LORETTO, Ky. — College students in Kentucky have the chance to intern with the state’s Department of Agriculture this summer. It’s allowed students like Madison Wilmoth to get valuable experience on Kentucky farms.
The Peterson Family Farm in Marion County was one of many that Wilmoth lent a hand this summer.
“They would just put on the harness before they get in and so if they do get caught, they’re already harnessed up. And there’s already ropes, so they can get out much quicker,” Wilmoth said as she organized grain bin safety straps.
The Magnolia native grew up around the agriculture industry. Her grandparents own a beef cattle farm.
Wilmoth is currently studying Agriculture Education at the University of Kentucky. She’s adding to her education through learning the importance of farm safety.
This summer she is interning with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
“The KDA is really great about allowing us to get out and see different things,” Wilmoth said. “So I’ve been out with other offices and other departments and just see a full scope of what the KDA does.”
She’s one of eight college students who are getting exposure to various departments within agriculture.
Gracie Mika is working in the marketing department within the KDA.
The Western Kentucky University student says she’s been able to explore different opportunities within agriculture.
“It’s a great way to get many different experiences in many different areas,” Mika said. “It’s a great way to meet new people.”
The program is open to students studying agriculture both directly and indirectly.
Nineteen colleges and universities offer courses in agriculture, according to the National Association of Agriculture Educators.
To qualify, applicants must be currently enrolled at a college, university or vocational-technical program at the time of applying.