Rabu, 12 Juni 2013

Nebraska Corn Kernels: Intern Projects: Price Of Corn And The Poultry Industry




By Casey Campbell, NCGA-St. Louis Intern

I really cannot believe that I’m done with my first month interning at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). It really has flown by! I have been busy with so many projects that are all so different and met so many great people. 

One of the main projects I have been working on is researching data and creating graphs to prove that rising prices of corn are not negatively affecting the poultry industry. While my minor in Agricultural Economics is definitely helping this process, math and numbers are not always my friends, especially with some of these really confusing databases. Thankfully I have been able to get lots of help from Paul Bertels, our in-house ag econ expert, more formally known as the VP of Production and Utilization. 

I have also been trying to revamp NCGA’s social media starting with their Facebook page. One of my goals within this is to make our page a place for farmers across the country to be able to interact with each other. I have been making posts with open ended questions trying to really engage our growers. At the same time I am trying to get more college students to become part of discussions on the page so I will be reaching out to many UNL students to start. Also, speaking of our Facebook page, everyone should go like it! 

I had never been to Missouri before this summer and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the most beautiful places (after Nebraska, of course). Thankfully I am staying with a wonderful family here who has taken me to family BBQs and the zoo, which is free by the way if you’re ever in St. Louis. Plus I live next door to a woman I work with who has a great pool that’s perfect for lazy Sundays. I’m convinced I am the luckiest girl in the world to have this amazing internship and be living in this great area.

Nebraska Corn Kernels: Intern projects: price of corn and the poultry ind...: By Casey Campbell, NCGA-St. Louis Intern I really cannot believe that I’m done with my first month interning at the National Corn Growers ...