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Alice in Dairyland: You can have an ag career even if you grew up in a city

Author: Casey M Fryda

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Can someone who grew up in a city go into agriculture?
Alice in Dairyland visits NWTC Friday to say “Yes!”

Horticulture student with plants and shovelGREEN BAY, Wis. – Can you go into an agriculture-related career if you weren’t raised on a farm? An increasing number of Wisconsin residents do. NWTC and Alice in Dairyland will host two events Friday to showcase unexpected career paths and technologies in modern agriculture.

Ann O’Leary, 69th Alice in Dairyland and Wisconsin's Agricultural Ambassador, will be an honored guest at NWTC for both morning and afternoon events.  

Middle School event: Agriculture and Renewable Energy

At 8:30 a.m., about 100 students from Washington Middle School will arrive at NWTC's Landscape Horticulture Learning Center at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. They will to hands-on activities in Landscaping/Horticulture, Diesel Mechanics, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Agriculture. (For program descriptions, visit www.nwtc.edu.) At 10 a.m., Ann O'Leary will speak to about 50 of the students about the benefits of working in the technologically advanced and high demand field of agriculture. The students will be done around 11:00 am. 

Landscaping student builds a wallAdult event: Grape Growing and Wisconsin Wineries Tour

At noon, Ann will welcome an adult audience to the NWTC Landscape Horticulture Center to highlight NWTC's viticulture program, which teaches the science and art of growing grapes. Wisconsin is home to over 100 wineries producing a variety of award-winning wines from grapes produced in our region. Following the presentation at NWTC, participants will board a bus to tour three wineries in Brown County: Trout Springs Winery of Greenleaf, Duck Creek Winery of Denmark, and Mona Rosa Winery of Green Bay. The tour will finish around 6 p.m.

You can farm even if you weren't born on a farm

Ann did not grow up on a farm. She studied science in college with a keen interest in food, fiber, and natural resources.  Agriculture provides nearly 10% of the jobs in Wisconsin and is experiencing a shortage of workers in various areas.  Ann's visit to the Green Bay area falls the day after "National Teach Ag Day," September 22, which is designed to raise awareness of the recent shortage of agricultural educators in numerous states and the rewarding opportunities the career provides.

Since Brown County is the official host of the 70th Alice in Dairyland Finals May 11-13, 2017, the tour is one of several special events to build excitement and anticipation for the finale taking place at Lambeau Field.  It has been more than 30 years since Brown County has been chosen to host the Alice in Dairyland Finals, which take place in a different host county each year. To learn more, visit www.AliceInDairyland.com. 
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