In this episode of The Story of Agriculture Podcast, guest host Lexi Marek, Iowa State student in public service and administration in agriculture and journalism, interviews Co-Founder of Herdmark Media, Inc., Marlene Eick.
While in high school, Marlene Eick heard the voice of Ohio farm broadcaster Ed Johnson everyday, and wanted to be the next great farm broadcaster. This early interest in agricultural communication and experiences in 4-H and FFA led Marlene to Ohio State where she was able to take part in many different experiences, from coursework to extracurricular activities to internships. While she eventually went down a slightly different career path than becoming a farm broadcaster, it was that early interest in agricultural communication and education that led her to her current role as co-founder and client lead at Herdmark Media.
In this episode Lexi and Marlene also discuss:
- Why one of Marlene’s biggest pieces of advice to students is to study abroad, even though she did not.
- Is this Marlene’s dream job and what does a dream job look like?
- The importance of networking and cultivating connection across the industry, and how Lexi and Marlene built a connection even though they have never met in person.
- What it is like to work with your spouse.