Agriculture Career Day Attracts Record Number of Recruiters

September 29th, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Agriculture Career Day, set for Oct. 14 at Iowa State University, is expected to bring more than 250 employers, a record number recruiting for jobs in agriculture and natural resources.

Last year, 225 employers and nearly 2,500 students participated in the annual job fair.

The nation’s largest agricultural career fair of its kind is open to the public. It will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 14 and conclude at 3 p.m. in the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on the eastern edge of the Iowa State campus.

"We are encouraged by employer interest given the recent concerns of a softening ag economy and the corresponding employment implications," said Mike Gaul, director of Career Services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU. "This is a positive sign for all students in agriculture and related sectors but more importantly, illustrates the strong reputation our students and programs carry throughout this industry."

The college's placement rate for recent graduates has been 97 percent or higher for 17 consecutive years. More than 70 percent of graduates begin their careers in Iowa.

Enrollment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences set a record for the third straight year this fall. The college’s enrollment is 5,205 students, 222 more than the previous year.

A list of the organizations recruiting at Ag Career Day is available at:  http://www.career.cals.iastate.edu/ag-career-day

Contacts: 

Mike Gaul, Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services, (515) 294-4725, mikegaul@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu