Gates talks about her lifelong love of plants and how important they are. They are important for food, but it is also a pleasure to be around living things and what she calls “hands in the experience of waste.”
“There are so many wonderful places to go,” Gates said. I hope I find something that fits.
In Illinois, one in four jobs and one in five jobs are in the agricultural sector, said Jess Smithers, director of Richland Agricultural Programs.
“There are opportunities for everyone,” he said. “Og is so vast that students can find a home on a farm, regardless of their needs. It’s a big industry, so no matter what you do, in Illinois or anywhere, any business that is involved in aging, it’s important to have an understanding (of agriculture).
Richland agricultural students are also encouraged to be active students outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to gain agricultural part-time jobs or experience and participate in other leadership development opportunities. Students participate in Illinois Professional Agricultural Student Competitions and participate in agricultural future US events that improve communication skills, develop their technical skills, build leadership skills, and network through networking opportunities.