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PHOENIX INTERNSHIP
OFFERS EXPERIENCE,
CONFIDENCE, AND
CONNECTIONS
BY JORDAN HUBBELL

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rowing up as a child I lived with my family in Shoreham,
Vermont, a small town in Addison County. Although I wasn't
raised on a farm I spent my youth in 4-H showing Jerseys, my favorite breed of cows. I found my love for farm animals during the
many "ride alongs" I would take with my grandfather Paul Zeno,
who sells dairy supplies to farms throughout Vermont. For my
eleventh birthday I asked for a cow and was surprised when my
grandparents brought me to a farm and told me to pick one out.
Sweet Heart, my very first cow, would go on to win first place at
the Addison County Fair and Field Days that year, taking the blue
ribbon for the summer yearling group. In high school I was an active member of the local FFA chapter as well as the Plant and Animal Science program. Through all of those experiences I knew
that I wanted to continue my education in the agricultural field.
After high school I went on to study at SUNY Cobleskill and
graduated with an Associate's degree in Agricultural Business.
While in college, I worked for a small dairy farm (60-cow tie
stall) milking for an older gentleman who didn't have any help.
Milking cows in a tie stall barn was not my favorite college memory; however, what I learned while working there could not be
taught in any school.
I knew I wanted to learn more about all things agriculture,
both educationally and through clinical hands-on experience. I
enrolled in the University of Vermont's Animal Science degree
program in the fall of 2017 while also working at Stephanie and
Seth Pope's farm in Shoreham, Vermont. Seth showed me a different way to farm. He put up with all my annoying questions-at
4 a.m.-with a smile, while milking his herd in a double four
step-up parlor. While there, I was able to expand my knowledge
of dairy farms and how to run them properly. Stephanie took me
under her wing and taught me how to take care of all the calves on
the farm, which became my main task and my new-found passion.
I never knew how much love and hard work it took to raise such
beautiful animals. I loved every minute of it. I will never be able
to thank them enough for how much support and wisdom they
gave me with during my time there.
During the spring of 2018, I wanted to try something outside of farming and reached out to Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition
to see if they would be interested in hosting me as an intern for
the summer of 2018. Thankfully David Santos, Phoenix's president, welcomed me with open arms, allowing me to learn a whole
new side of the dairy industry, as I had become more interested
in nutritional work after taking a class at UVM. This internship

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experience has pushed me to another level, and showed me how
important proper nutrition is to have a successful farm with happy
and healthy animals.
Everybody at Phoenix has made me feel at home. I've enjoyed my time working alongside Jim Walsh, quality control and
safety manager, learning all things related to feed quality and
safety. Phoenix Feeds is a company that I knew was well-respected within the agriculture industry because of their focus on quality and customer service-this is why I chose them to do my internship. I am thankful that Phoenix Feeds took the time to show
me all the important aspects regarding nutrition and relationships
with customers.
One of my favorite things that Jim and I do is site visits to
some of our clients. During these visits, we check in to see how
things are going and answer any questions or concerns they may
have. I've been able to meet some amazing local farmers throughout this journey-and I could never replace this experience.
I'd like to thank Phoenix Feeds for their hospitality and for
showing me new things every day.


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