Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
Having begun her undergraduate career at Ohio State’s Lima campus, Mallary Caudill has maintained a stellar record of achievement since coming to the Columbus campus. Her most rewarding experience has been her senior capstone class, in which she edits the AgriNaturalist magazine along with a team of agricultural communication seniors. At the AgriNaturalist, Mallary got to know her fellow seniors on a deeper level; she found that as a year-long experience, the capstone class necessitated a greater investment than other courses and motivated her to fully commit to her role as editor. She takes joy in collaborating alongside her peers to produce a one-of-a-kind annual publication.
From June 2020 to May 2021, Mallary held an internship with Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW), where she assisted on teams responsible for the organization’s policy, marketing, membership, communications, and education efforts. In the immersive, year-long program, Mallary had the opportunity to see numerous projects through from start to finish. She spearheaded a virtual D.C. Lobbying Fly-In, managing the schedules of legislators and advocacy teams, providing talking points and presentation materials, and applying principles of marketing and communication she learned in the classroom in a virtual setting. She received the 2021 Internship Award for her work with OCW and calls the internship her most valuable undergraduate learning experience.
In addition to her time at OCW, Mallary currently holds an internship at Inspire PR Group, where she has handled various agricultural accounts including the Ohio Poultry Association. She credits both her internships with increasing her confidence, improving her knowledge base on real-world issues, and expanding her understanding of the challenges and trends in today’s agriculture industry.
Beyond her internships, Mallary also worked in the offices of OSU’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) and for the National FFA Organization as a facilitator. She also served as a page in the Ohio House of Representatives, which led her to a better appreciation for the state’s legislative system and the importance of being a well-informed citizen. As a part of National FFA’s Next Gen Program, Mallary had the opportunity to act as a mentor to high school students, facilitating career exploration and helping them prepare for the next steps after graduation.
Mallary would like to recognize Dr. Emily Buck as her most important mentor. Reflecting on Dr. Buck’s influence on her undergraduate career, Mallary shared, “from the time I was a freshman, when she met me in a local coffee shop outside of her work hours to sit down and help me figure out my class schedule, to now, a senior about to graduate, Dr. Buck has helped support not only me but others academically and professionally beyond her job description.”
A multi-passionate learner, Mallary looks forward to pursuing a career in agriculture policy, public relations, or journalism after graduation.
Service, involvement, and accolades: Ohio State Collegiate Farm Bureau, vice president, outreach officer | Ohio State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow | CFAES Learning Community | Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals | Ohio Corn and Wheat Collegiate Policy Academy | NASDA Next Generation Class of 2021 | H2O Church | American FFA Degree