Teens Learn about Agriculture Career Paths - U of I Extension

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Teens Learn about Agriculture Career Paths

This article was originally published on December 4, 2018 and expired on December 31, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

The agribusiness industry in Illinois employs over 163,000 people, from grain operator to family farmer, lender to grower and seller, and more. To help teens learn about potential career options in agriculture, University of Illinois Extension serving Ford and Iroquois Counties and the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau partnered up to present their annual Agriculture Career Night on November 13 in Gilman.

This year marked the seventh year of the annual event, where junior high and high school students have the opportunity to speak with agriculture departments from colleges across the state. They also have the opportunity to learn directly from people in the field about the agriculture careers they hold. A panel of professionals and college representatives discussed the duties of various agricultural careers, schooling and training needed, and courses to take to prepare for one of these careers. Students also had the chance to visit booths to discuss with college reps specific requirements for the programs they have available.

Clinton Charles, panel member for the event and member of Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau Young Leaders, noted that this year’s event helped students and parents alike, stating, “They both ask questions regarding careers that maybe they didn’t even recognize in the industry. The students also get to see careers that they wouldn’t have thought would be correlated with agriculture.” He also noted that through this event, attendees could see how Illinois schools help Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders achieve success in their careers.

Seven colleges were represented at this year’s event—University of Illinois, Parkland College, Lake Land College, Illinois State University, Joliet Junior College, Kankakee Community College, and Southern Illinois University. With nearly 50 attendees, this annual event helped students and guardians alike learn all about agriculture careers and education options.

Jen Odle, Ford-Iroquois Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, was pleased with this year’s event. She stated, “It is really great to partner with the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau for this event. It’s very beneficial for local students to be able to come to one place to learn all about agriculture careers for their future and the education they can receive from Illinois colleges to get there.”

For more information on this year’s event or to be put in contact with representatives of agriculture schools in the area, you can contact Jen Odle at the Illinois Extension office at jodle@illinois.edu or the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau at 815.265.4712.

Source: Melissa Ann Steiner Kuhl, Publicity and Promotion Specialist, msteine3@illinois.edu

Pull date: December 31, 2018