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Meet the 2021 NILE Interns

Purdue University | Media Relations Intern

Haley Baker

Haley Baker is from Economy, Indiana where she grew up on her family’s Hereford cow/calf operation that has been in her family for over 100 years. As the seventh generation to be involved in the agricultural industry, it was an easy decision to pursue studies in agriculture at Purdue University. Currently a senior, she is dual majoring in Agricultural Communication and Agribusiness: Agricultural Marketing with a minor in Farm Management. As a student, she has been an active member of the Purdue Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. In addition, she is wrapping up her final year on the
Indiana Junior Beef Cattle Association board of directors where she currently serves as president.

Haley is no stranger to the NILE as she was a 2020 intern and loved every minute of it. She looks forward to experiencing the NILE in a normal year and reconnecting with the NILE family.
University of Wyoming | Livestock Intern

Brandi Fuller

Brandi Fuller grew up on a family-owned black angus cow/calf operation just outside of Wright, Wyoming. In addition, Brandi and her sisters own and operate Fuller Sisters, where they have 45 head of cattle ranging from registered Shorthorns, Herefords, and Angus to crossbreds and manage 70 head of wool breed sheep, including Targhee and Rambouillet, and 2 sows.

Brandi is currently a Junior attending the University of Wyoming majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Marketing. At UW, Brandi is an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources where she is passionate about the agriculture industry and understands the importance of advocating for Agriculture in today's world. As a past NILE Merit Heifer Recipient, Exhibitor and current NILE Rolling Scholarship Recipient, Brandi is excited for this internship opportunity as it will allow her to start exploring different career opportunities and promote Agriculture on a larger scale!
Northwest Missouri State University | Livestock/Media Intern

Eliza Hunzeker

A Southeast Nebraska, Eliza Hunzeker, is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, where she is majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Communication. In her free time, she is raising lambs, taking pictures, and working on the family farm. After college, she plans to pursue a career in crop research and development. Eliza is also working on building a photography business, where she hopes to capture the memories created at shows and in everyday life.

Eliza is excited to be a returning NILE Intern because she can give back to the show industry that has given so much to her. Showing livestock has given her the opportunity to make connections that will last a lifetime and she has met some of her best friends through the livestock industry. It has also taught her the value of hard work and perseverance, and these are skills that will last a lifetime. Eliza has also hosted multiple showmanship clinics to help the youth in her county prepare for local fairs.
Montana State University | Livestock Intern

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is originally from Huntley, Montana and will be a junior this fall at Montana State University where she is studying Agricultural Education, in hopes to be either an Ag teacher or Extension Agent in the future.

Brooke is excited to have the opportunity to be a NILE intern in addition to being selected as a NILE Merit Heifer Recipient and NILE Scholarship winner. Brooke anticipates the NILE Internship to be very enlightening and rewarding to be on the production side of such a wonderful organization. She sees this as a way for her to give back to an organization that has made such a major impact on her life. Brooke looks forward to serving all involved in the NILE program this fall!
University of Montana Western | Equine Intern

Taylor Lindeman

Taylor Lindeman is from Kearney, Nebraska and is studying at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT where she will be graduating in December with degrees in Business Administration & Natural Horsemanship and with minors in Web & Digital Media, Farm & Ranch Operations, and Management.

Taylor didn’t grow up directly involved in agriculture, but quickly found a natural love for the industry, livestock, and equine specifically. The NILE Internship is exactly the professional experience Taylor desires to round out her education. She is so excited about this internship because of the networking opportunities and being a small part behind the scenes to help The NILE run like a well-oiled machine. Not to mention the experiences gained and lessons learned.
New Mexico State University | General Intern

Lyle Logemann

Lyle Logemann was born and raised on the eastern high plains of New Mexico in the town of Portales. Lyle graduated high school in the small town of Elida where he was immensely involved in the Future Farmers of America, serving as a State and National FFA Officer. Currently, Lyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Eastern New Mexico University and he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Agriculture Education and Extension as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Lyle has held many odd jobs such as a ranch/farm hand, worked for a radio station, frequented many livestock auctions as a ring man/yard hand and even began auctioneering! Lyle possesses an enthusiastic and gregarious personality coupled with a bass-baritone voice that is clear and strong behind a microphone! He is excited to be a NILE Intern because this event truly exemplifies the grandeur of the American Agriculture Industry.
New Mexico State University | Livestock/Media Intern

Lexi Montgomery

Lexi Montgomery is a senior at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM studying Agriculture Economics & Agriculture business, with a specialization in Marketing & Sales. She is also obtaining three minors in Economics, Business Administration, and Range Science.

Growing up in Pinon, New Mexico, Lexi is a 5th generation Black Angus cattle operation in the heart of the Guadalupe mountain range.

In looking to the future, Lexi knows that she’d like to help others and believes this could take the form of many career paths. From designing websites for small producers to appraising rural farms and ranches, and from selling agricultural insurance or even pursuing law school to become a water rights advocate, Lexi certainly has many interests. She believes that being a NILE intern is an experience that will stay with her for life, as she looks forward to networking with others and contributing to a passion that will carry her into the future.
Iowa State University | Media Relations Intern

Lauren Mosher

Strong roots are important for a corn plant to grow. They gather nutrients and water for the plant to survive. Much like a corn plant, Lauren Mosher's roots have been deeply developed in the agricultural industry. Growing up in the small town of Liscomb, Iowa, Lauren had the opportunity to start her own herd of cows that has grown substantially over time. In high school, she realized her passion of visiting with consumers at the grocery store and working with local beef producers to share their stories. Thus, a major in Agricultural Communications with minors in Animal Science and Public Relations at Iowa State University was the perfect fit. During the school year, Lauren enjoys working at the ISU Beef Teaching Farm where she assists in social media content development, videography, and herd data management.

The NILE internship will provide Lauren with an excellent opportunity to gain more hands-on experience and critique on the content created.
West Texas A & M University | Equine/Media Intern

Lindsey Sawin

Lindsey Sawin is from Vernon, Texas- a small town near the Oklahoma border. She is currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Media and Communication and a minor in Broadcast Journalism at West Texas A&M University.

Lindsey grew up in an agriculture-based family, rodeoing, showing livestock and horses. Her leadership roles began in 4-H and FFA where she was an officer and led many younger members. She's currently active in the WTAMU ACT chapter, where she serves as second Vice President and is a current WTAMU agricultural ambassador.

Lindsey's passion has always been agriculture. Recently advocating for agriculture has become a large driving force for her. She plans to pursue a career as an agricultural reporter for a television station. Being a NILE intern excites Lindsey because there are so many opportunities to network, learn and be creative. She can’t wait to expand my public speaking, fine-tune her writing, and contribute to social media.
Texas A & M University | Livestock Intern

Cydney Whiteus

Cydney Whiteus attends Texas A&M University where she is currently a senior and is studying Agricultural Communications & Journalism. Cydney currently lives in Tatum, TX but was born and raised in central Ohio where she was a 4-H member for eight years showing rabbits and was also a member of the Jr. Fair Board for three years.

Cydney became heavily involved in Agriculture after beginning high school, and has found a love and passion like no other for the livestock and show industry. After graduating college, Cydney hopes to obtain a position with a large-scale stock show, such as the NILE helping to plan the events and execute the show. Cydney is excited to be a part of the atmosphere that is created by the NILE for the exhibitors and their families. She is grateful for the opportunity to have been chosen as a 2021 NILE intern and is eager to grow from the hands-on experience, and meet many new faces along the way.

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