Last week I shared the work I have been doing during my internship with the members of the board of directors for the Ogle County Farm Bureau, so I will share here as well.
My responsibilities as the intern are to create and maintain a website and a Facebook for the Ogle County Farm Bureau. I will also be doing some feature writing and photography about farmers in the county. My main focus these past four weeks has been to get the website up and running. I have made a lot of progress and I am learning so much, many things I would never have thought to consider.
I spent my first day looking up EVERY county in the state and their web presence. I looked through website after website to find ideas I wanted to use and also made note of ideas I wanted to stay away from, I made a lot of notes about both. My second day I spent the whole day on Facebook! As a college student, what could be better? Well, I wasn’t looking up my friends and checking out their newest posts and pictures, I looked up county and state Farm Bureaus to see what approaches they had taken with their Facebook accounts.
The goal of the site is to be a place for farmers in the area to come and find all the resources they need, but also a place for the general public to come and learn about agriculture and the ways it impacts their lives. Bringing these two things together has been slightly challenging, but I am excited about how it is coming together!
Between those first few days and now I have been creating content, taking and editing pictures, and making it all fit together perfectly!
I have learned a lot about editing pictures for the web, writing content and the biggest challenge has been copyright. I have had to research and seek advice about copyright so that the website meets all the specifications.
The website has to pass some approval stages before it can be public, but I anxiously awaiting that approval and being able to click the PUBLISH button!
By Monday, June 27th, you will be able to go to http://www.oglefb.org and check out the website!