Hey Nebraska Corn readers! It is hard to believe that I have been working for the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) for over a month now, and that my senior year of college is just a couple of months away. People are not lying when they say those four years go by fast! It will not be too long before I am kicked out into the real world, but I am grateful for the chance to be a part of such an incredible organization.

Many of my friends and family have been asking what it is that I am doing this summer. My official title is the Communications and Outreach Intern. My daily tasks include producing social media content for the NeCGA and local association pages, putting together weekly newsletters, making phone calls, and helping Morgan and Brenda get ready for NeCGA’s 50th-anniversary celebration, in addition to various other events. In May, I attended the fuel pump promotions for Renewable Fuels Month. Last week I was at the CommonGround Farm Event, where we were able to show agriculture firsthand to teachers from Lincoln Public Schools (this was also when I took a picture with Brandon the water buffalo). Other events I am looking forward to include the numerous local golf tournaments, the Corn Grower Open, the Haskell Ag Lab Field Day, Husker Harvest Days, the PRIME fly-in to St. Louis, and the DC Leadership Mission next year. The coming months are going to bring some other great activities for me such as the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute and the Engler Business Trek. I guess the busyness of college never stops!

What excited me most about this internship was being able to meet producers across Nebraska along with expanding my knowledge of agricultural policy and advocacy. In my short time here, much of my experiences have already revolved around those two things. My favorite days so far have been when we attend local corn association meetings. In the past two weeks, I went to the Southeast Corn Growers board meeting and the NeCGA board meeting where I met with some of our growers. At the Saunders County Corn Growers annual meeting, we received a policy update from Anne Thompson who is with the National Corn Growers Association. I have been slowly learning about the different policy issues farmers are dealing with, and it was cool to hear firsthand from someone who is right in the heat of things I am reading about on Capitol Hill.

Working in an office setting is a new experience for me, but it has been really fun getting to know everyone in the Nebraska Corn Board and NeCGA organizations. Last summer it seemed like Lincoln was a ghost town at times. I can remember how creative my friends and I had to be to make the most out of it, so a somewhat return to normalcy has been great. It is so exciting to think about all the events, connections, and networking I have yet to experience this coming year. If you see me around, make sure to say hello!

-Wesley Wach

NeCGA Communications and Outreach Intern