Students in this concentration discover how to apply accounting principles in production, processing, or retailing sectors of the agriculture and food industry.
For more information about the Agri-Accounting Program, please contact:
Ann Finnegan, Director of Ugrad Admissions & Advising and Teaching Associate
304a Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
Blake always aspired to find a job in agriculture. His current role as an associate for Verdant Partners LLC lets him combine his agriculture background and financial education in a small setting with the ability to have a large global impact.
He says, “The Verdant team consists of a great group of experienced individuals. They have placed a lot of confidence in me, even at my young age, by immediately exposing me to our industry and Verdant’s full operations, which has been an exceptional way to learn and mature in the business. Overall, the duality of being able to work in a niche area that exploits my strengths coupled with an outstanding group that is continually investing to progress my career stands out as the most enjoyable aspect of my job.”
Blake does what he can to make the most out of his work environment every day.
“I approach each day or task in an intelligent, action-oriented manner that has led to quicker results, often extending beyond the original outlined parameters. I do my best to exceed expectations through hard work and to admit when I make mistakes. I also try to enjoy my work every day and emit that behavior to enhance the environment for everyone,” he says.
Blake had many accomplishments while at the U of I, including being a Senior 100 Honorary member and studying abroad twice. He was active in the College of ACES as well as campus organizations.
“I became very involved in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity beginning my freshman year and served in multiple roles, including treasurer and president. I was also very involved in ACES organizations, including the Student Advancement Committee and ACE Club, among others, where I held various officer roles,” he says.
While at U of I Blake was thankful for how Illinois helped him make the best decision for the next chapter in his life.
He says, “Aside from the wonderful friendships and connections I made while at school, I am most grateful for the opportunities the U of I offered to progress in the direction of one’s choice, to prepare to make the best decisions during the next phase of life, whatever that may be.”