The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the State Department of Labor partnered for the first-ever Agriculture Career Day at the New York State Fair on Friday, September 1, to get young people excited about the many possibilities for future jobs in the industry.
A scavenger hunt and interactive exhibit gave youth a chance to learn about a wide variety of career options and connect directly with industry representatives.
“SUNY Cobleskill is a proud partner of the Great New York State Fair and we are excited to participate in Agriculture Career Day to educate young people about the vast potential of careers in this dynamic industry,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion Terenzio. “As the home to some of the nation’s most renowned Agricultural Engineering Technology programs and the only college in the Northeast to offer the John Deere TECH program, we have a unique opportunity to set students on a path to success early on. We look forward to connecting with visitors during this event and hope they leave with a better understanding of New York agriculture and the possibilities it offers.”
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Young people are the future of our industry and it is more important now than ever before to get them excited about all the incredible opportunities for successful, meaningful careers in this field. We are proud to team up the Department of Labor to bring Agriculture Career Day to the Fair and hope to continue this effort for years to come.”
Left: SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Arts Professor David Campbell prepares fresh, locally sourced dishes for visitors at the New York State Fair. Right: SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio speaks with visitors at the New York State Fair.
The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “FIND YOUR GREAT,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.