Soybean Update BreAnn Jaeger

(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. BreAnn Jaeger, from Minneola, who is a junior at Kansas State University studying Family Studies was also serving as one of the interns at the Kansas Soybean Association this summer. And BreAnn, I know they keep you very busy over at the Association with a lot of activities. And what got you interested in this internship? (BreAnn) I actually come from Minneola, where there’s the only biodiesel plant in Kansas. My Dad and uncle own and operate that. So, we’ve been involved with this quite a while now, since 2007. So, they told me about it last summer and I was still in Dodge City at that point, so since being in Manhattan I thought, why not go for it, if I don’t get it I’ll find something else to do. But thankfully I got the phone call and they asked me to be an intern. So, it’s been a really great experience. (Greg) And I think one of the biggest things for the interns there at the Association is they really help you to interact not only with the soybean producers that you’re able to meet throughout the summer, but in this case I know you get a chance to go to Washington, D.C., too. (BreAnn) Exactly. Amanda and I actually went to Washington, D.C., last month and were able to go to the National Biodiesel Board meeting. So, that brought a lot of information to us in a different way than it had been given to us previously, and it was just a great experience. We got to meet with Congressmen, talk about biodiesel. I’m really passionate about it. So, that was just a great experience. It was our first time to be in Washington, D.C., so to do it together was a fun experience for sure. (Greg) Being passionate about biodiesel, but also seeing other aspects of the soy industry as a whole too. (BreAnn) Exactly. We’ve learned so much about soybeans in general, just in the first couple weeks being here. And our knowledge is just continuing to grow. So, it’s been a really exciting thing because I come from southwest Kansas where soybeans aren’t really a huge commodity out there, so it’s been a learning experience for sure. (Greg) Well, what’s in the future for BreAnn as you get going and as you graduate from Kansas State? (BreAnn) I plan to go move back home. Hopefully, open my own preschool for the kids in town. That’s my passion is children. But definitely stay involved with biodiesel on the farm for the rest of my life. It’s just something that I love and I love keeping it in the family. (Greg) That is BreAnn Jaeger from Minneola, who will be a junior at Kansas State University majoring in Family Studies and serving as one of the interns at the Kansas Soybean Association this summer. She’s been our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at KansasSoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.

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