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Agribusiness Markets and Management

Students in this concentration learn marketing and management skills and meet with industry leaders and managers. This concentration includes many hand-on opportunities for learning from seminars with visiting executives to internships.

Students can study the marketing, pricing and distribution of production inputs and services used by farmers; the marketing and pricing of grain and feed, livestock, and livestock products; and the marketing and pricing of food ingredients and processed food and fiber to businesses and consumers.

  • Students are prepared for entry-level management and marketing positions and are sought by firms involved in the production, marketing, sales and financing of farm inputs, agricultural commodities and food ingredients and products.
  • Students develop skills in management, strategic planning, and human resource management. They begin their careers as management trainees, sales representatives, technical analysts, or in specialty areas such as marketing, procurement or finance.
  • Some students decide to pursue a career in buying and selling grain, as a grain merchandiser. Others choose to work at commodity exchanges or with member firms trading commodities. Some students pursue direct marketing positions with chemical, seed, fertilizer, machinery, food ingredient or food product firms.
  • Specific courses required include Agricultural Marketing (222),  Food and Agribusiness Management (231) and  Accounting and Accountancy, II (202).

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For more information about the Agribusiness Markets and Management Program, please contact:
Ann Finnegan, Director, Ugrad Admissions & Advising and Teaching Associate
304a Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-5509

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Enterprise Operation Coordinator at Coyote Logistics

Jacqui Hendricks

When looking for her first job out of school, agricultural and consumer economics graduate Jacqui Hendricks wanted a laid-back environment with great co-workers to surround her. She found that opportunity with Coyote Logistics, a third-party logistics provider for outsourced freight services. Jacqui loves being able to wear jeans to work, to work in an office with no cubicles or separate offices, and even to take part in community philanthropy and intramural sports with her co-workers.

Working in this casual environment isn’t always easy-going; it’s often lots of hard work. Jacqui has found that being organized and knowing how to multitask are musts. Learning these skills, as well as those of data analysis, understanding market trends, and working with others, has really helped prepare her to succeed in this position.

“The University of Illinois helped me learn how to work in teams well,” Jacqui says. “As much as I did not like college team projects at times, working in teams was the most important skill I acquired. I don’t think I would be such a good team player on the job if I had not gotten that experience in college.”

Working with several others was something Jacqui experienced a lot through extracurriculars and internships. She held an internship with Linder & Associates and two internships with CME Group. She was also a part of ACES Without Borders, was an ACE Ambassador, and attended the Agriculture Policy and Leadership Program.

“I loved working with so many great students and faculty members at U of I. When you’re at school, you are in a hub of resources. Professors and faculty members are always more than willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed. It was great knowing that I had numerous people to reach out to at all times for school, career, and personal advice.”

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