Farmers Union interns prepare for summer

Farmers Union interns prepare for summer A large increase in the number of young people participating in South Dakota Farmers Union local, regional and statewide camps has led to an expansion in the farm organization's summer camp intern staff.

According to South Dakota Farmers Union Education Director Bonnie Geyer, four counselors will be on staff this summer to work with volunteer education leaders around the state. Heather Kuecker, Webster, Dan Millar, Geddes, Vicki Schumacher, Stickney, and Ashley Vandersnick, Iroquois will begin work in mid-May, following orientation sessions at the Farmers Union State Office.

"We are excited about the growing interest in the Farmers Union program of education on family agriculture and cooperatives," Geyer said. "We are looking forward to further increases in the number of campers attending our camps."

Heather Kuecker is beginning her sixth season as a member of the Farmers Union Education staff. She is a student at Dakota State University majoring in graphic design and originates from Webster.

Dan Millar from Geddes, Ashley Vandersnick from Iroquois, and Vicki Schumacher from Stickney, will join the staff for their first year. Millar is an elementary education major at Dakota State University, Vandersnick attends South Dakota State University pursuing a degree in pharmacy and Schumacher is a student at SDSU studying for a degree in nursing.

As summer camp interns, Kuecker, Millar, Vandersnick and Schumacher will assist in conducting and managing Farmers Union county and district camps as well as our Senior Leadership Camp. Last year over 1,200 South Dakota young people participated in Farmers Union Camps.

"We are very proud of the success of our youth camping and achievement program and invite anyone interested to call our office for more information," said Bonnie Geyer, state education director.

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