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Hey everyone! My name is Kelsie Vaile and this fall I will be a junior majoring in Animal Sciences with a Technology and Management concentration. Shocking, I know. An animal science major that doesn’t want to be a vet? While I love helping all kinds of animals, my interests are more on the production animal side of animal agriculture.
This summer I lived in Champaign with a few other house sisters and caught up on some classes, and also began working at the University’s Meat Science Lab. At the Meat Science Lab I worked at the sales counter and packaged and sold meat to the customers that came in. I also learned more about the processing side of harvesting animals and the journey they take from pasture to plate. I plan to continue working here throughout the school year and to keep learning more about the process.
Living in Champaign during the [ … ]
My name is Shelby Lahey and this fall I will be a senior majoring in agricultural leadership sciences. The start of my summer was spent studying for finals while I was abroad in Australia. My classes abroad were over the first week of June and then I had exams the last two weeks of June. Australia does things a little different but graciously when it comes to finals. I got a whole week off before my final exams started, it was called study week. J
During that week instead of studying like a maniac I spent some time visiting a few places I had not been yet. I am blessed to have met an Australian girl who lived at the house as part of the Angus Youth Australia Scholarship Program. This girl is the whole reason I studied abroad and went to Australia. Her name is Trinity. I spent this week [ … ]
Hola! My name is Liz Koehler and I am going to be a senior this year majoring in Agricultural Communications with a broadcast focus and minoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. This summer I am interning at the Illinois Farm Bureau with RFD Radio Network in Bloomington, Ill. There, I learned the ins and outs of the radio business. I am on-air almost everyday and do a special legislative update each week. I also am working to redesign their FarmWeekNow.com website, beta testing their new app and have begun the @FarmWeekNow Twitter account. I’ve been able to make great contacts throughout the industry and have loved every second of it. I spend about half of my time in the field getting interviews and adventuring the state. I spend a lot of my spare time on the weekends visiting friends and family. My oldest brother, Ethan, just graduated from U of [ … ]
Hello! My name is Kelsey Litchfield and I will be a freshman at the University of Illinois this fall. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I chose this major based upon the impact agriculture has had throughout my life so far. I grew up in a small village of about 250 people and attended a high school with four other towns. Being a part of such a small community, I was very involved. In sports, I was a cheerleader and a softball player. Some of the clubs I was in were FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Student Council, Mission Team, and band. Being in such remarkable groups has taught me responsibility, leadership skills, and has given me a better work ethic. FFA and 4-H has given me opportunities that influenced my decision to major in Ag Communications, attend University of Illinois, and pursue a career in agriculture. I [ … ]
Hi everyone! This year I will be a freshman at the University of Illinois and I will be majoring in Agricultural Communications. I am from Carthage, IL and I have had an exciting summer. As soon as I graduated from Illini West High School I was off to the Ozarks to attend my cousin’s wedding. Then in a few short weeks I headed to the Illinois FFA State Convention. There I entered my chapter’s scrapbook in the scrapbook contest and did my duties as the Section 11 President. After convention I took my two-year-old horse to the veterinarian over in Missouri and I watched him have surgery! That was quite the experience! I also went to St. George Island in Florida for vacation. We stayed in a house right on the beach. It was amazing!! St. George Island is known for their sea turtles, and we had a sea turtle [ … ]
It’s summer!! Yay! So, for those who don’t know me, My name is Danielle, I’m going to be a sophomore this fall and I am majoring in Crop Sciences with a concentration in biotechnology.
This has been a summer of growing up; my first job, first apartment. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been blessed to be able to share an apartment with five other awesome 4-h house girls and it has really made the experience way better. Especially because, learning to cook on your own, for just yourself is way less fun than having cook crews at the house, or even better yet, a meal mom cooked!
During the day I am interning for Bayer Crop Science in White Heath, IL. Through this internship I get to complete field research on corn and soybean plants. The scientist I work with focuses primarily on the effect of [ … ]
Hello everyone! My name is Shelby Wendling and I will be an incoming freshman studying Agribusiness, Marketing, and Management. I come from the middle of nowhere also known as Mason, Illinois, where I was born and raised on my family farm. Over the summer I have spent my time working at Fat Dad’s Ice Cream and around the family farm. Last spring I graduated from Dieterich High School where I was always active in extracurricular activities. My favorite memories of high school all come from either being on the sports teams or cheering on my friends from the sidelines. Volleyball and Softball took up a lot of my time and dedication throughout past years, but I also enjoy working outside on the farm, riding my two horses, four-wheeler riding, and spending time with my friends.
Around my hometown the Effingham County Fair is a big attraction for all ages. [ … ]
Hi my name is Erin Kettelkamp and I am from Kaneville, IL! I grew up on a family farm where my Dad is a grain farmer and we have raised cattle, sheep, goats, chickens,horses, kittens… and a partridge in a pear tree. This is where my love for animals and agriculture began. My latest passion has become my horses. I raise, train and show Paint horses anywhere from local shows, to national competitions through the American Paint Horse Association. Together my horses and I have won multiple state and world championship titles!
In my community I was very involved in my 4-H Club, the Kaneville Classics,serving as both secretary and president. I also enjoyed making projects and showing my pure- bred barn kittens at the county fair. At my local church I enjoy working as Secretary and taking part in youth group, choir and praise band activities.Throughout high school I loved [ … ]
Wow has the summer flown by! I can’t believe that in a few short weeks, I’ll finally be down in Chambana! This past month I had the amazing opportunity to go to mission trip to Alaska with my church where we put on a VBS for the remote village of Nenana and it was a blast! We hiked in Denali, visited Ancorage and Seward, went swimming in the Chena Hot Springs, and walked on the Matanooska Glacier! ..let’s just say it was too much driving. It’s really as beautiful as they say, and along with the scenery, getting to work with the kids was incredible. Of course, the fair kept my July busy as always and I helped put on a Fashion Home Run for our Fashion Review! (Go Cubs Go!!) I can’t wait to open this new chapter of my life living [ … ]