Edward C. Reybitz III
Edward C. Reybitz III is a junior studying Agribusiness Management at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to the internship, he had experience working as a research assistant in the Agricultural Economics Department formulating enterprise budgets. Since he had no farming experience, Edward was interested in learning more about agricultural systems. “I want to learn as much as possible about farming systems.” His career goals are to work for an agricultural firm in the area of resource management and/or marketing.
Edward gained all of the farming knowledge that he expected at Cedar Meadow Farm. “I wanted a more balanced view of Agricultural Business, and this internship gave me a firsthand look at the production supply aspects of food business. Before this, I had not insight into food production and how complicated it could be, especially at the farm level. I learned about many management practices ranging from marketing to weed and pest control. Overall it was a great experience and it helped me greatly to expand my knowledge about agricultural business.”
He conducted research comparing tomatoes that are grown in a high tunnel and in the field, and the ways that Steve Groff and his father market their fresh market tomatoes. In collaboration with Nicholas Willis, Edward also collected the pollinating insects and major weeds in the no-till pumpkins produced on a rye-mulch. They also helped Dr. Ray Weil of the University of Maryland measure soil moisture in field corn after brassica cover-crops.