May 17th, 2013
Matheus De Nardo
Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Natural Resource Management with an Honors Program focus on International Conservation
This past summer, I was granted the opportunity to intern for an international fair trade coffee company in Peru, called Reach. By working alongside local sustainable development professionals, Reach’s mission is to offer coffee for water, water for life, and life for the pursuit of happiness. For each sale of their coffee products, a portion of the proceeds goes towards supplying clean and sustainable water to the people of Peru, who, as of yet, do not have access to it.
As an intern, my primary responsibilities included meeting with Peruvian coffee farmers in the Amazonian foothills to help improve coffee quality and yields, working with local professionals in Lima on sustainable water projects in impoverished human settlements, and creating an adaptive strategy to bring Reach’s efforts to OSU.
More specifically, one of my projects involved interviewing the residents of two human settlements who lack access to clean water in order to assess the most effective manner to implement water piping and filtration systems. Another project involved addressing issues of land degradation resulting from deforestation for coffee cultivation and informing coffee farmers of the benefits of preserving ecosystem services for the environment and for the quality of their coffee.
Overall, my firsthand experiences interning in Peru allowed me to better understand the struggles of populations in developing countries who lack access to one of life’s most important resources: water .
May 8th, 2013
Ann Arbor, Michigan
On May 5th 2013, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (my major having been Animal Sciences) on the football field in Ohio Stadium with 10,000 fellow buckeyes all eager to join the network of over 500,000 living OSU Alumni. For me, the most exciting part of the ceremony was when The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) was announced and 500 friends stood and proudly cheered for the college that has made their dreams come true. The pride that these students, myself included, have in CFAES can be attributed to many things. For some it is the sense of family with only 2000 students in the college and staff/faculty who go the extra mile for their students. For some it is the opportunity to partake in over 33 student organizations or more then 18 study abroad programs related to areas of study in the college. For some it’s the hands-on classes and internship opportunities. In my case it is a combination of all of this and everything else CFAES has to offer.
As I approached Dr. McPheron (the CFAES Dean) to receive my diploma on graduation day, he looked up and proclaimed in recognition, “It’s you!” as he smiled from ear to ear. His sincere congratulations and excitement in handing diplomas to his graduates, a large portion of which he knew personally, goes to show how special of a place the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences really is.
May 1st, 2013
Out of all the things I’ve done so far at Ohio State, traveling abroad is not one of them, which is why I was super excited to hear that the department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership was going to be having their first ever Agricultural Communication study abroad program to England and Scotland this summer.
I’ve been attending weekly pre-departure classes to prepare for our trip since the second half of this semester. Every Monday night at 7 p.m., we’d meet as a group – with two students who go to OSU Newark using Adobe Connect software to join in – and learn about British and Scottish culture. Each session covered a different topic – food, terminology and language, transportation, and – most importantly, for our trip – agriculture.
Agriculture in the United Kingdom isn’t all that fundamentally different from agriculture in the United States, except that the entire land mass of England and Scotland combined is less than the state of Michigan. The population ratio is not that different, but the land makeup itself is. We learned about these sorts of differences, as well as cultural differences, in our classes.
We leave in less than a month, and the trip is only about two and a half weeks, but I’m staying afterwards with the executive secretary of my dairy breed’s association in Scotland for about twelve days. While the trip is going to be really, really exciting, and I’m pumped to visit sites such as the BBC, the Scottish Agricultural Society and, of course, London. I’m looking even more forward to the farm tours and on-farm experience I’ll gain when I stay afterwards.
There are a ton of awesome study abroad programs within CFAES. If there’s not one for your major, it’s always an option to just choose something that’s interesting to you. And if those opportunities aren’t enough, Ohio State has hundreds of study abroad options, and you’re sure to find something that interests you there.
April 26th, 2013
Bowling Green, Ohio
Agribusiness & Applied Economics
Transferring from Lake Land College, a two year community college in Mattoon, Illinois, I was anxious for my start at The Ohio State University.
The decision to attend OSU was based heavily on the recruitment of Kyle Culp, OSU Livestock Judging Team Coach. I was actively involved in Campus organizations as a Laker, and knew I wanted similar opportunities at OSU; I was encouraged to join Saddle & Sirloin Club and Collegiate Young Farmers as soon as I arrived on campus and was anxious to start on the livestock judging team. The largest student organization in CFAES, and Saddle & Sirloin Club provided a rolodex of new people and experiences. The livestock judging team has allowed for the largest personal growth in my first year at Ohio State. I have enjoyed traveling around the country and networking with some of the most elite industry breeders while continuing the development of my public speaking, decision making, and critical thinking skills. I enhanced my time management skills and realized that making time for what you love is essential. I’ve been blessed with a strong support group of family and new “ole’ Columbus town” friends, that have made my first year as an Ohio State Buckeye truly one to remember.
April 26th, 2013
Every day, conversations about how our food is produced are taking place on campus, and it is important to be a part of those conversations. By understanding what consumers want by listening to their ideas and food questions, confidence and trust in food, farming and agriculture are built.
Ohio State Collegiate Young Farmers hosted a Conversation with EASE in March 2013 to help the 75 attendees feel more comfortable talking about agriculture with consumers. EASE stands for: Engage, Acknowledge, Share, Earn Trust. This event was held only for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences students to help prepare them for conversations on campus but also for Farm to Fork Food Dialogues event that was hosted a few weeks later in the Ohio Union that had 230 students from both central campus and CFAES students in attendance.
David White, Sr. Director, Issues Management & Animals for Life Foundation at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, led Conversation with EASE. An interactive evening filled with table discussion helped students gain confidence and earn trust. Students were given resources to learn how to effectively communicate and challenged to join the conversation by talking to 155 individuals about agriculture.
Conversation with EASE is not a spokesperson or media training program, but rather a movement specifically designed to help turn today’s war of words about food and farming into a spontaneous conversation led by the people who know the subject best-agricultural students.
Talk is cheap. Listening is crucial. Conversation is powerful. Make yours count.
April 22nd, 2013
Oak Park, IL
Environmental Science with a Specialization in Water
As a student in CFAES I had access to several different events and opportunities related to ecology, environmental science, and crop management. The skills I gained while conducting research qualified me for future endeavors, like attending graduate school. As a result of the great instruction and guidance I have received at OSU, I will start an environmental chemistry graduate program at the University of California Davis this autumn.
One of my favorite events I participated in was Scarlet Gray and Ag Day. A few years ago I taught elementary school children about plants and plant diseases. Using the analogy of the function of a human body and sickness, I was able to explain the basic concepts of plant pathology. The students were engaged and excited to participate in the session. It was rewarding to know that I was teaching them something that will contribute to their knowledge bank and help them make informed career decisions in the future. Promoting curiosity in young children is an amazing experience I was able to gain at CFAES.
April 19th, 2013
Coming to the Ohio State campus with more than 56,000 students, I wanted to find my fit in a club where I could get to know the members, make friends, make a difference and make memories. Collegiate Young Farmers (CYF) is a club where I have been able to find my fit. I personally believe in what CYF is doing, so I decided to take a leadership role in the coming school year as the Farm Bureau liaison officer.
Agriculture is continuously changing and as a student I feel it is my responsibility to be knowledgeable of what is happening. CYF continuously brings in guest speakers to help members learn more and provide networking opportunities. As an officer, I find this to be very important to continue because members are benefiting greatly from hearing from professionals and learning more about agriculture. Our goals for the coming year include:
- One guest speaker a month to learn valuable information regarding the agriculture industry;
- Forming a closer connection with Ohio Farm Bureau;
- Host another Farm to Fork Food Dialogues event with increased attendance from both main campus and ag campus students;
- Have leadership development trips to tour agriculture businesses throughout the United States;
- Hold social events and have more conversations among members; and
- Increase membership to help more individuals learn about agriculture.
Collegiate Young Farmers club at Ohio State University is continuing to build leaders for the agriculture industry, and I am proud to be a part of it.
April 15th, 2013
Not many people can say they had an Eastern Screech Owl perch on their finger or have caught a common snapping turtle, but I have. At the Ohio Wildlife Center, I cared for 50 different species of wildlife. I cleaned cages and enclosures as well as watering, giving medication and feeding them.
My favorite part was the education programs. I traveled all over Columbus to local schools, nursing homes and metro parks. I got to take three live animals and props of pelts, miscellaneous bird limbs and replica skulls of different animals.
The look on people’s faces when I would bring out an animal is exactly what I wanted to see. Expressions of “Wow” “Awww” and “What is that?” ignited my passion to educate. For me, being able to inform them on different species of native Ohio wildlife was a great fulfillment.
Once I would begin to talk about each animal’s story of how they got to OWC, I saw expressions of “Oh No” or “Awww” and “That’s just awful”. Allowing groups to see the real animal in front of them really makes them think twice about littering and destroying our natural resources. Relaying the facts and true behavior of a species gives one the confidence to help save an animal in need, by calling OWC to help.
It has been a privilege and a true blessing to have had this opportunity. No words will ever express my gratitude to OWC for teaching me more about wildlife and how to become a better communicator.
April 15th, 2013
Hometown: Haviland, Ohio
Agricultural Engineering with a Specialty in Machinery Systems
During my time at Ohio State in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences I have had many unique experiences. There are many things that are exciting from events and to team engineering competition my time here at OSU and CFAES has been amazing. From the events of ag-lympics to fall festival, to CFAES Banquet there has been lots of exciting times for me here at OSU. One of my favorite events is the ¼ Scale Tractor Design Competition held in Peoria, Illinois. I will be attending my fifth competition this coming May and have enjoyed every single competition. I have had the opportunity to gain practical and useful engineering skills to help me through school and into my future career. I look forward to my last trip to Peoria as a captain of this years team and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
April 12th, 2013
This summer I received a great opportunity to intern for a world leader in pork production, Murphy-Brown/ Smithfield Foods. I was selected as an intern in the research and development portion of the company based out of Rose Hill North Carolina. It was a great honor to be selected for this internship and I’m extremely glad I chose to take the position. What made this internship a great opportunity is that my supervisors went into the experience with a goal in mind, not only would I be a research and development intern that got to experience studies first hand on our research farm, but also that I would get to see every aspect of the industry during my time spent down there last summer. My basic and number one responsibility to Murphy-Brown through this internship was for me to work as hard as I could and contribute as much as I could to aiding with research. The majority of my summer was spent on the research farm. This was an approximately 10,000 head wean to finish facility in which feeding and environmental trials took place. I also had the chance to tour several hog production facilities from boar studs to slaughter houses, and I was able to shadow several employees allowing me to see all aspects of the industry. This was a great opportunity for me to grow professionally, as well as an individual, and I would recommend the experience to anyone with a passion for the food animal industry.