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Finance in Agribusiness

Students in this concentration study finance as used in agribusiness, farming, financial institutions, and, more broadly, in the financial services industry.

  • In addition to positions as loan officers in banks and other lending institutions, recent graduates are working in trust and other banking operations, investment and securities firms, rural appraisals, firm financial management, financial planning, insurance, real estate, and related fields.
  • Students may find jobs with commercial banks, the Farm Credit System, insurance companies, the Federal Reserve System, Farm Service Agency, or supply firms which finance purchases for producers, such as Growmark, John Deere, and others.
  • Specific courses required include Financial Decision-Making for Individual and Small Business (345), Financial Services and Investment Planning (444) and Modeling Applications for Financial Planning (446).

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For more information about the Finance in Agribusiness Program, please contact:
Jessa Barnard
Academic Advisor / Experiential Learning Coordinator
304c Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-4796
jbecker2@illinois.edu

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Project Ecologist, DJM Ecological

Nick White

Nick White, agriculture and consumer economics alumnus, is passionate about waterfowl hunting and fishing, and he understands the importance of native plant communities and the ecosystems they impact.  At Illinois, classes he took in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) sparked his passion for ecology. He combines that passion with skills from his agricultural and consumer economics major as a project ecologist for DJM Ecological. 

“I use the skills that I developed in my ACE classes—Excel, economic concepts, finance, and general decision making—every day,” Nick says. “These skills allow me to lead a team and to contribute to the direction of the company.”

Installing native prairies and timber stand improvement projects and providing comprehensive ecological stewardship for native landscapes are a big part of Nick’s job. He also meets with representatives from Fortune 500 companies  to discuss their needs. His position has allowed Nick to diversify his skill set and knowledge in the ecological service industry. Becoming informed and knowledgeable in its different practices interests him and allows him to expand  into personal property management.

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