July 2023 Update
July was packed full of projects, networking opportunities, and new experiences. At the U.S. Grains Council, I was able to take the lead on a few projects leading up to Global Ethanol Summit. I designed a few ethanol-related stickers that could be used as a giveaway during the summit, as well as a few other promotional items. This gave me the opportunity to experience working with vendors. I also tracked the presenters, speakers, and panelist invitations we sent out, and gathered their contact information. Outside of Global Ethanol Summit, I took on a few other large projects. For the Industry Relations Team, I created membership materials including a brochure and slide deck that can be used to provide membership information to potential new USGC members. I also was given the creative lead on making an infographic for the ethanol team. I worked from the beginning of the process to form a project vision with the team, then tracked the information, and designed the infographic. Being able to see this project through from start to finish was one of my proudest internship moments. My day-to-day always looked very different, and working with two teams meant I was included in many smaller projects as well.
Corn Congress was held in D.C. July 17-20. During this week I had the chance to join Nebraska Corn staff, leadership program participants, corn growers, and board members as they conducted legislative visits on Capitol Hill. After an issues briefing and breakfast the morning of our visits, we first visited NASA headquarters, where we were briefed on the imagery and data NASA satellites are capturing, and engaged in conversations on how that data can help farmers. Our group also had the opportunity to tour the Earth Information Center.
Field to Market was another organization we met with. They focus on regenerative agriculture and promoting sustainable practices through their Fieldprint Calculator. It was very interesting to learn more about their efforts, and the services they provide members.
We also met with the Waterways Council Inc, a membership-based association that represents and advocates for updating the national inland waterway system. As someone who grew up in Illinois, and has seen firsthand how important our locks and dams are to transporting corn, I recognized how valuable it was that Nebraska Corn recognizes and partners with the WCI in order to maintain waterways as a mode of transportation.
Our day also provided the opportunity to meet with two Nebraska congressmen, Representative Bacon, and Senator Ricketts. We were able to discuss Nebraska Corn’s priorities within the farm bill, as well as thank both congressmen for their continued support of farmers and Nebraska agriculture.
By dividing our resources, Nebraska Corn representatives were able to engage in an even larger number of meetings during the Corn Congress. I really appreciate how welcoming everyone I met through Nebraska Corn was, although I am not a native Nebraskan myself. It was a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture through the lens of a different state and have meaningful conversations about the topics that concern our industry.