Iowa State University is on its way to last year’s record number of employers recruiting at Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Career Day on Oct. 20.

The largest agricultural job fair of its kind is open to students, alumni and the public. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on the Iowa State campus.

"Despite concerns with some sectors of the ag industry, we are very pleased at this point to have such a positive response to the event,” said Mike Gaul, director of career services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We are still three weeks out and I'm optimistic we will get close to the number of organizations (269) that were in attendance last year.”

The career fair kicks off the college’s recruitment season with hundreds of on-campus interviews in the week following the event. The office had to seek out additional space in the Memorial Union to accommodate industry demand.

“Last year, we hosted 799 interviews the day after career day and are certain to pass that number this year," Gaul said.

The popularity of the event reinforces the demand for Iowa State students throughout all sectors of agriculture, he said.

A list of the employers scheduled to participate is on the career services’ web site at:  http://www.career.cals.iastate.edu/ag-career-day/2015/all