December 3rd, 2013
Animal Science with a BioScience Specialization (Pre-Vet)
How would I describe my past summer? The summer of a lifetime.
I had the extreme privilege to serve as an intern with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington D.C. NCBA is the beef industry’s voice in our nation’s capital and works to ensure beef producers’ voices are heard. I have always loved the beef industry having grown up exhibiting beef cattle to the county fair my entire life, but my passion for it did not truly develop until this summer.
As an animal science major wanting to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine, I got the question a lot as to why I wanted to go to D.C. where there were “no beef cattle, just politics”. My answer to them was that veterinarians are extremely trusted and are the voice and connection between animal production and consumers. They are relied on to know anything and everything about the animal industry and agriculture.
I knew if I worked for NCBA, I would gain an enormous amount of knowledge that would only help me with my future career goals. At NCBA, I had so many AMAZING opportunities to expound on my knowledge of the beef industry. I spoke to staff in Congress, representatives of other animal groups such as the National Pork Producers and National Chicken Council, sat in on phone calls with working groups on issues like bovine spongiform encephalopathy, learned more about the beef check-off program, and much much more.
As a girl from a small rural beef farm, I often wondered whether one person could make a difference. After this summer, and being surrounded with so many people that are extremely passionate about the beef industry, I know the answer to that question is a resounding yes. And to anyone who asks me, my answer to any question is always “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner”.
November 27th, 2013
Over the past three years, I have worked at the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Research and Education Facility. If you do not know, it’s located on the northwest side of Waterman Farm off of Northstar Road. It’s secluded back in the corner surrounded by woods, fields, a pond and cow pastures. It’s so secluded that you can find common wildlife, such as, deer, goose, groundhogs, or even a coyote wandering across the plots. As the students who work out there, we call it “Oval Beach West”.
Now down to the actual work we do out there. We manage turf according to what professors, or my boss, Matt Williams tells us to do. Students, faculty and staff are provided with a first-class facility to conduct research out there. As students, we mow plots, aerify, top-dress, and do all the normal management of turf practices. Some days, we have to get our hands dirty to repair irrigation heads and lines and work on maintenance of the equipment as well. Some days, we spray and fertilize the turf to keep it healthy.
While working at the facility, we also can help a professor record data for their research they are doing on different new or old products in our industry. Doing this is a good to learn while on the job with new products and to figure out what works well. Overall, I would have to recommend this job to any turf student who loves to manage turf and get to deal with every part of managing the turf.
November 19th, 2013
The American Ecological Engineering Society hosts a national conference once a year to showcase research done by ecological engineers around the country. Students are invited to learn more about the field and are invited to participate in a competition to demonstrate what they have learned. This past conference in East Lansing, Michigan held a competition to create an educational video about a facet of ecological engineering. The Ohio State team created a video about bioretention, using Bill Nye and Steve Irwin to convey the information. The video was both funny and educational and was good enough to get first place at the convention! As a prize for winning the contest, we were awarded with Michigan State beer steins.
You can find Jeremy’s and his team’s presentation here.
November 13th, 2013
Agribusiness and Applied Economics
As a CFAES Ambassador, our main goal is to help recruit future agriculturalists to study at our college; share our experiences in order to make the college transition easier. But occasionally, our duties lead us on endeavors that we hadn’t expected.
I recently had the opportunity to read the book Otis at an elementary school in Columbus and then answer any questions they had in regards to farming and agriculture. As you can imagine, a 9-year-old growing up in the Columbus area probably knows very little of the topic.
Many of us may think the statement “chocolate milk comes from brown cows” is absurd. However, to some, that sentence holds nothing but truth. We also assume those not involved in agriculture are apathetic, and that’s simply not the case. Not only did these students open my eyes to the potential there is to fill in the gaps, they showed me their thirst to know more.
I’ve always heard that teaching others is the best way to learn for yourself. I never imagined what two hours with a group of 2nd graders would teach about the industry that I am so passionate about.
Kayla(second on the left) and other CFAES students holding their “teaching” certificates and a note of thanks from the elementary school teachers.
November 6th, 2013
Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Creating value, growing responsibly, and serving vital needs. It’s all about doing things the “ADM Way”. This past summer, I had the tremendous opportunity to work with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as a commodity merchandiser. For those who aren’t familiar, ADM is a global Fortune 50 company primarily involved in oilseed and corn processing with numerous other divisions and entities as well. I was located at a grain elevator in Taylorville, IL, which is about half an hour south of Decatur. In addition, I got the opportunity to spend two weeks at the corporate headquarters in Decatur and sat on their trading floor with some of the most prominent traders in the world.
As a merchandiser, I was responsible for monitoring the grain markets, answering phones, communicating a market opinion to farmers, and helping manage the elevator’s position. Moreover, I got to run the probe stand and test grain for inbound and outbound trucks, most of which were ultimately hauling grain to Decatur to be processed. I would say this was probably one of the more interesting parts of my job, as the truckers seemed to always have some sort of story, comment, or opinion about nearly anything.
This internship with ADM was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I met so many unique and accomplished people, and a common thread was how down-to-earth and helpful everyone was. This was especially true at the Taylorville location, where I was blessed with two of the best supervisors I could have possibly gotten. In ten weeks, I learned so much not only about ADM and grain markets, but about myself and what I want to do with my career and my life. For those of you with opportunities to take internships out of state, I would certainly recommend it, as it is a great chance to develop connections, friendships, and yourself.
The grain elevator in Taylorville, IL where Nick worked during his internship.
October 29th, 2013
Ohio City, Ohio
Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Nothing runs like a Deere, especially in North Carolina. It’s where I spent thirteen weeks from May to August learning about the marketing behind John Deere dealership showrooms, not only in North America but also South America. I was based out of an office in Raleigh, but spent quite a bit of time touring dealerships in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and many more states.
I had three specific projects I completed which were focused around designing showrooms, creating a facility tracking tool, and helping in finishing and promoting a website to dealers. With these projects I worked with many vendors of John Deere, specifically those who create the exterior signage and fixtures. I learned not only many marketing techniques that areused by multiple different companies, but also about how much detail is needed to decide on how a successful showroom is set up. I now realize how different marketing is compared to sales, which I had an internship in for the summer of 2012. I quickly learned how different the corporation atmosphere is compared to the local cooperatives or small companies through multiple events.
Throughout the summer, John Deere held events to gather all the marketing interns and even all of their interns together. John Deere & Company flew in 475 interns from across the country to Moline, Illinois to network and learn about the company for three days. They had presenters, including an Ohio State graduate, Cory Reed, who is the Vice President of Ag and Turf Intelligent Solutions Group. During this trip I toured Harvester Works, Des Moines Works, and Davenport Training Center. I encourage all students to make a leap and take an internship out of state, not only will you be surprised about the difference in culture, but as to how many new friends and opportunities there are outside of the Ohio state lines.
October 22nd, 2013
South Charleston, Ohio
I recently completed a summer internship in Fair Oaks, Indiana where I worked at Fair Oaks Pig Adventure. Fair Oaks Farms is the largest agri-tourism, agri-tainment, agri-education farm in the country. The unique aspect of this farm is that they are open to the public. Everyday, we invite people from all ways of life to come and tour the dairy and pig farms and we encourage them to learn everything they can about agriculture!
This summer was the official opening of the Pig Adventure, which is a 2,800 head breeding and farrowing pig farm that is completely open to the public. Some of what I did was help develop training programs for the adventure guides who were available to answer questions. I also was there day-to-day helping as an adventure guide to give private and public tours, but to provide a very unique angle to answering questions because not only did I grow up on a pig farm, but my family farm is buying 1/3 of the pigs that are born at The Pig Adventure and finishing them out on our farm.
My internship gave me so many opportunities to develop strong leadership skills, but it also gave me a chance to really master my public speaking skills. I believe the best thing I gained from my internship was the ability to communicate and understand the true meaning of communication.
Fair Oaks also gave me the opportunity to develop myself into a professional public speaker and a very strong advocate for the pig industry. The networking opportunities I had, the opportunity to improve my professional habits, develop my character as a business person and the ability to be a friendly face to those who want to know more about agriculture are all reasons I would encourage someone interested in gaining these skills and having these experiences to apply for the internship program, any time of the year!
October 15th, 2013
I had the opportunity to spend my summer in Kansas City, Missouri (not Kansas) interning for the top agricultural marketing and communications agency in the U.S. Osborn Barr has two locations – Kansas City and St. Louis – St.Louis is the main office and focuses on field crop marketing; Kansas City is the smaller office with an animal health focus. I worked as an account management intern on the beef cattle account of Merck Animal Health. I spent most of my time in the office managing projects, writing and editing articles, and learning the inner workings of the agency world – which, in case you are unaware like I was, is very different than the corporation world. Overall, I had a fantastic internship experience! But my absolute favorite part of it all was spending time out west and getting to explore and travel on the weekends.
Not only did I learn lots about Kansas City and all of the awesome things it has to offer, but I also got to travel to surrounding states and visit friends and family and make new friends. I visited eight states – including Arkansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa – and learned so much about the similarities and differences between the culture and lifestyle out there and back here at home. I could not have asked for a better summer experience – interning, making friends, and exploring new places.
Lauren hiking during a weekend in Arkansas.
October 9th, 2013
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Environment, Economics, Development, and Sustainability
My favorite experience while studying abroad in the Czech Republic was the study tour the entire group did together toward the end of my six weeks in Europe. We had the chance to see places all over the country that I wouldn’t have normally seen or even knew existed. I feel that learning through personal experiences is the best way to learn and I truly feel that the knowledge I gained from this trip will stick with me forever. Also, getting to spend time with friends and go on trips with Czech and Russian students was really eye opening for me. It was exciting to be able to get to know students my age from other countries and get to learn about their culture and lives at home. Overall, my learning experience in the Czech Republic was my favorite summer to date and I really miss my Czech and Russian friends!
October 2nd, 2013
Grace(left) during a trip to Texas with Marathon.
This past summer I was an Environmental Intern in the Environment, Security, and Regulation Department at Marathon Petroleum Company. It was a very good experience and a great start into the energy industry. I made a lot of connections with my coworkers and with the 130 interns that worked at the Findlay, Ohio office. What was great about the internship was that Marathon wanted you to gain experience out in the field. Throughout the internship, I made trips to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Texas. At Marathon, they take full advantage of their interns and I was given many important projects to complete. I worked under the water and air regulators which fit my major very well. I gained a lot of computer, field, and paperwork experience that dealt with environmental issues. Marathon Petroleum Company is a great internship opportunity and you can apply anytime online. They have a wide variety of internships for different majors so take a chance and check it out.