Growing up on a small farm in Susquehanna County, Dana Nunemacher has always cared about agriculture.
Now as a journalism student at Penn State University, she has been spreading the word about one of Pennsylvania’s leading industries.
“I love agriculture and I love getting to share the story of what’s happening in Pennsylvania,” she said. “I’ve had a chance this whole week to share this amazing story of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.”
Nunemacher interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture during the entire 104th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg from Jan. 4-11, contributing to social media accounts for the department, as well as the Farm Show and PA Preferred.
Coming to the Farm Show was a first for Nunemacher, who graduated from Elk Lake High School in 2019.
Each day, she received a list of Farm Show events to attend and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
One day, Nunemacher ate a potato donut for the first time on camera, answering a frequently asked question on the Farm Show’s social media about how they taste. The answer? “It’s very good. It’s very chewy. It’s very soft. It’s just like a normal donut, I would say. I definitely recommend it.”
Afterward, people at the show recognized her from the video, including Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, which made her feel like a “Farm Show celebrity.”
During her free time, she wandered through the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center searching for interesting sites to explore.
Her favorite part of the show was the Calving Corner, where cows give birth to their calves. Whenever she got a text alert that a new calf was coming, she hurried over, since they’re her favorite animal.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association’s famous milkshakes were also a highlight, she said.
In high school, Nunemacher served as an ambassador for the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Team and was crowned Alternate Susquehanna County Dairy Princess in 2017.
She also serves as a youth board member for the Harford Fair in New Milford. Both of these experiences have taught her about agricultural communications.
While she’s not sure where her journalism education will lead her, she hopes it involves agriculture in some way.
The weeklong internship in Harrisburg flew by, said Nunemacher, who was glad to have a part in an event so important to Pennsylvania.
The Farm Show gives consumers a firsthand chance to see how hard those in the agriculture industry work, she said.
“It’s important for consumers to be able to see exactly where their food comes from,” she added.