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Ag Alumni Profile - Greta Halahan '05 AG BM

Posted: September 17, 2012

There are a lot of folks involved in waste management in the dairy industry. Foundry, machining, engineering, environmental management, and salesmen—the list goes on and on. It takes experts to turn wastes into a reusable product so that our world can be sustainable. In order to market these products, businesses need sales representatives to talk with farmers about how to make their farms more sustainable and have reusable waste.
Greta and her husband, Stephen Halahan

Greta and her husband, Stephen Halahan

Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern and Animal Sciences major, talked with Greta Halahan '05 Agricultural Business Management about her regional sales director position at McLanahan Corporation. Halahan gained her agribusiness skills here at Penn State and succeeded by using her experiences for a career at McLanahan Corporation.

“McLanahan Corporation is a sand manure operation, separating manure from sand so that it can be used again,” says Halahan.

Career: Regional Sales Director at McLanahan Corporation

How has being a Penn State and College of Agricultural Sciences alum benefited your career?

It has been a fantastic experience! During my college experience, I developed a great networking familiarity, allowing me to connect with different resources around me. Even now, I have a professional standpoint but still have relationships from college.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career?

I enjoy working directly with farmers and increasing their profitability in their business.

How have you stayed connected to Penn State since you’ve graduated?

I am involved with the Ag Alumni Tailgate, which keeps me involved in the college’s various events. I also stay connected through friends and affiliate alumni in Agricultural Business Management.

What is your favorite creamery flavor?

PSU Coffee Break

What advice would you give to current students?

Don’t worry about a salary and pursue a company that you admire and a company you respect. You will gravitate toward that. You want to find something that fits who you are. Money can’t make choices, money can’t buy happiness. Don’t be surprised when your goals change.

For more information contact Jena Sigel, Alumni Relations Intern at jls6196@psu.edu.