March 2, 2021

My MaxYield Internship: Haley Banwart

IMG_20130619_095220_945I never would have predicted all of the great opportunities I have had as a MaxYield intern in the past six weeks. My internship experience has been above and beyond what I expected when I first started in May and I can’t wait to go back to Iowa State to tell all of my Ag. Communications friends about my summer. I have been surprised by the number of contacts I have made with other individuals in the agricultural field and this makes me very excited for the endless possibilities of my future career.

Recently I had the chance to meet Greg Latza, a freelance photographer who has been taking amazing photos for MaxYield Cooperative for several years. I had the chance to road trip with him for two days and I had fun learning from him and helping with the photo shoots for the upcoming magazine and calendar.

My favorite part of the trip was having the opportunity to stand on top of the Belmond Elevator where Greg took shots of the new fertilizer plant. The view from there was incredible and I felt lucky to be able to see what the workings of a grain elevator are really like. Despite my fear of heights, I braved crossing one of the catwalks and I even have the pictures to prove it.

Standing on top of the elevator it was amazing to see the flat patterns of Iowan land stretching out into the distance.  From this perspective it was easy to understand the significant impact agriculture has on our communities as I could see miles and miles of fields with little farm towns dotting the countryside.

I am very proud that I come from a rural community and I am even more inspired to use my communications skills to positively convey this lifestyle to those that might not understand the true values of agriculture. MaxYield Cooperative emphasizes the idea of “We See More in Your Fields”. One of my goals as an agricultural communicator is to help the individuals that are not familiar with this mentality to learn what valuable way of life our fields have to offer.

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