers throughout the growing season.
Melchor Aburto Estrada
Melchor grew up in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, a city about three hours west of Mexico City. He moved to the United States in June 2019, settling in Mount Vernon to continue his professional development and grow his career in agriculture. Before moving to the U.S., he studied at the Morelia Institute of Technology, primarily focusing on raising cattle. He has experience with various crops. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration by taking online classes at IEXE University in Mexico City.
Melchor says he loves how beautiful the area is, and how easy it is to get around. He appreciates the diversity of agriculture and crops in the Skagit Valley, and how much there is to learn.
Khalil grew up in Arlington. He currently attends Washington State University and will return to school in the fall as a junior to continue pursuing a degree in landscape, nursery and greenhouse management. This summer, he will be working with crop mapping, soil samples, tissue samples, deliveries and more for Skagit Farmers Supply. When not working or attending school, he’s a big cinema buff and enjoys watching movies.
The Skagit Farmers Supply agronomy internship program opens each spring to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in agriculture, including crop science, soil science, horticulture, agribusiness, agricultural education, agricultural economics or animal science. Throughout the growing season, interns in the paid program gain hands-on experience with more than 20 crops, as well as learning opportunities such as delivering products, soil and tissues sampling, weed scouting, formulating dry and liquid fertilizer blends, mapping customer fields, managing records, assisting with custom planting and fertilizer application, assisting with customer events and more. Interns also have the opportunity to obtain industry licenses, such as the Washington State Pesticide Applicator License.
Welcome to the team, Melchor and Khalil! We’re excited to have you.