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2023 Summer Intern: Kailey Pinney

Aurora Cooperative 8 months ago

Hello everyone! My name is Kailey Pinney, and I am one of the marketing interns based out of the corporate office in Aurora. This fall, I will be entering my senior year at the University of Wyoming where I study agricultural communications and animal science. I also compete on the rodeo team. Before UW, I attended Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, and received my associate degree in agricultural communications while competing on the rodeo team there as well.

I grew up in Mitchell, Nebraska, and have been surrounded by different aspects of agriculture my entire life. Both my grandparents on both sides had row crop operations and even raised pigs. I was fortunate to have spent some of my childhood in Yuma, Colorado, where I spent a lot of time on our family friend’s cow-calf operation. My sister and I also showed nearly every species of livestock in 4-H and FFA. My family also raises show goats.

The cooperative system has given me so much as an individual, not only because of my family’s connections to them but because of the contributions made to small communities. Whether it was county fair or a school event, a local cooperative always contributed in some way. As I have gotten older, I have grown to appreciate this even more. Having the opportunity to complete my internship within the cooperative system has been very fulfilling, to say the least.

This internship has been more than I ever could have imagined. Following orientation, the marketing team hit the ground running. I was creating content for social media within the first week! My internship has been heavily focused on marketing for Allied Nutrition. I have created creep feed, mineral, and range cube ads. I have also had the opportunity to attend the weekly animal nutrition meetings.

My favorite part of my internship so far has been creating a logo and sticker for a couple of new products in our “ProForm” line, our show livestock feed and supplements. It was very fulfilling to see something I created put onto the packaging.

I have also had the opportunity to spend some time with the grain merchandisers and John Borchers, our director of grain merchandising and origination. While I am familiar with grain, seeing how our elevators work and learning more about merchandising was cool.

I am excited to see what the next few weeks bring. I am forever grateful for everybody who has contributed to my internship this summer.