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062011_yeiser

Senior, Penn State University
Intern with Center for Dairy Excellence
Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Background
Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I am majoring in animal sciences, business management option, with a minor in agribusiness management.

Q. What is your agricultural background?
I grew up right outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Although I did not grow up on dairy farm, in my 10 years in 4-H, I leased dairy heifers from various farmers around the state of Maryland. While in 4-H, I showed and competed in dairy judging at the local, state and national levels.

Q. What previous internship positions have you held?
Last summer, I interned with the Maryland 4-H Foundation, Inc. I have also interned at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center Dairy Farm.

Internship information
Q. What will your responsibilities be this summer?

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061611_sime

2011 Graduate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marketing Communications Intern with Filament Marketing
Based in Madison, Wisconsin

Background
Q. In what area did you pursue a degree?
I graduated with degrees in dairy science and life sciences communication.

Q. What is your agricultural background?
I grew up on my family’s 140-cow dairy farm in Stoughton, Wisconsin. I was actively involved in 4-H where I participated in dairy judging on local, state and national levels.

Q. What previous internship positions have you held?
Last summer I was the Marketing and Communications intern at East Central/Select Sires. I have also interned with UW-Extension Dairy Youth Programs and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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060111_waldeck

Junior, University of Kentucky
Editorial Intern for Progressive Dairyman magazine
Based in Jerome, Idaho

Background
Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I'm majoring in agricultural communications and integrated strategic communications with a public relations emphasis.

Q. What is your agricultural background?
I started showing Brown Swiss in 2002. After showing for a couple of years, I wanted to improve the cattle that I was showing as well as the genetics. That goal lead me to start using embryo transfer.

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061011_patrick

Senior, Virginia Tech
Corporate Communications Intern with Select Sires, Inc.
Based in Plain City, Ohio

Background
Q. In what area are you pursuing a degree?
I'm majoring in professional writing.

Q. What is your agricultural background?
I grew up in Woodbine, Maryland, on a 160-cow Ayrshire and Holstein farm

Q. What previous internship positions have you held?
Internship during the Summer of 2009 at Rosedale Genetics in Oxford, Wisconsin and Van Exel Dairy in Lodi, California. Click here to read Caitlin's 2010 dairy intern feature.

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052611_kelsay1

Opening up a dairy farm to more than 18,000 people over the course of a year is pretty impressive. When you take into account that the majority of those people are under the age of six, you gain a whole new level of respect for this dairy farm mom of three.

Meet Amy Kelsay, who grew up on a hog operation and married into the dairy industry after attending Purdue University and meeting her husband, Joe.

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00_gallagher_tom_pd

Per-capita fluid milk consumption in the U.S. has been in decline for a number of years. Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley recently asked Dairy Management, Inc. CEO Tom Gallagher why fluid milk consumption is in decline and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Q. Why is fluid milk consumption declining?
A. GALLAGHER:
It’s a fact that for all but one of the last 25-plus years, per-capita milk consumption has declined. There are a lot of people who operate under the myth that the fluid market is a mature market and it’s just not capable of growing. That’s just not true.

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