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Here Comes Trouble – Introducing the 2016 Ohio Pork Interns

The Tuscarawas County Fair: the third week of September…my favorite week of the year. The county fair was my father’s definition of a family vacation. As a child, I did not feel the same. I wanted to be on a beach and meeting new people, but as I reflect on my childhood, I cannot imagine spending that week anywhere else.

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 County Fair as 4 year old with my two older sisters…fourteen year later.

I was raised on a small registered Angus operation located in Northeast Ohio. I was an active 4-H member for ten years, exhibiting market hogs and steers. Through 4-H, I was a camp counselor, Junior Fair Board member, participated on the Tuscarawas County Livestock Judging Team.

I was a sophomore in high school when I realized my true passion for agriculture. Up to this point in my life, I had been active at the barn doing daily chores, but as I looked into my future, I realized I was not ready to leave the cows and pigs at home. Therefore, I attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois where I earned my Associate in Applied Science Degree. At Lake Land, I was a Student Ambassador, member of the Agriculture Transfer Club, and worked as the International Program Studies Assistant.

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Before attending Lake Land College, I had already decided to earn my Bachelor’s Degree and knew there was only one university where I wanted to go. Currently, I am attending The Ohio State University enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences where I am studying two of my passions; agriculture and business. To complement my major, I am a student ambassador, active in the Buckeye Dairy Club and a group Bible Study, and intern with the Showpig.com as the Coordinator for the Showpig.com All-Star Team. In my spare time, I enjoy perfecting my photography skills and cheering on the Buckeyes.

This summer I am honored to have accepted an internship with the Ohio Pork Council and am looking forward to a great summer! I look forward to meeting you and encourage you to always feel free to introduce yourself if we are working the same event.

Hello, I am Kelsie Hinds and I am an intern at Ohio Pork Council.

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This year Ohio Pork Council was blessed with not just one intern, but two! I’m Kandace Eichenauer and I am the other intern.

Agriculture has been a major part of my life since the very beginning. Growing up on a grain and livestock farm with pigs, turkeys, and lambs in Mercer County, it wasn’t uncommon for me to be cleaning out pens, riding in the buddy seat in the tractor, or up early in the morning feeding my fair animals throughout my childhood. As soon as I was old enough to show at the fair, my parents signed me up with pigs and lambs. Little did I know, it would lead to learning numerous life lessons, family bonding, leadership opportunities, lifelong friends, unforgettable memories, and a future career path.

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Fast forward to today, I am a recent graduate of The Ohio State University in which I received my degree in Agriculture Business and Communications. With the lessons of hard work, time management, determination, and dedication that growing up on a farm and showing animals instilled in me, I was able to complete my undergraduate degree in just three years. I truly enjoy promoting agriculture, designing, advertising, and photography – especially with livestock. I am proud to be a part of such an impactful industry that affects everyone.

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This summer, I am working with the Ohio Pork Council and the National Pork Producers Council on developing a new photo sharing and archiving system that state and national pork organizations can utilize to easily access and view photos. These photos will be utilized to promote the industry through marketing materials, social media, etc. I am beyond excited to be a part of this project as it combines two of my favorite things: pigs and photos.

 

 


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