My last two columns have been about my summer internship with NEW Cooperative in Fort Dodge, IA as their communications intern. I hope you have all enjoyed learning and reading about what this entails because I know I have definitely enjoyed this experience. As I am writing this, I have about 3 weeks left and can say I am disappointed to see my summer coming to an end. I start college back up on Monday, August 25. However, I am excited to start my last year at Iowa State University! It is finally hitting me that I just have a short 9 months left in my college career. This only means that I am steps away from beginning my career in agriculture! 

There has been a lot going on at NEW Cooperative since my last article. I stay busy with a construction of a new facility, county fairs, a recruitment video, promotional items, social media postings, annual meeting planning, completion of a photo contest, organizing a local hunger campaign charity event and golf outings and the day-to-day tasks.

Every week I travel to our Lanyon location where a grain facility is being built. It is truly astonishing how quickly the facility is going up.

Mark Walter, Grain Manager for NEW Cooperative expands on the details of the new Lanyon grain facilities: “Two receiving systems, capable of receiving 30,000 bushels of grain per hour will assist in getting the Lanyon customer back to the field quickly and keep your equipment moving in the field.  All of the same services offered at the other 21 facilities of NEW Cooperative will now be available at Lanyon upon completion.  Items such as exterior scale ticket printers within reach of the tractor cab, the ability to receive your scale ticket information by text, and the ability to download ticket information via Connection Central on NEW’s website are all examples of the services that Lanyon customers will also enjoy.”

Last week, my supervisor and I went to 3 local county fairs to hand out NEW Cooperative labeled bottled water and hand fans. It was a meaningful event for me because I know how much work it is participating at the fair. It is nice when companies, like NEW Cooperative, take time out of their busy schedules to support the local youth.

My college recruitment video is coming along nicely. I am waiting on one other video recording with an employee that was a past intern. After I get that completed, I will just have to add some finishing touches. I am anxious to hear about the feedback on this video. I hope it provides recruitment tools for NEW Cooperative.

Next week are the annual company appreciation golf outings. These are held at Lake Panorama in Panora, Spring Valley in Livermore and Lakeside in Fort Dodge. This is an opportunity for NEW Cooperative to treat our members with a day away from the farm! I am looking forward to these events to get to know more of NEW Cooperative’s members.

Look for my column next month that will wrap up my adventure at NEW Cooperative.

Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

Contact her at [email protected].


Kayla is posing with Amy Pingel, NEW Cooperative Communications/Marketing Coordinator and Director of NEW Cooperative Foundation at a county fair with Frank the calf.