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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:
Ann Finnegan, Director, Ugrad Admissions & Advising and Teaching Associate
304a Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-5509

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Credit Specialist, Compeer Financial

Sondra Monier 

General Job Description: Sondra works closely with the sales and operations team to understand information for loan processing to balance credit risk and what is best for the client and organization by approving or denying loan packages within her delegated authority.

Sondra Urish, a credit specialist for Compeer Financial, serves a crucial role in helping customers manage their business entities.

“Given the costs involved in running a farm operation, it is imperative that farmers have a financial institution they can trust to guide them through their financing needs,” Sondra says. “My favorite part about my job is being the final step in the decision process to make sure clients can continue to operate and grow their business.”

Sondra says her time at U of I provided her with unique abilities to solve the complex problems in her current position.

“My college experience gave me a chance to sharpen my skills in my field of choice. I am thankful that there were so many opportunities to learn more and improve skills to prepare myself the best I could,” she says. “I learned the importance of critical thinking, problem solving, and asking questions to solve different situations both in the classroom and in leadership roles outside the classroom. These truly irreplaceable experiences made me a more well-rounded person.”

Sondra also is thankful for all of the connections she has made in the agriculture industry through her undergraduate career at Illinois.

“My favorite part about my U of I experience was the networking opportunities and friendships made within the agriculture industry. They provided me with many connections to peers who are also involved in agriculture,” she said. “I was involved in multiple extracurricular activities that let me network with alumni. With all of the alumni connections, the university quickly made this industry much smaller.”



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