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May 22, 2012   Email to Friend 

TWO SUMMER INTERNS JOIN ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION STAFF
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 22, 2012

Left: Katie Wendland is the summer intern for the Communications Department. Right: Willis McKee is the summer intern for the Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation has hired an Auburn alum and a current Auburn student for summer internships.

Joining the Communication department is Katie Wendland of Autaugaville, Ala., a sophomore majoring in agricultural communications at Auburn University.

At an early age, Wendland developed a desire to promote agriculture by writing and creating meaningful relationships. Her father, Andy Wendland, operates Autauga Farming Co., and she said her experiences on the farm encouraged her to help educate the public about farming and producing practices.

“Because agriculture is such an important part of who I am, I have always wanted to effectively educate others and enable them to make informed decisions about agriculture,” said Wendland. “The Farmers Federation is a group of people with a common goal: promoting agriculture. I am excited to be a part of telling the stories of amazing men and women who work hard and love what they do.”

Federation Public Relations and Communications Director Jeff Helms said Wendland’s farm experience and knowledge of the organization would allow her to quickly contribute to the Federation’s communications efforts.

“Katie previously worked with our department as a student advisor on the DRV NOW, TXT L8R public relations campaign," said Helms. "She has a passion for telling the stories of Alabama farmers, and we look forward to working with her this summer as she continues to develop her writing skills.”

Joining the Governmental and Agricultural Programs department is Willis McKee, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who graduated from Auburn in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in political science.  After graduation, McKee moved back to Tennessee where he worked with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) for a year before returning to Alabama as a student at Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery. 

McKee said his time with the TWF exposed him to real world problems and gave him the opportunity to create solutions.

“Agriculture has always been a part of my family," McKee said. "I have always wanted to use my education to promote agriculture and the abundant outdoor lifestyle it allows. I wanted to come to Alfa, bring my ideas and experiences from TWF and put my education to use.”

Federation Governmental and Agricultural Programs Director Jimmy Carlisle said McKee's background in agriculture and law will be a great asset to the department.

"We look forward to working with Willis this summer," Carlisle said. "He's already hit the ground running on his first big project, which is to help update the Agriculture Law Book with laws from the 2012 legislative session. He will be a great help to our commodity directors working on agriculture programs and general issue responsibilities."

The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with nearly 400,000 members.


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