Sorry I have been absent these past couple of weeks. But I have lots to share! A few updates first; my documentary is now finished, and will be published to the CFSA youtube account. So if you are interested in Poultry Processing in North Carolina, take a look at my video that gives some insight into on-farm processing. On the policy side of things, N.C. has finished their 2016 short session and many of the bills we supported were ratified!
So, instead of giving you a re-cap of this week and lasts, I would like to take this time to talk about what I learned, what I loved, and what I look forward to all because of this internship.
What I Learned:
My first day here was spent scrambling around, googling words, and asking the simplest of questions. Now, it is my last day and I can walk you through the steps of how a bill is passed on the State level, how the General Assembly is organized, and analyze extensive Bills (like the Farm Act!). On top of all that, I learned great communication and lobbying skills, how to properly network and represent a company at events, and appropriate business etiquette. Known of these lessons came from a book, or a pamphlet, or even a tutorial video. No, these lessons came from the role models here at the CFSA and General Assembly. Rochelle Sparko, my internship host, and many others from partner companies influenced how I view the world of public policy and taught me how to enter such a tough field. I learned the dynamics of lobbying through our friends at the American Heart Association and Justice Center. I learned proper networking from a great women at NC Growing Together, and learn almost everything there is to know about Agricultural Public Policy from CFSA.
What I Loved:
My favorite part about CFSA? Trick question, I loved EVERYTHING. From the analytical bill tracking all the way to the casual monthly staff meetings, I enjoyed all of it. But what I will remember most is the networking. These past three months, I have met more people than my first semester in college! I was able to travel all over North Carolina, visiting farmers, plant manager, community outreach members, and even rally with some politicians!
This experience has shifted my sights on a slightly new goal. I have always wanted to go into research. I didn’t have an eye for affairs or policy. But my experience with the Warren Leadership Program and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association have influenced me into the field of foreign affairs. Which is why, when I graduate from College and return from the Peace Corps, I plan on working with the United States Department of Agriculture.
Well, that’s it for me. Time to finish the last day with a bang!
Stay Classy North Carolina 🙂