Amanda Radke / Special to Agweek
Fall has families clamoring to the nearest pumpkin patch for fun autumn activities. The corn mazes, rows of pumpkins, trees full of apples and hayrides don't just make good Facebook photos: Agritourism is big business for local farmers. Commercial gardener Jan Sanderson, of Aurora, S.D., started Sanderson Gardens in 1977. On 40 acres, Sanderson grows a variety of seasonal crops throughout the year, starting with rhubarb and asparagus in late spring, moving to strawberries in early summer, raspberries in August and ending the season with pumpkins.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — It may only be October, but for college students preparing to graduate in December 2017 or May 2018, it's crunch time. It's time to job hunt. Each year, South Dakota State University hosts an agricultural-based career fair aimed at connecting employers with students for potential agricultural internships and full-time careers.
It's been nearly a decade since I was a college student studying agricultural communications at South Dakota State University. I'll always remember my senior year being riddled with great anxiety about where I would go after graduation and if I would find a career that was exciting and fulfilling.