Ag Career Expo highlights industry

May 1, 2018

The Annual Ag Career Expo Event sponsored annually by the Terry County Ag Business Leaders was held on Wednesday, April 25.

Terry County Sophomores from all school districts are bused around the county to various ag learning sites and exposed to a more in depth look at the various careers available in Agriculture.

Stops for the group were Brownfield Farmers Co-op Station, Terry County Veternarian Hospital, Bingham Vineyard and Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin.

Eric Williams, Agronomist for the Co-op Station and Devin Martinez, Store Manager both spoke to the students at the Co-op about their careers and what all the Co-op Station provides for producers.

Dr. Jim Ridenour and Kathy Henson both spoke at the Vet Clinic. Dr. Jim was actually doing some surgery during the visit. Kathy gave the students an overview of some of the equipment used in the clinic to help manage the larger animals.

Cliff Bingham and other family members took the students through the vineyard and the processing area and allowed the students to see a more in depth view of what growing grapes is like.

At the Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin, Manager Dan Jackson took the kids through the state of the art gin plant and Tanner Streety was on hand to discuss Plains Cotton Cooperative Association marketing. The jobs available in the growing, marketing and processing of cotton are innumerable.

At the gin, various vendors were on the yard with even more opportunities for students who might be thinking about a career in Ag:

MTS Module Truck Systems (who are already involved in the training of some of the BHS welding students), Texas A&M Forest Service

– Forestry, Work Force Solutions, Texas Game Warden, Aaron Sims, who brought his Operation Game Thief Trailer.

Also, Texas A&M Forest Service – Fire Division, Lyntegar Electric Cooperative, Lubbock Electric Co-op, Ag Texas Farm Credit Services and Terry County Tractor.

Water for the event was provided by Ag Texas. The lunch was provided by Birdsong Peanuts and was prepared by the West Texas Young Farmers.

This annual event is one of the greatest things our Ag businesses and producers do each year to try to keep the legacy of Agriculture strong in Terry County.

The event was coordinated by Co-Chairmen – Michelle Cooper and Dan Jackson. They were assisted by Layne Marlow, Eric Williams and Jackie Pate.

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