Janeice Leonard of Davidson County will serve as an intern this summer with the Yadkin County Cooperative Extension. Yadkin County was selected to have an intern through the North Carolina State University Internship Program.
The program is a 10-week opportunity for college seniors to gain “professional experience” in the agricultural and educational field. The paid internship program attracts many candidates from diverse backgrounds and universities. The Yadkin County intern will primarily be placed working in the 4-H youth development program.
Leonard hails from the small town of Tyro located on the outskirts of Lexington.
“I grew up showing a small herd of dairy cattle, and started showing Jersey and Guernsey cattle at the age of 5 and still show to this day,” Leonard said.
“I have always had a passion for agriculture, and in high school I was able to join the FFA and extend that passion even further. During my time in the FFA and taking agriculture classes in high school, I decided that I did not want this to be the end of my education about agriculture. After graduating from West Davidson High School in 2014, I wanted to further my education and pursue a career in agriculture.”
Leonard is a senior double majoring in agriculture education and agriculture production systems at the University of Mount Olive.
“While taking classes at UMO I have gained my beef quality assurance (BQA), pork quality assurance (PQA), transport quality assurance (TQA), and pesticide licenses in ornamental & turf, livestock, and poultry. I just became a Certified Plant Professional (CPP) in the fall. I’m an active member of a few clubs on campus which include: Campus Activities Board (CAB), Sisterhood of Crown and Martlet (SOCAM), Collegiate Future Farmers of America (CFFA), and Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers (CYF&R). I’m heavily active in the CFFA, from helping with events that we put on to being an officer for the past two years. I spend the majority of my free time working for the schools agriculture department or spending time with my friends.”
Leonard said she plans to pursue a career in agriculture.
“I would like to become an extension agent or teach agriculture in middle or high school,” she said. “I am excited about my internship and look forward to a great experience here in Yadkin County.”