Fun Project

As the Wellness Intern at Arthur J. Gallagher, I am constantly learning about new ways to become a healthier person and live a healthier lifestyle. This is a snippet of a really cool project I got to do about todays best health and fitness smartphone applications that we will share with our clients. ImageImage 

Total Rewards

During the last week of my internship at Arthur J. Gallagher, I competed in the intern sales challenge. With a partner, we had one month to prepare a fake finalist prospect meeting. Because my partner and I chose a food company, we made this label about the services our company offers to look like a … Continue reading

The Last Week-Plowman

Well, this is the last official week for the internship. However, since I am staying as a regular employee I don’t feel as though its the end. I will still be going about my daily tasks as usual, learning new things everyday about production swine. This week I was put in charge of doing the weekly pig movement report that states every pig that moved. This is a critical report that everyone looks at to gauge where the company is. I plan to spend some time with the person who is in charge of risk management and learn some more hands on of working in the futures market. I look forward to my last two weeks as a full time employee and what I will learn before school starts and I go back down to part time.

Pokagon Youth Store – Chi Ishobak 

Pokagon Youth Store – Chi Ishobak

Chi Ishobak is one of our major financial institutions, that assists in making the most dynamic and beneficial decisions for business; all done in a morally ethic and proper way.  We have worked closely with Mr. Winters in developing financial plans in order to successfully develop our store into something to be proud of.  Hopefully we can continue to grow and develop a strong relationship with Chi Ishobak, and sharpen each others business ventures.

Ridenour – Pokagon Land

During my time here, I’ve got to experience an unbelievable time with my tribe and it’s vast land.  I discovered that we actually own 2 huge farms which are being rented out at the moment to some farmers.  A study that was done by one of the individuals in our Department of Natural Resources indicated that it would be more beneficial to the tribe as a whole if the Tribe itself actually invested into creating a department for the farms.  With this department, basically the tribe would harvest their own food and supply it to tribal businesses, as well as tribal entrepreneurs, and tribal members.  This would increase profits in the long run, lower expenses, and create a self sustainable environment for our tribe.  My intentions are to work with this individual in the future to create a proposal for our tribal council.  

Crop Report

USDA’s August Crop Production report expected smaller forecasts of the size of the 2013 U.S. corn and soybean crops at 13.763 billion bushels. The report forecasted for corn is 242 million bushels smaller than the average trade guess at 3.255 billion bushels. The report also forecasted the soybean crop at 81 million bushels smaller than the average trade guess.
The forecast of corn area to be harvested for grain was unchanged from the June forecast of 89.135 million acres, but the average yield forecast of 154.4 bushels was 3.3 bushels lower than expected.
Some of the larger yield forecast surprises were for Illinois and Indiana, where forecasts of 165 and 166 bushels, respectively are well below the record yields anticipated based on generally favorable weather and high crop condition ratings. In contrast, the yield forecasts of 166 bushels for Minnesota and 163 bushels for Iowa are much higher than anticipated based on extensive planting delays and relatively low crop condition ratings. After reading the report and relative articles, I have found that growers are happier to hear that the corn price will not descend any lower.
Corn and Soybean Production Forecasts Shrink, Prices Increase: AUGUST 12, 2013:By: University News Release

White Mold in Soybeans

Yesterday I was able to get back in the fields and start looking at the current crop condition across the thumb. I was surpised the difference I seen in one week being out of the field. Soybeans are filling and making pods nicely and should be producing a decent yield without the concern of cold weather and an early frost. But the other concern I seen in soybeans was the start of white mold. I seen white mold in a few plots across the thumb where the beans are close to chest high and really thick. With the cold wet summer white mold was a major concern. There really is nothing that we can do in season to fix white mold issues however. The only thing we can hope for is stronger winds to dry out the canopy in the morning. The other thing that would be helpful is to have varities that are white mold resistant. White mold will significantly reduce yields so it is important to keep an eye on fields and keep track of fields with issues so that in future years the issue can be resolved through planting a resistant variety across those fields.

Crop conditions across the United States

This past week I have been in St. Paul Minnesota at the LandoLakes headquarters doing our internship wrap up. We had to give a short presentation with an overview of our summer and then listen to the rest of the interns presentations and their experience. Listening to all the presentations and different work experiences and crops grown across the United States was a great learning experience. The biggest learning experience for me however though was learning about the crop conditions across the United States seeing how the USDA does not seem to know. After talking to interns across the United States I learned that the corn crop is turning out to be exceptional across the southern half of the US. They have started harvesting across Alabama to Texas and yields are coming in higher than average around 100 bushels to the acre which seems bad but is good for that area. This seemed to be the similiar story across most of the corn belt with the exception of Kansas which is burnt up and dry and then Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa and the Dakota’s which is wet and has had a lot of preventative planting acres. As a result I now believe the USDA may be closer on their numbers with corn this year than the private firms estimates. We will not fully know the whole size of the crop till combines start rolling however it was interesting to get a little insight from people who actually see the crop everyday across the United States