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OJC Press Release ID: 2469

Monday, February 15, 2016

Explore a career in Agricultural economics

Embark on a Vocational Voyage to explore your career possibilities in the area of Agricultural economics. Dr. Walter “Mack” Myers, Agribusiness faculty at OJC, will present on this career on Feb. 17 at noon in the Learning Commons in Wheeler Hall on the Otero Junior College campus.

He will provide information on the education required for his career area, types of positions available, salary range and why he loves his job. There will be opportunities for interaction and asking questions.

Dr. Myers is a native of Las Animas, where he grew up on a crop and livestock farm. He is a 1967 graduate in agricultural economics from CSU. After earning a Master of Science degree in 1969, Walt went to Oklahoma State University to pursue a Ph.D.

Before completing his Ph.D. in 1973, he started a distinguished career in agricultural commodity management. His employment included a stint as Vice-President and Director of Commodity Procurement for Swift and Company and 10 years as an independent commodity trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

While still working as a commodity trader, he purchased a 42,000 acre cow/calf operation near Pueblo, Colorado. The operation expanded into a feedlot operation in 1995, which he continued to operate until his retirement in 2004. He then helped start the agricultural business management program at Otero Junior College.

The presentation is open to OJC students, area high school students and the general public. For more information on this presentation or the Vocational Voyage series at OJC, contact Allie Hall at 719-384-6931 or

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Dr. Walter “Mack” Myers will give a presentation on careers in Ag economics on February 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons in Wheeler Hall at OJC.