A view from behind the camera

By: Sarah Johnson
Agricultural Communication

Hello! I am Sarah Johnson, a junior studying agricultural communication. My family has been a part of the Farm Science Review for 31 years. We exhibit our Limousin cattle along with landscaping several other companies’ lots.

This year along with exhibiting our cattle and being a CFAES Ambassador I got to take on another unique role. I am an Advancement Communications Intern for Matt Marx in the CFAES Development Office and I’ll be the first one to tell you it is an experience you’ll never forget! I absolutely love every aspect of my job as an intern.

While at the Review, I had the privilege of interviewing approximately 30 CFAES alumni for video footage that will eventually be published on the CFAES alumni website. It was truly incredible listening to their stories and experiencing their sense of pride. I was mainly in the alumni tent with CFAES Development Office staff, but I also got to move around a lot and find alumni on my own in company tents. I am incredibly thankful to have had this opportunity and I would recommend it to absolutely anyone!

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Johnson interviews an alum of CFAES.


This post originally appeared on the CFAES Student Blog.


Student Organizations Doing Great Things

The two student organizations in our department – Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) and Agricultural Education Society (AES) – have been busy this semester with great activities for both their current members and fellow Ohio State students.

In September, AES members went to Leeds Farm for fall fun. Members visited with livestock and enjoyed socializing while visiting the various activities around the farm.






Just last week, ACT hosted the third annual Night for Young Professionals. This is a professional development event for students at the university to learn tools and skills to help them succeed both when looking for a job and during their careers.






Finally, the CFAES Student Council hosted a pumpkin carving contest last Thursday. ACT members participated by carving an adorable Winnie the Pooh. Great job ladies!


Industry News


A round-up of FFA news for the week of Oct. 22, 2015

Ohio FFA members at work in Arlington National Cemetery

The next generation of agricultural education

Agricultural Education Day

Teachers embrace science taught with an ag focus

Work begins on Alexandria high school agricultural center

Agriculture teachers in high demand in S.D.



Agricultural communication and journalism students grab national spotlight

Local ag advocate graduates from communications boot camp

4 Social-Media Campaigns That Demonstrate Brazil’s Passionate Digital Culture

Social Media: How You Can Use it to Grow Your Business

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Marketing



What’s Keeping Women Out Of Ag Leadership Roles?

Nonprofits Face Internal Leadership Shortfall

Role model for women in agriculture wins Syngenta Drive to Thrive contest

Young Ag Professionals’ Leadership Experience to be held Jan. 29-30

Youth ag leaders address UN

4 Top Lessons In Leadership From John Sculley

Employee Retreats And Party Tricks

The Risks Of Nonprofit Volunteering



Agriculture Forum: Relationships required in local food system

Agriculture Makes “Magic Moments” Possible

CSU partners in new $1.2 million food safety training center


Weekly Update – October 22, 2015

Upcoming Events

October 22 – CFAES Pumpkin Carving Student Social, 6:30pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
October 27 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
November 4 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
November 10 – LinkedIn Workshop and Networking Mocktails, 5pm
November 10 – Ag Ed Society Banquet, 6pm
November 11 – Ag Ed Society Roadside Cleanup, 10am
November 17 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
November 18 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
December 8 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
December 16 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
December – Graudate Student Resume and CV Workshop
December 20 – Graduating Senior Luncheon, Ag Admin Auditorium


On our website

Outstanding Senior Award Application Available
The application form for the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award is now available at http://go.osu.edu/cfaes-outstanding-senior. This is the premier award granted to seniors in CFAES. To qualify for consideration, applicants must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and be graduating during the 2016 calendar year. Selections are made based on the applicant’s record of scholarship, leadership, professional and personal growth and involvement in the community, both within OSU and beyond. The deadline for applications is December 16. All applications will be reviewed in January. A group of students will be selected, from all who apply, to interview with the selection committee in February. The group of Outstanding Seniors will be recognized at the CFAES Recognition Program on April 7, 2016. Contact Dr. Marilyn Trefz (.2) should you have questions.


Applications for the 2016-2017 CME Group Beef Industry Scholarships NOW OPEN!
The Beef Industry Scholarship was introduced in 1989 through Live Cattle Futures Contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and CME Group are committed to the future of the cattle industry and continue to recognize and support outstanding youth in the beef community. The tradition remains strong today, each year a total of ten $1,500.00 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

Conditions of Eligibility
Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or full-time undergraduate student enrolled at a two or four-year institution for the 2016-2017 school years. Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry through classes, internships or life experiences. Previous scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years. Visit here for more information andto apply.

Study Abroad

Upcoming Study Abroad Information Sessions
·Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm in 115 Mendenhall Lab
·Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00pm in 116 Howlett Hall
·Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm in 115 Mendenhall Lab

Internship and Job Opportunities

Internship Openings
Community Service Society of New York – Health Communication Intern (NYC)
Media Source – Content Production, Media Relations internships (Columbus, Ohio)
NRHA – Youth Intern (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
NRHA – Marketing Intern (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
NRHA – Reining Horse Sports Foundation Internship (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Paul Werth – Graphic and Interactive Design Intern (Columbus, Ohio)
SBC Advertising – Adtern (Columbus, Ohio)
Sister Cities International – Communication Internship (Washington DC)
Standing Partnerships – Internships (St. Louis, Missouri)
Syngenta – Breeding Academy Intern (Minnetonka, MN)
Wildlife Alliance – Communications and Development Intern (NYC)

Full-Time Job Openings
American Farm Bureau Federation – Program Assistant (Washington DC)
American Lamb Board – Marketing Coordinator (Denver, Colorado)
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – Communications and Public Relations Specialist (Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania)
Audubon – Social Media Associate (NYC)
Audubon – Volunteer Coordinator (San Antonio, Texas)
Alaska SeaLife Center – Communications Coordinator (Seward, Alaska)
Bath & Body Works – Marketing Communications Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
Cardinal Health – Brand Manager (Dublin, Ohio)
Center for Dairy Excellence – Dairy Education Manager (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Columbus Blue Jackets – Director of Event and Guest Services (Columbus, Ohio)
Columbus Regional Airport Authority – Digital Media and Communications Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
Dairy Farmers of America – Communications Assistant Manager (East Syracuse, New York)
Dairy Farmers of America – Writer (Kansas City, Missouri)
Dairy Farmers of America – Member Services Manager (Ripon, California)
Dairy Farmers of America – Continuous Improvement Manager (Schulenburg, Texas)
Dannon – Digital Marketing Associate (White Plains, New York)
Farm Bureau Financial Group, Inc – Marketing Communications Coordinator (West Des Moines, Iowa)
Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan – Graphic Design Specialist (Lansing, Michigan)
Home Market Foods – Marketing Coordinator (Morwood, Massachusettes)
GallopNYC – Volunteer Coordinator (Brooklyn, New York)
Horse Illustrated – Assistant Editor (Lexington, Kentucky)
Iowa Corn – Communications Outreach Manager (Des Moines, Iowa)
National Corn Growers Association – Marketing Development Manager (Chesterfield, Missouri)
Media Source – Content Writer (Columbus, Ohio)
Media Source – PR Account Executive (Columbus, Ohio)
Michigan Milk Producers Association – Member Relations Coordinator (Novi, Michigan)
National Wildlife Federation – Director, Magazine Publishing (Reston, Virginia)
National Wildlife Federation – Manager, Conservation Communications (Washington DC)
National Wildlife Federation – Social Media and Engagement Specialist (Reston, Virginia)
Ohio Machine – Public Relations and Operations Director (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, A&P Communication Services – Graphic Designer (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Admissions – Student Services Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Student Life – Creative Projects Manager (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, WOSU – Radio Reporter (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Mansfield – Student Programs Coordinator (Mansfield, Ohio)
Ohio State, University Bursar – Student Services Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
Ohio State, Marion – Web Communications Specialist (Marion, Ohio)
Paul Werth – Account Supervisor (Columbus, Ohio)
PB&J Fund – Program Coordinator (Charlottesville, Virginia)
SBC Advertising – Account Executive (Columbus, Ohio)
SBC Advertising – Designer (Columbus, Ohio)
SBC Advertising – Digital Content Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
SBC Advertising – Junior Art Director (Columbus, Ohio)
Tennessee Beef Industry Council – Communications Coordinator (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
Texas Farm Bureau Federation – Ag Education Presenter (Dallas, Texas)
Texas Farm Bureau Federation – Ag Education Presenter (Lubbock, Texas)
The American Legion – Assistant Editor (Indianapolis, Indiana)
the Branford Group – Public Relations Account Executive (Nashville, Tennessee)
The Creative Group – Social Media Marketing Director (Dublin, Ohio)
The Creative Group – Copywriter (Columbus, Ohio)
The Creative Group – Motion Graphic Designer (Hilliard, Ohio)
USHJA In Stride – Regional Communications Coordinator (Lexington, Kentucky)
Vanguard Communications – Account Manager (Washington DC)

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
OSU Extension, Clark County – Program Assistant (Springfield, Ohio)
NC State Extension – Extension Agent, Ag (Asheboro, NC)

Jobs to check out on Hire-A-Buckeye 
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Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

Volunteer Opportunities

American Red Cross – Community Preparedness Education Volunteer

Survey for Alumni

In 2017, the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership will celebrate its 100th Anniversary.

Agricultural Communication students currently in AgComm 5130 are working on a public relations plan for the celebration. Conducting a survey of alumni of our major, as well as alumni of the agricultural and extension education, agriscience education, and community leadership majors, is one of their assignments.

Please take a few moments to share in this survey how you envision celebrating and recognizing a great accomplishment within the Department for all of those previously, currently and yet to be involved.

FFA Honduras Study Abroad

By: Ellyse Shafer
Bellville, OH
AgriScience Education
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Honduras on a week-long adventure with Ohio FFA and the Ohio State University. While we were there, we toured three different schools that had agricultural programs.  The schools we visited include: El Sembrador School, Manuel Bonilla, and the Choluteca Vocational School.  I enjoyed observing the varying differences between the three facilities.  El Sembrador School is a boarding school where wealthier families can send their sons to go to classes and learn hands-on at the school’s working farm.  At Manuel Bonilla, the children attend regular classes such as history, math, and writing until their last year where they are taught agriculture.  The Choluteca Vocational School focused more on developing hands-on skills so each student can specialize in one trade and then enter the workforce.

Our focus in Honduras was to take our knowledge in agriculture and implement ideas and practices in a hands-on fashion alongside the students.  Although the Hondurans believed we were making an impact on their lives, perhaps they were leaving a bigger impact on ours.  Experiencing the Honduran culture was an incredible, eye-opening experience that I will continue to look back upon my whole life.  Entering my first year here at Ohio State, I was not confident in my choice of major.  After traveling to Honduras and experiencing the diversity in agriculture education, I now know I have made the right choice for my future.

I am so thankful that Ohio FFA, World Gospel Missions, and Dr. Cano and Mr. Agner took the risk to put together the first ever international study abroad experience for high school FFA members.  I believe that this experience will be beneficial to me later on in the classroom. I highly recommend taking advantage of any of the study abroad trips here at OSU.

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ACEL Alumni Reunion and Game Watch

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Greetings, alumni!

We would like to invite all alumni of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership to join us for a reunion on November 14, 2015 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill in Columbus, Ohio as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois.

Complimentary appetizers will be served beginning 30 minutes before kickoff*. Guests will be able to order additional items and beverages from the restaurant menu. A children’s menu will also be available at the restaurant.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at go.osu.edu/ReunionRSVP. Questions? Email acel@osu.edu or call 614.247.6358.

ACEL Alumni Reunion and Game Watch
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill
775 Yard Street
Columbus, Ohio 43212

*A kick-off time has not been set as of October 12, 2015. We will update the website information as soon as it is set by the media and Big Ten Conference.

If you have any questions about the event or need to make changes to your reservation, please contact Emily at 614.247.6358 or acel@osu.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Go Buckeyes!

Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Alumni Board

Industry in the News


BC FFA sweeps Crawford County Soils Contest


Hernando High School students learning to use drones to address issues in agriculture

Bringing Biotechnology to Life


Jackson Center FFA competes in soil judging career development event



How a business degree can help you land a job in technology


Governor announces new agricultural exports to Canada



Young Ag Leadership Conference educates leaders

Leaders Do 3 Things Every Day To Strengthen Their Personal Brand

Fairfield FFA attends Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference



Still farming at 88 with no signs of stopping

Renewable energy workshop to feature Ohio’s largest solar farm

New Survey: Farmers Will Stick With Cash Rents, Despite Tough Markets

Improving the future of Ohio agriculture

Love of showing cattle leads to career

ACEL Weekly Update – October 14, 2015

Upcoming Events

October 21 – ACT’s Night for Young Professionals
October 22 – CFAES Pumpkin Carving Student Social, 6:30pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
October 27 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
November 4 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
November 10 – LinkedIn Workshop and Networking Mocktails, 5pm
November 10 – Ag Ed Society Banquet, 6pm
November 11 – Ag Ed Society Roadside Cleanup, 10am
November 17 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
November 18 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
December 8 – Ag Ed Society Meeting, 7pm, Ag Admin Auditorium
December 16 – ACT Meeting, 5:30pm, 205 Ag Admin
December – Graudate Student Resume and CV Workshop
December 20 – Graduating Senior Luncheon, Ag Admin Auditorium


On our website
Alexander named to Ohio State Homecoming Court
Four ACEL students named to Ohio State ATI Homecoming Court

Career Workshops Offered
Remaining Workshops for the semester- Open to all students:

  • Resume 101 Workshop- October 21 from 4:30- 6pm Room 105 Ag Admin
  • LinkedIn Workshop & Networking: November 10 from 5:30- 6:30pm location TBD.
  • Study & Work Abroad Panel & Networking: November 18 from 5:30- 6:30pm- room 150 of the Younkin Success Center

All information about workshops is also on the CFAES website under Careers- Workshops.

Career Development Appointments
Students interested in getting assistance with all aspects of career development are encouraged to attend walk-in hours with our Career Advisor Mary McLaughlin.

  • Wednesday 10am- 1:30pm Room 100 Ag Admin
  • Friday 10am- 1:30pm Room 210 Kottman Hall

To make appointments outside of walk-in hours please call: 614-292-6891

Complete Survey for AgComm 5130 about 100 years of ACEL
All current students in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership are encouraged to complete this survey. In 2017, ACEL will be celebrated 100 years! We want to know how you want to be involved!

This survey is part of a group project in the AgComm 5130 course where students create a marketing and public relations campaign. Please help your fellow students out, as well as have a voice in the future events and activities for this celebration.


Five $1,000 Scholarships Available
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation. Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an Ag vocation field.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Funds are for the 2016-2017 school year. Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Applications must be postmarked on or before December 11, 2015.
The application is available here: http://www.ncga.com/topics/education/college-scholarships

Study Abroad

Upcoming Study Abroad Information Sessions
·Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm in 115 Mendenhall Lab
·Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00pm in 116 Howlett Hall
·Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30pm in 382 Kottman Hall
·Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm in 115 Mendenhall Lab
·Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00pm in 212 Animal Science Building

Internships & Jobs – All New!!

Internship Openings
Abercrombie and Fitch – Graphic Design Intern (Columbus, Ohio)
DuPont – Marketing Communications Intern (Johnston, Iowa)
FleishmanHillard – Public Relations Intern (Houston, Texas)
FleishmanHilliard – Public Relations Intern (Austin, Texas)
FleishmanHillard – Corporate Communications Intern (Boston, Massachusetts)
FleishmanHillard – Social Content Intern (St. Louis, Missouri)
FleishmanHillard – Graphic Design Intern (Washington DC)
Honda – Corporate Affairs & Communications Student Associate, Summer 2016(Anna or Marysville, Ohio)
Illinois Farm Bureau – Member Services and Public Relations Internship(Bloomington, Illinois)
OBIC – Student Assistant (Columbus, Ohio)
Vermeer Corporation – Communications Intern (Pella, Iowa)

Full-Time Job Openings
A-Gas Americas – Marketing Communication Specialist (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Addeco – Graphic Designer (Columbus, Ohio)
AgriCover – Graphic Designer (Jamestown, NC)
AGCO – HR Communications (Duluth, Georgia)
AGCO – Corporate Newsroom Manager (Duluth, Georgia)
American Bank – Marketing Communications Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
Bath & Body Works – Marketing Communications Coordinator (Columbus, Ohio)
Buckeye Power – Director of Communications (Columbus, Ohio)
Cargill – Communication Specialist (Wayzata, Minnesota)
Central Rural Electric Cooperative – Public Relations Specialist (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Chelco – Director of Communications (DeFuniak Springs, Florida)
Clark Schaefer Hackett – Graphic Designer (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Co-Alliance LLP – Social Media Coordinator (Avon, Indiana)
COSI – Offsite Programming Specialist (Columbus, Ohio)
CropLife International – Communications Manager (Washington DC)
Encore Visions – Graphic Designer (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Faith Life Ministries – Graphic Designer (Johnstown, Ohio)
Fahlgren Mortine – Public Relations Account Supervisor (Columbus, Ohio)
Fleet Pride – Web and Graphic Designer (Las Colinas, Texas)
FleishmanHillard – Junior Designer (Boston, Massachusetts)
Global Prairie – Account Director (Kansas City, Missouri)
Global Prairie – Account Director (Cleveland, Ohio)
International Food Policy Research Institute – Head of Communications (Washington DC)
Jeni’s Ice Cream – Copy Writer (Columbus, Ohio)
Meredith Corpoeration – Graphic Designer, Lowes Creative Ideas (Des Moines, Iowa)
Michigan Milk Producers Association – Communications Manager (Detroit, Michigan)
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes – Director of Marketing (Cleveland, Ohio)
National Reining Horse Association – Marketing Internship (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Olam Americas – Marketing Communications Coordinator (Fresno, California)
Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and Buckeye Power, Inc. – Director of Communications (Columbus, Ohio)
Rock Springs 4-H Center – Horse Program Director (Junction City, Kansas)
Southern States Cooperative – Digital Marketing Coordinator (Richmond, Virginia)
Spectrum Communication – Communications/Marketing Support (Dayton, Ohio)
The Creative Group – Motion Graphic Designer (Hilliard, Ohio)
United Way of Greater Toledo – Marketing and Communications Specialist (Toledo, Ohio)
University of Tennessee – Associate Director for Communications and Outreach(Knoxville, Tennessee)
Unlimited Systems – Graphic Designer (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wendy’s – Corporate Communications Manager (Dublin, Ohio)
Wendy’s – Brand Management Manager (Dublin, Ohio)

Ohio Beef Council – Director of Public Relations and Consumer Marketing

Staff responsibilities include the development and implementation of beef checkoff-funded programs in the areas of consumer advertising, retail, foodservice, nutrition and veal designed to increase consumer demand for beef and veal products. The position also includes some OCA program coordination. Cattle industry background is strongly preferred.

For a complete position description, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736 or email at eharsh@ohiobeef.org.  To apply, mail a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director, Ohio Beef Council, 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.

Extension and Teaching Jobs
Ohio Ag Ed Openings
Purdue Extension – Extension Educator (West Lafeyette, Indiana

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Industry in the News


Does your local school support agricultural education?

10 Things 4-H Taught Me That Sports Couldn’t

Parkway showcased at ‘Farm2School’ celebration

ISU hosts student-run Bacon Expo




Bridging the Gap Between Farm to Fork

Farm Science Review draws crowds



Extension honors Farm and Dairy editor with national award

Agriculture industry seeks Cuba openings

Trade embargo remains in place

Future leaders tackle world hunger



Community Harvests Field For Farmer With Cancer, Sows Endless Love

Celebrate Ohio’s harvest season at the Bob Evans Farm Festival



Renewable energy workshop to feature Ohio’s largest solar farm

Ohio pumpkin crop swamped by summer rain

Challenging situations on both ends of the river in water quality struggle

Stunned Farmer Discovers Woolly Mammoth Bones In Michigan Field

McDonald’s move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

Activists believe move will add momentum to efforts.

Rio 2016 Olympic equestrian events might not take place in Brazil, officials say

Avian influenza could return as fall migration continues