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Ag Day event focuses on next generation ag workers

Educating the next generation of agricultural workers was the focus of a Wisconsin National Ag Day event. 

Northcentral Technical College near Wausau is the only two-year campus in Wisconsin teaching ag and veterinary technician courses on their own campus farm.  During a student Ag Day discussion panel, Brownfield asked how they would get more young people interested in ag careers.

Dairy Science student Isaac Kruger said where he was growing up, no one was exposed to ag fields until middle school. “The kids I went to school with, if they didn’t have an ag background, they didn’t know anything about the ag industry until they took a class, and it was an optional class.”

Veterinary Technician student Kalyna Harder Harder says, “At the high school level even, we should be inviting people within the agriculture industry to come and talk about their careers and what they do because I would have never known you can fly drones or that the vet tech field has so much in it as well, and there’s just so many options.”

Mason Knab found his future through an apprenticeship. “The Youth Apprenticeship Program is huge. It’s really huge. It gets a lot of people interested. It gives the students credit for what they are learning at their job sites.”

The students say exposing more urban schools to agriculture might also generate more career interest.

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