Special guest blog written by Amanda, the coolest intern we’ll have here at the Ohio Pork Council this summer – easily!
Agriculture is in my blood. For as long as I can remember, my family members have been farmers by trade. Originally from Williams County, Ohio, my life has revolved around rural communities, farm families, livestock, and miles upon miles of flat farmland. I grew up on a predominately farrow to finish hog operation and grain farm. Starting at a young age, it wasn’t uncommon for one to find me in the barn following my dad around as he fed and cared for the hogs.
As I grew older, I spent many hours working at my parents’ agricultural supply store, strengthening my knowledge of the agricultural industry, as a whole. My connection with the pork industry further developed as I began volunteering in the Williams County Pork Producers stand at antique tractor shows and during the county fair. Once old enough, I began traveling to Columbus with my family, as well as other pork producers from Williams County, to help volunteer at the Ohio Pork Council’s food stands during the Ohio State Fair. I always enjoyed being able to volunteer my time while simultaneously working to promote Ohio’s pork industry.
Upon graduating from high school, I chose to attend The Ohio State University. This fall, I will be a senior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics and minoring in Agricultural Communications. Though I’ve already completed a few internships for my major field of study, I also wanted to broaden my horizons and take on the challenge of completing an internship dealing with my minor field of study. That’s where the Ohio Pork Council comes in.
I am both honored and humbled to have been invited to intern with the Ohio Pork Council this summer. I am most looking forward to helping out with Ohio Pork Council events. Some of these events include golf outings, managing food stands at the Ohio State Fair, Farm Days at a local COSI science exploration center, etc. etc. I’m also eager to learn more about social media and am very excited about all of the opportunities that may arise from such a great internship experience.
My name is Amanda and I am the 2014 Ohio Pork Council Intern.