Bond County native Haley Maples, a student at the University of Illinois, spent some time early this summer in New Zealand. The trip, through the U of I, was an opportunity for the Agribusiness and Crop Science student to learn about New Zealand’s agriculture economy, with a special emphasis on sheep and dairy production.
Haley stopped by the WGEL studios recently to thank the community for their support of the fundraisers she held to make the trip possible and to tell us about her two-week trip.
She said there were five groups of students, interviewing farmers and holding business meetings with different companies every day. Haley’s group focused their study on disruptive natural events. This fall, the students will compile the information they gathered and make a 10 minute video presentation that will be shown to faculty at the University of Illinois.
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Haley also told us she’s spending 60 hours a week hand-harvesting grain for research at KWS Cereals over the summer. She said it involves a lot of hard work in the summer heat with sore hands.
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Haley Maples will be our guest on this Sunday’s Public Affairs. Join us right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News to hear more about her trip to New Zealand.