For Immediate Release

NAWG Hires 2023 Fall Interns

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Mariah Wollweber | 202-547-7800 |

NAWG Hires 2023 Fall Interns 

Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2023) – This fall, NAWG is welcoming Rachel Mendez and Bethany Cumming as 2023 Fall Interns. With 2023 being a Farm Bill year, both Mendez and Cumming will be busy supporting the NAWG team in their respective roles.

Rachel Mendez will be working as the Policy Intern for NAWG. Mendez graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a concentration in Finance and Real Estate. She grew up in Nipomo, California, where she was involved in 4-H, showing sheep and goats as early as age five. She expanded her projects into a sheep breeding program in 2015 with the help of her family. Her interest in policy originated from her upbringing and passion in the agriculture industry.

“I am excited to gain insight into the policy-making process to better understand all aspects of the agriculture industry,” Mendez said.

Bethany Cumming is the Fall Communications Intern. Cumming is a 2022 graduate of the University of Idaho, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and minor in Agricultural Communications. She taught agriculture classes for one year in Colton, WA, before relocating with her husband to Florida. Cumming’s passion for agriculture stems from her upbringing on her family’s fifth-generation wheat farm in Helix, OR.

“I grew up with my father and grandfather being involved in the Oregon Wheat League and Commission,” Cumming explains, “I look forward to expanding my skills in agricultural communications while learning how NAWG advocates for the policies and programs that support my family back home.”

“A Farm Bill year is a great time to learn about our government’s process in supporting agriculture producers,” said Chandler Goule, NAWG CEO. “Mendez and Cumming will be supporting the work of NAWG as we advocate for wheat farmers across the U.S. We are excited to have them join our team this fall.”

About NAWG

NAWG is the primary policy representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry and the general public. NAWG works with a team of 20 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at the national level. From their offices on Capitol Hill, NAWG’s staff members are in constant contact with state association representatives, NAWG grower leaders, Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, Administration officials and the public.