Berks Ag Career Fair set for Friday, March 7

Agricultural, conservation, environmental, and food industry exhibitors will be at the Berks Agricultural Center on Friday, March 7 to students of all ages about job opportunities and careers in their fields. High school and college students and interested adults are welcome to visit from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to speak to representatives from colleges, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

While agriculture is the focus of the day, other career paths will be offered for people interested in fields that deal with conservation, the environment, law, retail marketing, and more.

“We are excited about having exhibitors returning for the fifth time, plus several new participants at this year’s event,” said Sheila Miller, Berks County’s Agricultural Coordinator. “At the request of students, a taxidermist has been invited to participate in the career fair. Farm equipment dealer Binkley and Hurst will be here for the first time, along with Green Giant Lawn & Tree

Care. Mark Wicks, who owns an artificial breeding business, will be available to speak with students interested in learning more about this profession. The participants at the Ag Career Fair are happy to share information about jobs and future careers in their fields. ”

Miller pointed out that a fun auction will once again be part of the morning program. “Thanks to Reading Area Community College’s auctioneering class, we have added a demonstration that gets students and exhibitors involved. They have fun bidding on a wide array of items donated by exhibitors, and it helps us raise funds to support the student scholarships and continuation of the Career Fair.”

2014 exhibitors include: Ag Connect (economic development); Berks Conservancy (non-profit); Berks Co. Agricultural Land Preservation Office (farmland preservation agency); Berks Co.Conservation District (conservation agency); Berks Co. Office of Agricultural Coordinator (agriculture economic development agency); Berks County Sheep & Wool Growers (non-profit organization); Berks/Southeast Cattlemen’s Association (non-profit organization); Binkley & Hurst L.P. (farm equipment); Deer Country Farm and Lawn, Inc.(farm equipment); Delaware Valley College (higher education institution); F.M. Brown’s Sons, Inc. (feed, seed and fuel business); Fulton Bank (financial institution); Green Giant Lawn & Tree Care (landscape business); Harcum College (higher education institution); Hartman Shurr Law Firm (attorneys); Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (non-profit organization); Huey’s Taxidermy (business); Kareta’s Foods (business); Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit (financial institution); Morrisville State College (SUNY), New York (higher education institution); Ontelaunee Orchards Inc. (fruit grower); PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (forestry bureau); PA Fish Commission (state conservation agency); PA Game Commission (state wildlife agency); Penn State Extension—Berks County (agriculture education agency); Penn State University (higher education institution) Reading Area Community College (auctioneering program and higher education institution); PA Veterinary Medical Association, (non-profit organization); Reading Eagle (newspaper publication); SUNY Cobleskill, New York (higher education institution); for the fifth Ag Career Fair to speak

Susquehanna Bank (financial institution); US Army Corps of Engineers (flood control/conservation federal agency); USDA Farm Service Agency (federal farm assistance agency); USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal conservation agency); Waterfall Gardens (landscaping business); Wicks A.I. (agri-business); and Winterside Sheep Farm (local sheep and wool producer). These exhibitors and more have been invited to attend. Other exhibitors are welcome to participate by contacting Sheila Miller, Berks County Agricultural Coordinator at 610-898-5482 or by e-mail at smiller@countyofberks.com.

The Office of Agricultural Coordinator has partnered with the Berks Agricultural Resource Network for the past five years in organizing this annual event to help people learn more about

the multitude of career choices in today’s green industry. Students will have the opportunity to tour the various agencies at the Ag Center and network with exhibitors as they look for job

shadowing possibilities or internships. Students also will have the opportunity to win prizes.

Each student will receive a booklet that outlines the multitude of careers and facts about the food industry, how to write a resume, and other helpful information.

This event welcomes students of all ages—high school, college, and adults looking to change careers. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling Sheila Miller, Berks Agricultural Coordinator, at 610-898-5482 or e-mailing smiller@countyofberks.com.