Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Plans for my big move began after I accepted at position with Beck Ag, Inc., a group of agricultural sales and marketing consultants specializing in experience-sharing marketing for many companies within the industry. Ranging from seeds to chemicals, and animal health to ag advertising, my coworkers bring a variety of rich experience to the Beck Ag team. I am very excited to be involved in "sharing the agriculture story" on behalf of our customers with the many growers and producers around the country. In my specific role I will be responsible for database support, conference metrics and result summaries, and will work with our AgTeleExperts and Project Managers to ensure the success of each project. This job will be anything but monotonous and is sure to challenge me and keep me learning each day.
As a part of my westward travels, I also got to spend Easter in Norfolk with Brian, his family, and my Dad and Cathy. The Wenig/Anderson parent meeting could not have gone better, and we had a ton of fun cooking, coloring eggs, playing cards, and coaching our star Easter egg hunter Michelle at the community egg hunt.
Looking forward to posting more often on life updates and my encounters in Nebraska.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
|Brian's sisters, Brittany and Michelle|
Excited for a busy week of traveling and interviews ahead. Will update you all in the next week or two on where my next move will take me!
Monday, April 4, 2011
On March 20th I officially ended my time as a Buckeye student. Notice I say student, because the Buckeye part, never ends. I was overwhelmed with the memories of the past 5 years as the day approached. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I feel to have been able to attend the world's best institution, study with some of the best professors and peers, and experience life through the glorious Ohio State lens. Your support has come in many forms, and has propelled me through the tests and kept my spirits high throughout the process. Know that I appreciate all of you and hope to keep in contact with you wherever my next journey takes me.
A few highlights of my weekend....
|Yep, I did it! And got the paper to prove it right away!|
|My wonderful Grandparents.|
|Night before graduation. Dinner downtown with my family!|
Now on to the next part of my journey. But as our wise President Gee says ... "I do not wish to bid you farewell, only that you fare well in your next endeavors."
Sunday, March 13, 2011
But, as I have grown older, I have come to appreciate the month of March much more. Unlike the March's of my youth, this March -- March 2011, is going to be hard to beat throughout the rest of the year. Why, you may wonder, is this March so wonderful and deserving of such praise? Let me brief you on the many events that have happened, and will happen, this month.
I spent the first day of March on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Brian and I spent 5 days down south with a few of his co-workers. We enjoyed quality sun time during the day, fancy dinners in the evening, and rounding off the day with some blackjack in the casino. It was certainly my idea of a great vacation.
After returning from vacation, I spent March 3-16 finishing up edits on my thesis and completing my associateship work in the College office. I was able to participate in the selection of the new College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Ambassador Team and helped organized the CFAES Buckeye Scholarship competition for high-school students.
will mark my second graduation from Ohio State. I am excited to once again walk across the stage in the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State and receive my Masters of Science in Agriculture degree from our honorable President, Dr. E. Gordon Gee. I am so grateful and thankful that so many members of my family will join me in Columbus for the celebration.
Days after graduation, Brian and I will hit the road to head back to his hometown, Marathon, IA. We will celebrate our one-year anniversary on March 25th. Quite the celebration it will be, as Brian's sister Brittany will marry the love of her life, Brad Ganeff, on March 26th. Brian and I are both very excited for Brad and Brittany and are honored to be a part of their special day.
March will be sent out with a bang as Brian and I head to Washington D.C. on March 31st. My Grandma Wenig has always said I have "Potomac fever" because of my love for our nation's capital. I am excited to be a tour guide for Brian on his first trip to D.C. and spend some time with him and some of his dealers.
And March wouldn't be March without the glorious display of athletic prowess in March Madness. So very excited to cheer on my BIG10 champs, The Ohio State Buckeyes, as they tackle the competition throughout the tournament.
Hoping everyone else is enjoying this month as much as I am!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Dear Mr. Pacelle,
I was disappointed and troubled to hear of the recent decision by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to move forward with attempts to further their political agenda and force it on the people of Ohio. This news proves that clearly you and your organization have not been listening.
HSUS was obviously not listening when residents across the state of Ohio spoke in one voice – overwhelmingly supporting Issue 2 and ensuring that Ohioans regulate our own standards for animal care. HSUS was obviously not listening when a majority of Ohio’s federal and state delegation endorsed the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) – overwhelmingly denouncing the HSUS’ efforts to undermine it. And HSUS was obviously not listening when farmers across the state of Ohio weighed in on this disastrous policy – overwhelmingly opposing it.
In addition to a majority of Ohioans, Issue 2 also had great support among Ohio’s legislators, Governor Strickland, and groups representing animal interests, including The American Humane Association, and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. It is unconscionable to me that an outside group would come into our State and claim that they know better.
The OLCSB was created just four months ago with a strong mandate by the people of Ohio, and it would be wrong for it to be hijacked by overzealous special interests based out of Washington, D.C. Our board will ensure that livestock and animals in Ohio are treated humanely and that our agricultural producers – a major sector of Ohio’s economy – are not unfairly penalized with unacceptable regulations.
The experts that will make up the OLCSB are the best sources for determining Ohio’s minimum standards of care for our animals, and not a liberal group whose real intentions are less about animal care and more about control over what we in Ohio eat.
Your attempts to dictate our state policies regarding animal care are misguided, and I will not stand for them. Ohio’s standards of animal care should be determined by those who know the issue best and have a vested interest in the outcome – Ohioans.
I joined the farmers of my district to support the passage of Issue 2, which passed with almost 64% of the vote on November 3rd. Ohioans statewide have spoken. It is clear exactly where they stand on this issue.
Mr. Pacelle, Ohio has spoken. Why haven’t you been listening?
Congressman Zack Space
I am impressed with Congressman Space's letter, his commitment to his constituency, and his commitment to the betterment of Ohio agriculture. If you would like to read more articles like this, hear more about Ohio's most recent battles with HSUS, or to just learn about the political tactics and outrageous schemes of the HSUS, please visit ofbf.org or humanewatch.org
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I was honored a few months ago when Brooke Harrison asked me to speak to Kiwanis as a part of her January platform of speakers all related to agriculture. I thought long and hard of the topics I would want to cover, and how I would give Kiwanis members an accurate snapshot of Ohio and United States agriculture in just 15-20 minutes.
Luckily, the words came easily, and I was very pleased with the message I shared. While I was able to leave my audience more educated on animal agriculture, myths behind factory farming, general innovations across our industry, and consumer awareness, the most memorable part of my day came before I began my presentation.
As a Kiwanis tradition, each meeting members go around the room donating "happy dollars" for the great things that have happened in their lives and communities. As the "happy dollar" circuit was closing, former Bowling Green mayor and highly respected community member Wes Hoffman shared his introductory limerick about me with the group...
For this week we'll hear more about farming,
But to you that should not be alarming,
For our speaker's the daughter
Of the family who brought'er...
And the Wenig's are really quite charming.
Our speaker group up with the grain,
On a farm in Wood County's terrain,
Her career became sealed
When she learned about yield
And why crops are dependent upon rain.
As a girl she was not far away
From 4-H, and, as well, FFA,
She became a real vulture
In affairs agriculture...
...Found a calling she had to obey.
Since her future she now could foresee,
OSU was the next place to be...
There her studies were tough,
But she finally got her degree.
Now in graduate school she will try
For more knowledge which she can apply...
And we hope she'll succeed
Since there is great need
For a confident world food supply.
Our speaker will give us instruction
On the future of farming production...
She'll explain Issue 2
And just what it will do,
And may warn about cropland destruction.
She'll describe what it means to our fate
To become much more ag literate,
To learn more about growing,
About reaping and sowing,
And the food that we put on our plate.
She will speak of the things that are hot
In the huge agricultural pot...
Though her talk won't be racy,
Let us welcome guest Stacie,
Who'll make sure that we all learn alot!
Thanks to Wes, and the entire BG Noon Kiwanis for welcoming me to your organization so warmly. I hope each of you were able to learn a little about hot topics in agriculture and the role you play as consumers!