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In-Person Companies (October 10)

As a student, alum, or industry recruiter - plan to join us for the Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day! We are pleased to announce we will be hosting an in-person event slated for Tuesday, October 10, 2023 (9am - 2pm) at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. Registration information will be emailed in late July. If you are an employer and would like to receive information on this event, please contact Mike Gaul at 515-294-4725 or via email at

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Please note we will not be hosting a Spring 2024 Career Fair.

  • The mission is to provide global talent solutions in agriculture and food. We strive to “Feed the World with Talent” in the industries we serve. Our passion is agriculture, demonstrated by our investment in time and resources engaging with candidates and employers in the industry. works to build the pipeline of talent to the industry by expanding knowledge about the breadth of career opportunities in agriculture.

  • Allendan Seed Company grows prairie grasses and wildflowers for seed production. 600 acres are dedicated to growing over 250 different native species. These plants are grown in our greenhouses and plugged into raised beds with plastic mulch with an extensive drip irrigation system. Allendan is located 30 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa in rural Madison County.

  • Alta Genetics is a world leader in the production and sales of Beef and Dairy Genetics. Our mission is to Create Value, Build Trust, Deliver Results.

    We know that progressive dairy producers prefer to do business with suppliers who deliver more than just a good product. They want to work with people who make a difference to their farm's results and bottom-line profitability. So, we carefully hand-pick the right people for the Alta team. Alta People are passionate about creating value for the farms they work with, trustworthy in all they do, and driven to deliver real, measurable results to their clients.

    We are dedicated in developing partnerships with leading progressive dairy producers worldwide. Together, we passionately pursue our mission to create value, build trust and deliver results for progressive farmers around the world.

  • Bachman's has been in business since 1885, when founder Henry Bachman, Sr., planted potatoes, lettuce, onions, and squash on a plot of land in south Minneapolis.

  • As a fifth-generation, family-owned company, we take pride in providing our customers with the best horticultural products and services.
    Our mission is to help retailers, growers and landscapers create a world landscape that is more beautiful, diverse and sustainable.

  • Baillie Lumber Co. is one of North America's largest hardwood lumber manufacturers, distributors, and exporters. We are a provider of hardwood logs, hardwood lumber and proprietary grade hardwood lumber products.

  • Ball Horticultural Company is a leader in all facets of horticulture. Our global family of breeders, research and development teams, suppliers, and distribution companies has a strong presence on six continents in 20 countries. We live by our founder's motto: "All the Best and Nothing Else."

  • At Bartlett Tree Experts, we are committed to the care of trees, and to providing professional service while helping homeowners and businesses maintain beautiful, healthy trees and shrubs.

  • The City of West Des Moines, IA (population 63,000, with a day time population of 135,680) is a rapidly growing community with a vibrant economic base and quality of life. West Des Moines is a full-service municipal government providing a wide array of City services to our citizens. We've been named Business Records "City Government Most Conducive to Business" fifteen years in a row - See our website at: for additional information.

  • CNUC is the premier provider of innovative, economically sensible and environmentally sustainable vegetation management services.

    Our consulting and operations team is highly regarded with an unparalleled understanding of utility vegetation management (UVM) industry best management practices and legal and regulatory requirements.

    We partner with clients to improve their vegetation programs through inspection and auditing services, emergency response, consulting and research, often combined with software and LiDAR solutions. Our expertise goes beyond operations by providing the largest and most comprehensive UVM Benchmarking Survey in North America.

  • Conservation Corps provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work. Our goals are to help young people from diverse backgrounds become more connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment.

  • Since 1880, Davey has provided five-star residential and commercial tree care services from certified arborists. Schedule a free consultation.

  • At Engineering Services & Products Company (ESAPCO) our goal is to provide a platform for our employees' growth and success. Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation's fastest growing companies, we have been an industry-leading manufacturer of commercial buildings and greenhouse structures since 1979.

    Under our brands ClearSpan Structures and GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures, we design, engineer, manufacture and install fabric structures, metal buildings, commercial greenhouses and high tunnels. We also sell a wide variety of agricultural, growing and industrial supplies through our brands FarmTek and Growers Supply via an extensive catalog series and ecommerce websites.

  • Gowan USA is a family owned registrant and marketer of crop protection products and champions technology for agriculture and horticulture through innovative product development, public advocacy and quality production. Bringing science, regulatory acumen, innovative investment, and focused execution to the forgotten problems of agriculture has earned Gowan the reputation of being the "Go To Company."

  • To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present and future generations.

  • Lead by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's mission is to provide leadership for all aspects of agriculture in Iowa, ensure consumer protection and promote the responsible use of our natural resources.

  • The DNR's mission:
    To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations.

  • Through campus and regional specialists and staff in 100 county extension offices, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach builds a strong Iowa by connecting Iowans to the resources of Iowa State. Region 3 (Hancock, Kossuth, Wright and Winnebago) counties have both intern and full-time opportunities available.

  • Award winning Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance and Snowplow services provided to exceptional residential and commercial clients throughout Northern Chicago Region.

  • JBC strives to design outdoor spaces and athletic and recreational facilities that respect their natural surroundings and compliment their built neighbors. The firm's reputation for design excellence and innovation is firmly rooted in a conviction that success grows from a process of interaction with the client. JBC is a collaborative practice. The firm's emphasis on sharing ideas is of great importance in the identification and resolution of design issues. As a result, each project reflects the shared wisdom and ideas of many people and utilizes the talents of the entire professional staff. Consistent with this approach, the firm is not departmentalized; rather it is structured on a project basis, allowing the client to have continuing and consistent communication with the design team. Individuals assigned to a project remain on the project from beginning to end, giving the design team

  • Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard is a 98 acre working orchard located in Nebraska City, NE. We are a destination for fresh, locally grown produce and family fun! As a 501(c)(3) Public Charity Foundation, we are dedicated to agriculture education, research and historic preservation.

  • Midwest Groundcovers LLC is an industry leader in the propagation, growing, and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. The company operates over 300 acres of state-of-the-art nursery production facilities at five locations in St. Charles, Illinois, Virgil, Illinois, and Glenn, Michigan.

  • The Master of International Agriculture Degree Program (MIAP) is a multidisciplinary degree program, preparing students for a successful career in global agriculture. Blending theory, practical knowledge, and hands-on experience, the program prepares students to make a significant contribution to the field of international agriculture. MIAP is designed to allow students the opportunity to choose a focus area that fits their personal, professional, and academic goals.

    As we look back to the beginning of this journey, we find it hard to believe where we've arrived today. Who would have predicted that a business started with a mower and a moped would survive to celebrate its 30th anniversary? Some would say that our survival is a tribute to our hard work. Others might point to luck.

    Our clients have told us that they believe that Perficut is simply a different kind of company, a business fueled by progressive spirit and managed with a level of passion that is uncommon in our industry. But we believe that's just one part of the equation. Our roots reflect an approach that is mostly old-fashioned and inspired by the generations before us who refused to take shortcuts and knew the value of a job well done.


    Polk County Conservation provides the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of our natural heritage. When you work with us, you'll feel your work has a positive impact on the community. You'll lead citizens to the outdoors, encouraging them to explore our 15,000+ acres of parks, wetlands, trails, woodlands and prairies.


    Ryan Lawn & Tree is about integrity, great customer service, unmatched expertise and exceptional value. Every person that works at RYAN has a vested interest in keeping customers happy. RYAN turf managers and arborists have the knowledge and expertise to make lawns, trees and shrubs the talk of the block. We provide lawn fertility and weed control. In most markets, we also provide tree pest and disease control, tree and shrub pruning and irrigation maintenance and installation and landscape design.
    We hire solid applicants who stand out from the crowd. We are an industry leader serving Kansas City, St Louis and Springfield, MO, Tulsa, OK, Omaha, NE and Wichita, KS.


    Sandy Pine is a multi-generational, family-owned farming operation based in Nebraska. Founded in 1984 by Greg Wilke & Vicki Wilke, Sandy Pine is the largest PIC Multiplier (a producer of breeding stock derived from PIC genetics) in the US.

    Sandy Pine specializes in producing the highest quality pigs for our customers around the country & transports them all over the world. We are made up of multiple farm locations, all strategically located to provide our pigs with the safest & healthiest environment.

  • SavATree is committed to an environmentally sensible approach to tree and lawn services. We have been providing professional landscape maintenance services throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions of the United States since 1985. Our tree care industry certified arborists add value and beauty to residential, commercial, institutional and historic properties using environmentally sensible tree, shrub and lawn care principles. Our tree care company currently has 34 office locations servicing select communities in AZ, CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MN, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA and WI.

  • Scoular is an employee-owned $6B agribusiness leading the way since 1892. We buy, sell, store, handle and process grain and ingredients by leveraging our global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation. 

  • Sebert Landscape is a full-service commercial landscape contractor in Illinois and Wisconsin with a unique sustainable approach. We call it the new green, and it's our way of changing the landscape industry. But our green goes beyond reusable bags and recycled bottles. It means finding solutions that benefit customers and respect the environment.

    Sebert was established in 1985 by Jeff Sebert (Founder and CEO). From humble beginnings while working out of a local garage and small office, the company grew to be the 5th largest full-service commercial landscape company in the Midwest. Today with over 600 employees and 7 regional branch offices, Sebert offers the professional service and attention to detail for all your year-round commercial landscape needs.

  • SK Horses, Cowpoke Corner Corral, and the National Park Gateway Stables are Estes Park, CO premier horseback trail riding stables! We provide guided rides into the Rocky Mountain National Park from 1-hour to all day.

  • Terraplex Ag is quickly becoming one of the largest agricultural drone companies west of the Mississippi. We pride ourselves in being a farmer's trusted partner when implementing new technologies into their farming operations.
    From cutting-edge drones to custom spray solutions, Terraplex has everything a farmer needs to apply crop inputs with unmatched precision.
    Advanced Technology. Expert Advice. Next Level Productivity

  • Established in 2022, Thomas Elevated Ag, LLC is a family-owned and operated agricultural business who prides itself in forming relationships with our customers in order to best serve their farming operation's needs. We started this business because we saw a need in our agricultural community to deliver products aerially using more precise drone services. This service has been widely accepted within the eastern Iowa and western Illinois coverage area and will continue to grow. In addition to our custom drone application services, we offer agrochemical, biological products and cover crop seed sales as well as scouting and mapping with drones.

  • Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "The Corps") is one of the best in America! In 2015, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country.

    Nearly 4,000 AMS professionals work every day to support the country's diverse agricultural operations. AMS services and its millions of dollars in annual grant investments also create opportunities by supporting economic development in small towns and rural communities that stand as the backbone of American values.

  • The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples.

  • Yellowstone Landscape is one of the green industry's most trusted commercial landscape firms, serving clients across the US. We offer a uniquely comprehensive selection of services with expertise in landscape maintenance, design and installation, irrigation systems, sports turf and tree care services. Our company culture focuses on people. Learn how to become a valuable member of our team of passionate, committed people. The opportunities are endless!