Auburn’s Ag Industry Day to put spotlight on careers

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Agriculture will host students from across the state on Thursday, April 8, for a look at careers in agriculture during Auburn’s first Ag Industry Day.

The event, a career fair for high school students, will begin at 10 a.m. at Ag Heritage Park and the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena. Two guest speakers, one a celebrity from the entertainment world and the other a top executive in international agriculture, will share their perspectives on and experiences in the agriculture profession.

Randy Owen is a Fort Payne cattleman who, though most widely known as the lead singer for the legendary band Alabama, also is a producer of top-quality registered Hereford and Angus cattle on his ranch, Tennessee River Music. In his Ag Industry Day presentation, Owen will give an overview of his operation with emphasis on how being a highly successful beef producer means being a top-notch businessman.

Auburn alumnus Randall Ennis received his degree in poultry science in 1983 and today is chief executive officer of Huntsville-based Aviagen Broiler Breeding, the top poultry-breeding company in the world. Ennis will talk about his years at Auburn, why he chose the College of Agriculture and the unlikely field of poultry science and how he rose to his current post. He also will offer advice to prospective students.

In addition to Owen and Ennis, representatives from the College of Agriculture’s eight departments and from agribusinesses such as Aviagen, Alabama Farmers Cooperatives, First South Farm Credit, Walt Disney World and the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will be on hand during Ag Industry Day to talk about career opportunities available through their academic programs and businesses. Food and fun will be provided.

Ag Industry Day is being held in conjunction with Auburn Ag Week. For more information, contact Deborah Solie at (334) 844-8900 or das0002@auburn.edu, or go to http://www.ag.auburn.edu/goplaces/agindustry.

(Contributed by Jamie Creamer.)

Contact: Katie Jackson, (334) 844-5887 or (smithcl@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)