UC extension center hosting Ag Futures Day for FFA students

January 06, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

Doctor? Lawyer? Seismologist?

The University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville will host its second annual Ag Futures Day for Imperial County high school Future Farmers of America students Thursday.

With registration starting at 7:30 a.m., the agriculture and environmental science career day will provide students information about a variety of jobs in those areas.

"There are exciting careers out there in ag science other than just farm labor out in the field," said Debra Driskill, office manager at the Research and Extension Center.


More than 300 students will see five 20-minute presentations during the morning, several of which will be out in the fields or in laboratories.

Presenters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Imperial Irrigation District and other agencies will share information about their jobs and the educational requirements for the positions, Driskill said.

The center modeled its Ag Futures Day after a similar event at another UC extension center in Fresno, Driskill said.

"It was really needed here in the Valley," she said.

The center put together a proposal and, with the help of the Imperial County Office of Education and School-to-Career program, organized its first Ag Futures Day last year.

"In the future, we'd like to have an open house for the public to see what types of research we do here," Driskill said.

Staff writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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