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Ag Career Exploration Fair is Nov. 17 giving opportunites for college and career

OREGON, Ill. –   Agriculture is everywhere, technology is advancing, and research says there is a high demand for graduates with a degree. Are you still wondering if this field of study is right for you? Come to the fair and find answers to your questions. There will be several colleges and businesses on hand to help participants choose their future within this growing industry.

Ag in the Classroom in Ogle and Carroll counties will be hosting an Agriculture Career Exploration Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov 17 at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th Street in Oregon. It is free and open to the public.

College recruiters will be offering information on the many majors in agriculture, what it takes to get a degree, and answer participants questions. Colleges and universities participating in the event are: Black Hawk College-East, Highland Community College, Illinois State University, Iowa State University, Joliet Junior College, Kishwaukee College, Sauk Valley College, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, UW-Platteville, Western Illinois University, and WyoTech.

For people interested in employment opportunities, business representatives from a variety of ag related companies will offer career knowledge, skills needed to perform specific jobs, and promoting summer internships.  Career booths will include: Advanced Crop Care, ag education, Bayer, Birkey's, Compeer, Conserv FS, Spectrum Preferred Meats, veterinary science, Vita Plus, and Woods Equipment.

Join us for drone demonstrations and sprayer simulator displays at the fair.

Ag in the Classroom is offered through the University of Illinois Extension in partnership with Ogle County Farm Bureau, Carroll County Farm Bureau, Ogle County Soil & Water, and Carroll County Soil & Water. For more information about the fair call Melinda Colbert at 815-732-2191 or email her at If you will need an accommodation to participate, please email the contact person of the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.


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