News Release: Blue attends the Smithfield Foods Explore Seminar

Kalyn Blue with a Smithfield Foods painted pig statue.

Kalyn Blue, an agricultural communication major from Hamler, Ohio, recently attended the Smithfield Foods Explore Seminar in Smithfield, Virginia. During this experience, attendees worked alongside industry leaders to explore real-world protein industry problems utilizing the integration of cross-collaborative teams.

Blue was selected as one of five undergraduate students out of the 25 students to attend this seminar.

“I admire Kalyn’s initiative to apply for this seminar and attend the Smithfield Foods event,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL). “This experience provided her with opportunities to network with professionals from around the country and gain additional skills and knowledge that will benefit her in her future career.”

At the summit, Blue was able to learn about the company and career opportunities, tour the largest bacon packing plant in the United States, and network with many other students.

“During my time in Smithfield, I learned that there are many career opportunities in the meat industry. I was also put into a group of four other students and formulated a bacon recipe. We worked in groups to truly see how the different teams of Smithfield work together to complete goals,” said Blue.

Blue is a senior at Ohio State and is an active member of the Meat Science Club.

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