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Ag Alumni Profile - Doug Koontz '01 AG BM

Posted: August 22, 2012

For someone who enjoys the agricultural industry, working with livestock and doing something different every day, Doug Koontz's career and hobby make for a great combination.
Doug Koontz meeting with Ag Choice Farm Credit clients

Doug Koontz meeting with Ag Choice Farm Credit clients

Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern and Animal Science major talked with Doug Koontz '01 Agricultural Business Management (Animal Science minor) on making positive impacts on farmers and their operations as well as raising champions in the hog industry and helping young swine enthusiasts.

Career: Executive Loan Officer for Ag Choice Farm Credit
Business: Koontz Show Pigs

What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
I get to work with farmer’s every day, and have the opportunity to see a variety of farms, including dairy, hog, poultry, greenhouses, and large cash grain farms. I enjoy talking with farmers face-to-face learning about their needs and helping them accomplish their goals. 

What has been your favorite Penn State memory?
Traveling with the Block and Bridle Club and Dairy Science Club, North East Student Affiliate, competition livestock judging and quiz bowl. Another treasured memory is one with the Dairy Science Club and our trip to Ireland.

What is the best piece of career advice that you’ve ever received?
To go into an industry or job that you are going to like and fit your skills. This advice came from many friends, family members and professors.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Communication. Understanding exactly what our customers want is key to making sure that we are meeting their needs the best way that we can. In a constantly changing world, meeting demands can be challenging.

What do you enjoy most about working for such a prestigious company like Ag Choice Farm Credit?
Ag Choice Farm Credit is strong financially and is a strong employer of good people. I really enjoy the flexibility in my work schedule.

Koontz shared that he originally thought a career in feed sales and dairy nutrition was right for him. He soon discovered that it was not a good fit and found his way to Ag Choice Farm Credit because of the relationships he built with farmers. “Having interests in math, good business skills, and economical interests are what made me choose to study Agribusiness Management at Penn State. Animal Science was the perfect minor for me because of my interest in the hog industry,” he says. Koontz gained valuable agribusiness management skills by starting his own hog business right out of college. His farm continues to build breeding stock and replacement gilts of 120-130 head for 4-H and FFA members. He continues to support industries like the National Junior Swine Association and was a board member of the Eastern Regional.