The Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum wants to inspire the next generation of agricultural career seekers.

The annual “Connecting Students with AgriBusiness 2017” career fair will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Expo.

According to Expo organizers, the event is designed to inform high school students about business careers in agriculture.

Business people that participate at the career fair include accountants, lawyers, marketers, bankers, real estate brokers, high-technology experts, sales representatives and managers.

Tim Cobb, broker with Hatley/Cobb Farmland Management and Real Estate in Spokane, has participated in the career fair since it began at the Expo in 2015.

“It is important to look to the future in our industry and the career fair helps students — the actual future of the industry — to consider the many options available in agriculture,” Cobb told the Capital Press.

Cobb recommends high school students prepare for the career fair by bringing three questions specific to their field of choice.

They could be prepared by having done some research on agricultural careers or the companies at the event, he said.

“I am looking for forward-thinking, goal-setting, planning-type people who have some interest in how to continue to bring technology into agriculture,” Cobb said. “Beyond that, I am looking for hard workers who will be honest and upfront about their expectations.”

Cobb’s business offers internships to college students. He also invites students in college or trade school to meet with the businesses at the career fair.

Cobb sees value in providing the career fair a place to grow and for people to make connections.

“These are early seeds and many things may change before an eventual hire or partnership,” he said. “The value comes in helping the students think about the future and what that future may look like for them inside your business organization.”

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