Madison Moore, a media and communication student at Delaware Valley College, traveled with agriculture broadcaster Dave Williams to Ag Progress Days on Wednesday, August 13, as part of her internship with the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network. At the event, Moore interviewed Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in the 2014 election. She also interviewed Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig and many key people involved in agriculture in Pennsylvania.
“It’s important to have an understanding of where your food comes from,” said Moore, who feels journalism can help people better understand agriculture.
Williams visited the college in March to recruit students for agriculture broadcasting internships. He is a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and a host for American Farm Country Radio and Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio. Williams is encouraging DelVal students to consider going into agriculture broadcasting and said that there are a lot of high-paying jobs in the field for those who are willing to learn it. He said students don’t need an agriculture background to get into the field; they just need a willingness to learn, the right personality and the right skills.
Moore, who has done mostly print internships, is excited to be gaining some broadcasting experience and grateful for the opportunity.
“I think more employers should come to DelVal just to talk and get students interested in the numerous options there are for media and communication students,” said Moore. “It’s one thing to be able to read about what someone does in a field you hope to enter, but it’s even better being able to talk to the person who is doing something great. Dave just came to the college and said, ‘I want you to get experience in this field’ and has just handed over opportunities. He is excited about the field of ag broadcasting and wants to share his love for the field with students who can greatly benefit from what he has to offer. I think it’s great to give DelVal media students a chance to open up their minds to all that is out there.”
She will be going to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention with Williams in Kansas City, Missouri, November 12-14, where she will have the opportunity to network with agriculture broadcasters.
Williams is looking to continue to provide hands-on opportunities for the college’s media and communication students and will be taking a group of media students with him to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2015.
The opportunities are being sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, The Marcellus Shale Coalition, PennAg Industries and the NAFB Foundation.