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National Pork Board Science and Technology Intern May 23-August 17, 2007 Clive, IA Leah Gesing. National Pork Board Checkoff Mission. “The National Pork Board harnesses the resources of all producers to capture opportunity, address challenges, and satisfy consumers.” Funded by the Pork Checkoff

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National pork board science and technology intern may 23 august 17 2007 clive ia leah gesing

National Pork BoardScience and Technology InternMay 23-August 17, 2007Clive, IALeah Gesing


National pork board checkoff mission

National Pork Board Checkoff Mission

  • “The National Pork Board harnesses the resources of all producers to capture opportunity, address challenges, and satisfy consumers.”

  • Funded by the Pork Checkoff

    • US pork producers and importers pay $0.40 of every $100 value when pigs are sold and when pigs or pork products are brought into the US


Npb vision of success statement

NPB Vision of Success Statement

  • Increase domestic per capita demand for pork

  • Increase export demand for US pork

  • Meet the challenge of responsible 21st century pork production

  • Provide access to knowledge and opportunities


National pork board science and technology intern may 23 august 17 2007 clive ia leah gesing

Created by an Act of Congress that established the Pork Checkoff (“Pork Act”, 1985)

Board composed of 15 pork producers nominated by delegates at the National Pork Forum, and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Staff headquarters located in Clive, IA, with additional employees located nationwide


Science and technology department

Science and Technology Department

  • Provides scientific support for identifying and addressing issues affecting the health, safety, and quality of the pork industry’s animals, products, or people

  • Areas

    • Swine Welfare

    • Animal Science

    • Public Health/Producer Safety

    • Pork Safety

    • Swine Health

    • Environment


My supervisors

Dr. Steve Larsen, PhD

Director, Pork Safety

Responsible for the development and implementation of pre- and post-harvest food safety programs and the development of educational material on food safety

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, DVM

Public Health and Worker Safety

Responsible for development and implementation of public health and occupational health research programs and human and animal zoonotic diseases

My Supervisors


Where i worked and my duties

Where I Worked and My Duties..

  • Science and Technology Department

    • Assisted the department directors in various Checkoff funded projects

      • Created brochures educating consumers about Pork Safety

      • Created a web based survey for packing plants in regards to prevalence of broken needles

      • Developed a web-based Emergency Action Plan Program for producers across the country

      • Represented the National Pork Board at meetings around the country


Where i traveled

Where I Traveled

  • 2007 Reciprocal Meats Conference, Brookings, SD

  • ASAS/ADSA/PSA National Meetings, San Antonio, TX

  • Pork Safety Committee Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

  • Hormel, Austin, MN

  • Iowa Select Farms, Iowa Falls, IA


How did i get my internship

How Did I Get My Internship?

  • Went on-line to the National Pork Board website, www.pork.org to learn about the different positions available

    • Science and Technology, Demand Enhancement, Communications, and Producer Communications internship positions

  • Sent my resume and a cover letter via e-mail to Human Relations

  • Completed a phone interview

  • Was offered the internship shortly after!


My expectations initially

I didn’t have a very good idea of what exactly I would be doing on a daily basis.

I expected to-

Gain a new perspective on the industry

Do lots of office and computer work, organizing Checkoff funded projects

Complete lots of research to assist my supervisors (looking up stuff on the computer)

Gain professional development through leadership and communication skills

My Expectations Initially


What i actually did and learned from this experience

What I Actually Did and Learned From This Experience

- DID learn a lot more about a different side of the industry

  • DID spend most of my time in the office organizing projects, and looking up stuff for my supervisors

  • Helped organize and assist with several meetings

  • Helped at World Pork Expo and State Fair with pork promotion


What i actually did and learned

What I Actually Did and Learned..

  • Met lots of producers and board members from across the country

  • Traveled and represented the Pork Board at several meetings

  • Got to experience a very positive, friendly, and laid-back working environment

  • Am now much more knowledgeable about thecurrent pork industry and can serve as an industry resource even after my internship

  • Networked!


Professional benefits gained

Professional Benefits Gained

  • TONS!!!!!

    • Improved my writing, speaking, and organizational skills greatly!

    • Was able to do LOTS of networking at conferences and meetings with industry leaders

    • Did LOTS of networking with professors from schools across the country

    • Ultimately this internship led me to start thinking very seriously about continuing my education with graduate school!


National pork board science and technology intern may 23 august 17 2007 clive ia leah gesing

-One of the best things about this internship was the many chances I got for career exploration and to learn about all the possibilities that are available in the pork industry. The NPB truly has a vested interest in keeping young people in the industry, and makes a huge effort to give their interns many great learning opportunities.


The interns

The Interns


At the spam museum

At the SPAM Museum


Questions

QUESTIONS???


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