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The Agricultural Business program and the CSUB Department of Economics, in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institutes National Program (HSINP), will host a career fair called "Growing Opportunities,” showcasing careers in the agriculture and food sector. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 6th from 1:30-5:30pm in the multipurpose room inside the CSUB Student Union.  A networking reception will follow from 6 to 8 pm in the Solario of the CSUB Student Recreation Center.

The career fair is open to students from all majors, both undergraduate and graduate, who are interested in learning more about job opportunities in the USDA and local agriculture industry. This is a chance for students to connect with private and public sector recruiters who may guide them towards advancing their career goals in the agriculture and food industry. A total of fifteen employers will be represented at this second annual USDA career fair including local agribusiness companies such as Paramount Farms, Grimmway Farms and Bolthouse Farms. Federal agencies such as the CIA, NASA and the Bureau of Land Management will also be in attendance, in addition to USDA agencies such as Agricultural Research Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development and others.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students interested in agriculture,” said Dr. S. Aaron Hegde, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Environmental Resource Management Program. “The central valley is one of the largest agricultural regions in the nation and is in great demand of quality trained graduates to join its workforce, especially in professional careers. In the past, any interested students would have had to go to as far as Monterrey Bay or San Luis Obispo for such a career fair.”

CSUB Ag Day will conclude with a reception where students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to network with professionals in a more intimate setting. Attendance to both events is free of charge and is open to all majors. Parking is also free.

For more information, the public can call Dr. Hegde at 661-654-2181 or email him at

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