Many people consider themselves fortunate to have grown up on a farm. Noah Heinemann is lucky enough to say he grew up on two farms. His father raises horses and cows; his stepdad grows soybeans, corn and grain. What Noah loves about working on a farm is that it allows you to see your efforts at the end of the year. “You’re selling corn, you’re selling calves … you see that all your hard work has paid off,” he says.
Once he graduated from Waterloo High School this past May, he started working at Wm. Nobbe & Co. in Waterloo, Ill., with the goal of completing the John Deere Tech Program through Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., and then working at the dealership.
It’s a Job That Suits
Noah says he knew people that worked at the dealership, including Ag Service Manager Loren Muskopf, who introduced him to the program. Growing up doing maintenance on farm equipment gave him insight into the job, he says, “Plus, I’m good with my hands and want to be in a field that lets me use that skill. It just seemed like a good fit for me.” Loren agrees that the job suits Noah saying, “He’s responsible, dependable and a hard worker. We feel he will be an asset to our company.”
Noah also credits the scholarship he received from the Equipment Dealers Foundation in helping him achieve his goal. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to get this scholarship,” he says. “It’s definitely helped me not to worry about money as much while I’m in college.”
As for advice he has for others that are looking into this field, Noah says that they need to make sure they know it’s really what they want to do. “It’s harder than you’d think. You can be mechanically inclined and still be challenged at school,” he says. “The professors are great, though, really, really skilled.”
Noah makes sure to keep his connection to farming and the land while in school and seeking to complete his degree. He comes home on the weekends to help out at the farms, and also spent time this past summer riding horses through Cumberland Pass in Colorado.
About the Scholarship
The EDF was established in 1988 to provide scholarship funding to help meet the industry’s needs for trained individuals. EDF also provides temporary assistance for dealerships and its employees affected by natural disasters. Learn more about EDF here.