Ag Career Day Preview

Carter Collins

The ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences career fair has been the largest agricultural career fair in the nation for the last few years and this year is no different, with more than 200 organizations expected to be in attendance.

This event, known as Ag Career Day, will be held at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Ag Career Day is the kick-off event for on-campus recruitment of students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“We have seen the biggest jump in just one year in our history, which means employers see the quality in our students,” said David Acker, associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Last year, there were 175 organizations at Ag Career Day, and this year the last official number Acker had received from the agricultural college’s career services office was 205.

A variety of governmental agencies, commodity groups, environmental groups and agriculture corporations will attend Ag Career Day this year.

Many of these organizations, according to Acker, have chosen Iowa State to be the only career fair they will attend this year due to forced cutbacks by the organizations.

With record enrollment, the the college is expecting to assist the organizations administer over 600 interviews the day after Ag Career Day.

A list of all attending organizations can be found on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences career services website.