News Release: Beach completes internship with Hancock County Agricultural Society

Schelby Beach, of Forest, recently completed an internship with Hancock County Agricultural Society in Findlay, Ohio.

During her internship, Beach used her communication skills to manage the organization’s social media platforms and website. In addition to building her computer and digital marketing skills, she also improved her customer service skills, as she provided community support when needed.

“Our students use their internship experiences to hone their communications skills, network with potential employers, and develop confidence in their abilities,” said Dr. Annie Specht, program manager and associate professor for agricultural communication. “These internships are more than just line items on a resume – they are opportunities for students to prepare themselves for the next phase of their professional lives.”

Beach returned to Columbus in August, where she is completing a degree in agricultural communication at The Ohio State University.

The agricultural communication major at Ohio State prepares students to plan, develop, and implement a communication campaign, using visual media, writing and editing. Students study crisis communication, graphic design, marketing, and journalism so they can spread the word about agriculture. To learn more about the agricultural communication major, visit or call 614-247-6358.


Augustine awarded American FFA Degree

Written by:
Samantha Augustine
agricultural communication

I joined FFA my freshman year of high school, just like all members of my family had. I was a 3rd generation FFA member following in my great grandfather, dad’s, and my older sister’s footsteps. I never expected this organization to have the impact on me that it did and now as I earn my American FFA Degree and hang up my FFA jacket for the last time I look back on this organization and think about how blessed I am.

This organization allowed me to discover my passion and voice for advocating for the beef industry. Through FFA, I was able to find my dream school, “GO BUCKS,” make friends from all over, including my best friend, who later turned into my roommate, and made amazing memories along the way.

My great grandfather was the first person from the Loudonville FFA chapter to earn his Ohio State FFA Degree, and as his grand-daughter, I am honored to be the first in my family to earn their American FFA Degree. Earning this degree showcases everything this organization was able to teach me and everything I can accomplish. I am honored to earn this degree, and there isn’t a bone in my body that isn’t excited to get my hands on that golden key.

We join FFA because we care about agriculture in some way, shape, or form, but we stay because of the deep passion we discover inside ourselves along the way. All I have to say is thank you, FFA, for the memories, friends, and lessons learned and one last thing…GO BUCKS!





Caudill awarded American FFA Degree

Written by:
Mallary Caudill 
agricultural communication

Receiving my American FFA Degree will mark the end of my time as a member of FFA. My FFA experience can be summed up in the word fundamental.

Since my freshman year of high school, I was able to find and build upon a foundation that has carried me into college and will continue to help me as I begin my professional career.

I am a 3rd generation FFA member and will be the first in my family to receive the American FFA Degree. This award is a testament to the foundation and investment my parents and grandparents have poured into me in helping me reach achievements, such as this, and I am so excited to share this moment with them. It is an honor to represent my family, and my chapter, and my state with over 450 recipients from Ohio!

Elliott awarded American FFA Degree

Written by:
Alexis Elliott
agricultural communication

FFA is an organization that allowed me to explore the world around me through engaging and thought-provoking service learning projects. FFA furthered my passion for agriculture while helping me identify a need for effective communication within the agricultural sector.

FFA and the Career Development Events within FFA helped me choose my future career path as an agricultural communicator.

Crossing the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium to receive my American FFA Degree is the final act I will do while wearing my blue jacket. The degree represents the years I spent working hard raising my animals and working on my family’s farm. I am proud to be able to honor my family, who helped me with my projects by receiving this degree.

As I transition from wearing my blue corduroy jacket to becoming a member of the FFA Alumni Association, I look forward to making future FFA members’ time in FFA one they will remember for the rest of their life.

Agricultural Communication and Education in the U.K.

Marlee Stollar
agricultural communication

In May and June, I traveled to England and Scotland on the Agricultural and Environmental Communication education abroad. This trip was only two weeks, but had enough experiences to last a life-time.

The part I enjoyed most about the trip was its focus on my major, agricultural communication. Our group was able to learn some key differences and similarities between the U.S. and the U.K. both in agricultural communication and agriculture in general. By learning more about my future profession in another country, I was able to have an even better understanding of global agriculture going into my senior year. I gained this awareness especially through our various industry visits.

While we were in England we visited many places and agricultural businesses, but my favorite was Farmers Weekly. Not only did the company buy us all Starbucks coffee, but also taught us a lot about what their organization does. Karl Schneider, the editor, focused the discussion mostly on where agriculture is in the U.K. now and how that affects their content. Being one of our first industry visits, it was a nice introduction to learning more about U.K. agriculture. Farmers Weekly is the number one magazine for farmers in the U.K., so the organization had a great deal of interesting insights on how to engage audiences.

Our time at the Scottish Farmer was also impactful. Although the publication was smaller than Farmers Weekly, it was interesting to have a discussion with them about their magazine. There we talked a great deal about the decline in print and strategies to combat this issue. Another interesting part of the visit was hearing about the history and how far the organization has come in the past 126 years. We were even able to see old copies of the magazine, understanding what the magazine used to contain versus what it is currently. 

This two-week adventure included tours and visits that were more focused on culture and history as well. Some of my favorite visits include Kensington Palace, the London Eye, the Roman Baths and Stonehenge. I loved the opportunity to learn so much about agriculture, while simultaneously visiting intriguing places such as these. My absolute favorite activity was walking around Edinburgh, Scotland. The historic city has a lot to offer, from shops to restaurants to its overall atmosphere. The group was also able to visit Edinburgh castle, which was also rich in history.

The Agricultural Communication and Education trip allowed me to learn more about culture and agriculture in the U.K. I had previously studied abroad in Brazil my sophomore year, but this trip was a different experience that allowed me to learn more about my major from an international perspective. From the trip, I now have a better understanding of agricultural communication in these countries and how it may, in turn, affect the U.S. I am grateful for the opportunity, and I recommend all students, ACEL or not, to apply in the future!

Snider hired as director of education and outreach with GrainBridge


Congratulations to Sydney Snider, a recent agricultural communication graduate, on her new position as director of education and outreach with GrainBridge in Omaha, Nebraska.

In her new role, she will oversee the delivery and implementation of risk-management curriculum developed for agricultural educators using GrainBridge technology. She will also oversee key parthersihops with sponsors and state FFA associations.

Congratulations Sydney! We look forward to watching you succeed in your new career!


#ACELatOSU #CFAES #agcomm

Stohlmann hired as 4-H educator in Nebraska


Congratulations to Lauren Stohlmann, a recent graduate of our master’s degree program in agricultural and extension education, who has been hired as the Cass County, Nebraska 4-H and Youth Educator. Stohlmann is a native  and former 4-H member of Cass County and will be responsible for teaching local youth about agriculture, science and nature.

Congratulations Lauren!


Vanco hired as closing specialist

Congratulations to 2019 agricultural communication graduate Josie Vanco who recently began a position with Farm Credit Mid-America as a closing specialist in Albany, Ohio.

Josie will also continue her livestock marketing and photography business by serving as a subcontractor to photograph livestock shoes and rodeos throughout the United States.

Best of luck Josie!



Nunes hired as dairy marketing representative

Congratulations to Lexie Nunes, a 2019 agricultural communication graduate, on her new position with STgenetics as the dairy marketing representative in Navasota, Texas.

In her new position, Lexie will be responsible for driving brand awareness through social and traditional media and consumer events.

We are proud of you Lexie and can’t wait to see you excel in your new career!


ACEL Research: with Dr. Joy Rumble

Dr. Joy Rumble, along with coauthors Alexa Lamm, Melissa Taylor, and Jason Ellis, published an article in the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension titled, “Targeting Extension Programs to Opinion Leaders Guiding Genetic Modification Discussions.” The authors deployed an online survey focusing on genetic medication (GM) “with the purpose of identifying GM opinion leaders, determining their views on science, identifying where they go for information, and determining how they want to learn so that Extension professionals can better serve their needs. The findings imply GM science opinion leaders are younger, white or African American men, with a high average family household income, that are well educated. The GM science opinion leaders have a slightly negative attitude toward GM and want to learn about GM science from universities researching GM science and organizations in support of GM science through online mediums. Recommendations are offered for how Extension professionals can reach this audience.

Ruth, T. K., & Rumble, J. N. (2019). Berry good programming: Informing extension programming through the examination of consumers’ purchasing intent. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(1), 21-38.

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