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Accelerated Genetics Hires summer interns
June 21, 2014

Baraboo, Wis.  – Accelerated Genetics is excited to announce that eight individuals will serve as interns this summer. Interns include, Joseph Adams, Waucoma, Iowa; Victoria Barman, Black Earth, Wis.; Nathan Donnay, Glencoe, Minn.; Ethan Giebel, Lyndon Station, Wis.; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.; Jacob Leum, Viroqua, Wis.; Brittany Nelson, Decorah, Iowa; and Katyra Von Ruden, Bangor, Wis.
Joseph Adams
In his role as Program Services intern, Adams will work with Accelerated Genetics newly released heifer genomic testing program, AMP Genetics.

Adams is a junior at Iowa State University, where he majors in dairy science with a minor in agribusiness.

During college, Adams has been an active member of the ISU Dairy Science Club and has served as treasurer for the organization. This fall he is looking forward to being a member of the ISU Dairy Judging Team. Adams has been very involved with 4-H and Holstein Quiz Bowl. In 2011, he received All-American Honors as the World Dairy Expo 4-H judging event.

Adams continues to be active on his family’s farm, Adaway Dairy LLC in Waucoma, Iowa. The farm is home to a herd of 260 Holstein and Jersey cows.


Victoria Barman
As a Sales and Service intern, Barman will spend the summer serving customers in southern Wisconsin.

Barman is a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she obtained a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis.

Throughout her schooling, Barman was involved in the Wisconsin Heights FFA Chapter and earned her American FFA Degree. At UW-Platteville, she was an active member of the Pioneer Dairy Club,

Barman was raised on her family’s dairy farm near Black Earth, Wis., where she is still actively involved in the management of cows and calves.


Nathan Donnay
Over the summer, Donnay will work throughout southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin as a Sales and Service intern.

Donnay will be a junior this fall at the University of Minnesota where he will obtain a degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy production.

While at school, Donnay is active in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Block and Bridle Club, Crops and Soils Club and National Agri-Marketing Association. Donnay is also active in the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association where he serves as president.

Growing up on his family’s 44-cow dairy farm, Sunkist Acres Farm in ??, Minn., sparked Donnay’s interest in dairy cattle. Since 2009, he has been a co-owner of Wilvue Genetics, a business comprised of 25 registered Holstein and Jersey cattle.


Ethan Giebel
This summer, Giebel will work as a Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

Throughout the summer, Giebel will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of his projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working on the Accel-Link electronic newsletter, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer.

Giebel will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall where he is pursuing a degree in agricultural education. During his sophomore year of college, he served as Wisconsin State FFA President. On campus, he has been active in Collegiate FFA, Alpha Zeta and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Giebel won the American Farm Bureau National Collegiate Discussion Meet early in 2014.

Last summer, Giebel interned for the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine and continues to write for the publication. He also works as a freelance writer for Filament Marketing.

Growing up on his family farm, EDEM Acres, near Lyndon Station, Wis., has given Giebel an enterprising nature. He enjoys being involved with the farm and other agricultural pursuits.


Cassandra Krull
Over the summer months, Krull will serve in the capacity of Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

Throughout the summer, Krull will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of her projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working with trade show planning,, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer.

Krull will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she is pursuing a degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy and agribusiness. Prior to attending UW-Platteville, she earned an associate degree in applied sciences from Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan.

She is active in the Pioneer Dairy Club, co-chaired the Pioneer Dairy Classic Sale and is a member of the UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team. Krull is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association and is a Semi-Finalist for the 2014 National Distinguished Junior Member award. During her membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association, Krull served as National Jersey Queen in 2011-12 and won the National Youth Achievement Contest in 2013. Furthermore, Krull was recognized at World Dairy Expo with the prestigious Merle Howard Award in 2013.

Krull was raised on her family’s farm, Krull Farms and is an owner of Shining Star Dairy Cattle in Lake Mills, Wis., where she co-manages 50 Holsteins and 10 Jerseys. Previously, Krull has interned for Holstein World and the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association.


Jacob Leum
During the summer, Leum will work as a Genetic Services intern based out of the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

His internship experience will include locating elite young sire daughters and scouting herds to find daughters for picturing. In addition, he will provide farm tours to groups and prepare daughters for photography.

Leum will be a junior this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he will obtain a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis. He enjoys being a brother in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and member of the Pioneer Dairy Club.

Some of Leum’s past experiences include working at Kamps Hollow Genetics, JTL Jerseys and Vernon Vineyards.

Being engaged on the family farm, Leum Jerseys in ???, Wis., Leum developed a passion for Jersey cattle. He took first in the Wisconsin FFA dairy entrepreneurship proficiency award area in 2013 and was recognized by the National FFA Organization as a national finalist in the same area. Leum is a member of the American Jersey Cattle  Association and has served as president of the Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeders Association and was selected as 2013 Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeder of the Year.


Brittany Nelson
This summer, Nelson will work throughout northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota as a Sales and Service intern. Other responsibilities will include doing some relief breeding and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events.

Nelson will graduate next May from Northeast Iowa Community College with a degree in Dairy Science. Upon graduating, she hopes to continue growing her herd of Guernsey dairy cattle and pursue a career in the AI industry.

Nelson has been an active member of 4-H and FFA. She has earned the 4-H Volunteer Award and her Iowa FFA Degree.

Although Nelson did not grow up on the farm, she has worked on her grandparent’s dairy farm. This is where she gained an appreciation for the Guernsey breed and exchanged labor for show calves. Nelson also started her own flock of ewes and has successfully marketed show lambs.


Katyra Von Ruden
Working as a Lab Technician intern, Von Ruden will spend the summer at the Accelerated Genetics Production Facility  located in Westby, Wis. She will be working in the Semen Laboratory where she will receive a well-rounded experience working in a team environment.

Von Ruden is actively pursuing a degree in agribusiness from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, Wis. After graduating, her plans include pursuing a career in agriculture, preferably at Accelerated Genetics.

Graduating from Bangor High School in 2013, Von Ruden was an honor roll student and an active member of the Bangor FFA Chapter serving as chapter president.

While Von Ruden did not grow up on a farm, she enjoys spending time at the farms operated by her grandfather and uncle. During the summer of 2013, she interned with Alforex Seeds. While at college she worked for the Monroe County Land Conservation Office to conduct soil sampling, data collection and farm plans.

Accelerated Genetics is a global provider of bovine genetics and research, reproductive services, and solution-based animal health products. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.


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