Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture and the Agriculture Leadership Council will be hosting the Agriculture Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Curris Center Large Ballroom.
This is the 28th consecutive year that the Agriculture Career Fair has been held. The fair began as a project of the Animal Health Technology Club. That first time only five companies were in attendance, but it quickly began to grow as the entire department of agriculture began to participate. In fact, the fair evolved into a twice-yearly event. For the past decade, however, the Hutson School of Agriculture has concentrated all of its efforts into a larger spring event.
The career fair has been under the coordination of MSU’s Agriculture Leadership Council for several years, with students helping organize and conduct it. Council members are invited to attend the career fair and have lunch with company representatives that day. Representatives of many of the companies stay after lunch to interview students for internships and available jobs.
Dr. Tony Brannon, dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, said, “This career fair is one of the most important activities of our Hutson School of Agriculture and it is a highlight of our spring semester. We preach the motto of ‘get an education instead of just a degree’ to our students. In this case we take that further to the ‘get a job’ stage.
“We stress that it is just as important for a freshman or sophomore to attend as it is a junior or senior,” Brannon continued. “Networking through attending the career fair can make a huge difference in getting to know the company representatives and gaining career information.”
Companies currently scheduled to attend the event include (asterisk indicates companies that are conducting interviews:
• ADM-Archer Daniels Midland*
• Ag Connections
• Agri-Chem LLC
• Bunge North America*
• Calloway County Conservation District
• Cal-Maine Foods
• Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Veterinary Services*
• DuPont Pioneer
• Farm Credit Services of Mid-America*
• Growmark Inc.*
• H & R Agri-Power*
• Hutson Inc.
• Jimmy Sanders*
• Kentucky Equine Management Internship
• Masters Choice*
• Mayfield Veterinary Clinic
• Murray State University ROTC
• Murphy Road Animal Hospital*
• Perdue Agribusiness
• Pilgrim’s Pride*
• Progeny Ag Products
• River Valley AgCredit
• Security Seed & Chemical
• Stine Seed Company
• Tap Logic
• Tyson Foods
• University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension*
• University of Tennessee-Knoxville Department of agriculture and resource economics
• University of Tennessee-Martin master of science in agriculture and natural resources
• USDA APHIS PPQ
• Wheat Tech*
• Whayne Supply Company
Professional dress is required for students attending the fair. For more information on the Agriculture Career Fair for either students who additional companies that may wish to be included, contact Christy Watkins in the Hutson School of Agriculture at 270.809.3329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.