Hello! My name is Gracelynn Dale, and I am the 2013 Bureau County Farm Bureau summer intern. This summer I have had the privilege of job-shadowing Jill Frueh as well as being a part of many projects and events with the Bureau County Farm Bureau.
As soon as I began my internship, I was traveling throughout the county with our Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Sara Hildebrand, to put on different presentations talking about agriculture, including butterflies, crops and livestock. In May, Jill and I made the trip up to Portage Park Elementary School in Chicago to present to our fourth grade Adopt a Classroom. It was so much fun, since not only were we presenting the students with information, but we also got to work on activities with them, like making butter, growing our own little soybean plants and putting together “Horse Feed Sacks” filled with food and candy to represent the nutrients horses need to survive. Since then, we have prepared for and put on our week-long Summer Ag Institute for teachers as well as our Foundation Tractor Trek and Golf Outing fundraisers.
As the summer continues, I will be helping get ready for the Bureau County Farm Bureau’s 100th year anniversary, which will be taking place next year. I have already began reading through past board meeting minutes to learn more about the history of our county’s Farm Bureau in hopes of adding to a history book that was previously put together in 1989 for the 75th anniversary celebration. This has been one of my most rewarding experiences as the summer intern, since I have been able to learn more about the activities my Grandpa Alan Dale was involved in when he served as the Farm Bureau county president. Being a part of the Bureau County and Illinois Farm Bureaus has been such an important aspect in his life, and my internship is giving me the chance to better understand and appreciate all of his hard work.
There is more to come this summer as we prepare for the next two months. At the end of July the Farm Bureau will host the second annual 4-H Ag Olympics. It will take place at 3 p.m. July 25 at the 4-H Fair. Any 4-H member is welcome to participate; just contact the office to register by July 15. Also, we will again host the Farmer for a Day Activity at the Bureau County Fair. Be sure to stop in as we promote fun for all ages where you can try our version of milking a cow, collecting eggs from a chicken or digging potatoes. And of course we will continue to plan for our 100-year celebration which we will kick off at the Bureau County Farm Bureau annual meeting in January 2014.
Being the Bureau County Farm Bureau intern has been such a great experience, and I am eagerly looking forward to the rest of the summer. I have learned more than I ever could have hoped and met many great people along the way. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Jill, Sara and the rest of the Bureau County Farm Bureau Board and members for making this opportunity possible. I know the knowledge, experiences and friendships I have gained this summer will stay with me not only as I continue my schooling, but for the rest of my life as well!
Gracelynn Dale is a summer intern for the Bureau County Farm Bureau.