Background information:

Hay & Forage Grower magazine is published by W.D. Hoard & Sons Co., which also publishes Hoard’s Dairyman. The company has been in business for over 130 years with offices located in Fort Atkinson, Wis. The family-owned company also publishes a number of community-based newspapers and operates a dairy farm just outside of the city.

Hay & Forage Grower publishes six times per year and maintains an electronic presence in the form of a web site (, Facebook (HayandForageGrower), Twitter (@hayandforage), and a weekly email newsletter (eHay Weekly). Magazine and newsletter content covers the United States with a mix of research-based forage topics, news, and farm features. The audience includes livestock producers (dairy, beef, sheep, and horse), commercial hay producers, custom forage harvesters, and forage industry professionals.

The intern experience:

The Hay & Forage Grower editorial intern will have the opportunity to learn and hone many communication skills as he/she works closely with the editorial staff. These include:

  • Writing: The intern will write content for the both eHay Weekly and Hay & Forage Grower. This will include a mix of both short, information-based articles and longer feature stories.
  • Social media: The intern will make regular Facebook page and Twitter feed contributions.
  • Layout: The intern will assist in the layout of eHay Weekly and post articles to the web site.
  • Copy editing: The intern will assist in copy editing content for both Hay & Forage Grower and Hoard’s Dairyman magazines.
  • Photography: The intern will contribute to the company’s photo bank and learn new photography skills.
  • Travel: The intern will make several trips during the summer to cover forage events and visit farms for feature articles.
  • We make every effort to make this an enjoyable and educational experience.

Intern qualifications:

The editorial intern will be a self-motivated individual exhibiting a passion for the livestock and/or forage industries. He/she must have good writing skills and the desire to become a better communicator. The preferred successful candidate will have farm experience and be entering their Junior or Senior year of college. This is a paid internship.

Length of internship:

May to August 2018 with an exact timeline determined by the student’s school schedule.


The intern will work out of the Hay & Forage Grower office in Fort Atkinson, Wis.


Hay & Forage Grower will assist with housing/lodging if needed.

To apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, college grade transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to Mike Rankin, Managing Editor, 28 Milwaukee Ave. W., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.


The application deadline is November 1, 2017.


Contact Mike Rankin at 920-563-5551 or

Download a one-page summary of the internship.