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Secretary of Agriculture attends Dordt Ag Day

April 25, 2008

Mike Schouten, Dordt College's Ag Stewardship Center steward, presented Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey with a Dordt t-shirt during Ag Day activities April 25.
Mike Schouten, Dordt College's Ag Stewardship Center steward, presented Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey with a Dordt t-shirt during Ag Day activities April 25.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey made a guest appearance at Dordt College’s annual Ag Day, held April 25, on a blustery day that moved most of the activities indoors.

Hosted by the Dordt College Agriculture Department and Agriculture Club, only the machinery display remained out in the parking lot, with livestock moved to the dairy barn on the Sioux County Fairgrounds for judging by college and high school students.

Ten high school teams from Sioux Center High School, Western Christian, M-OC-FV and Kingsley-Pearson judged livestock, and also participated in relays and games throughout the day led by Dordt’s ag students. Dordt’s Ag Club grilled a noon meal for participants amid snow flurries, serving their guests in the lobby of the gymnasium.

Northey spoke briefly to the students and others visiting the livestock display regarding Iowa’s role as a leader in agriculture.

“There are tons of opportunities in agriculture,” remarked Northey, who added that jobs are available now which didn’t even exist 10 years ago. “It’s important to get the best education that you can, and be ready for the future opportunities that are going to come along.” He noted that young farmers are needed to replace retirement age farmers, but also to work in emerging ag technology positions.

Professor of Agriculture Duane Bajema said the college has been hosting Ag Day for nearly 30 years. “It’s intended to be of service to schools, to be educational, and to draw attention to agriculture in a fun way.”

Agriculture is among the top enrollment programs at Dordt College, with seven B.A. degree emphases (agri-business, agriculture education, animal science, plant science, ag missions, biotechnology, and general agriculture), a two-year associate degree program, and a pre-veterinary program.

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