Carolyn McBeth

Entrepreneurship

About Carolyn McBeth

Carolyn McBeth is a passionate entrepreneur running a farm in Ames, Iowa. Carolyn has always taken a strong liking to agriculture, especially having grown up in the rolling plains of Iowa. In college, she studied Agricultural Business at Iowa State University, specializing in Agribusiness Management and International Agriculture. This education taught her the ins and outs of running an agricultural business and instilled the very principles that she uses to this day.

Throughout her college career and in the years following her graduation, Carolyn interned and worked for a few companies. Her internship was with Pioneer Hi-Bred International as a Supply Planning and Logistics Professional. This year-and-a-half internship taught Carolyn McBeth the in-demand business skills of supply forecasting and other industry-specific tasks. After completing her time with this company, she went on to work for John Deere & Company in various capacities, beginning as an AMS Technical Representative in the Ag Management Solutions department. She soon transitioned into a role as a Complete Goods/Aftermarket Coordinator within the same department.

Again, Carolyn applied many crucial business skills to this role, such as communicating with suppliers and dealers, expanding customer service and more. She stayed with John Deere & Company until 2007, taking on two more roles while she was there: Production Planning Supply Management Specialist and, finally, the Marketing Product Specialist Representative. While her time here was enjoyable and educational, Carolyn McBeth ultimately left to focus all of her efforts on her small business.

While she was initially working with John Deere & Company immediately after graduation, Carolyn began McBeth Northfork Farms and has since been the Owner/Operator and Land Manager. Choosing to focus all of her efforts on her business when she left John Deere & Company has allowed her to streamline business operations and grow opportunities for the farm. She successfully optimizes day-to-day operations on the farm, including buying inputs, marketing grain and managing the equipment/land acquisition, among other tasks that come up. This small business is comprised of only seven other employees, but it is steadily growing.

Carolyn McBeth’s professional goal is to continue to grow the farm operations and eventually hand the responsibilities over to her children when they reach the ages where they are able to run it themselves. Raising them in this environment has allowed Carolyn to instill professional and transferable skills in her children that are able to be applied to any field, especially entrepreneurship. The industry-specific skills they have grown up utilizing are beneficial to have in the agricultural business.

Family is of utmost importance to Carolyn, and she is delighted to have this family farm that allows her to spend valuable time with her children. In addition to her own children, Carolyn also sows into the lives of others by co-leading the Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies 4-H Club and creating many agricultural experiences, as well as advising the Story County 4-H County Council.

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