New Ag Careers Exploration Day set for July 24

(Posted March 14, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County OSU Extension Office wants to give youths a leg up when it comes to exploring options for agriculture-related careers.

To that end, they are hosting an Agriculture Careers Exploration Day on July 24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, home to the Farm Science Review. The event is free and open to teens ages 14 to 19, regardless of where they are from.

The day will include breakout sessions covering career options in environmental science, agriculture engineering, crop science, and animal science. Hands-on demonstrations and other learning opportunities are part of the agenda.

The day also will include a career and college fair where participants can talk one-on-one with industry leaders and representatives from universities and technical schools.

“They will get to see options for what they can do right out of high school, with a technical or associate’s degree, with a bachelor’s degree, and with a master’s degree or higher,” said Laura Dillion, Madison County Extension educator/4-H youth development.

Dillion and Amanda Douridas, Madison County Extension agriculture and natural resources educator, are responsible for creating the Ag Careers Exploration Day, a new event.

“We both have agriculture degrees, but when we went to college, we weren’t sure what we wanted to specialize in. We both ended up in different places than what we anticipated,” Dillion said.

“So, we decided to create an event to give kids a look at possible careers earlier in their decision-making process. A lot of kids think they can only be a veterinarian or need to have 5,000 acres to farm. We want to show them that there are lots of other options in agriculture.”

Registration for the Ag Careers Exploration Day likely will open in early May. Call the Madison County OSU Extension Office at (740) 852-0975 for more information.

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