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Over 100 companies, agencies and other organizations will be looking for potential employees at spring ag career day.

January 27, 2017

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YOU ARE INVITED: If you are a student, alum or industry recruiter, plan to attend the annual Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Career Day at Iowa State University in Ames Feb. 1.

Job recruiters have reserved all the spaces available for the Feb. 1 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day at Iowa State University. This event is designed for students to learn more about potential employers and job opportunities in Iowa and elsewhere, related to agriculture and other life science careers. The ISU Ag Career Day is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held in the Great Hall of the ISU Memorial Union at 2229 Lincoln Way in Ames. A parking ramp is located next to the Memorial Union Building.

A list of the 101 organizations participating is online.

The job fair is the spring edition of an ag career day that takes place every fall, which is considered the largest of its kind. "Although nowhere near the magnitude of the fall career day, the spring event is a great opportunity for our students still looking to secure summer and full-time employment,” says Mike Gaul, director of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services. “There are numerous diverse organizations that did not attend the fall event and will be coming to ramp up spring recruitment efforts.”

Future of Agriculture scholarships available
To aid in the development of future talent for Iowa agriculture, 16 new scholarships have been announced for eligible college students. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) are again offering the Iowa Corn Future of Agriculture scholarships to aid in the development of future talent for the Iowa agriculture industry. This year, Iowa Corn will award 16 of these $500 one-year scholarships to deserving, qualified students enrolled at an accredited U.S. two-year or four-year junior college, college or university, or graduate school, in a program of study that will equip them in contributing to Iowa’s agriculture industry.

“A factor in the future success of Iowa corn growers and Iowa agriculture is the ability of Iowa Corn to offer support, relevant programming, advocacy and services to those new stakeholders entering Iowa’s agricultural sector,” says Larry Buss, an ICPB director and farmer from Logan in western Iowa. He chairs the Iowa Corn Grassroots Network, membership and checkoff committee. “This scholarship program is an important initiative to develop and encourage the future leaders of the agriculture industry in Iowa."

Scholarships are awarded for the 2017-18 school year, and previous winners may reapply. The scholarships can be used to offset tuition, school supplies or student housing.

Eight $500 “First-year Scholarships” are reserved for high school seniors entering their first year of college, one from each Iowa Corn district field manager territory. Also, eight $500 “Upperclassmen Scholarships” are reserved for students entering their second, third or fourth year of college, or who are enrolled in a graduate program, one from each Iowa Corn district field manager territory.

Funds will be issued on behalf of each student to his or her college financial aid department in August, but entering freshman must successfully complete the first college term and those funds will be applied to second-term expenses.

Click here to download an application. All materials must be completed and postmarked by Feb. 3. Direct your questions to Don Mason, Iowa Corn’s director of grower services, at 515-225-9242 or [email protected].

 

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