Opportunities in agriculture

About 20 businesses and colleges attended an agriculture career fair hosted by the Webster City FFA on Friday at Webster City High School.

John Maubach, Webster City FFA treasurer, said the fair offered students a chance to learn about job opportunities available in agriculture.

“We wanted to get the word out about jobs in agriculture that aren’t just farming. There is a wide variety of opportunities with skills in English, finance, engineering, marketing, advertizing, sales,” Maubach said. “As well as production agriculture (farming).”

Students had a chance to visit the fair during their free hours to learn more about these opportunities in agriculture.

Representatives from Iowa Central Community College showed off one unique way that they’ve used technology to assist in agriculture operations. Students Rory Sterling and Nick Davis flew a small drone around the gymnasium. Davis said drones with camera attachments can be used to scout farms remotely. ICCC students use a drone in a precision agriculture class to scout the college owned field, Davis said.

Mike Richards, agriculture instructor at ICCC, said the fair is a great chance to expose students to these unique opportunities.

Participating businesses and colleges also included North Central Turf, Iowa Athletic Fields, Swine Graphics Enterprises, Farm Credit Services of America, Casady Brothers Implement, Stine Seed, Monsanto, New Cooperative, United Cooperative, Hagie, First State Bank, Town and Country Insurance, Wyffles Hybrids, Van Wall Equipment, First American Bank, Syngenta, Stony Creek Landscapes, DMACC, Van Diest Supply Co, FMC, and D & B Agrosystems. Maubach said the Webster City FFA is very thankful for their participation and support of local students and the FFA chapter.