The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

September 24, 2013

Ag intern’s time winds down

RICHMOND — Oh how time flies. It didn’t seem all that long ago when I walked into the Madison County Cooperative Extension Office back in March. As we approach the end of September, my six-month internship is coming to a close.

As I reflect on all that I was able to accomplish and help with in such a short time, I can’t help but think of all of those who were there helping me the whole way. Through the internship I was able to get a first-hand look into a county extension office and see how agents work day to day to better their communities.

From my experience, I learned that agents work tirelessly to solve problems, answer questions, plan and organize meetings, schedule field days, work with other groups, write news articles and countless other activities.

I greatly appreciate Brandon Sears, the Madison County agriculture and natural resources extension agent, as well as Amanda Sears, Madison County horticulture extension agent, for allowing me to be involved in many of those processes and allowing me the freedom to work on many of my own projects through the summer.

I was able to work on a summer research project on pink eye in cattle, help develop simple handouts for producers to use on seeding forages, write several articles, teach a course, help organize a club and even am currently working on co-writing a publication for use across the state.

I would have never imagined being able to do all of these things and more through one summer internship, and I am so grateful for all those who have helped me along and supported my internship. I wanted to especially thank Gary Palmer, agriculture extension director assistant, as well as Martha Thompson, agriculture extension personnel specialist, for graciously providing me the opportunity of this internship.

I also wanted to thank everyone in the county who supported what I did, from the producers in my pinkeye study, to those who I worked with on the phone, to those who attended any of my beekeeping events, and to anyone who enjoyed any of the articles I wrote.

I will conclude by saying that I thoroughly feel that this county is in great hands with Brandon and Amanda as your ag and horticulture agents — they are both extremely hard workers, and will bend over backwards to help anyone in the community. Thank you again Madison County!    

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